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N.H. Agencies Face Budgetary Uncertainty

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Concord — Come July 1, the budget battle in Concord typically comes to a close and state officials head into summer with a picture of how the next two years of spending will look. Not so this year. Partisan wrangling has tied the state budget up in knots, leaving the government running on a six-month spending plan that will delay the start of substance abuse recovery programs, create uncertainty around …

N.H., Mass. Police Make $2 Million Drug Seizure

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Manchester — The shooting of a woman during an apparent home invasion last week started a cascade of events that led to the arrest of three people in New Hampshire and Massachusetts and the seizure of heroin and the painkiller Fentanyl worth more than $2 million, police said Monday. Manchester Police Chief Nick Willard said officers were called to a reported shooting at …

Tuition Is Going Up In N.H.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Concord — After a two-year freeze, tuition at New Hampshire’s state universities will go up next year. Facing $9 million less than they requested in state funding, University System of New Hampshire officials will raise tuition by 2.75 percent and also cut spending to make up the difference. USNH trustees asked for $90 million from the state Legislature, which budgeted $81 million in …

Invasive Beetle Makes Its Way North

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Rocky Point, n.y. — The southern pine beetle, which for generations has attacked forests throughout the southeastern United States, is methodically making its way into the Northeast, destroying thousands of trees in New York, New Jersey and elsewhere. …

At Summer Camps, Directors Put Background Checks on To-Do List

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Croydon — As the summer camp season opens in New Hampshire, new state rules require paid and volunteer workers at “skills” camps to undergo criminal background checks while anybody under 18 at both traditional and skills camps has …

Organizers Mum On Boston 2024

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Boston — Nearly three months after promising a statewide vote on its bid to host the 2024 Summer Games, many unanswered questions remain about the referendum process even as Boston Olympic organizers prepare to roll out a new master plan they hope will begin to address the concerns …

Maine Gov. Stalls Lawmakers’ Bills

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Augusta, Maine — Debate over the $6.7 billion Maine budget dominated discussions at the Statehouse this week, but lawmakers were also busy slogging through dozens of bills as they try to wrap up their work for the year. Even those measures approved by the Democrat-controlled House and Republican-led …

Calling All N.H. Turkey Counters

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Concord (ap) — See any families of turkeys lately? The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department wants to know about them. The department is asking for the public’s help in tracking wild turkey broods in the state this summer. People who observe “broods,” groups of young turkeys accompanied …

Vt. Agency Makes Staff Changes

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Montpelier (ap) — The head of the Vermont Agency of Human Services has announced a number of staff changes in the agency’s departments. Secretary Hal Cohen says Deputy Commissioner Stuart Schurr of the Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living is going to become general counsel for the …

Lawmakers Debate N.H.Bill Changes

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Concord — While many political observers focused on the budget this week, lawmakers also looked for compromise on legislation related to tax code changes, fetal homicide laws and how welfare benefits can be used. Teams of House and Senate negotiators met this week to work on bills passed …

Hartland Woman Faces Embezzlement Charges

Friday, June 19, 2015

Rutland — A Hartland woman faces federal charges alleging she embezzled nearly $700,000 from a Lebanon law firm where she worked for a decade and a half. Catherine McKinney was named in a seven-page indictment handed up by a grand jury in Rutland on Wednesday. She is charged …

Budget Showdown Set in N.H.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Concord — Republican budget writers held firm Thursday on an $11.3 billion state spending plan that cuts taxes for businesses and excludes a pre-negotiated raise for state employees, even as Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan pledged to veto it. “Detractors would like to believe that you can fund everything …

Vt. GMO Law Carries Millions in Fines

Friday, June 19, 2015

Montpelier — Vermont’s first-in-the-nation law requiring the labeling of foods made with genetically modified organisms could cost the nation’s grocers up to $10 million a day in fines, according to a letter from an industry organization that is suing the block the law. The letter to Gov. Peter …