State / Region

Vermont House Shows Support for Renewable Energy Package

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Montpelier — The Vermont House has advanced a wide-ranging bill that pushes utilities beyond electricity to help customers save on heat and could resolve criticism that the current state program to promote renewable energy double-counts its results. Supporters say the bill would move Vermont from the back of the pack — the five other New England states already have the renewable energy requirements the bill calls for — to the …

Windsor Prison on Cuts List

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Montpelier — Lawmakers and the Shumlin administration this week pieced together a list of suggestions — including closing the state prison in Windsor — for how the state could scrape up $29 million to fill another budget gap. The list aims to solve the latest financial hardship facing the state: an $18.6 million void illuminated by a revenue downgrade in January. The downgrade …

Yankee Official Quells Questions

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Montpelier — An executive with the owner of the mothballed Vermont Yankee nuclear plant sought to clarify comments that environmentalists interpreted as a possibility the company might shirk its responsibility for cleaning up the site decades from now. At a legislative hearing Feb. 11, Entergy Corp. Vice President Mike Twomey was asked what would happen if a dedicated investment fund doesn’t grow enough …

Winter White-Out: Retail Blues

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Boston — New England is waist-deep in the white stuff and neck-deep in the red. Historic snowfalls are costing state and local governments millions in plowing and other inclement weather expenses. They’re also exacting a heavy toll on the regional economy. And that’s before yet another storm that …

Vermont Bill Times Primary With N.H.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Montpelier — Vermont is coveting its neighbor’s primary and New Hampshire is not amused. A Green Mountain State lawmaker is pushing to have Vermont tag along with early-voting New Hampshire, which is traditionally home to the nation’s first primary. The 2016 election will mark a century of New …

Environmentalists, Residents Dig In For Long Fight Over Maine Crude Oil

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Portland, Maine — Environmental groups are digging in for a long fight against a federal lawsuit that seeks to overturn South Portland’s ban on loading crude oil onto tankers at the city’s waterfront. The Portland Pipe Line Corp. sued the city in U.S. District Court in Portland last …

Harvard, MIT Sued Over C aptioning

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Cambridge, Mass. — Advocates for the deaf sued Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on Thursday, saying the universities failed to provide closed captioning for online courses, podcasts and other educational programs. The National Association for the Deaf filed class action lawsuits in federal court, saying …

Many Boston Residents Against Holding Olympics

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Boston — The 100-year-old subway system here is creaking with age, in need of new cars, functional air conditioning and more-reliable service. Battered by snowstorms, the entire “T” was paralyzed last week. The commuter rail station downtown needs …

Hassan Seeks To Increase N.H. Revenue

Friday, February 13, 2015

Concord — Higher education and health care emerged as the top spending priorities in New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan’s proposed $11.5 billion two-year state budget, but Republican lawmakers say they won’t support the new revenue sources she is proposing to pay for the increases. Hassan’s budget, presented to …

Woman Admits to Teacher’s Killing

Friday, February 13, 2015

St. Johnsbury, Vt. — Abandoning any claims to an insanity defense, a Vermont woman pleaded guilty Thursday to the 2012 strangulation of a prep school teacher who prosecutors say was lured to her death with a ruse about …

N.H. Senate Passes Concealed Carry Bill

Friday, February 13, 2015

Concord — The state Senate passed a bill Thursday that would allow people who can legally own a gun in New Hampshire to carry it concealed without any further requirements. Passed by Republicans along party lines, 14-9, the bill would eliminate the need for a license issued by …

N.H. Fish and Game Weighs Chocolate Bait Ban for Bears

Friday, February 13, 2015

Concord — The death by chocolate of four black bears has moved the state to weigh a ban on baiting with the sweet. Andrew Timmins, the state Fish and Game Department’s bear expert, laid out a proposal Wednesday that would make it illegal to hunt or bait bears …

Vt. ‘Natural Burial Grounds’ Proposed

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Montpelier — Vermont lets people bury family members on their own property and allows for people to go to their grave without embalming fluid to encourage natural decomposition. The practice would be expanded under legislation that would allow non-family members to be buried on someone’s private property. The …