State / Region

Campus Policies Lacking

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Lawyers who reviewed how New Hampshire’s public universities and colleges handle sexual harassment and other misconduct said Friday the schools must address specific gaps in policies and practices while also making broader efforts to create a safe campus culture. University System of New Hampshire officials asked attorneys at a Manchester law firm to review their procedures in general and their handling of four incidents in particular — three involving misconduct …

U.S. Senate Passes Belated Energy Bill

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Washington — The U.S. Senate approved a long-delayed bill to boost energy efficiency Friday that includes incentives to cut energy use in commercial buildings, manufacturing plants and homes. Senators approved the bill by voice vote shortly before beginning a two-week recess. The measure now goes to the House, where a similar bill was …

Man Facing Deportation Wants New Trial in Case

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Montpelier — A man convicted on charges that he lied on a U.S. immigration form about his role in Bosnian war crimes is asking for a new trial, claiming jurors based the conviction on allegations prosecutors made during the trial rather than charges in his indictment. Attorneys for Edin Sakoc claim in court papers that jurors in his January trial found him guilty …

N.H. Lawmakers Devise Plan to Avoid Transportation Cuts

Friday, March 20, 2015

Concord — Republican budget writers signed off on $88 million in cuts to the state highway fund Thursday, a move officials say will have devastating consequences on public safety and trigger nearly 700 layoffs at the state Department of Transportation. But now several of those same representatives are …

Vt. Dispatch Merger Criticized

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Montpelier — About 100 opponents of the Shumlin administration’s plan to close state police call centers in two rural areas voiced their displeasure at a public hearing Tuesday evening in Montpelier. The group, which included many Public Safety Answering Point, or call center, workers, told a joint hearing …

Vermont House Passes ‘Revenge Porn’ Crackdown Bill

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Montpelier — The Vermont House passed a bill Wednesday cracking down on “revenge porn” — posting explicit photos or videos of an ex-partner on the Internet without permission. “The act of disclosing a private, sexually explicit image to someone other than the intended audience ... can accurately be …

N.H. House Delays Road Vote

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Concord — Top Republican budget writers in the New Hampshire House said Wednesday a tax or fee increase will be necessary to sustain the state’s highway fund, but they won’t propose the hike themselves as the House Finance Committee prepares to cut the transportation budget by more than …

1969 Water Bill Returned

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Brunswick, Maine (ap) — A bill for $1.40 sent out by a Maine water district almost a half-century ago has finally been returned. The Brunswick and Topsham Water District mailed the bill to a resident of Topsham in October 1969. The bill was supposed to be returned to …

Teacher Strike Ban Bill Gains Support

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Montpelier — The Education Committee of the Vermont House voted Tuesday to support a ban on strikes by teachers and contract terms dictated by school boards. The 8-3 vote on an amendment by Rep. Kurt Wright, R-Burlington, came five months after teachers walked off the job for a …

New N.H. Women’s Prison Delayed, $10 Million Over Budget

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Concord — The new women’s prison in Concord will open in September 2017, a full year later than expected because the project is running nearly $10 million over budget, officials said Tuesday. Contractors now estimate the prison will cost roughly $58 million, far higher than originally anticipated. Department …

Recycling Strains Town Dumps

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Thetford — The good news is that residents want to recycle, steadily increasing the amount of recyclable material coming into Thetford’s transfer station over the past three years. The bad news is that a number of factors, including …

N.H. House Road Cuts Protested

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Concord — A proposed $41 million cut to the state’s highway fund would make roads more dangerous and result in more than 300 layoffs, transportation officials said Monday. “Passing this bill is not passing a budget — it’s passing the buck,” Deputy Transportation Commissioner Patrick McKenna told the …

Bill to Bypass Vt. Health Site OK’d Committee

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Montpelier — The House Health Care Committee passed legislation last week that would allow individuals to purchase plans offered on the Vermont Health Connect exchange directly from participating insurers. Vermont is the only state that requires people purchasing health insurance in the individual market to go through the …