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Mike Hall, manager of City Tire, fills a snowblower tire between snow tire changes at the West Lebanon, N.H. shop Tuesday, November 25, 2014. Hall said the shop has been "slammed" for three weeks with snow tire appointments as winter weather approaches. The National Weather Service is warning of a storm from Wednesday to Thursday that could bring up to ten inches of snow to the area.
(Valley News - James M. Patterson)

Rain, Snow Could Slow Travel During Thanksgiving Holiday

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Mineola, n.y. — Thanksgiving travelers scrambled to change their plans and beat a storm expected to bring snow, slush and rain to the crowded Washington-to-Boston corridor Wednesday on one of the busiest, most stressful days of the year. Forecasters said major Northeast cities will probably see moderate to heavy rain most of the day, though the Twin States and other …

Vt. Seeks Changes to Child Safety Laws

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Montpelier — A special legislative committee set up to investigate the Vermont child welfare system in the aftermath of two toddlers’ deaths plans to propose a law to prioritize the best interest of the child over keeping families intact. Despite a stated policy by the Department for Children and Families that the interests of the child should be paramount, the committee heard during …

N.H. Commission To Review Rates

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Concord — In the coming weeks, residents can expect to see higher costs when they open their electricity bills. The state’s Public Utilities Commission is taking steps to try to ease the impending rate increases by looking at how utilities purchase power and considering changes in eligibility for bill assistance programs. The commission will open a review into how utilities purchase power for …

N.H. Depts. Present Requests for Next Budget

Monday, November 17, 2014

Concord (ap) — New Hampshire state agencies — including the departments of justice, education and corrections — are preparing to present requests for increased funding in the next state budget. Agency heads will outline their requests today, ending a three-day process that kicks off the budget year. Gov. …

Local & Regional Briefs for Monday, Nov. 17, 2014

Monday, November 17, 2014

Vermont Highlights Expanded Fishing Opportunities Montpelier — If you thought Vermont’s trout season ended Oct. 31, here’s a reminder that the state recently expanded its fishing opportunities. Revised state rules that took effect in January allow catch-and-release trout fishing year-round on 11 river sections. The rules require that …

Protesters Rally to Help Stop Mass. Pipeline

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Fitchburg, Mass. — Several hundred people packed a high school auditorium Saturday to rally against a proposed pipeline that would carry high-pressure natural gas across northern Massachusetts. Protesters from Massachusetts, New Hampshire and New York staged the “Stop …

Vt. Seeks Owners of Unclaimed Property

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Montpelier — The Vermont treasurer’s office is looking for the owners of more than $8 million in unclaimed financial property turned over to the state in the past year. The property includes misplaced savings or investments, forgotten insurance policies, abandoned security deposits, estates and uncashed tax refunds or …

Hearings Set on Champlain Cleanup

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Montpelier — Federal and state officials plan to hold public meetings in Vermont on efforts to clean up Lake Champlain. The sessions, starting Monday, are the next step in what some environmentalists say has been a long, drawn-out process of coming up with a plan to reduce the …

N.H. Dept. Seeks Millions More From State Budget

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Concord — Officials from the Department of Health and Human Services warned on Friday that it will become even harder to fund programs for New Hampshire’s most vulnerable without new money in the next state budget. Commissioner Nick …

Online Tool to Aid Vermonters

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Waterbury, Vt. — Efficiency Vermont will launch a new program next week about a new online tool consumers can use to save energy and money. Jim Merriam, director of the Burlington-based nonprofit, said Friday the agency will send …

Hassan Announces New Site Evaluation Committee Nominees

Friday, November 14, 2014

Concord — Gov. Maggie Hassan has switched up her nominations to a powerful committee in charge of permitting Northern Pass and any future wind or pipeline projects in the state. Hassan announced she was withdrawing the nominations of outgoing Republican state Sen. Bob Odell, R-New London, and Democratic …

Father Sues Vermont DCF in Toddler’s Death

Friday, November 14, 2014

Rutland — The father of a 2-year-old girl who died in state care filed a lawsuit Thursday against Vermont and its Department for Children and Families, saying they breached their duties to protect the child, whose stepfather is accused of killing her. Willis Sheldon, of Rutland, filed the …

Vermont Advocate Groups Push for Carbon Tax

Friday, November 14, 2014

Barre, Vt. — A coalition of environmental, business and low-income advocates called Thursday for Vermont to adopt a carbon tax as a way to encourage emission reductions and to use the money both for energy efficiency and for tax cuts elsewhere. Among the speakers at the event, held …