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Bruno Calumbi, of Newport, N.H., had just purchased a hands-free device at Best Buy in West Lebanon, N.H., on July 2, 2015. Before heading out on his motorcycle, he was setting up the device. Calumbi said he would also be using it when driving his car.  (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck)
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Hand-Held Devices Banned

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Following in Vermont’s footsteps, New Hampshire last week put in place a law that makes it illegal for drivers to hold a cellphone to their ear while driving, a measure both states hope will cut down on distracted driving. New Hampshire’s law, like Vermont’s, mandates that drivers using electronic devices have hands-free use of them while driving, meaning that motorists …

Rent Subsidies at Risk at More Area Apartments

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Charlestown — Tenants in Pine Tree Lane Apartments in West Lebanon are not the only New Hampshire residents in danger of seeing their homes become unaffordable because of the impending loss of rental subsidies. Dozens of other residents who now receive the same type of rental assistance find themselves in a similar situation …

Construction on R.I. Nightclub Fire Memorial to Begin

Sunday, July 5, 2015

West Warwick, R.I. — The first phase of construction for a scaled-down memorial at the site of a nightclub fire that killed 100 people is set to begin, and the head of the nonprofit group that has worked for years to build it says it expects to complete it by the spring. The …

Vt. Big in Health Care Reform

Friday, June 26, 2015

Montpelier — Big data is all the rage these days, especially in the world of health care. And as Vermont looks to compile a massive repository of insurance claims information, it’s become a legal testing ground for the future of health reform nationally. The legal contours of a …

Marathon Bomber Offers Apology

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Boston — Breaking his long silence on Wednesday, the 21-year-old man convicted of the Boston Marathon bombing acknowledged his guilt, apologized to his victims and stood to hear a judge formally impose a penalty of death by execution. “I’d like to now apologize to the victims and the …

N.H. Budget Waits for Likely Veto

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Concord — The battle over funding New Hampshire government and state services is likely to stretch on for months, as both Democrats and Republicans dug in their heels Wednesday over business tax cuts included in the $11.3 billion budget. The Republican-led Legislature passed both the two-year budget plan …

Local & Regional Briefs for Thursday, June 25, 2015

Thursday, June 25, 2015

New York Man Dies After Motorcycle Accident in Vermont Bridgewater — A 62-year-old New York man died Tuesday from injuries he sustained in a motorcycle accident on Route 4 in Bridgewater last week. Craig Fairfield, of Waterford, N.Y., was transported to Dartmouth-Hitchock Medical Center with severe head trauma …

Vermont Supreme Court Orders Hearing for Fired Montpelier City Planner

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Montpelier — The state’s highest court has ordered Montpelier city officials to give fired planning director Gwendolyn Hallsmith a new post-termination grievance hearing. The ruling was handed down Friday by the Vermont Supreme Court, upholding an earlier decision issued last year by the Washington Superior Court. The lower …

Vt. IT Spending Nearly Impossible to Track

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Montpelier — The use of technology in Vermont state government went from a background concern to a political flashpoint throughout the troubled rollout of Vermont Health Connect. But information technology in state government is ubiquitous and makes up a significant — yet unknown — portion of the state’s …

Local & Regional Briefs for Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Dartmouth Names Dean of the College Hanover — Dartmouth College has announced that Rebecca Biron, a professor of Spanish and comparative literature, will become dean of the college, a position overseeing undergraduate academics. Biron is replacing interim Dean …

FEMA Rebuffs Vt. On Flood Resilience

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Montpelier — Ever since Tropical Storm Irene struck in 2011, Vermont has been pushing to make sure bridges and culverts are rebuilt to more flood-resistant standards. But the Federal Emergency Management Agency is rejecting — at least for now — the state’s argument that the federal agency should …

N.H. Senate Finance Leaders Defend Proposed Budget, Hope to Avoid Veto

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

West Lebanon — The Republican leaders of the Senate Finance Committee defended their $11.3 billion budget, which they said includes a 5 percent increase in spending over the current two-year budget for New Hampshire. Senate Finance Chairwoman Jeanie …

Donovan Will Run for Vt. AG

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Montpelier — Democrat T.J. Donovan will run for Vermont attorney general in the 2016 election, regardless of what incumbent Bill Sorrell decides. The Chittenden County state’s attorney told Seven Days on Sunday that he has decided to make a second bid for the office held by fellow Democrat …