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A car travels along the highway as snow falls , Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014 in Concord, N.H. The season's first major snowstorm is promising up to a foot of snow in some places, slowing holiday travel. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

Snowstorm Upends Thanksgiving

Friday, November 28, 2014

Concord — The first major snowstorm of the season left more than 300,000 customers in northern New England without power, forcing many to make last-minute changes to their Thanksgiving plans. The heavy snowfall set accumulation records across the region, snapped tree branches that fell onto power lines and caused cars to skid into utility poles. Utilities said it could take …

Vermont Technical College Announces Layoffs

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Randolph — Faculty members at Vermont Technical College in Randolph learned Thursday that some of them, including tenured professors, may receive pink slips after Thanksgiving. At a regular monthly meeting with faculty on Nov. 20, VTC president Dan Smith announced potential layoffs in the 2015-2016 academic year in several programs: English, humanities, social science, rlectrical engineering, civil engineering, architectural engineering, landscape design and …

Ski Areas Welcome Snowstorm

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Montpelier — Ski areas across northern New England were giddy Wednesday at the prospect of a major Thanksgiving snowstorm that is bringing early season skiers to the slopes and offering a promising start to the winter season. Cold weather last weekend enabled the Mount Snow ski area in southern Vermont to make snow and open with some of the best early skiing the …

Vt. Republicans: Cut Ties With ACA Architect

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Montpelier — Three state lawmakers on Monday urged the administration of Gov. Peter Shumlin to sever ties with a Massachusetts Institute of Technology economist who was shown on video saying it was the “stupidity of the American voter” that helped create the Affordable Care Act. In a letter …

Mom Who Fled With Daughter Arrested

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Concord — A woman who fled with her 8-year-old daughter a decade ago during a custody dispute turned herself in Monday to face trial. Genevieve Kelley of Whitefield, N.H., disappeared with her daughter, Mary, into Central America in the fall of 2004 after her attempt to prove her …

N.H. Corrections Wants More Funds

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Concord — Department of Corrections officials want $47 million more in the next two-year state budget mainly to hire staff for the new women’s prison in Concord and fill vacant positions to ease overtime burdens on employees. “People are tired and overworked; these are posts that are absolutely …

Vermont Legislators Hear About Sex Offender Registry Fixes

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Montpelier — Vermont public safety officials told lawmakers Monday they were working to make improvements in a sex offender registry that a recent audit found had critical errors in more than 10 percent of its reports. Public Safety Commissioner Keith Flynn urged the Legislature’s Joint Corrections Oversight Committee …

Familiar Faces Seeking N.H. Speaker Post

Monday, November 17, 2014

Concord — The future of New Hampshire House Republicans could end up looking a lot like their past after members meet Tuesday to choose a new speaker of the House, as former speakers Bill O’Brien and Gene Chandler seek to reclaim their old post. The speaker controls House …

Grants Available to Protect Vt’s Waterways

Monday, November 17, 2014

Montpelier (ap) — The deadline is approaching to apply for state grants for efforts to protect and restore Vermont’s watersheds. The deadline to apply is Nov. 21. A total of $100,000 in grants is available to municipalities, local or regional government agencies, nonprofit groups and water-related citizen groups. …

Construction to Begin on Massive Solar Panel field

Monday, November 17, 2014

Peterborugh, n.h. — A small town in New Hampshire is undertaking a big solar panel project. The Hillsborough County town of Peterborough will break ground todau on what will be the largest solar power system in the state. The 944-kilowatt installation will be built on nearly five acres …

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 …