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In this Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015 photo, a desk is displayed in the exhibit titled "Young Jack" at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston. An archivist at Choate, the private school in Connecticut where the president studied as a boy, insists the desk didn't belong to him. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

This Isn’t JFK’s School Desk

Sunday, February 7, 2016

It seemed too good to be true: An old wooden desk carved with the initials “JFK” from the private school in Connecticut where John F. Kennedy studied as a boy. That’s because it was. The desk was the centerpiece of a new exhibition in November at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston devoted to the 35th …

Primary Focus: Capturing the Candidates on Their Upper Valley Swing Since 1952

Sunday, February 7, 2016

L o ng b efore television live shots and satellite trucks, before campaign trackers and YouTube posts, before smartphones and selfies, still photographers were the main source of images from the campaign trail. As it turns out, the Valley News was founded in 1952, the same year the New Hampshire primary began playing …

Casinos Woo Millennials

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Boston — Casinos worried that millennials aren’t getting into traditional gambling like their parents and grandparents are bringing in tattoo studios, mixed martial arts competitions and other offbeat attractions to attract a younger clientele. In New England, where a regional casino war is afoot, Connecticut’s Foxwoods is remaking one of its gambling floors …

Former R.I. Mayor Cianci Dies

Friday, January 29, 2016

Providence, r.i. — Love him or hate him, Buddy Cianci put Providence on the map. A master of both retail politics and publicity stunts, Cianci used his considerable charms and political instincts to win six terms leading Rhode Island’s capital city. Along the way, he and his trademark …

N.H. Republicans Defend Medicaid Bill

Friday, January 29, 2016

Concord — A Republican-authored bill to reauthorize Medicaid expansion faced its fiercest criticism from other Republicans during a public hearing Thursday, setting the stage of an intraparty fight over whether New Hampshire will keep more than 45,000 low-income residents on subsidized health insurance. The state’s Medicaid expansion program …

GOP Leaders Push Medicaid Expansion

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Concord — Republican lawmakers presented their plan for reauthorizing Medicaid expansion on Wednesday, outlining a proposal that includes work requirements for recipients and asks insurance companies and hospitals to help foot the state’s share of the program’s costs. “This is an important debate to many of my constituents,” …

Local & Regional Briefs for Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Environmental Commission Denies I-89 Exit 4 Project MOU Randolph — The District 3 Environmental Commission on Tuesday declined to approve a proposed memorandum of understanding between environmental groups and Jesse Sammis, the developer of a proposed mixed-use project at the Exit 4 interchange along Interstate 89 in Randolph. …

Dispensary OK’d to Grow Marijuana

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Lebanon — The nonprofit organization set to open a medical marijuana dispensary this spring in Lebanon has received the green light to begin cultivating cannabis at its growing site in Manchester. The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services on Tuesday announced it has granted Temescal Wellness …

Local & Regional Briefs for Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Hartland Resident Nominated For N.H. Consumer Advocate Position Hartland — New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan said Tuesday that she will nominate Hartland resident Donald Kreis to be the state’s next consumer advocate. If Kreis’ nomination is confirmed by the Executive Council — set to meet today — Kreis …

Windsor Board Opposes Solar Array

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Windsor — The Selectboard unanimously voted Tuesday night to oppose the 19,000-panel solar array that has been proposed by Green Mountain Power on 40 acres of former prison farm property. John MacGovern, a staunch opponent of the project, said the board will not put an advisory question on …

N.H. Preps for First Votes Under ID Law

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Concord — New Hampshire designated two judges to hear voter and ballot challenges during the state’s first-in-the-nation presidential primary on Feb. 9 — the first time the state’s voter identification law takes effect. Voters will be asked to show identification, like a driver’s license or military ID. Voters …

Local & Regional Briefs for Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Meriden Postal Worker Pleads Not Guilty to Charges Claremont — In a brief court appearance Monday morning, the Meriden postal employee charged with opening mail and stealing cash and gift cards pleaded not guilty to three misdemeanor charges. Kim Smith, of Hartland, is charged with receiving stolen property, …

Local & Regional Briefs for Monday, Jan. 25, 2016

Monday, January 25, 2016

West Fairlee Man Charged With Assaulting a Police Officer Corinth — Police said a West Fairlee man assaulted a police officer and damaged the hood of a cruiser while being taken into custody on a previous arrest warrant on Thursday. Edwin Huntley, 41, was charged with resisting arrest, …