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N.H. Senate OKs Hand-Held Phone Ban In Nh

Friday, April 18, 2014

Concord — Hand-held cellphone use would be banned while driving in New Hampshire in mid-2015 under a bill passed Thursday by the Senate. The Senate’s voice vote sends the bill back to the House to consider an amendment to require the state to educate the public about the ban. The House can vote to accept the change, kill the bill or ask the Senate to negotiate a compromise. The bill …

N.H. Senate Votes to Keep Death Penalty

Friday, April 18, 2014

Concord — A divided New Hampshire Senate voted against repealing the death penalty yesterday, ending concerns for some who worried that a repeal would reverse the death sentence of Michael Addison, who was convicted for fatally shooting Manchester police Officer Michael Briggs in 2006. “I think it’s incumbent on all of us to …

Odell: N.H. Should Fix Medicaid Tax

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Concord — The state Senate’s chief tax bill writer said lawmakers need to come up with a fix to replace a state tax on hospitals found last week to be unconstitutional. A Hillsborough County Superior Court judge’s decision threatens to blow an $185 million hole in the state budget with the declaration that the Medicaid Enhancement Tax unfairly targeted hospitals. State prosecutors intend …

Local & Regional Briefs for Monday, April 7

Monday, April 7, 2014

N.H. House Panel Holding Hearing on New Casino Plan Concord — The House’s tax writing committee is holding a hearing Thursday on a new Senate plan to legalize casino gambling in New Hampshire. It would legalize two casinos sharing a total of 5,000 video slot machines and 240 …

Time Running Out For Changes This Year to Vt. School Funding

Monday, April 7, 2014

Montpelier — Prospects appear to be dimming for big changes this year in how Vermont governs and pays for its public schools. About three dozen local school districts have voted down their school budgets in the past five weeks, the largest number since 2003. That was the year …

Vt. Prosecutor, Police Chief Seek Law Change

Monday, April 7, 2014

Montpelier — The Chittenden County state’s attorney and Burlington’s police chief have asked senators to change the law to stop what they called a “huge problem” of judges who sometimes call for hearings with defense attorneys before issuing search warrants. The Senate Judiciary Committee agreed to work on …

Two Vt. Troopers Injured in Shooting

Monday, April 7, 2014

Leicester, Vt. — A man entered his neighbor’s home and shot him in the head then wounded two state troopers who responded to the 911 call, Vermont State Police said Sunday. Timothy Foley, 47, was taken into custody around 6 a.m. Sunday after firing on state police, investigators …

Vermont Sugar-Makers Go High-Tech

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Milton, Vt. — Maple syrup production has come a long way from metal buckets hung on trees, but even high-tech operations have had to rely on old-fashioned foot patrols to fix a common problem — leaks. The tubes …

History Online: N.H. to Digitize Thousands of Records, Photos

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Concord — Civil War nurse Sarah Low met Abraham Lincoln on April 20, 1864, writing in her diary that the president shook hands with everyone at a crowded White House reception. One year later, the Dover woman would see Lincoln again, this time as he lay in state …

Vt. House Gives Final OK to School Tax Increases

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Montpelier — The Vermont House on Friday passed new and higher school taxes for the coming academic year, with some lawmakers saying they are hoping for big changes in the state’s school funding system in the coming years. The bill raises the state-determined share of the residential property …

Crown Point Road Is Part of N.H. Archaeology Series

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Concord (ap) — The New Hampshire Archaeological Society is offering some talks about the Shakers, the Manchester mills, Strawbery Banke and other topics this month. The theme for April is “Brush Up on Archaeology,” and focuses on the many disciplines involved in being an archaeologist. Other topics include …

Panel: PSNH Should Drop Power Plants

Friday, April 4, 2014

Concord — A recommendation that New Hampshire’s largest utility get rid of its power plants and pass the costs to all its ratepayers was met with skepticism this week by an advocate for consumers who worries the region’s …

Sens. Shaheen, Ayotte Oppose Base Closings

Friday, April 4, 2014

Concord (ap) — New Hampshire’s U.S. senators are speaking out against the Department of Defense’s call for a new Base Realignment and Closure round. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte are the chairwoman and ranking member, respectively, on …