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Fishing Regulators Approve Habitat Changes

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Portland, Maine — Federal fishery regulators say they will keep much-debated protections for Cashes Ledge in the Gulf of Maine in place as part of a broad effort to alter the scope of New England’s fishing grounds. The decision to preserve Cashes Ledge came as the New England Fishery Management Council debated changes to habitat protections in the Gulf of Maine, Georges Bank, southern New England waters and other key …

Marathon Bomber Trial Puts Focus on Boston’s Muslims

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Boston — Boston’s Muslim community has been once again thrust into the spotlight as the death penalty trial of convicted marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev nears its conclusion amid rising concerns of terrorist recruitment in America. Newspaper op-eds, advertisements and social media posts have highlighted connections between Boston-area mosques and terrorists and suspected terrorists, …

Vt. Ban on Trashing Recyclables Looms

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Montpelier — Vermonters should think twice before throwing that empty water bottle in the trash bin. Starting July 1, recyclables such as metal, glass, certain plastics and paper will be banned from landfills as part of a goal of recycling and composting certain solid waste by 2020. For trash haulers that do not already collect recyclables, that means a change. “The idea behind …

Civil War ‘Silent Sentinels’ Still on Guard in North, South

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Saratoga Springs, n.y. — After the Civil War ended in April 1865, statues depicting Union and Confederate soldiers went up across the country, from New England squares to Southern courthouses. A century and a half later, these weathered …

Replica of French Frigate Sets Sail for Boston

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Fouras, France — With champagne, fireworks and a presidential blessing, a painstakingly built replica of the frigate once used to bring French troops and funds to American revolutionaries set sail Saturday for the U.S. East Coast. With the …

U.S. Marshals Service Arrests 41 Fugitives in Vermont

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Burlington — The U.S. Marshals Service says a total of 41 fugitives have been arrested in Vermont as part of a six-week national enforcement effort. Law enforcement focused on fugitives wanted for violent crimes, including murder, attempted murder, manslaughter, robbery and sexual assault. They also targeted fugitives with …

Tillotson Fund Awards Grants to N.H. Groups

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Concord — The town of Pittsburg, N.H., will receive $25,000 to build a gazebo and walking path at the town park as part of more than $575,000 in grants awarded by a charitable foundation to 16 organizations and projects throughout New Hampshire and bordering communities in Vermont and …

N.H. Firm’s Tech Glitch Delays Tests

Friday, April 17, 2015

Las Vegas — Federal funding could be at stake as Common Core testing problems continued in Nevada, Montana and North Dakota, state and U.S. officials said. The three states contract with New Hampshire-based Measured Progress to administer the tests that are linked to hotly disputed, federally backed education …

N.H.’s Shaheen Backs Push To Put Woman on $20 Bill

Friday, April 17, 2015

Concord — The first woman to serve as both governor and U.S. senator is backing a campaign to put a female face on the $20 bill. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen filed legislation this week that would create a citizens panel to recommend an appropriate choice to the treasury secretary. …

Vt. House Passes Gun Bill

Friday, April 17, 2015

Montpelier — The Vermont House on Friday passed a bill designed to keep guns out of the hands of convicted felons and people who are dangerously mentally ill. The measure approved by an 80-62 vote is similar to a version already approved by the Senate. One difference is …

State Approves Mt. Sunapee Expansion

Friday, April 17, 2015

Newbury, n.h. — The state gave preliminary and conditional approval Thursday to a long-contentious expansion on Mount Sunapee. At a meeting in Newbury, Department of Resources and Economic Development Commissioner Jeffrey Rose said the west bowl expansion could …

Auditor: Exchange Future Uncertain

Friday, April 17, 2015

Montpelier — Despite massive and costly efforts to improve Vermont Health Connect, State Auditor Doug Hoffer says it remains an “open question” whether the state can successfully implement a fully functioning health insurance exchange. In a report released Thursday morning, Hoffer highlights the state’s improved supervision of contractors …

Vt. House Advances New Gun Restriction Bill

Friday, April 17, 2015

Montpelier — The Vermont House gave preliminary approval Thursday to a bill to allow the state prosecution of some convicted criminals for possession of firearms and to require the reporting of individuals deemed dangerously mentally ill to a federal background check system. The House voted, 79-60, and is …