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Derick Senecal, a tractor operator for Murdo Limlaw, spreads liquid manure on a field in Piermont, N.H., on April 23, 2014. 
(Valley News- Sarah Priestap)

Farmers Spread Thin

Thursday, April 24, 2014

West Lebanon — Now that spring has arrived, Upper Valley farmers are looking to the growing season ahead. Just this week, dairy farmers began spreading manure and seeding hay fields, while the region’s vegetable and berry growers planted a few early crops such as peas, carrots and greens and brought equipment into working order. Ted Putnam, a Claremont dairy farmer …

N.H. Ex-Priest Pleads Guilty, Gets Jail Time for Thefts

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Manchester — A New Hampshire priest who was the former leader of one of the nation’s top clergy treatment centers was sentenced Wednesday to serve at least four years in prison for stealing $300,000 from a hospital, a dead priest’s estate and the state’s Roman Catholic bishop. Monsignor Edward Arsenault held several senior …

N.H. House Approves Gas Tax Increase

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Concord — New Hampshire’s House voted Wednesday to raise the tax on gasoline and diesel by 4 cents per gallon — the first increase since 1991. The 193-141 vote sent the bill to Gov. Maggie Hassan, who said she will sign it. The tax increase would take effect July 1. New Hampshire’s 18-cent tax is the lowest in New England and would remain …

Medicaid Decision Hits N.H.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Concord — A second Superior Court judge has ruled the state’s Medicaid Enhancement Tax is unconstitutional, opening a multi-million dollar hole in the state budget. Known by the acronym MET, the tax has been levied on hospitals, but not other health providers that performed the same services. The …

Paul in N.H. Laying Groundwork for ’16

Saturday, April 12, 2014

To win in 2014 and beyond, Republicans must expand their message rather than dilute it, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, a Kentucky Republican, told a crowd in Dover yesterday. Paul, considered a potential 2016 candidate, spoke before about 100 …

Taking Stock of Vermont’s Architecture

Friday, April 11, 2014

For a state that’s defined as much by its small villages and civic cohesiveness as it is by its green hills, Vermont gets only modest notice for its architecture. Or maybe it’s because of those small villages with …

Casino Backers Add Incentive To N.H. Bill

Friday, April 11, 2014

Concord — Gambling supporters are sweetening the pot by including $25 million in aid to communities in the latest bill to legalize casinos in New Hampshire, but opponents told a House committee Thursday it is a false promise. Casino supporters told the Ways and Means Committee the money …

N.H. Panel Endorses Death Penalty Repeal Measure

Friday, April 11, 2014

Concord — The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday revisited the idea of repealing New Hampshire’s death penalty and recommended that it pass, setting up a potentially historic vote in the chamber next week. The bill represents the most energetic recent effort to repeal the state’s centuries-old death penalty. …

Vt. Senate Advances Lyme Disease Bill

Friday, April 11, 2014

Montpelier — Doctors and other health professionals would be immune from professional conduct charges if they pursued a hotly debated course of treatment for Lyme disease under a bill given preliminary approval Thursday by the Vermont Senate. The Senate’s 27-0 vote in support came after an impassioned speech …

Brown Brings Star Power To GOP Senate Primary

Friday, April 11, 2014

Concord — When Bob Smith announced his candidacy for U.S. Senate last month, he did it before a crowd of no more than a few dozen people in Concord. When Scott Brown made his candidacy official last night, …

N.H. Lawmakers Debate Rights of Mentally Ill to Purchase Guns

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Concord — People barred from buying guns for mental health reasons should be allowed to prove to a judge they’re capable of owning a firearm, supporters told a House committee Wednesday. “We’re dealing with the awesome power of the state to take away someone’s freedom,” said Sen. David …

Local & Regional Briefs for Thursday, April 10

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Ex-Teacher Out on Bail In Student Sex Assault Case Claremont — The former Stevens High School math teacher charged with four counts of felonious sexual assault against a 14-year-old student at the school has been released on bail. Sullivan County Attorney Marc Hathaway said Christopher LeBlanc, 29, posted …

Gov. Touts Vt.’s Transparency

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Montpelier (ap) — Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin said Wednesday he didn’t get many top grades in school, so he was glad to receive an A from a national group grading states on government transparency. Shumlin, a Democrat, then had to correct himself, learning during his news conference that …