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Jennifer Bruno gathers belongings inside her heavily damaged apartment the day after a winter storm in Marshfield, Mass., Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015.  The storm buried the Boston area in more than 2 feet of snow and lashed it with howling winds that exceeded 70 mph. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Mass. Coast Assesses Damage

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Marshfield, Mass. — Some of the areas hardest hit by the blizzard that tore through Massachusetts were on the state’s coastline where oceanfront homes took the brunt of raging seas. In Marshfield, officials were still assessing the damage but said at least four homes will likely be condemned. At least a dozen more sustained substantial damage after two 80-foot sections …

Report Outlines State Government Inefficiencies

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Concord — The fastest way from Manchester to Concord is up Interstate 93, but one state government department asks its employees to take any other route. That’s because on the highway — even if the drive is shorter — workers must pay a toll, and that is an added expense the department prefers to avoid. But in the long run, the attempt to …

Vt. House OKs Ban on Microbeads

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Montpelier — The state House voted Tuesday to ban the sale and manufacture of microbeads in personal care products and over-the-counter drugs. In one of the first acts of the legislative session, the House gave preliminary approval on a voice vote to H.4, a bill intended to outlaw barely visible plastic scrubbing components found in personal care products such as soap and facial …

Last Hours of Woman’s Life Revealed in Robarge Trial

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Newport — A daughter of a Charlestown woman prosecutors say was killed by her estranged husband on the day she filed for divorce testified Friday that her father wanted to move back into their Charlestown home, but her …

Hassan: Let Cops Treat Overdoses

Friday, January 16, 2015

Concord — Police officers may soon be able to administer an emergency treatment for heroin and opioid overdoses, a step public safety officials and Gov. Maggie Hassan say is critical to combating the state’s heroin epidemic. Under current law, only licensed emergency medical technicians, who include many firefighters, …

Shumlin Seeks Payroll Tax For Medicaid

Friday, January 16, 2015

Montpelier — Single-payer might be off the table, but health care still topped the agenda at Gov. Peter Shumlin’s third-term budget address. The governor is proposing a 0.7 percent payroll tax, generating $82.8 million, to bring Medicaid payments to doctors and hospitals up to the level of Medicare, …

Boston’s Interstate 93 Blocked By Chained Demonstrators

Friday, January 16, 2015

Boston — Activists protesting what they call “police and state violence against black people” chained themselves to concrete-filled barrels and blocked a busy Boston-area highway at the height of the Thursday morning commute. State police shut down northbound Interstate 93 south of the city, and I-93 south, in …

N.H. Board Urges State: Focus on Utility Issue

Friday, January 16, 2015

Concord (ap) — The state’s Public Utilities Commission said Thursday it will pause its review of a reimbursement issue regarding New Hampshire’s largest utility while lawmakers try to forge a solution. But the regulatory body said it would not delay study on the effects that continued Public Service …

Shumlin Reverses Course On Records Disclosure

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Montpelier — Gov. Peter Shumlin has reversed course and is withholding from the public some of the documents that helped shape his decision to shelve his push for a single-payer health care plan. When he announced last month that he was dropping the main goal of his administration, …

Bill Expands On Reporting Of Abuse

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Montpelier — Any caregiver who knows a child is in danger of abuse but doesn’t report it could face a felony charge carrying a 10-year penalty under pending state legislation. House and Senate judiciary and human services committees were given details of the bill by legislative staff on …

Paul: Some Game System for Undeserved Disability Cash

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Manchester, n.h. — Republican Sen. Rand Paul said Wednesday that some people “game the system” to receive disability payments they don’t deserve and later criticized the federal government for not doing an adequate job policing a system he …

Stark Contrast Between Vt. Schools

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Montpelier — Rebecca Holcombe, the secretary of the Agency of Education, presented two scenarios to lawmakers on Friday. School A has 300 students and a long list of science classes and several science teachers, including a few Advanced Placement classes, while School B has 80 students with one …

N.H. Filmmakers Plan Market Basket Documentary

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Using footage from weeks on the front lines of rallies and protests, two New Hampshire filmmakers are producing a documentary on the fight for control of Market Basket. Jay Childs of JBC Films and Melissa Paly of Current …