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FILE - In this June 24, 2015 file photo, Democratic presidential candidate former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee shakes hands as he meets Belknap County Democrats during a campaign stop in Laconia, N.H.  The former Rhode Island governor has visited the first primary state of New Hampshire a dozen times this year. But he seems to be making barely a ripple, aside from curiosity about some of his policy platforms.   (AP Photo/Jim Cole, File)

N.H. Officers’ Names Given To Lawyers

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Concord — The New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office has released to defense attorneys the names of nearly 150 police officers whose certifications to perform breath tests in suspected drunken driving cases may be in question. Deputy Attorney General Ann Rice on June 19 notified the state’s criminal defense lawyers that at least 64 state and local police officers took a …

Hassan: Revisit State Budget

Friday, July 3, 2015

White River Junction — New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan is encouraging legislative leaders to return to the table to consider a compromise on the state’s budget for the 2016-2017 biennium. Hassan vetoed the $11.3 billion budget approved by the Republican-led Legislature last week. A particular sticking point has been business tax cuts which Hassan said would “blow a large hole in future budgets, …

Larger Veterans Center Opens

Friday, July 3, 2015

White River Junction — Upper Valley veterans have a new space to call their own on the first floor of a new office building on Prospect Street in White River Junction. At the new, larger Vet Center, counselors will continue to provide veterans and their families with care and referral services as they …

FEMA Rebuffs Vt. On Flood Resilience

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Montpelier — Ever since Tropical Storm Irene struck in 2011, Vermont has been pushing to make sure bridges and culverts are rebuilt to more flood-resistant standards. But the Federal Emergency Management Agency is rejecting — at least for now — the state’s argument that the federal agency should …

N.H. Senate Finance Leaders Defend Proposed Budget, Hope to Avoid Veto

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

West Lebanon — The Republican leaders of the Senate Finance Committee defended their $11.3 billion budget, which they said includes a 5 percent increase in spending over the current two-year budget for New Hampshire. Senate Finance Chairwoman Jeanie …

Donovan Will Run for Vt. AG

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Montpelier — Democrat T.J. Donovan will run for Vermont attorney general in the 2016 election, regardless of what incumbent Bill Sorrell decides. The Chittenden County state’s attorney told Seven Days on Sunday that he has decided to make a second bid for the office held by fellow Democrat …

Scout Leader Dies On Hike With Troop

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Concord — A Boy Scout leader from Maryland died of an apparent heart attack while on a Father’s Day hike in New Hampshire’s White Mountains with his troop, which included his two sons, authorities said. Vernon “Rick” Rippeon, 51, of Westminster, Md., was one of four adults leading …

Vermont Regulators Examine Gas Pipeline Pricing

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Montpelier — The president of Vermont Gas Systems told skeptical state regulators Monday that the current cost forecast for a pipeline expansion in western Vermont is accurate now, even though its price tag already has gone from $86 million to nearly $154 million. “There are many opportunities that …

No One Hurt in Bradford, Vt., Fire

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Bradford, Vt. — Dozens of firefighters responded to a massive blaze Monday night that destroyed the home of a local thrift shop owner who neighbors said is active in town life. Nobody was injured in the two-alarm fire …

Neither Side Giving In on N.H. Budget

Monday, June 22, 2015

Concord — New Hampshire lawmakers and Gov. Maggie Hassan are speeding toward a budget showdown this week that could result in months of financial uncertainty for state programs, workers and residents and set up the political dynamics of the next election. An $11.3 billion budget approved by Republican …

Vt. Joins Agreement Over Online College Courses

Monday, June 22, 2015

Montpelier (ap) — Vermont has joined an agreement that will make it easier and cheaper for colleges and universities to provide online courses in other states. Vermont is among 24 states that have signed a “State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement” agreement, known as SARA. Vermont Public Radio reports that …

Monday, June 22, 2015

N.H. Ski Season Ranks As Fourth Best Lincoln, n.h. — This past ski season in New Hampshire is considered the fourth best on record, with over 2.5 million visits to resorts. Ski New Hampshire says this winter, alpine ski area visits were up nearly 2 percent increase. Cross-country …

Vt. Institute Helps Farm-to-School Grow

Monday, June 22, 2015

Montpelier — Vermont has made a name for itself in the national farm-to-school movement getting more locally raised foods into school cafeterias and curriculum about nutrition and agriculture into classrooms. Now the state will serve as a classroom …