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Regional Courts Proposed in Vt.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Montpelier — New language adopted in the budget bill last week would authorize the judiciary branch to hold some hearings in courthouses that cover as many as four counties. The Senate Appropriations Committee accepted language that would allow the judicial branch to establish regions of up to four counties — a proposal termed “regional venue.” The plan would allow certain hearings for termination of parental rights cases to be held …

Lawyer Pleads For Marathon Bomber’s Life

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Boston — Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s lawyers pleaded with a jury Monday to spare his life, portraying him as “a good kid” who was led down the path to terrorism by his increasingly fanatical older brother. David Bruck delivered the defense’s opening statement in the penalty phase of Tsarnaev’s trial, saying there …

Industry Moves to Block Genetically Modified Food Labeling

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Montpelier — Food industry lawyers say there’s not enough time to implement Vermont’s new labeling rules for genetically modified products before the July 2016 effective date and are asking a federal judge to block them. The legal skirmishing continues a year after Vermont passed a law aimed at making it the first state in the country to require labeling of food containing genetically …

Vt. College Partners With Feds Online

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Montpelier — The federal government is working with Vermont’s Champlain College to provide online educational and training opportunities to millions of federal civilian employees and their dependents at up to 70 percent off the regular cost, officials said Monday. The partnership between the federal Office of Personnel Management …

Series of Snowstorms Pushed Up N.H.’s Cost by $9 Million

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Concord — This winter’s series of heavy snowfalls put a $9.2 million hurt on the state’s annual snow removal budget and led to a raid on the fund that pays for road and bridge repair and maintenance, according to figures compiled by the Department of Transportation. Data updated …

Tax Capacity Controversy Stirs Vermont

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The policy group Public Assets Institute asserts the state has capacity to raise more revenue based on its interpretation of data released by the Vermont Legislature’s Joint Fiscal Office. The Joint Fiscal Office published a bar chart that shows the relationship between state spending and the gross state …

Gov. Shumlin’s Political Clout in Doubt

Monday, April 20, 2015

Montpelier — Some say he’s down. Some say he’s out. Gov. Peter Shumlin says he’s neither. As the Legislature prepared to enter the final weeks of the 2015 session, the Democratic governor this past week offered an upbeat …

Fake Distress Calls Are Costly, Put Crews at Risk

Monday, April 20, 2015

South Portland, Maine (ap) — Coast Guard officials are warning the public of the consequences of making hoax distress calls in the wake of a Maine man pleading guilty to the offense. Coast Guard officials say they respond to an average of 12 distress calls on a typical …

Bill Proposes To Streamline Felony Process

Monday, April 20, 2015

Concord — The New Hampshire Judicial Branch wants to streamline how felony cases are handled, saving time and money and overhauling a process that dates back to when judges rode horses to court and grand juries convened only twice a year. The bill has the support of most …

Crowded 2016 Field Excites N.H. Republican Voters

Monday, April 20, 2015

Nashua — For New Hampshire Republicans, the early days of the 2016 presidential campaign feel like an embarrassment of riches. The state’s notoriously fickle, independent-minded voters are relishing a wide-open Republican race and are in no hurry to …

N.H. Liquor Panel Warns of Mass. Competitor

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Concord — The state Liquor Commission is warning lawmakers that a new spirits retailer planning to expand in Massachusetts could be a drain on New Hampshire sales. Maryland-based Total Wine & More, a big-box national chain, is set …

New England’s Long Winter Delays Gardening Season

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Montpelier — The historic barrage of snow and cold that struck New England this winter has pushed back the gardening season and left behind damaged bushes, trees and greenhouses — and gardeners clamoring to get their hands in …

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 …