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Jeremy Mackling, project manager at PCL, explains the construction of the new Interstate 91 bridges over Route 5 in White River Junction, Vt., during a news conference at the site on August 19, 2015. 
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I-91 Bridge Plans Sliding Into Place

Thursday, August 27, 2015

White River Junction — The Vermont Agency of Transportation is urging drivers and pedestrians to avoid the area around Interstate 91’s Exit 11 interchange in White River Junction this weekend as construction crews plan to shut down the interstate’s northbound lanes to replace the bridge over Route 5. State transportation officials said they hope travelers will agree with their assessment …

Lawyers Recommend New Settlement in Milk Suit

Thursday, August 27, 2015

A class action lawsuit that accused two dairy groups of manipulating the Northeast milk market and driving small farmers out of business is one step closer to being settled. Attorneys for the plaintiffs in the antitrust lawsuit Allen v. Dairy Farmers of America have asked U.S. District Court Judge Christina Reiss to approve a new $50 million settlement to put the case to …

Vt. Calls for Level-Funded Budget

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Montpelier — The Shumlin administration is asking departments and agencies to submit level-funded budgets for the coming fiscal year. In a letter, Justin Johnson, the secretary of the Agency of Administration, urged commissioners and secretaries to be “extremely cautious and restrained” as they develop budgets. The budget instructions for fiscal year 2017 “reflect the state’s fiscal outlook,” Johnson wrote. While the state is …

N.H. Considers Using Youth Center for Treatment

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Concord — As New Hampshire faces a growing substance abuse problem, lawmakers are considering repurposing part of the state’s juvenile detention center to treat teens with drug addiction or mental illness. A group of legislators, advocates and state officials met at the Sununu Youth Services Center on Monday …

Rape Charge Puts Focus on Elite School

Monday, August 17, 2015

Concord — St. Paul’s School boasts a glittering roster of alumni that includes senators, congressmen, a Nobel laureate and the current secretary of state. The elite prep school also allegedly has a sordid tradition of sexual conquest where graduating boys try to take the virginity of younger girls …

Monday, August 17, 2015

N.H. Liquor Commission Posts Record Sales of $642 Million Concord — The New Hampshire Liquor Commission says it posted record sales of $642 million in the fiscal year that ended June 30. Officials say that marks an increase of $21 million in sales over the previous year. Net …

Bennington, Vt., Board Opposes Solar Plans

Monday, August 17, 2015

Bennington, Vt. — The selectboard in Bennington, Vt., has voted to ask state regulators to reject two adjacent solar projects proposed for a 27-acre parcel in the town. But Town Manager Stuart Hurd tells the Bennington Banner the projects may be difficult to stop, because they appear to …

Martha’s Vineyard Casino Plan Defeated by Tribe

Monday, August 17, 2015

Boston — A referendum which would have allowed members of the Aquinnah Wampanoag tribe to bring electronic, bingo-style games to an unfinished tribal community center on Martha’s Vineyard failed to win a two-thirds majority vote on Sunday. Tribal chairman Tobias Vanderhoop said the vote was 110-110 with eight …

One Mass. Foster Child Dies, Another Is Critical

Monday, August 17, 2015

Auburn, Mass. (ap)— A 2-year-old girl died while in foster care and another was in very critical condition Sunday after the pair was found unresponsive at their foster home. Worcester County officials said they were conducting an autopsy, and police were still investigating what happened at the Auburn …

Future of Mass. Casino To Be Decided by Judge

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Boston — An Indian tribe planning to build a casino on Martha’s Vineyard doesn’t exercise enough governmental oversight on its tribal land there to be allowed to operate a gambling hall, Massachusetts and other opponents of the plan argued in federal court last Wednesday. “The police force, the …

Allies of Slain Civil Rights Worker From N.H. Reflect 50 Years Later

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Keene, N.H. — Fifty years after Jonathan Daniels was shot dead by an ardent segregationist in Alabama, the people who stood with him then lament today’s killings of blacks by police and the racially motivated slaying of nine …

Almanac Predicts A Cold Winter

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Concord — Just when you thought you had gotten over last winter, be warned: The Old Farmer’s Almanac predicts it will be super cold with a slew of snow for much of the country, even in places that don’t usually see too much of it, like the Pacific …

Agritourism Growth Spurs Safety Concerns

Sunday, August 16, 2015

South Hero, Vt. — As more farms open themselves up to visitors for apple picking, hay rides and some extra income, experts are advising owners to take steps to prevent accidents — be they small or fatal. Farming …