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The Rev. Christopher Coyne, center, is  formally installed as Vermont’s new Roman Catholic bishop at St. Joseph Co-Cathedral in Burlington, Vt., on Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015.  Coyne said the church needs to shift from a "church of the establishment," where worshippers come to it, to a "missionary church" that goes out and engages a wider community. (AP Photo/Andy Duback)

Vermont’s new Roman Catholic bishop installed during Mass

Friday, January 30, 2015

Burlington — The Rev. Christopher Coyne, the Catholic Church’s first blogging priest to be elevated to a bishop, was formally installed as Vermont’s new Roman Catholic bishop during a Mass on Thursday attended by nearly 1,000 people including representatives of the diocese’s 73 parishes. Bishop Coyne said the church needs to shift from a “church of the establishment,” where worshippers …

Ex-Patriots Player Aaron Hernandez Stands Trial on Murder Charges

Friday, January 30, 2015

Fall River, Mass. — With his old team about to play in the Super Bowl, former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez went on trial on murder charges Thursday, watching from the defense table as prosecutors showed the jury security-camera footage from Hernandez’s own home to tie him to the crime. Hernandez’s lawyer …

N.H. Bill Allows for Concealed Guns Without License

Friday, January 30, 2015

Concord — People who can legally own a gun in New Hampshire would be able to carry their firearm out of sight without having to get a separate license under a bill proposed by three Republican lawmakers, putting a renewed focus on the state’s power to regulate gun rights. The sponsors of the so-called “constitutional carry” bill say it would make New Hampshire …

New Hampshire Delegation Requests Openness on Pipeline

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Concord — New Hampshire’s congressional delegation is calling for an open and transparent process before a final decision is made about a proposed natural gas pipeline route in the state. Texas-based Kinder Morgan wants to construct about 70 miles of pipeline through southern New Hampshire. About 90 percent …

Leahy, Welch On Cuba Visit

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Washington (ap) — U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont is leading a delegation of congressional Democrats on a visit to Cuba to discuss expectations for the normalization of relations between the United States and the island nation. Leahy said in a statement Saturday that lawmakers want to explore …

Marijuana Profits Could Boost Vt.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Montpelier — Vermont could reap hundreds of millions of dollars in tax revenue if it were to legalize marijuana, but only if nearby states don’t also jump on the bandwagon, according to a study released Friday. The study comes as states across the country increasingly explore the potential …

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 …