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Streak of Freezing Days Ends in Vt.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Montpelier — Sick of the cold yet? Here’s why. The temperature stayed at or below freezing for 43 consecutive days up until Wednesday in parts of Vermont, making the February freeze both long and deep. Both Montpelier and Rutland recorded their coldest Februaries ever. Montpelier endured a chilly average temperature of 5.1 degrees in February, compared to the normal average of 19.9 degrees. Rutland had an even bigger gap — …

N.H. Bill Requires Cursive in Schools

Friday, March 6, 2015

Concord — As schools adopt new education standards and rely more on computers in the classroom, a group of New Hampshire senators want to make sure the basics of learning cursive and multiplication tables don’t get left behind. “You definitely need to teach typing and keyboarding and all of that, but kids do need to be able to sign their names, they do …

N.H. Senate Signals Fight On Budget

Friday, March 6, 2015

Concord — New Hampshire Senate Republicans made it clear Thursday they do not plan to make budgeting decisions on Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan’s terms. The state’s current $10.7 billion two-year budget cycle ends June 30, and lawmakers are now crafting a new budget based on Hassan’s $11.5 billion proposal for the next cycle. The upper chamber, along party lines, rejected a proposal by …

New Contract Ends Strike At FairPoint

Monday, February 23, 2015

Concord — The largest major work stoppage in the United States last year officially came to an end Sunday. Union members in New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont ratified a collective bargaining agreement Sunday with their employer, FairPoint Communications, ending a strike that began in October. With 1,700 telecommunications …

Local & Regional Briefs for Monday, Feb. 23, 2015

Monday, February 23, 2015

Concord Breaks Cold Weather Record for Feb. 21 Concord — New Hampshire’s capitol city set a new cold weather record at minus-17 degrees. Meteorologists at the National Weather Service in Gray, Maine say that temperature — recorded Saturday — is the coldest Feb. 21st on record in 146 …

Marijuana Forum Set In Hartland

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Hartland — A free forum on the issue of legalizing marijuana in Vermont is set for Thursday, at 7 p.m., at Damon Hall. The forum, hosted by the Windsor County Democratic Committee, will present both sides of the question, which state legislators will consider this session. Speakers Matt …

More Cold Temps Coming as Another Storm Hits East Coast

Sunday, February 22, 2015

The latest in a seemingly unending parade of snowstorms moved over the East Coast on Saturday, dropping a wintry mix as far south as northern Georgia and potentially causing more headaches for snow-weary New England. The National Weather Service said the storm was expected to bring 6 inches …

Vt. Highway Spending Boosted by Disaster Funding

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Montpelier — Despite a decrease in real dollars that Vermont has received from the federal Highway Trust Fund over the past five years the state has increased spending on highway projects — reducing its backlog of structurally deficient bridges and catching up on much-needed paving projects. Federal statistics …

Unions, FairPoint Have Deal

Friday, February 20, 2015

Portland, Maine — Northern New England’s primary landline provider, FairPoint Communications, and two unions representing more than 1,700 workers have reached a tentative agreement to end a four-month strike, officials announced Thursday. A joint statement from the company and unions didn’t provide any details of the proposal that …

Lawyers Ask U.S. Appeals Court To Move Marathon Bombing Trial

Friday, February 20, 2015

Boston — In a federal appeals court Thursday, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s defense team argued that what the federal district court has been doing for 51/2 weeks — interviewing prospective jurors — is essentially meaningless. The saturation of media coverage …

MBTA Hopes to Resume Some Service

Friday, February 20, 2015

Boston (ap) — MBTA officials said Thursday they expect to resume Red Line service to North Quincy, Mass., on the snow-clogged Braintree, Mass., branch, a key victory toward resuming full service after a series of pounding storms buried the region. Officials said the service should begin this morning, …

Vermont Sergeant-At-Arms Ousted Over Inauguration

Friday, February 20, 2015

Montpelier — Vermont lawmakers ousted the Statehouse’s sergeant-at-arms on Thursday after he came under fire for the handling of a protest that disrupted the governor’s inauguration in January. Statehouse Deputy Operations Director Janet Miller defeated four-term incumbent Francis Brooks, who had served in the House, including a stint …

Rent-to-Own Scrutinized

Friday, February 20, 2015

Montpelier — A Vermont Legal Aid lawyer calls the rent-to-own industry upside-down capitalism: charging the poorest the highest prices. Christopher Curtis joined Gov. Peter Shumlin, Attorney General William Sorrell and others Thursday to call for legislation tightening regulation of the industry. Ashlyn Murano, a 20-year-old single mother from …