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New Hampshire man indicted on sex, kidnap charges
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire man faces more than 200 counts charging him with snatching a 14-year-old girl as she walked home from high school last year, imprisoning her and sexually assaulting her over nine months, according to indictments released Wednesday.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014

FairPoint chief says union is strike-end obstacle
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- The chief executive officer of FairPoint Communications is telling Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin the union is responsible for the continued strike of its workers across northern New England.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014

2 former students plead guilty in hazing
MILTON, Vt. (AP) -- Two former high school football players in Vermont involved in a hazing scandal have pleaded guilty to simple assault on a younger teammate.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Man could get out in 5 years in arson, 4 killed
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) -- A judge has reduced the sentence of a Vermont man convicted of setting a fire that killed four people in 1999, with the possibility he could be released in five years or less.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Man found incompetent to face trial in death
LACONIA, N.H. (AP) -- A resident of a New Hampshire boarding house for the mentally ill has been found incompetent to stand on charges that he killed his roommate in 2013.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014

New Hampshire gets $2M health care grant
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- New Hampshire has received $2 million from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to work with providers and payers on improving access to health care services.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014

New Hampshire moves to ease distance learning
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- New Hampshire is joining a national effort to make education more accessible to college students across state lines.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014

N.H. House Republicans Jockey in Leadership Battle
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- State House Republicans are nearly split down the middle in a battle for their leadership, a division that could weaken the party's ability to unify behind legislation.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Smaller renewable power projects up 58 percent
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- Vermont's reliance on solar power is continuing to increase as producers take advantage of federal tax credits and the state's growing affection for cleaner energy sources, officials said Tuesday.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Vermont, again, leads nation in Peace Corps
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- The Peace Corps says Vermont is continuing to lead the country in the per capita production of Peace Corps volunteers.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Lawmakers Add Pressure on FairPoint to Negotiate
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- Vermont's congressional delegation has joined the governor in calling for FairPoint Communications to negotiate an end to the two-month strike by about 1,700 workers after a rash of Internet and phone outages on the network of the state's dominant carrier.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Town, company reach agreement on value of dam
VERNON, Vt. (AP) -- After several years of disagreeing, a Vermont town and energy giant TransCanada have reached an agreement on the value of a hydroelectric dam: $30.5 million.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014

FEMA to assess damage in Vermont from storm
JOHNSON, Vt. (AP) -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency is visiting Vermont to assess the damage from last week's snow storm that caused more than 130,000 power outages.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Ayotte, Shaheen support bill for injured veterans
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- New Hampshire Sens. Kelly Ayotte and Jeanne Shaheen say a bill on its way to President Barack Obama will enhance treatment services for veterans living with traumatic brain injuries.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Police: Child, 2, left unattended in drug cases
ROCHESTER, N.H. (AP) -- Police say a New Hampshire man has been arrested on charges of possessing drugs and leaving a 2-year-old girl unattended at an apartment where several people showed signs of a heroin overdose.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Former theater finance director accused of forgery
KEENE, N.H. (AP) -- The former finance director of the Colonial Theatre in Keene, New Hampshire, has been accused of forging a check from the organization for $2,500.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Hunter's shot narrowly misses couple in house
PELHAM, N.H. (AP) -- A man hunting deer in Pelham, New Hampshire, has been charged with reckless conduct after a round from his 12-gauge shotgun went through a house, narrowly missing a couple sitting in their living room.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Smaller Vermont power projects up 58 percent
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- Vermont's reliance on solar power is continuing to increase.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Mom charged with murder after babies' bodies found
Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Maine approves $25K fine for natural gas company
Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Widespread FairPoint Phone Outages Continue
MIDDLESEX, Vt. (AP) -- December is normally a busy time of year at Vermont Musical Instrument Repair, with people clamoring to get their clarinets and trombones fixed up for holiday concerts. But owner Jeff Vovakes' phone has been silent for a week.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014

New Hampshire unemployment rate down slightly
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- The New Hampshire Employment Security office says the state's unemployment rate for November was 4.1 percent, down a tenth of a percentage point from October.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014

State: Hike Spaulding Turnpike speed from 55 to 65
DOVER, N.H. (AP) -- The New Hampshire Department of Transportation plans to increase the speed limit on the Spaulding Turnpike from 55 to 65 mph between Dover and Rochester.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Prosecutor drops more drug charges; evidence gone
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- The Chittenden County state's attorney says more drug charges are being dismissed linked to a police detective accused of stealing drug evidence.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Vermont, again, leads national in Peace Corps
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- The Peace Corps says Vermont is continuing to lead the country in the per capita production of Peace Corps volunteers.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Sanders says Social Security will be priority
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, who is moving to a new post as top minority member of the Senate Budget Committee, says he'll use the position to defend Social Security, which he calls "the most successful government program in history."
Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Union sues to block sale of Bucksport paper mill
Tuesday, December 16, 2014

New Hampshire: Brain Center Needs Immediate Fix
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- An Effingham center that treats people with brain injuries must pay and train staff better and improve supervision of patients, according to a state report that follows an investigation into complaints of abuse and neglect.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Pro-O'Brien Republicans meet
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- About half of the 239-member House Republican caucus is supporting Rep. Bill O'Brien as the majority leader, refusing to recognize Speaker Shawn Jasper's appointed majority leader, Rep. Jack Flanagan.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014

13 puppies found after pet store break-in
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) -- Police say 13 puppies taken during a break-in at a pet store in Manchester, New Hampshire, have been recovered, and four people have been arrested.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Student prank leads to chemical exposure at school
NASHUA, N.H. (AP) -- Fire and school officials say what started as a prank sent six people, including four students, to the hospital after being exposed to chemicals in a high school art room in Nashua, New Hampshire.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Home of Declaration signer's family on register
STRATHAM, N.H. (AP) -- A house that once was the home of family of Declaration of Independence signer Josiah Bartlett has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014

New PBS president comes aboard in February
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) -- Vermont Public Broadcasting Service has a new president and CEO.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Brattleboro park nearing fund-raising goal
BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) -- A yearslong effort to develop a new park in Brattleboro, Vermont, is nearing completion.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Man convicted of assault in pipeline protest
SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) -- A protester at Vermont Gas in South Burlington has been convicted of a charge of simple assault, injuring a company employee with a chain during a demonstration.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Sentence revisited in arson that killed 4
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) -- A resentencing hearing is taking place for a Vermont man initially sentenced to a 40-to-60-year prison term for setting a fire that killed four people in 1999.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014

U. of Vermont says faculty approves union contract
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) -- The University of Vermont says its full-time faculty members have approved a new contract.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Hunter falls 15 feet from tree stand
SWANZEY, N.H. (AP) -- New Hampshire's Fish and Game Department says rescuers came to the aid of an injured bow hunter who fell 15 feet from a tree stand.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014

North Country Research Project Gets Nearly $128K
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- A research project that examines the experiences and attitudes of Coos County youth and young adults has received a grant of nearly $128,000 from a charitable fund that supports organizations in northern New Hampshire and surrounding areas.
Monday, December 15, 2014

New Hampshire News Briefs
Shaheen, Ayotte back spending bill
Monday, December 15, 2014

Vermont to seek FEMA disaster assessment
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- Vermont officials say they're going to ask the Federal Emergency Management Agency to see if the state could qualify for disaster assistance in the wake of last week's storms that left more than 100,000 electric customers without power.
Monday, December 15, 2014

Vermont town to study hydro-electric project
BARTON, Vt. (AP) -- A Vermont town is going to study the feasibility of generating electricity through a hydro-power facility on Crystal Lake Falls.
Monday, December 15, 2014

National Life to inaugurate new solar project
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- Vermont's National Life Group is going to be inaugurating its new solar power installation.
Monday, December 15, 2014

Man walks out of store with $1,000 worth of toys
ROCHESTER, N.H. (AP) -- Police are looking for a man suspected of stealing $1,000 worth of toys from a store in Rochester, New Hampshire.
Monday, December 15, 2014

Gas prices fall 6.5 cents in New Hampshire
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- Gas prices in New Hampshire have fallen 6.5 cents per gallon in the past week to an average of $2.69.
Monday, December 15, 2014

University hosts social innovation challenge
DURHAM, N.H. (AP) -- A competition that challenges participants to develop solutions to some of society's most pressing social and environmental problems is wrapping up at the University of New Hampshire.
Monday, December 15, 2014

Vermont storm cleanup nearly complete
Monday, December 15, 2014

Family loses house in fire
GRAFTON, Vt. (AP) -- A family of four has lost their home in a fire in Grafton, Vermont.
Monday, December 15, 2014

Vermont New Briefs
Fewer than 4,000 without power in Vermont
Monday, December 15, 2014

$814K offered for projects after plant closes
BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) -- Five Windham County projects have been selected to receive $814,000 in grants after the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant shuts down.
Monday, December 15, 2014

New Hampshire: Brain center needs immediate fix
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- An Effingham center that treats people with brain injuries must pay and train staff better and improve supervision of patients, according to a state report that follows an investigation into complaints of abuse and neglect.
Monday, December 15, 2014

Overall homeless count down in NH, up for veterans
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) -- A report on homelessness says New Hampshire's overall homeless population has decreased by 3 percent, but says there's been an increase among veterans and chronic cases.
Monday, December 15, 2014

Governor to discuss financial exploitation law
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- Gov. Maggie Hassan is going to be discussing a measure she signed into law that strengthens the penalties for financially exploiting the elderly and other vulnerable New Hampshire citizens.
Monday, December 15, 2014

Dartmouth accepts 483 early decision students
HANOVER, N.H. (AP) -- The first 483 members of Dartmouth College's Class of 2019 have received their admission offer.
Monday, December 15, 2014

Christmas Tree Shopping: Cost vs. Convenience
WATERVILLE VALLEY, N.H. (AP) -- Some U.S. consumers are going over the Internet or through the woods to find fresh Christmas trees this year, taking advantage of shopping options at opposite ends of the cost spectrum.
Saturday, December 13, 2014

Police: Teen set fire to scare ex-girlfriend
Friday, December 12, 2014

New railroad rebuilding business after disaster in Quebec
Friday, December 12, 2014

Rockingham County sees growing heroin problem
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- The New Hampshire Liquor Commission is working on increased efforts to reduce impaired driving this holiday season.
Friday, December 12, 2014

Widespread FairPoint outage in New Hampshire, Vermont
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) -- FairPoint Communications says a problem that occurred during routine maintenance led to a loss of high-speed Internet service for thousands of customers in Vermont and New Hampshire on Thursday.
Friday, December 12, 2014

National & World News Briefs
Obama praises big $1.1trillion spending bill; says it's the divided government voters asked
Friday, December 12, 2014

Market Basket deal completed, ending family feud
Friday, December 12, 2014

Woman charged with stealing wreaths from cemetery
Friday, December 12, 2014

Brr-fresco: Maine city OKs winter outdoor dining
Friday, December 12, 2014

Police: Facebook message helped save woman
BRISTOL, Vt. (AP) -- Police in a Vermont town are thanking a college student in Canada for alerting them via Facebook about a local woman who posted a message about taking an overdose of prescription medication.
Friday, December 12, 2014

Court rules police can charge DUI at other stops
Friday, December 12, 2014

Shumlin: Time to resolve FairPoint strike, outages
Friday, December 12, 2014

Woman in deadly bike crash to plead guilty
BRENTWOOD, N.H. (AP) -- The unlicensed New Hampshire driver charged with plowing into a group of bicyclists last year, killing two Massachusetts women, said in a court filing Friday that she plans to plead guilty to some of the charges against her.
Friday, December 12, 2014

Liquor commission to crack down on drunken driving
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- The Liquor Commission is ramping up its efforts to prevent drunken driving during the holiday season by increasing undercover monitoring of establishments serving alcohol and partnering with the state police to increase patrols.
Friday, December 12, 2014

Some outages could last into Monday
COLCHESTER, Vt. (AP) -- The state's largest utility says it could be Monday before all Vermont customers have power restored after a two-day storm that Green Mountain Power says is the worst storm in recent history for outages, surpassing Tropical Storm Irene in and the 1998 ice storm.
Friday, December 12, 2014

Governor: Power outages could last until weekend
WATERBURY, Vt. (AP) -- It could be the end of the weekend before all electric customers in Vermont have their power back following a two-day storm that dumped heavy, wet snow across the state, Gov. Peter Shumlin said Thursday.
Thursday, December 11, 2014

Tractor trailer carrying glass bottles overturns
BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) -- An area of Interstate 91 in Brattleboro is back open after Vermont State Police said a tractor trailer carrying boxes containing thousands of glass bottles to be used for maple syrup overturned in a median.
Thursday, December 11, 2014

Speaker set to name leadership, committee chairs
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- Newly elected New Hampshire House Speaker Shawn Jasper is planning to announce committee chairs for the upcoming legislative session.
Thursday, December 11, 2014

Stolen plow truck back at school for winter
LACONIA, N.H. (AP) -- A New Hampshire school district is happy it has its plow truck back for winter, now that it's no longer needed as a prime piece of evidence in a criminal case.
Thursday, December 11, 2014

Official: Limited Supply Means Higher Electric Bills
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) -- Energy leaders reiterated Wednesday the need for more power sources in New England, a fact made more acute by potentially record-high electricity prices coming this winter.
Thursday, December 11, 2014

Widespread FairPoint outage in New Hampshire, Vermont
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) -- FairPoint Communications says a problem that occurred during routine maintenance led to a loss of high-speed Internet service for thousands of customers in Vermont and New Hampshire on Thursday.
Thursday, December 11, 2014

Rockingham County sees growing heroin problem
KINGSTON, N.H. (AP) -- Recovering drug addicts, family members and others have come together to stop what they call a heroin epidemic in Rockingham County.
Thursday, December 11, 2014

Vermont wins $33 million early education grant
Thursday, December 11, 2014

Time capsule removed from Massachusetts Statehouse
Thursday, December 11, 2014

Governor: Power outages could last until weekend
Thursday, December 11, 2014

Court upholds New Hampshire pension reform law
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- The New Hampshire State Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld a 3-year-old pension reform law for public employees that shifted more costs onto workers.
Thursday, December 11, 2014

Bacon, Pet Psychic Turn Up Zilch In 5-month Search
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- Rotisserie chicken, bacon, dog toys, more than a dozen volunteers and even a psychic have not been enough to find Murphy, an elusive golden retriever whose owner's five-month search for the beloved animal has captivated one mountainous area of Vermont.
Thursday, December 11, 2014

Revising Health Network Rules Will Take Time
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- Revisions to New Hampshire's rules for health care provider networks are going to take longer than state officials initially expected.
Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Man accused of trying to rob post office
SWANTON, Vt. (AP) -- Police say they tracked down a man who attempted to rob a Vermont post office at knifepoint.
Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Storm dumps snow north, rain south
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- A storm has left some heavy amounts of snow in northern New Hampshire and rain in southern parts of the state, but not the high number of power outages that utilities prepared for.
Wednesday, December 10, 2014

University system offices moving to Concord
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- The University System of New Hampshire is moving its administrative offices from Lee to Concord early next year in an effort to centralize services and better serve its four schools and their students.
Wednesday, December 10, 2014

School evacuated, man threatens suicide nearby
SOMERSWORTH, N.H. (AP) -- Police say they briefly evacuated a school in Somersworth, New Hampshire, after getting a call about an armed man who threatened to kill himself at a nearby home.
Wednesday, December 10, 2014

LePage seeks to prevent dismantling of Maine mill
Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Maine agency opposes FairPoint subsidy
Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Wet snow causes 34,000 Vermont power outages
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- Vermont's electric utilities are working to restore service to thousands of customers who lost power after heavy snow downed trees, branches and power lines.
Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Driver flees after crashing stolen vehicle
ROCKINGHAM, Vt. (AP) -- Vermont State Police say they're searching for the driver of a stolen vehicle who fled the scene of a crash.
Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Vermont Health Dept.: still time for flu vaccine
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) -- The Vermont Health Department says it's not too late for people to get their flu vaccines.
Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Vermont getting federal pre-kindergarten grant
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- Vermont has received $7.3 million in what is expected to be a $33.4 million, four-year federal grant for pre-kindergarten programs in public schools and Head Start agencies.
Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Vermont governor praises decision not to sell app
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- Gov. Peter Shumlin is praising a decision by tech giant Apple to stop offering an app that some Vermont high school students said had been used to bully their classmates.
Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Early child care workers reject joining union
BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) -- Early child care workers in Vermont have voted to reject a chance to join the American Federation of Teachers union.
Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Court upholds New Hampshire pension reform law
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- The New Hampshire State Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld a 3-year-old pension reform law for public employees that shifted more costs onto workers.
Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Mount Washington records 1st avalanche of season
PINKHAM NOTCH, N.H. (AP) -- Mount Washington has recorded its first avalanche of the season.
Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Fire leaves family of 12 homeless
NEW HAMPTON, N.H. (AP) -- A family of 12 is looking for a place to live after their home in New Hampton, New Hampshire, was destroyed in a chimney fire.
Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Energy leaders stress need for more supply
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) -- Energy executives are reiterating the need for more energy sources in New England, just as customers are preparing to see spikes in their electric bills this winter.
Wednesday, December 10, 2014

NH Environmental Services reminds residents whan can and cannot be burned outside
In light of recent storm damage, the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services wants to remind homeowners and businesses that there are restrictions on the types of material that can be burned in outside fires.
Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Vermont activists to fight ban on state GMO laws
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- A state representative and some activists will travel to Washington in a bid to stop a federal law that would pre-empt states like Vermont from requiring labels on genetically modified foods.
Wednesday, December 10, 2014


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