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In Boston Area, The Bald Eagle Population Is Soaring
BOSTON (AP) -- People spotting bald eagles in the skies over the Boston area aren't hallucinating -- there really are more of the majestic birds of prey setting up shop in the urban eastern areas of the state, experts say.
Friday, February 5, 2016

Food industry looks to Congress as GMO labeling law nears
WASHINGTON -- The food industry is pressuring Congress to act before the state of Vermont requires food labels for genetically modified ingredients.
Friday, February 5, 2016

Nuclear commission OKs Vermont Yankee decommissioning plans
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- The federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission, despite objections voiced by state officials, is giving positive reviews to the decommissioning plans developed by the owner of the closed Vermont Yankee nuclear plant.
Friday, February 5, 2016

Democratic race down to just two: Clinton, Sanders face off
DURHAM, N.H. -- Their race newly energized, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders head into the first one-on-one debate of the Democratic presidential contest Thursday night in a tussle over their very political identities.
Friday, February 5, 2016

Winter Thaw Triggers Sap Run In Maple Country
WEST TOPSHAM, Vt. (AP) -- A winter thaw in the Northeast with above freezing temperatures has triggered sap to flow in maple trees, launching an early start to the maple syrup season for some producers in parts of New England who chose to tap trees early.
Friday, February 5, 2016

Northwest Vermont farms face possible new requirements
MONTPELIER, Vt. -- Many farms in northwestern Vermont may have to make changes to reduce the phosphorus pollution that feeds toxic algae in Lake Champlain, according to a decision released Wednesday by the state agriculture secretary.
Thursday, February 4, 2016

NRC gives thumbs up to Vermont Yankee decommissioning plans
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- The federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission says it has no objections to the decommissioning plans developed by the owners of the closed Vermont Yankee nuclear plant. The NRC has released a letter to Entergy Corp. citing the company's plans for radioactive waste, emergency planning and mothballing the plant for decades.
Thursday, February 4, 2016

Vermont Gov. Shumlin, former Gov. Kunin to stump for Clinton
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin and former Gov. Madeleine Kunin are going to be campaigning for Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire.
Thursday, February 4, 2016

Laser imaging helps UNH researchers see forest
DURHAM, N.H. (AP) -- University of New Hampshire researchers are using laser imaging to help foresters track tree inventories, and hope to reach landowners to save them from the time-consuming practice of heading into the woods with tape measures.
Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Vermont's Matt Dunne is done at Google
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- Democratic Vermont gubernatorial candidate Matt Dunne says he's left his job with tech giant Google to focus on the 2016 campaign.
Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Vermont city bills Trump campaign for rally expenses
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) -- A Vermont city has billed Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's campaign for expenses incurred from a rally held there last month.
Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Clinton's narrow win sparks nervousness among supporters
MANCHESTER, N.H.-- Hillary Clinton emerged from Iowa with a razor-thin victory over Bernie Sanders -- and a new round of nervous second-guessing from supporters.
Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Working while sick? Vermont bill would ease the need
MONTPELIER -- Two years after a young Statehouse cafeteria worker told lawmakers she had come to work sick that day and made sandwiches, a bill requiring employers to provide paid sick leave cleared a key hurdle Tuesday.
Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Lawyers for accused Merrimack man want statements suppressed
MERRIMACK, N.H. (AP) -- Lawyers for a Merrimack man charged with killing his wife are seeking to suppress statements he made to police.
Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Preparations begin for work at the former Nashua Corp. mill
NASHUA, N.H. (AP) -- Preparation work has begun for the removal of asbestos from the boiler house at the former Nashua Corporation mill in the southern New Hampshire city.
Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Northwest Vermont farms face possible new requirements
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- Farms in northwestern Vermont may have to abide by certain practices to reduce phosphorus pollution in Lake Champlain under a decision released by the state's agriculture secretary.
Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Officials investigating untimely death at campground
NEW BOSTON, N.H. (AP) -- Officials are investigating an untimely death at a New Hampshire campground.
Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Portsmouth's wastewater plant upgrade gets new cost estimate
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) -- A new cost estimate for Portsmouth's long awaited wastewater treatment plant upgrade has put an $83.8 million price tag on the project.
Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Man injured, several displaced in Vermont apartment fire
HARTFORD, Vt. (AP) -- Fire officials say a man was injured and at least eight people were displaced after a kitchen fire destroyed a Vermont apartment building.
Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Vt. Fish & Wildlife looking for 'Let's Go Fishing' instructors
MONTPELIER -- The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is seeking volunteers who would like to become Let's Go Fishing instructors so they can pass on Vermont's fishing tradition to the next generation of Vermonters.
Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Clinton, Sanders Duke It Out For Photo Finish In Iowa Caucus
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders were locked in a tight battle in Iowa's leadoff presidential caucuses Monday as the two rivals offered Americans a stark choice between political pragmatism and revolution. Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, unable to turn it into a three-way race, ended his quest for the nomination.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Vermont Senate advances paid sick leave bill
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- The Vermont Senate has advanced a bill to require most employers to provide workers with paid time off when they're sick.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Vermont man gets 10 to life for sexually assaulting minors
BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) -- A Brattleboro man who was convicted of sexually assaulting underage girls has been sentenced to 10 years to life in prison.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Bill would up punishment for stealing guns during a burglary
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- Two New Hampshire lawmakers are co-sponsoring a bill that makes the theft of a gun during a burglary a more serious crime with more jail time.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Packed hearing on bobcat season draws opponents, supporters
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- A packed hearing on a proposal to have a bobcat hunting and trapping season in New Hampshire drew much opposition and some support.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Cruz Takes Iowa, Besting Trump And Emerging From GOP Pack
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Ted Cruz finished on top in the leadoff Republican presidential caucuses in Iowa, pushing aside Donald Trump and emerging from the pack of candidates.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Group has plan to create jobs while helping climate
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- A group of Vermont's legal, business and state officials has a plan to help the state's economy while helping to lead the nation in the on-going effort to fight climate change.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Vermont holds hearing on proposed logging practices change
RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) -- Vermont is taking public comment on a proposed rule change for logging practices.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Christie on thorny issue of bobcats: He favors hunting
NASHUA, N.H. (AP) -- It's not an issue he gets asked back home in New Jersey: What to do about the growing numbers of bobcats? But when you're campaigning for president in New Hampshire, you need to take a position on issues that crop up in rural life.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Jurors convict man for role in Allentown attempted murder
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- A 24-year-old New Hampshire man has been convicted of organizing an attempted murder that left one woman with 15 stab wounds in January 2014.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

O'Malley Drops Out Of Democratic Race For President
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley ended his Democratic presidential campaign Monday midway through vote-counting in the Iowa caucuses, terminating a bid that failed to gain traction against rivals Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Verizon Wireless Arena to be renamed 'SNHU Arena'
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) -- The Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester will be getting a new name.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Driver struck by ice from truck recovering
SOUTH HERO, Vt. (AP) -- A 72-year-old driver is recovering at a hospital after a large chunk of ice blew off a tractor trailer and crashed through her windshield.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Ayotte to IRS: Put tax instruction booklets in libraries
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- Republican U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte is calling on the Internal Revenue Service to put instruction booklets to accompany tax forms in New Hampshire public libraries participating in the Tax Forms Outlet Program.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Mother, 2 others indicted in daughter's overdose death
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- A federal court has indicted a New Hampshire mother and two others in the fentanyl overdose death of her 17-year-old daughter.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Ice climber rescued from New Hampshire mountain after fall
HART'S LOCATION, N.H. (AP) -- Officials say a Massachusetts ice climber was rescued from a New Hampshire Mountain after he fell about 20 feet.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Vermont News Briefs
Vermont police seize 181 plants, processed pot in search -- Children's Literacy Foundation to award book grants -- New Vermont state conference center named for late senator -- Vermont launches statewide battery recycling program -- Vermont has new part-time state beekeeper to enforce rules -- Green Mountain Club co-hosts Winter Trails Day with hikes -- Ice from truck crashes through windshield, injures driver -- Southern Vermont wildlife management area getting bigger -- Milton High School senior wins Sanders' essay contest
Monday, February 1, 2016

Vermont House Eases Local Education Spending Caps
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- In a post-midnight vote Saturday, the Vermont House passed a bill to ease spending caps on local school districts.
Monday, February 1, 2016

Police investigate reported explosion in New Hampshire town
HOOKSETT, N.H. (AP) -- Police say they found no problems after they received reports of a huge explosion in a New Hampshire town.
Monday, February 1, 2016

MSNBC to host Democratic debate Thursday in New Hampshire
DURHAM, N.H. (AP) -- The tentative deal reached this weekend between the presidential campaigns of Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders includes a debate Thursday at the University of New Hampshire in Durham.
Monday, February 1, 2016

Stressful marriage between Vermont, Union to mark 225 years
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- Talk about a long marriage. Vermont is coming up on its 225th anniversary of being wedded to the United States. But the history shows the relationship has not always been easy.
Monday, February 1, 2016

Experts: Lack of snow means easy time for wildlife
NASHUA, N.H. (AP) -- Higher temperatures and lower snowfall totals means an easier time for wildlife in New Hampshire.
Monday, February 1, 2016

New Hampshire News Briefs
5 loons rescued from small patches of water on Lake Sunapee -- NH police: Massachusetts man clocked at 116 mph in Ashland -- Hearings to be held on bobcat hunting, trapping proposal -- New Hampshire man airlifted to hospital, charged with DUI -- Ice climber falls nearly 30 feet, stopped by rope, rescued -- Police investigating vehicle arsons, thefts in Portsmouth -- Police: New Hampshire trooper assaulted by suspect -- New Hampshire pond hockey classic moves from Winnipesaukee -- UNH researchers find way to watch lakes for airborne toxins -- New Hampshire students to vote in mock presidential primary -- Black Ice Pond Hockey tournament underway in Concord -- 5 loons rescued from small patches of water on Lake Sunapee
Monday, February 1, 2016

Report: Population turnover could have big impact on primary
DURHAM, N.H. (AP) -- Voter turnout is always important in New Hampshire's presidential primary, but a new study concludes population turnover also will play a big role.
Monday, February 1, 2016

2 hospitalized after ski lift collision in New Hampshire
ROXBURY, N.H. (AP) -- Authorities say two people were hospitalized after an accident at a New Hampshire ski lift left them trapped between two chairlifts.
Monday, February 1, 2016

Panel to release plan to make jobs while helping climate
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- A group of Vermont's legal, business and state officials is going to be outlining its suggestions on the way to increase jobs in Vermont while fighting climate change.
Monday, February 1, 2016

Capt. Phillips to speak at Castleton University commencement
CASTLETON, Vt. (AP) -- Capt. Richard Phillips, best known for his role in the 2009 hijacking of the Maersk Alabama off the coast of Somalia, will deliver this year's commencement speech at Castleton University in May.
Monday, February 1, 2016

Telemarketer to pay $87K fine in settlement with state
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- A telemarketer has agreed to pay $87,500 in a settlement with the New Hampshire Bureau of Securities Regulation after an investigation showed his firm placed numerous calls to residents on the National Do Not Call Registry.
Monday, February 1, 2016

Shelburne's battle with Vermont Railway headed to court
SHELBURNE, Vt. (AP) -- The northwest Vermont town of Shelburne is taking its battle with Vermont Railway to court over a planned intermodal railway facility off U.S. Route 7.
Monday, February 1, 2016

A Look At New Hampshire's Midnight Voters
Under New Hampshire state law, communities with fewer than 100 voters can get permission to open their polls at midnight and close them as soon as all registered voters have cast their ballots. On Feb. 9, three tiny northern towns will share the spotlight when their residents cast the first ballots in the first-in-the-nation presidential primary:
Monday, February 1, 2016

From Pork Rinds To Pocket Knives, Surplus Centers See It All
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- In the market for a crate of Boston and Harvard hoodies and baby onesies? How about a suitcase full of pork rinds? Seek out your nearest state surplus store, where many airports nationwide send their unclaimed and confiscated items.
Monday, February 1, 2016

Woman sentenced in scheme to smuggle drugs to jailed fiance
NORTH HAVERHILL, N.H. (AP) -- A New Hampshire woman has pleaded guilty in a scheme to smuggle heroin to her fiance while he was an inmate at a Grafton County jail.
Monday, February 1, 2016

Snowmobiler found after getting stuck, spending night
MILLSFIELD, N.H. (AP) -- A Vermont snowmobiler has been found after he went for a ride in New Hampshire and Maine and got stuck along the way, spending the night on fir branches he laid on the snow.
Monday, February 1, 2016

Report: Population turnover could have big impact on primary
DURHAM, N.H. (AP) -- Voter turnout is always important in New Hampshire's presidential primary, but a new study concludes population turnover also will play a big role.
Monday, February 1, 2016

Family of Boy Battling Rare Cancer Try To Raise Awareness
WESTERLY, R.I. (AP) -- Dorian Murray loves chocolate, meatballs and sausage-and-bacon pizza from Domino's. He has tons of Legos and more than a thousand Pokémon trading cards.
Saturday, January 30, 2016

Clean energy effort moves forward with New England proposals
Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut have dozens of proposals to consider as they look for enough additional electricity for tens of thousands of homes to meet their clean energy goals.
Saturday, January 30, 2016

Stage Set For Chaos As New Hampshire Primary Looms
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- Uncertainties are mounting in New Hampshire as Republican presidential candidates fail to sway the state's many fence-sitters one way or the other, despite months of outreach by the various campaigns.
Saturday, January 30, 2016

Marijuana legalization bill advances in Vermont Senate
Marijuana legalization bill advances in Vermont Senate
Friday, January 29, 2016

Leahy backs amendment to protect whistleblowers
Leahy backs amendment to protect whistleblowers
Friday, January 29, 2016

Northern New England states offering shared snowmobiling
Northern New England states offering shared snowmobiling
Friday, January 29, 2016

Sanders releasing new ad on Goldman Sachs' role in economy
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders will release a tough new television ad critical of Goldman Sachs' role in the financial meltdown and use of speaking fees as he ramps up criticism of Hillary Clinton's ties to Wall Street.
Friday, January 29, 2016

Arbitrator upholds police officer's demotion for brutality
Arbitrator upholds police officer's demotion for brutality
Friday, January 29, 2016

New Hampshire congressman repays $355K to 'family pot'
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- U.S. Rep. Frank Guinta has repaid $355,000 he was accused of illegally accepting from his parents in 2010, and on Friday he emphasized his more recent accomplishments as he officially began his re-election effort.
Friday, January 29, 2016

Vermont State Police, feds to discuss attorney general
Vermont State Police, feds to discuss attorney general
Friday, January 29, 2016

High school basketball player committed to UVM looks ahead after traumatic accident, injuries
COLUMBUS, Ind. (AP) -- A year ago, the Columbus community was stunned to learn Columbus North High School basketball standout Josh Speidel had suffered a traumatic brain injury and was fighting for his life after a Taylorsville car accident.
Friday, January 29, 2016

Clean energy effort moves forward with New England proposals
Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut have plenty of proposals to consider as they look for enough additional electricity for tens of thousands of homes to meet their clean energy goals.
Friday, January 29, 2016

Fired Wal-Mart worker who claimed discrimination wins $31M
Fired NH Wal-Mart worker who claimed discrimination wins $31M
Friday, January 29, 2016

Book with connection to Salem witch trials being auctioned
Book with connection to Salem witch trials being auctioned
Friday, January 29, 2016

House raises penalty trigger on school spending
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- The Vermont House has voted to loosen, but not eliminate, spending restrictions on local school districts, while some legislators talk up another way to try to reduce local property taxes.
Thursday, January 28, 2016

Rutland police officers to get body cameras in early summer
RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) -- Rutland law enforcement officials say the Vermont city's police officers will be outfitted with body cameras at some point early this summer.
Thursday, January 28, 2016

Amendment would preserve POW/MIA efforts from Korean War
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- As Congress works on legislation to tighten sanctions against North Korea following its latest nuclear test explosion, Sen. Jean Shaheen has introduced an amendment that preserves efforts to recover remains of American soldiers in the Korean War.
Thursday, January 28, 2016

Mom charged in daughter's overdose death requests evidence
DOVER, N.H. (AP) -- A New Hampshire mother charged in the October fentanyl overdose death of her 17-year-old daughter is requesting evidence in the case.
Thursday, January 28, 2016

Windsor Selectboard opposes Green Mountain Power solar array
WINDSOR, Vt. (AP) -- The Windsor Selectboard unanimously voted to oppose the construction of a 19,000-panel solar array proposed by Green Mountain Power.
Thursday, January 28, 2016

Waving Goodbye To A Piece Of Americana ‚?? The Lumberjack
GREENSBORO, Vt. (AP) -- In the snowy woods of northern New England and other forested parts of the country, the lumberjack is an endangered species.
Thursday, January 28, 2016

30 Years Since Challenger: Teacher-in-Space Finalists Gather
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- Dozens of educators who competed alongside Christa McAuliffe to become the first teacher in space gathered Thursday to remember the seven astronauts who perished aboard Challenger 30 years ago.
Thursday, January 28, 2016

Members work to restore church amid tax payment deadline
GRAFTON, N.H. (AP) -- Plans to restore a more than 200-year-old church that was damaged in a fatal fire in Grafton could be complicated by a tax dispute involving town officials.
Thursday, January 28, 2016

Prosecutor, AG agree no charges in fatal police shooting
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) -- The prosecutor in Vermont's largest county and the state attorney general's office says no charges are warranted against two law enforcement officers who shot and killed a drug suspect during a raid on his Burlington apartment last month.
Thursday, January 28, 2016

Shaheen asks for aggressive response to Zika virus
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen has written to key federal agencies calling for an aggressive and coordinated response to protect Americans from the Zika virus, which has been linked to birth defects and neurological problems in South America.
Thursday, January 28, 2016

House rejects change to New Hampshire license plate
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- New Hampshire's "Live Free or Die" license plates will live to see another day.
Thursday, January 28, 2016

E-cigarettes could be banned in New Hampshire city
DOVER, N.H. (AP) -- Electronic cigarettes could soon be banned in all places where regular cigarettes are already prohibited in a New Hampshire city.
Thursday, January 28, 2016

NH senator's resolution honors Challenger astronauts
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- The seven astronauts lost in the Challenger disaster 30 years ago are being remembered in the U.S. Senate.
Thursday, January 28, 2016

GOP leaders call for continuation of Medicaid expansion
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- A Republican plan to continue Medicaid expansion in New Hampshire includes work requirements for recipients and relies on insurance companies and hospitals to pay the state's share of the costs.
Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Montpelier residents air concerns over historic district
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- Some Montpelier residents say they want their houses taken out of city's historic district and design control.
Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Challenger Disaster: McAuliffe's Students Go On To Teach
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- Thirty years after the Concord High School class of '86 watched social studies teacher Christa McAuliffe and six astronauts perish when the space shuttle Challenger broke apart on live TV, a number of them have gone into teaching -- and some wonder if, indirectly, the tragedy affected them enough that they wanted to make a difference, as she did.
Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Chief: Burlington officers didn't fire weapons in fatal raid
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) -- Police officials say Burlington officers did not discharge their weapons during a fatal drug bust that ended with the shooting death of the 56-year-old suspect, but they did take part in the raid.
Wednesday, January 27, 2016

University of Vermont seeks $44 million in state funding
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- The University of Vermont is seeking more than $44 million in state funding for fiscal year 2017, with the president telling legislative committees that the school is at a competitive disadvantage in attracting the best students and faculty compared to peer institutions that have received state funding increases.
Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Trump's Wife Remains Private Despite Prospect Of Presidency
WASHINGTON (AP) -- First lady Melania Trump.
Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Sanders hands Iowa crowd the mic in a push to get personal
IOWA FALLS, Iowa -- Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders got personal with supporters in Iowa Monday in the final days before the state's lead-off caucuses.
Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Obama Contrasts Clinton's Pragmatism With Sanders' Idealism
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is casting the Democratic primary to replace him as a contest between Hillary Clinton's pragmatism and experience versus Bernie Sanders' idealism and liberalism.
Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Judges Prepare For First Primary With ID Law In Place
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- New Hampshire designated two judges to hear voter and ballot challenges during the state's first-in-the-nation presidential primary on Feb. 9 -- the first time the state's voter identification law takes effect.
Monday, January 25, 2016

Gas prices still dropping in northern New England
Gas prices still dropping in northern New England
Monday, January 25, 2016

Annual Vermont Farm Show runs Tuesday through Friday
Annual Vermont Farm Show runs Tuesday through Friday
Monday, January 25, 2016

Vermont House to take up school spending restrictions
Vermont House to take up school spending restrictions
Monday, January 25, 2016

Vermont Sees Growth In Food Business
SPRINGFIELD, Vt. (AP) -- In the last five years, Black River Produce, a wholesale distributor of fresh food, has doubled its sales and staff and added a much-sought-after slaughterhouse in southern Vermont as demand for locally produced food continues to climb.
Monday, January 25, 2016

Fire destroys historic house once owned by painter
Fire destroys historic house once owned by painter
Monday, January 25, 2016

Vermont housing assistance agency wants to extend program
Vermont housing assistance agency wants to extend program
Monday, January 25, 2016

1 Week From Iowa: GOP Flaunt Endorsements, Dismiss Bloomberg
WASHINGTON (AP) -- With only a week to go before the first votes of the 2016 presidential race, Republicans on Sunday waved around endorsements from others and dismissed former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg as a potential third-party threat.
Monday, January 25, 2016

Vermont Solar Growth Slowed For Now As Utilities Hit Limit
RICHMOND, Vt. (AP) -- Less than two years after Vermont almost quadrupled the amount of renewable electricity that homeowners and small businesses can sell to their utilities, regulators are looking for the best way to go even further to encourage renewable energy production while ensuring costs stay low for everyone.
Monday, January 25, 2016

Vermont News Briefs
Vermont state police clock Massachusetts man driving 102 mph -- 2 Vermont bus groups to be known as Green Mountain Transit -- Massachusetts man killed in fatal 1-car crash in Vermont -- Vermont's free ice fishing day set for Jan. 30 -- Vermont Health Department urges caution in cold weather -- More than 100 students, staff at Fairfax school become sick -- Police: Driver hits gazebo featured in Chevy Chase movie -- Part of Sorrell complaint sent for criminal probe -- Orchard holds Winter Wassail celebration
Monday, January 25, 2016

New Hampshire News Briefs
Officials: Discarded wood stove ashes sparked house fire -- New online hunter education course puts people in the field -- Police investigating 2-car crash on ice of Contoocook Lake -- State accepting letters to apply for 'Moose Plate' grants -- Police: Drunken driver struck, killed, pedestrian in Lincoln -- Man drives 130 mph, crashes, fleeing from New Hampshire cop -- New Hampshire flagger dead after being struck by car -- Foreign diplomats experience New Hampshire primary
Monday, January 25, 2016

Auditor Faults Judiciary On Collecting Public Defender Fees
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- Vermont's court system has failed to collect millions in fees from criminal defendants who are represented by public defenders because it does not pursue them aggressively enough, according to a report issued Monday by the state auditor of accounts.
Monday, January 25, 2016

Police searching for robber who stabbed clerk in Concord
Police searching for robber who stabbed clerk in Concord
Monday, January 25, 2016

Fire officials: Discarded cigarette caused Newington blaze
Fire officials: Discarded cigarette caused Newington blaze
Monday, January 25, 2016

Man, woman accused of neglecting 2-year-old boy
Man, woman accused of neglecting 2-year-old boy
Monday, January 25, 2016

Key Vermont lawmaker on legalization bill: No to homegrown
MONTPELIER, Vt. -- A state where a large cadre of home brewers coexists with a booming microbrew industry won't soon have an analogous situation with marijuana, if a key Vermont lawmaker gets his way.
Saturday, January 23, 2016

Burlington nonprofit purchases 11 UVM residential buildings
Burlington nonprofit purchases 11 UVM residential buildings
Friday, January 22, 2016

Trooper uninjured in crash
Trooper uninjured in crash
Friday, January 22, 2016

Vermont man pleads guilty to holding wife captive in home
Vermont man pleads guilty to holding wife captive in home
Friday, January 22, 2016

Pass the dogfish nuggets? Seafood industry rebrands 'trash'
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- Call them fish sticks for millennials. At any rate, Dana Bartholomew is banking on college students warming up to "Sharck Bites."
Friday, January 22, 2016

White supremacist pleads guilty to federal gun, drug charges
White supremacist pleads guilty to federal gun, drug charges
Friday, January 22, 2016

Addiction treatment center operator to buy Lakeview property
Addiction treatment center operator to buy Lakeview property
Friday, January 22, 2016

Waterville man gets life sentence for murder of 92-year-old
Waterville man gets life sentence for murder of 92-year-old
Friday, January 22, 2016

Sanders visits Minnesota Tuesday
Sanders visits Minnesota Tuesday
Friday, January 22, 2016

Fishermen await decision about at-sea monitoring lawsuit
Fishermen await decision about at-sea monitoring lawsuit
Friday, January 22, 2016

New Hampshire ice harvest event could begin next week
New Hampshire ice harvest event could begin next week
Friday, January 22, 2016

Exeter homeless center fight taken to state Supreme Court
Exeter homeless center fight taken to state Supreme Court
Friday, January 22, 2016

Key Vermont lawmaker on legalization bill: No to homegrown
Key Vermont lawmaker on legalization bill: No to homegrown
Friday, January 22, 2016

New Hampshire unemployment rate down slightly in December
New Hampshire unemployment rate down slightly in December
Friday, January 22, 2016

Patriots LB Darius Fleming Rescues Woman After Car Accident
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- New England Patriots linebacker Darius Fleming didn't hesitate when he saw a woman trapped in a smoking car: He kicked out the window, enabling her to escape, and cut his right leg in the process.
Thursday, January 21, 2016

Cruz Says He Welcomes 'Establishment' Backing Trump
HOLLIS, N.H. -- Texas Sen. Ted Cruz said Wednesday that the "Washington establishment" he loves to rail against is abandoning Sen. Marco Rubio and coalescing behind GOP rival Donald Trump.
Thursday, January 21, 2016

Senate passes 30-day residency requirement for voting
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- The New Hampshire Senate has once again passed a 30-day residency requirement for voting, a measure Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan is likely to veto.
Thursday, January 21, 2016

Governor signs 2 bills to combat substance abuse
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- Gov. Maggie Hassan has signed two bills into law aimed at stemming New Hampshire's substance abuse crisis.
Thursday, January 21, 2016

Sanders Health Plan Would Be More Generous Than Medicare
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders says his plan for a government-run health care system from cradle to grave is like Medicare for all.
Thursday, January 21, 2016

Fire officials: Accidental explosion caused Somersworth fire
SOMERSWORTH, N.H. (AP) -- Fire officials say an accidental explosion sparked a blaze that injured an 18-year-old man at an apartment complex in southeastern New Hampshire earlier this week.
Thursday, January 21, 2016

Man dies in 2-car collision in Vermont
BRIDPORT, Vt. (AP) -- Police say a driver has died in a two-car collision in Bridport, Vermont.
Thursday, January 21, 2016

Vermont Governor: Increase Fees On Doctors, Mutual Funds
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- Gov. Peter Shumlin on Thursday unveiled a $1.53 billion general fund budget for the upcoming fiscal year that calls for new or higher fees on independent doctors and dentists as well as mutual funds, and strengthens security at state buildings following the August murder of a child protection worker.
Thursday, January 21, 2016

US Fish and Wildlife Service: Expand wildlife habitat
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to establish the "Great Thicket National Wildlife Refuge," areas of New England and New York to preserve more shrubland and young forests for numerous species, such as the New England cottontail.
Thursday, January 21, 2016

2016 moose lottery open in New Hampshire
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- New Hampshire's 2016 moose lottery is open, and participants have through May 27 to enter.
Thursday, January 21, 2016

Clinton TV Ads Hammer Guns In NH, Shy Away In Iowa
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Broadcast TV viewers in New Hampshire should recognize Hillary Clinton's stance on gun control by now. One of every four political ads she's aired in the state over the past month has been about tougher gun laws.
Thursday, January 21, 2016

Man in home invasion identified as son of man killed in 2005
RAYMOND, N.H. (AP) -- A man attacked in a home invasion has been identified as the son of a handyman who was killed in a 2005 murder-for-hire plot.
Thursday, January 21, 2016

NY reports success in battling Lake Champlain sea lamprey
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- New York environmental protection officials are reporting success in efforts to control sea lamprey populations in Lake Champlain.
Thursday, January 21, 2016

Franklin woman admits to role in underage trafficking scheme
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- A New Hampshire woman has admitted to her role in a scheme with her husband to sell a 14-year-old girl for sexual purposes.
Thursday, January 21, 2016

UVM still well short of $50M fundraising goal for new arena
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) -- University of Vermont officials say they aren't panicking after the Burlington school remains well short of its fundraising goal for financing a new sports arena a year and a half later.
Thursday, January 21, 2016

Last SEC hearing scheduled for Northern Pass plan in Lincoln
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- The last of a group of state public hearings in five New Hampshire counties where the proposed Northern Pass electrical transmission line would cross is scheduled for Lincoln.
Thursday, January 21, 2016

Police: 3 high schools evacuated due to bomb threats
SUNAPEE, N.H. (AP) -- Police say three New Hampshire high schools were evacuated due to bomb threats.
Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Ex-day care owner gets jail time in 4-year-old girl's death
NORTH HAVERHILL, N.H. (AP) -- A former New Hampshire day care owner who was convicted in connection with the death of a 4-year-old girl left under her supervision has been sentenced to four months in jail.
Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Vermont House: Make Gilfeather turnip state vegetable
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- Dig this: For Vermont's state vegetable, lawmakers are expected to choose one with roots in the state: the Gilfeather turnip.
Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Star of reality show 'Wicked Tuna' due to change fraud plea
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) -- A man once featured on the reality television show "Wicked Tuna" is expected to change his plea in federal court in Vermont to charges he was receiving disability benefits while he was fishing on the show.
Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Slow start to winter worries snowmobile businesses
PLYMOUTH, Vt. (AP) -- A slow start to winter has stalled snowmobile season in Vermont, cutting down on out-of-state tourists and worrying area businesses.
Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Rutland County quarry proposes to build on-site solar array
WALLINGFORD, Vt. (AP) -- A quarry in Rutland County has proposed the construction of a small solar array that would provide up to 85 percent of the company's electric power.
Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Report: food related jobs have increased by 5,300
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- A new report says the number of food-related jobs in Vermont has grown by 11 percent or 5,300 between 2002 and 2014.
Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Planned Parenthood, ACLU: Bills attack women's health care
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- The New Hampshire chapters of Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union are holding a news conference on what they call legislative attacks on women's health care.
Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Fish, game officials to teach children how to ice fish
MEREDITH, N.H. (AP) -- New Hampshire Fish and Game officials are putting on a free clinic to show children how to fish on the ice.
Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Man injured, 2 families displaced by Somersworth fire
SOMERSWORTH, N.H. (AP) -- Fire officials say one man was seriously injured and two families were displaced after a fire broke out at a multi-family house in southeastern New Hampshire.
Wednesday, January 20, 2016

House sends substance abuse bills to governor's desk
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- Two bills aimed at stemming New Hampshire's substance abuse crisis won passage in the House and are now headed to the governor's desk.
Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Newmarket man will now plead guilty to assaulting infant son
BRENTWOOD, N.H. (AP) -- A southern New Hampshire man accused of breaking 17 bones in his infant son's body has changed his mind and will now plead guilty to the assault.
Wednesday, January 20, 2016

2 sought in Raymond home invasion, homeowner bound
RAYMOND, N.H. (AP) -- Police say two men wearing ski masks forced their way into a Raymond home and hurt the homeowner, restraining him with duct tape and taking items such as wrestling memorabilia before fleeing.
Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Vermont Senate votes to repeal school spending penalties
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- The Vermont Senate has approved a measure to repeal penalties for high-spending school districts that were part of an education bill passed last year. The underlying bill was designed to encourage school districts to merge with their neighbors.
Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Police searching for suspect in Brattleboro hotel robbery
BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) -- Police are investigating after a masked man walked into a Brattleboro hotel and made off with an undisclosed amount of cash.
Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Vermont economists say revenues will fall just short of goal
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- Gov. Peter Shumlin is continuing to sound upbeat about Vermont's economy, despite a slight downgrade in the state's revenue forecast.
Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Vermont town officials pursuing option tax to raise revenue
HARTFORD, Vt. (AP) -- Officials in a Vermont town are pursuing a local option tax as a way to raise revenue.
Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Northeast Ski Resorts Hope To Make Up For Christmas Losses
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- Following a snowless Christmas with temperatures in the 60s, Northeast ski resorts are hoping to make up some of their losses during the long Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend. Snow is finally covering the mountainous parts of Vermont, Maine and New Hampshire, with more to come this weekend. Sustained cold also has allowed resorts to continually make snow. The industry hopes the pent-up demand to get to the slopes will make for a busy holiday weekend.
Monday, January 18, 2016

GOP Establishment Loses Hope Of Winning Iowa, New Hampshire
HOLLIS, N.H. (AP) -- After months of predicting a comeback for their preferred candidates, Republican establishment leaders now concede the first two contests of the presidential race, in Iowa and New Hampshire early next month, are Donald Trump's and Ted Cruz's to lose.
Monday, January 18, 2016

Cruz Supporters Boo Trump At Conservative Gathering
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) -- Donald Trump ran afoul of some conservative activists Saturday with an attack on Republican presidential rival Ted Cruz for his failure to disclose certain bank loans during his 2012 Senate bid.
Monday, January 18, 2016

Committee opposes rule allowing ATV trail on public land
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- A Vermont legislative committee has rejected a proposed rule that would allow all-terrain vehicles on a short section of state land linking trails.
Monday, January 18, 2016

Vermont News Briefs
Lyndon State College's atmospheric sciences to get award -- Children's Literacy Foundation to award book grants -- Vermont man who ran over officer's foot is in custody -- Vermont History Museum hosts diversity talk -- Vermont judge gives cattle rustler 38 months in prison
Monday, January 18, 2016

As Primary Race Tightens, Democrats Brace For A Messy Winter
WASHINGTON (AP) -- There was a time when Democrats fretted about Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign becoming a coronation and leaving her without the tests of a primary season to prepare for a general election matchup against the Republican nominee.
Monday, January 18, 2016

New Hampshire News Briefs
Maine genetic food-labeling bill again a point of debate -- Dartmouth meets fundraising goal for academic clusters -- New Hampshire Public Radio creates state election database -- University of New Hampshire joins growing list, bans boards -- Shelburne, Vermont, officials concerned about new rail depot -- Police, dogs search 10 hours before finding crash victim -- Hockey tournament organizers hoping they're not on thin ice -- Plymouth State tower charts forest's reaction to atmosphere
Monday, January 18, 2016

Bobblehead museum moves closer to reality in Milwaukee
Wisconsin State Journal
Saturday, January 16, 2016

No great places to shelter from this market turmoil
NEW YORK (AP) -- Stock prices are crumbling around the world, but the usual place for investors to go for safety, bonds, can't provide as much cover as usual.
Saturday, January 16, 2016

Some Outdoor Gear Stores Lure Customers With Beer
GOLD HILL, Ore. (AP) -- River runners who venture into the new Sawyer Station can peruse the rows of Sawyer's signature driftboat oars, check out the newest in stand-up paddleboard paddles and wash it all down with a pint of Southern Oregon Brewery's Killer Rabbit ale.
Saturday, January 16, 2016

Researchers confirm site of hangings for Salem witch trials
SALEM, Mass. (AP) -- A team of researchers using historical documents and 21st-century archaeological techniques has confirmed the exact site where 19 innocent people were hanged during the Salem witch trials more than three centuries ago.
Saturday, January 16, 2016

Wal-Mart to shutter 269 stores, 154 of them in the US
NEW YORK (AP) -- Wal-Mart is closing 269 stores, more than half of them in the U.S. and another big chunk in its challenging Brazilian market.
Saturday, January 16, 2016

Man builds motorcycle with wheelchair accessible sidecar
BRADFORD, Pa. (AP) -- When Brian Mahaney started riding his Harley, he experienced a sense of freedom and adventure-- but realized that many others wouldn't have that.
Saturday, January 16, 2016

Business meetings at the spa: From wellness to manicures
Visiting a spa might sound like an indulgence incompatible with a business meeting. But spas get plenty of bookings these days from corporate clients and organizations, whether for team-building, wellness education or even "manicure meetings."
Friday, January 15, 2016

Firm makes dinnerware from plant-based material
STILLWATER, Minn. (AP) -- Connie Weigel spent six years searching for a compostable, stemless wine glass.
Friday, January 15, 2016

Which Wheaton? Hate mail rekindles confusion of 2 colleges
NORTON, Mass. (AP) -- The angry emails came in a flurry to the president's office at Wheaton College, a small, picturesque campus near Boston. But they all shared one simple mistake. They were sent to the wrong Wheaton.
Friday, January 15, 2016

Mother, daughter plead guilty to prescription fraud
Mother, daughter plead guilty to prescription fraud
Friday, January 15, 2016

Police: Woman had 50 pounds of pot in foosball table
Police: Woman had 50 pounds of pot in foosball table
Friday, January 15, 2016

Vermont Community Foundation offers grants for urgent needs
Vermont Community Foundation offers grants for urgent needs
Friday, January 15, 2016

Substance abuse panel hears of ongoing need despite progress
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- Vermont has expanded addiction treatment in a big way in recent years, but a state Senate committee heard Thursday of continuing waiting lists for treatment and huge caseloads for substance abuse counselors.
Friday, January 15, 2016

Ex-lawmaker testifies about his role in 38 Studios deal
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- A former Rhode Island lawmaker now working as a Vermont official returned to his home state Thursday to testify about its failed $75 million deal with ex-Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling's now-bankrupt videogame company.
Friday, January 15, 2016

Vermont Crime Beat
Vermont State Police finish officer shooting investigation
Friday, January 15, 2016

Vermont AG: Fantasy sports sites illegal in Vermont
Vermont AG: Fantasy sports sites illegal in Vermont
Friday, January 15, 2016

Work underway to rehabilitate site of historic submarine
Work underway to rehabilitate site of historic submarine
Friday, January 15, 2016

Hassan submits 10-year transportation plan
Hassan submits 10-year transportation plan
Friday, January 15, 2016

Ex-corrections officer pleads guilty in inmate shirt cutting
Ex-corrections officer pleads guilty in inmate shirt cutting
Friday, January 15, 2016

Vermont National Guard releases annual sexual assault report
Vermont National Guard releases annual sexual assault report
Friday, January 15, 2016

New initiative at school allows teachers to waive midterms
New initiative at school allows teachers to waive midterms
Friday, January 15, 2016

Hassan Submits $3.7 Billion, 10-year Transportation Plan
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- Gov. Maggie Hassan has completed a $3.7 billion, 10-year transportation plan that includes more money for deficient bridges, completing the widening of Interstate 93 and resurfacing an additional 200 miles of roads per year.
Friday, January 15, 2016

Lawmaker: School Shootings Have Made Teachers 1st Responders
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- School shootings have turned teachers into first responders, and they deserve the same death benefits given to police officers and firefighters, a state lawmaker said Wednesday.
Thursday, January 14, 2016

Ex-principal accused of groping student pleads no contest
Ex-principal accused of groping student pleads no contest
Thursday, January 14, 2016

Contractor's death in Saudi Arabia unresolved a year later
Contractor's death in Saudi Arabia unresolved a year later
Thursday, January 14, 2016

New Hampshire veteran gets new home
New Hampshire veteran gets new home
Thursday, January 14, 2016

State prison in Concord getting new warden
State prison in Concord getting new warden
Thursday, January 14, 2016

Medical marijuana cultivation center gets state certificate
Medical marijuana cultivation center gets state certificate
Thursday, January 14, 2016

Exeter home suffers extensive damage in afternoon blaze
Exeter home suffers extensive damage in afternoon blaze
Thursday, January 14, 2016

Fully-loaded propane tanker rolls over in western Vermont
Fully-loaded propane tanker rolls over in western Vermont
Thursday, January 14, 2016

State Senate panel hears from trenches on substance abuse
State Senate panel hears from trenches on substance abuse
Thursday, January 14, 2016

Squirrel triggers power outage at Vermont Statehouse
Squirrel triggers power outage at Vermont Statehouse
Thursday, January 14, 2016

Vermont's Main Street Alliance campaigns against bias
Vermont's Main Street Alliance campaigns against bias
Thursday, January 14, 2016

Vermont State Police finish officer shooting investigation
Vermont State Police finish officer shooting investigation
Thursday, January 14, 2016

Veep Biden defends Bernie Sanders on guns, authenticity
WASHINGTON -- Vice President Joe Biden described Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders on Monday as more authentic on economic inequality than Hillary Clinton, and he defended Sanders' record on gun control.
Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Sanders Ad Burst Coincides With Upward Movement In Polls
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Bernie Sanders has been putting up major advertising cash to seize momentum heading into the Democratic presidential primaries -- outspending his rival Hillary Clinton just as voters are beginning to pay attention to the race.
Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Patients urged to get revaccinated after refrigeration issue
Patients urged to get revaccinated after refrigeration issue
Wednesday, January 13, 2016

ACLU sues Manchester, says city violates panhandlers' rights
ACLU sues Manchester, says city violates panhandlers' rights
Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Shaheen asks for more funding to address heroin epidemic
Shaheen asks for more funding to address heroin epidemic
Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Sanders: Almost 800 students in State of the Union contest
Sanders: Almost 800 students in State of the Union contest
Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Group wants to put ice rink in front of Vermont Statehouse
Group wants to put ice rink in front of Vermont Statehouse
Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Vermont legalization advocate: Any progress is good progress
Vermont legalization advocate: Any progress is good progress
Wednesday, January 13, 2016


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