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Surplus symbols: How many state bugs and beans do we need?

03/30/2015 12:07 PM EDT
CONCORD, N.H. >> Whoopie pies, the K4s steam locomotive, the Carolina Shag and Harney silt loam share a common bond: Each is a treasured member of the eclectic and, some say, out-of-control state symbol club. When New Hampshire lawmakers this month shot down as frivolous a group of fourth-graders' effort to name the red-tailed hawk the official state raptor, the pols got pasted as 
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Democrat Welch, Republican King fight for heating aid
03/30/2015 07:28 AM EDT - MONTPELIER, VT. (AP) >> A Republican congressman from New York and a Democrat from Vermont are teaming up to lead an effort to maintain support for a federal program that provides heating assistance to those in need. Vermont Rep. Peter Welch and New York Rep. Peter King sent a letter signed by 146 lawmakers to the U. Full Story

Vermont State Police forms unit for big cases and old ones
03/30/2015 07:25 AM EDT - WATERBURY, VT. (AP) >> The Vermont State Police has a new dedicated squad of six investigators who will take the lead on the biggest crimes that are committed in the state and they will look for answers to old, unsolved murders and missing persons' cases. The new major crimes unit began operating earlier this month with a lieutenant leading it and five experienced investigators spread Full Story

Courts to again try video arraignment
03/29/2015 06:23 PM EDT - MONTPELIER >> Amid pressure to find structural savings in Vermont's court system, the judiciary branch is planning to launch a pilot program to begin holding criminal arraignments by video conference. The budget bill that passed the House Appropriations Committee this week includes $210,000 to fund a pilot program that could significantly ease the cost that the state pays to transport Full Story

Vermont House passes budget, tax bills
03/29/2015 06:23 PM EDT - MONTPELIER >> After spending 10 weeks erasing an massive budget deficit, the House gave final approval to two bills that will constitute the backbone of Vermont's finances in the coming fiscal year. House lawmakers rejected a flurry of last-minute amendments before passing the FY 2016 state spending package, H. Full Story

Vermont grapples with E-cigarette legislation from taxes to manufacturing and marketing
03/29/2015 05:41 PM EDT - CASTLETON >> Adam Tredwell didn't like the taste of the first electronic cigarette he tried. But when he started law school in 2007, the prospect of facing hours-long exams without a regular shot of nicotine was even more objectionable. Outside of the classroom, he still smoked tobacco, because the e-cigarettes that mostly came from China at that time lacked enough appeal to convince him to Full Story

Economic development committee looks for resident participation
03/29/2015 05:05 PM EDT - WILLIAMSTOWN< MASS. >> A town committee aiming to create new economic opportunities is looking for residents' participation. The Economic Development Committee has created an online survey to collect ideas and suggestions for ways to strengthen the town's economy, Chairman Jeffrey Thomas said. Full Story

ISIS-destroyed palace lives on — virtually — at Williams College Museum of Art
03/29/2015 08:04 AM EDT - WILLIAMSTOWN — An ancient Assyrian palace, part of a 3,000-year-old Iraqi archaeological site Islamic State forces reportedly destroyed, is still intact in a virtual world at the Williams College Museum of Art.

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Decorated Boston officer in coma after being shot in face
03/28/2015 05:09 PM EDT - BOSTON >> A decorated Boston police officer remained in a medically induced coma Saturday, a night after he was shot in the face during a traffic stop that ended when other officers fatally shot his attacker, the city's police commissioner said. Full Story

North Adams officials seek new ways to close nearly $500K fiscal 2016 budget gap
03/28/2015 05:27 PM EDT - NORTH ADAMS >> City officials are exploring new ways to close a nearly $500,000 budget gap before entering fiscal 2016. Full Story

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Surplus symbols: How many state bugs and beans do we need?

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Whoopie pies, the K4s steam locomotive, the Carolina Shag and Harney silt loam share a common bond: Each is a treasured member of the eclectic and, some say, out-of-control state symbol club. Full Story
No 'narsisstics': Music festivals ban fans' selfie sticks

LOS ANGELES (AP) — You can bring your beach towels and floral headbands, but forget that selfie stick if you're going to the Coachella or Lollapalooza music festivals. Full Story
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