CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -The storm on its way to New Hampshire will put a stop to lawmaking for a day, among other activities.

Legislative leaders postponed Wednesday’s sessions of the state House and Senate because up to 15 inches of snow is forecast.

Weather permitting, the sessions will be held next week.

Also postponed is a Statehouse celebration of activist Doris “Granny D” Haddock’s 99th birthday. Haddock walked across the country a decade ago to publicize the need for campaign finance reform.

Kids’ play ends up causing gas leak

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) – A kids’ snow jump is suspected of springing a gas leak that forced the evacuation of several businesses on Monday.

No one was injured but South Burlington Fire Chief Douglas Brent called the amount of natural gas leaking in the Kmart plaza “dangerous.”

Jim Condos, a manager with Vermont Gas, says company inspectors found the leak in an unused building during a routine check after a monitor in their truck detected the leak.

Employees of Kmart and the Chittenden County Humane Society were asked to evacuate shortly after 10 a.m. and Frannie O’s bar delayed opening until the leak could be repaired. Kmart reopened at 1 p.m.

Lawyer convicted in N.H. drug trial

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) – A California lawyer has been convicted in New Hampshire federal court of conspiracy charges involving a drug used to treat people with HIV.

Robert McFadden of Palm Springs, Calif., was accused of illegally buying Serostim, from HIV-infected patients, and then illegally distributing it on the wholesale market using falsified paperwork.

Serostim is an injectable drug made by Serono Inc. of Massachusetts. It is used to treat a wasting syndrome in HIV patients.

The U.S. Attorney’s office says McFadden used his client trust account to receive money from licensed wholesalers of prescription drugs who bought the drug from a licensed wholesaler of prescription drugs based in Milford, N.H. The client trust account also was used to pay the illegal suppliers of the Serostim by purchasing cashiers checks drawn at a bank in Palm Springs.

The maximum penalties for the three conspiracy counts are between five and 20 years.


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