Metro

New England news in brief

Montpelier

Dozens of towns adopt climate change bid

More than three dozen communities in Vermont have voted to support a statewide effort to combat climate change. Environmental group 350 Vermont says the nonbinding resolutions vary from town to town, but most call for a halt to expanding fossil fuel infrastructure and to commit to reaching at least 90 percent renewable energy statewide. In total, at least 35 communities adopted the resolutions during Town Meeting Day Tuesday. 350 Vermont says it hopes the resolutions will influence state lawmakers to do more to fight climate change. (AP)

Providence

Brown cancels plans for Rosa Parks house

Brown University has canceled plans to display the house where Rosa Parks lived after sparking the Montgomery bus boycott. The house had been on a demolition list in Detroit until it was saved by Parks’ niece and artist Ryan Mendoza, who moved it to Berlin. He brought it back to the United States last month with Brown’s backing, and was reassembling it when the Ivy League university made the abrupt announcement Thursday. Brown cited an unspecified dispute involving the Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self Development. Park’s niece, Rhea McCauley, called it a missed opportunity. Ray Rickman, a Providence activist who worked with Parks in Detroit, said Brown was being chicken and says he doesn’t believe there’s a ‘‘dispute worth honoring.’’ Mendoza and the institute didn’t immediately return messages. (AP)

Lewiston, Maine

Mayor’s letter on residency questioned

Maine’s secretary of state is taking exception to a letter the mayor of Lewiston sent to new voters who registered at the polls during last year’s election. Republican Mayor Shane Bouchard wrote last month that registering to vote amounts to a declaration of Maine residency and that it carries additional legal obligations like getting a Maine driver’s license and registering cars in the state. The letter was sent to 221 people, including Bates College students, the Sun Journal reported. Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap told the newspaper that it is wrong to imply that failure to comply with motor vehicle statutes after voting is a crime. College students voting in local elections is a perennial issue. All told, 481 voters in the municipal election were under 25 and used a Bates address. (AP)

Concord, N.H.

Lawmakers approve animal cruelty bill

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The New Hampshire state Senate has given preliminary approval to a bill aimed at preventing animal cruelty and sparing towns from spending huge amounts of money to care for seized animals. Republican Senator Jeb Bradley sponsored the bill after a breeder in Wolfeboro was accused of keeping dozens of Great Danes in filthy conditions. Among other things, it would allow seized animals to be adopted if a defendant in an animal cruelty case doesn’t pay a reasonable amount toward their care. Under current law, the state only licenses businesses that sell 10 or more litters of puppies or 50 puppies in one year. (AP)