CONCORD, N.H.

Hudson to stop harassing panhandlers as suit pends

Officials in Hudson have agreed to suspend their crackdown on panhandlers while a federal lawsuit is pending.

The New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union earlier this month filed a lawsuit claiming Hudson officials are violating the free-speech rights of panhandlers by telling them to stop seeking handouts and move along.

The civil liberties union filed a lawsuit several weeks ago on behalf of a man who claimed he was cited and harassed for peacefully seeking handouts.

PROVIDENCE, R.I.

State ends its fiscal year with surplus for fourth time

Rhode Island ended the last fiscal year with a $68 million surplus, though $59 million has already been used to close a hole in the General Assembly’s current year spending plan.

Gov. Lincoln Chafee said this is the fourth year the state has closed with a surplus. It was $64.2 million in fiscal year 2011, $115.2 million in 2012 and $104.1 million in 2013.

BURLINGTON, Vt.

Six batches of mosquitoes tests positive for West Nile

Vermont health officials are urging people to take precautions after six batches of mosquitoes tested positive for West Nile virus.

Three of the batches were collected in Rockingham. The others were collected in Brattleboro, Putney and Newbury.

LOWELL, Mass.

Four family members admit hiding $25 million from IRS

Four members of a Lowell family have pleaded guilty to charges they schemed to hide $25 million from the IRS.

Federal prosecutors say they ran a temporary employment agency from 2004 to 2009, during which time they reported to the IRS that their employees made about $2.2 million in wages. In reality, they had made about $30 million.

—From news service reports