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N.H. Firm’s Tech Glitch Delays Tests

Friday, April 17, 2015

Las Vegas — Federal funding could be at stake as Common Core testing problems continued in Nevada, Montana and North Dakota, state and U.S. officials said. The three states contract with New Hampshire-based Measured Progress to administer the tests that are linked to hotly disputed, federally backed education standards. “We expect states to hold Measured Progress accountable, just like we expect the states to hold the districts accountable” for testing, …

N.H.’s Shaheen Backs Push To Put Woman on $20 Bill

Friday, April 17, 2015

Concord — The first woman to serve as both governor and U.S. senator is backing a campaign to put a female face on the $20 bill. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen filed legislation this week that would create a citizens panel to recommend an appropriate choice to the treasury secretary. She is hoping to build on the work of Women on 20s, a national campaign …

Vt. House Passes Gun Bill

Friday, April 17, 2015

Montpelier — The Vermont House on Friday passed a bill designed to keep guns out of the hands of convicted felons and people who are dangerously mentally ill. The measure approved by an 80-62 vote is similar to a version already approved by the Senate. One difference is that the Senate bill calls for an 18-month waiting period before someone deemed no longer …

State Approves Mt. Sunapee Expansion

Friday, April 17, 2015

Newbury, n.h. — The state gave preliminary and conditional approval Thursday to a long-contentious expansion on Mount Sunapee. At a meeting in Newbury, Department of Resources and Economic Development Commissioner Jeffrey Rose said the west bowl expansion could …

Auditor: Exchange Future Uncertain

Friday, April 17, 2015

Montpelier — Despite massive and costly efforts to improve Vermont Health Connect, State Auditor Doug Hoffer says it remains an “open question” whether the state can successfully implement a fully functioning health insurance exchange. In a report released Thursday morning, Hoffer highlights the state’s improved supervision of contractors …

Vt. House Advances New Gun Restriction Bill

Friday, April 17, 2015

Montpelier — The Vermont House gave preliminary approval Thursday to a bill to allow the state prosecution of some convicted criminals for possession of firearms and to require the reporting of individuals deemed dangerously mentally ill to a federal background check system. The House voted, 79-60, and is …

Harsh Winter No Issue for Ticks

Friday, April 17, 2015

Albany, n.y. — Think you’re safe from ticks because the harsh winter froze them or because you haven’t been trekking through the woods? Think again. Researchers focused on ticks and the debilitating diseases they spread say the heavy snow that blanketed the Northeast this winter was like a …

Ex-Patriots Player Hernandez Sentenced to Life for Murder

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Fall River, Mass. — Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison Wednesday for a deadly late-night shooting, sealing the downfall of an athlete who once had a …

Gun Rights Groups Cry Foul on Bill Changes

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Montpelier — The House Judiciary Committee approved a bill on Tuesday that puts new limits on gun ownership. The 7-4 vote broke along party lines with Democrats in favor and Republicans opposed. The bill would make it a crime for people convicted of certain violent or drug-related offenses …

Marijuana Advocates Propose Ban on Alcohol in Vermont

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Montpelier — Frustrated by a lack of action on marijuana legalization, two Vermont lawmakers are trying a new tack: No pot, no booze. Progressive Rep. Chris Pearson and Democratic Rep. Jean O’Sullivan, both from Burlington, held a news conference Wednesday to announce they had filed legislation to ban …

Local & Regional Briefs for Thursday, April 16, 2015

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Vermont Trooper Charged With DUI Resigns From Force Rutland — A Vermont trooper charged with driving under the influence of alcohol while he was on duty has resigned from the state police. Top safety officials say they have accepted 27-year-old Eric Rademacher’s resignation, effective immediately. Rademacher was charged …

Blue Cross Could Bill Vt. Millions

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Montpelier — Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont is prepared to bill Vermont Health Connect for millions of dollars in past-due premiums, according to a letter the company sent to state officials last month. Blue Cross Blue Shield, Vermont’s largest health insurer, has more than 90 percent of …

Police Seek Information on Missing Claremont Man

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Claremont — A Claremont man wanted by police for an alleged domestic violence incident Friday evening has not been seen since he crashed his vehicle into the guardrail on the bridge over the Connecticut River to Ascutney that same night. Police Chief Alex Scott said Tuesday that Fish …