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Vermont Gas Fined for Silence on Costs

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Montpelier — The state Public Service Board on Friday announced it would fine Vermont Gas Systems $100,000 for its slowness in reporting the first of two big cost increases on its pipeline project to extend its system down the state’s western side. Vermont’s only supplier of piped natural gas announced 13 months ago its budget for the project had grown from $86.6 million to $121.6 million. The board later found …

Court Rejects Retrial In 1971 N.H. Murder

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Concord — A man convicted of killing an 18-year-old New Hampshire woman more than four decades ago has lost his latest attempt to get a new trial. Robert Breest, 77, claims he was wrongly convicted of beating Susan Randall to death and tossing her partially clothed body onto the frozen Merrimack River in Concord in February 1971. He has twice been denied parole …

Vt. Moves To Restrict Synthetics

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Montpelier — The Vermont Health Department is looking to add 75 new synthetic drugs to the state’s list of regulated substances. The drugs to be added include some synthetic cannabinoids, as well as acetyl-fentanyl, a chemical that is sometimes cut into heroin that can be deadly when dosed incorrectly. The drugs will be added to Vermont rule that designates substances illegal because they …

Local & Regional Briefs for Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Lightning Causes Lebanon Condo Fire Lebanon — The fire chief said lightning struck a condominium on Thursday, sparking an attic fire. The fire in the attic of 27 Rio Vista, Unit 302, was first reported as an “unknown alarm sounding and a possible building struck by lightning” around …

Vt. Inmates Unhappy in New Prison

Friday, July 31, 2015

Montpelier — Less than a month after Vermont’s out-of-state inmates were moved from a private prison in Kentucky to one in Michigan, prisoner complaints range from limited TV programming to unattended medical concerns. The complaints, detailed in a letter from inmate Shaun Bryer to Gordon Bock, head of …

Dems Consider Event Namesakes

Friday, July 31, 2015

Concord — Democratic parties in the three states that start the presidential nominating process are exploring ending their association with two former White House occupants: Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson. Accelerating a trend that goes back years, committees in several states recently have distanced themselves from the slave-owning …

‘D’ for Democracy in Granite State

Friday, July 31, 2015

Concord — New Hampshire’s democracy just brought home its report card — and it’s full of D’s and F’s, according to a report released Thursday by Open Democracy, a New Hampshire organization working to reduce the influence of …

WRJ VA Focuses on Homeless

Thursday, July 30, 2015

White River Junction — It’s summertime, but for some veterans who returned to northern New England after their military service, the living is not easy. For those without homes, winter likely will be even worse. Some have general health problems. Others cope with mental illness or substance abuse. …

Planned Parenthood Seeks Study

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Washington — Under fire for its role in providing fetal tissue for research, Planned Parenthood asked the government’s top health scientists Wednesday to convene a panel of independent experts to study the issues surrounding the little-known branch of medicine. Planned Parenthood’s request to the National Institutes of Health …

Some Vt. Consumers Oppose Health Insurance Rate Increases

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Montpelier — Loren Mandell Wood, of Burlington, came into the world 11 days ago at an “out-of-pocket maximum” cost of as much as $5,100. On Wednesday, he did not appear prepared to pull that money out of his pocket. And his mom, who testified at a state hearing …

Drug Czar Funding Renewed

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Concord — Lawmakers agreed Wednesday to continue paying the state’s “drug czar” for six more months, even as some officials questioned whether he’s been effective in streamlining the state’s response to heroin and opioid abuse. Gov. Maggie Hassan hired Jack Wozmak as the senior director of substance abuse …

Language Guide Offends UNH President

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Concord — The president of the University of New Hampshire said Wednesday he is troubled and offended by many parts of a “bias-free language guide” posted on the school’s website, particularly a suggestion that using the word “American” is problematic because it fails to recognize South America. The …

Berning Down the House: Senator Grows Voter Support

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Penacook, n.h. — About 45 people introduced themselves to each other in a Penacook backyard Wednesday night. Despite the 90-degree heat, they had all turned out to a house party hosted for Democratic presidential candidate and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. The party in Penacook was among 37 others …