State / Region

Vt. Removes Vaccine Exemption

Friday, May 29, 2015

Montpelier — Gov. Peter Shumlin on Thursday signed a bill that removes Vermont’s philosophical exemption to mandatory vaccination for schoolchildren. The move was a major reversal for the governor, who said in no uncertain terms that lawmakers should “leave it alone” when asked about it this February. “Vaccines work and parents should get their kids vaccinated,” Shumlin said in a statement released by his office after the signing. “I know …

Planet Fitness Threatens to Move HQ Out of N.H. Over Tax Laws

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Concord — Planet Fitness is threatening to move its headquarters out of the state, taking hundreds of jobs with it, if the Legislature doesn’t change a tax law ahead of its anticipated initial public offering. The fitness company, founded in New Hampshire and based in Newington, N.H., said Tuesday it had filed paperwork with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission this week to …

Local & Regional Briefs for Thursday, May 28, 2015

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Hartford Man Pleads Not Guilty To Bomb Threat Charges White River Junction — The Hartford man who allegedly had pipe bombs in his home last winter pleaded not guilty this week to new charges that he called in a false bomb threat to the Hartford probation and parole office. Police also allege they found empty heroin baggies inside the Jericho Street camper he …

Nurse Accused of Diverting Drugs From Concord Hospital, Altering Patients’ Medical Charts

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Concord — A traveling nurse assigned to the emergency department of Concord Hospital is accused of pocketing prescription narcotics, including morphine and fentanyl, and altering the medical charts of patients, according to the state Attorney General’s Office. The New Hampshire Board of Nursing found the allegations against nurse …

Author: Smart Should Be Granted Parole

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Manchester — A woman whose book To Die For was inspired by the case of Pamela Smart, who plotted with her teenage lover to kill her husband, is asking the governor to consider parole. Smart, who began an affair with 15-year-old Billy Flynn when she was a media …

Local & Regional Briefs for Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

N.Y. Man Held in N.H. After High-Speed Police Chase Claremont — A 37-year-old New York man who was arrested over the weekend after a high-speed chase through several New Hampshire communities is being held on $10,000 cash bail following his arraignment Tuesday. Among the charges against Robert Leibensperger, …

Bill Creates College Savings For Vt. Kids

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Montpelier — Vermont will soon join a number of other states in launching a children’s savings account program aimed at encouraging more low-income children, and their parents, to consider higher education. Under a bill passed by the Legislature, savings accounts will be opened for every baby born in …

Dress Code Helps Inmates Recover

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Ludlow, Mass. — A western Massachusetts prison believes dressing for success can help inmates break the stranglehold of addiction. Hampden County Sheriff Michael Ashe Jr. requires inmates at his jail’s minimum-security substance abuse treatment facility wear a shirt …

Child Safety Reforms Top Vt. Agenda

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Montpelier — The deaths of two young children last year weighed heavily on lawmakers as they entered the 2015 legislative session. The deaths of Dezirae Sheldon, 2, and Peighton Geraw, 14 months, prompted legislators to undertake an overhaul of Vermont’s child protection system. Both toddlers had been in …

Report: Vt. Renters Struggling

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Andrea Craft is looking for a new place to live. But she’s not having much luck. “Most of the time I don’t even really get the chance to apply for the apartment because people won’t respond to my attempts to contact them,” she said. A few things about …

Vt. Hosting Great Lakes Conference

Monday, May 25, 2015

Burlington — Scientists at the University of Vermont still chuckle at the memory of Lake Champlain’s brief listing as the sixth Great Lake, and they don’t hold a grudge: those who spent years studying the not-so-great lake are hosting colleagues from across the globe eager to hear about …

N.H. Senate May Restore House Cuts

Monday, May 25, 2015

Concord — With the benefits of more time and money, Senate budget writers are crafting a two-year state spending plan that restores many of the cuts made by their House counterparts in April. The Senate Finance Committee began detailing its budget plan last week and will finalize it …

Monday, May 25, 2015

No Injuries in South Royalton Apartment Fire South Royalton — A small apartment building fire Sunday evening on North Windsor Street appeared to have been caused by a cooking accident, firefighters said. All residents and their pets made it out safely. “The tenant had discarded a burning towel …