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Vt. Soda Tax, Other Laws Now in Effect

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Montpelier — A six percent sales tax on sugary drinks went into effect Wednesday. The Vermont Legislature and Gov. Peter Shumlin approved the extension of the sales tax to soda and other sweet drinks as part of a tax package passed last session. Tina Zuk, director of government relations for the American Heart Association, was an advocate for an excise tax of 2 cents per ounce on all sugar-added drinks, …

Local & Regional Briefs for Thursday, July 2, 2015

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Fundraiser to Be Held for Organization That Helped Woodstock Horses South Woodstock — The Green Mountain Horse Association is fundraising for repairs to the barn that housed 23 Arabian horses free of charge during a high-profile neglect case last winter. Officials said the roof of the Upwey Barn, a 1937 building on the state’s Register of Historic Places, is rusted and leaking, and …

Sale Complete For IBM Chip Plants

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Montpelier — GlobalFoundries announced Wednesday it had completed its purchase of IBM’s microchip plants in Vermont and New York, giving a new lease on life to a big employer in Vermont and New York’s Duchess County. “Today we have significantly enhanced our technology development capabilities and reinforce our long-term commitment to investing in R&D for technology leadership,” said Sanjay Jha, chief executive officer …

Shooting Instructor From Claremont Shot Near Range

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Montpelier — A woman brought a hammer to a firearms lesson and then tried to kill her instructor by shooting the Claremont man in the face with a revolver, a prosecutor said. Veronica Lewis, 31, of Worcester, Vt., pleaded not guilty Tuesday to attempted first-degree murder in the …

Local & Regional Briefs for Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Claremont Man Pleads Guilty To Upper Valley Bank Robberies Concord — James Oberfeldt, the Claremont man charged with robbing three Upper Valley banks in fall 2013, pleaded guilty in federal court on Monday and is now awaiting sentencing. According to court records, the judge accepted the guilty pleas …

N.H. Agencies Face Budgetary Uncertainty

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Concord — Come July 1, the budget battle in Concord typically comes to a close and state officials head into summer with a picture of how the next two years of spending will look. Not so this year. Partisan wrangling has tied the state budget up in knots, …

N.H., Mass. Police Make $2 Million Drug Seizure

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Manchester — The shooting of a woman during an apparent home invasion last week started a cascade of events that led to the arrest of three people in New Hampshire and Massachusetts and the seizure of heroin and the painkiller Fentanyl worth more than $2 million, police said …

Tuition Is Going Up In N.H.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Concord — After a two-year freeze, tuition at New Hampshire’s state universities will go up next year. Facing $9 million less than they requested in state funding, University System of New Hampshire officials will raise tuition by 2.75 percent and also cut spending to make up the difference. …

Feds OK N.H. Medicaid Billing System

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Concord — The state’s long-delayed Medicaid billing system has finally received certification from the federal government, officials said Monday, making the state eligible for several years’ worth of back payments in federal money. Officials from Norwalk, Connecticut-based Xerox, the company that built and runs the system, plan to …

Police ID Mass. Plane Crash Victims

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Plainville, Mass. — The three people killed when their small plane crashed into a Massachusetts home over the weekend have been identified tentatively as a Tennessee doctor, his wife and college-age daughter, authorities said Monday. Plainville police Chief …

Power Plant Ruling Panned in New England

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Montpelier — A U.S. Supreme Court decision against a federal crackdown on emissions from coal-fired power plants got bad reviews Monday in New England, where westerly winds sweep in pollution from many out-of-state plants. But several government officials and environmental group lawyers said the court’s finding — that …

Bulger to Students: Crime Doesn’t Pay

Monday, June 29, 2015

Boston — Former Boston crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger had some advice for three high school girls who wrote to him for a history project: Crime doesn’t pay. The 85-year-old sent the handwritten letter, dated Feb. 24, from …

Vt. Senators Weigh In on Their Colleague

Monday, June 29, 2015

Montpelier — Fourteen of state Sen. Norm McAllister’s 29 Senate colleagues say they would vote to expel him from that body based on what they know now about the criminal sex charges he is facing, an Associated Press survey of senators found. Five senators said they would not …