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In this Thursday, May 21, 2015 photo, Andres, a 29-year-old serving one year for a deadly DUI crash, adjusts his tie at the Western Massachusetts Correctional Addictions Center in Ludlow, Mass. Prison officials at the center believe dressing for success can help inmates break the stranglehold of addiction. “I have three shirts, three ties," Andres said. “It makes you feel more successful. Or like you’re working toward it, you know?” (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

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 and tie from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Friday. Ashe recently announced that the policy, which has been in place …

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 contact with social workers from the Department for Children and Families before they died. Work …

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 Craft. One: She’s a college student. Two: She’s a single mom. Three: She receives rental …

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 …

Freeze Wrecks Northeast Marinas

Monday, May 25, 2015

Glastonbury, Conn. — The deep freeze that gripped the Northeast last winter dealt a severe blow to marinas and yacht clubs: Ice snapped pilings in half, shredded wooden docks and left behind wreckage that many compare to the …

Grave Injustice: Family of Union Soldier Fights to Have His Final Resting Place Marked

Sunday, May 24, 2015

In the months before Moses Elkins, of Troy, Vt., gave his life for his country, he endured almost unimaginable deprivation. His bones, mixed in a jumble with those of hundreds of other American soldiers, now lie in the …

8 From Upper Valley Died At Salisbury Confederate Prison

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Moses Elkins, of Troy, Vt., is only one of the 145 soldiers from Vermont and New Hampshire who died in Salisbury Confederate Prison during the Civil War, according to the Roll of Honor compiled in 1868. Many other Union soldiers from the Upper Valley also were victims of …

Maine Launching Website About Food Safety Regulation

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Augusta, Maine (ap) — Maine officials say a new state website will assist farmers and food producers with information about changes to federal food safety regulations. The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry says the information on the website will pertain to the federal Food Safety Modernization …

Civil War-Era Music Returns to N.H.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Concord — Civil War-era music arranged for one of the Union Army’s best regimental bands has returned to its roots for Memorial Day weekend. The 3rd Regiment Band of the New Hampshire Volunteers, largely recruited from the Concord …

Brookfield’s Famed Floating Bridge Reopens

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Brookfield, Vt. — A tiny Vermont town’s famous wooden floating bridge — believed to be the only one of its kind in the country — has been rebuilt and is reopening this weekend with fanfare including a parade …

Unionized Workforce Battles Bath Iron Works Leadership

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Bath, Maine — The last time Bath Iron Works looked beyond Navy shipbuilding, workers agreed to a contract aimed at boosting efficiency by allowing shipbuilders to learn and perform multiple tasks. President Clinton heaped praise on the shipyard for innovation, but those provisions were tossed aside a couple …