State / Region

Vt. House OKs Ban on Microbeads

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Montpelier — The state House voted Tuesday to ban the sale and manufacture of microbeads in personal care products and over-the-counter drugs. In one of the first acts of the legislative session, the House gave preliminary approval on a voice vote to H.4, a bill intended to outlaw barely visible plastic scrubbing components found in personal care products such as soap and facial exfoliants due to environmental and potential health …

Vermont to Look at Aid-in-Dying Law

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Montpelier — The first Legislature in the country to pass an aid-in-dying law may revisit the issue, as a key backer says changes to automatically take effect in mid-2016 would remove too many patient protections. “We’ve got to figure out how to keep it safe,” Sen. Claire Ayer, the chairwoman of the Senate Health and Welfare Committee, said of the law passed in …

In Some States, Storm Hype Well Warranted

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Boston — Its winds howling at more than 70 mph, the Blizzard of 2015 slammed Boston and surrounding parts of New England on Tuesday with none of the mercy it unexpectedly showed New York City, piling up more than 2 feet of snow. The storm punched out a 40-to-50-foot section of a seawall in Marshfield, Mass., badly damaging a vacant home. In Newport, …

Unlicensed Driver Who Killed 2 Cyclists Gets Up to 40 Years

Monday, January 26, 2015

Brentwood, n.h. — An unlicensed, intoxicated driver who killed two women when she plowed a car into a group of bicyclists was sentenced Monday to up to 40 years in prison after one of the survivors and the …

Vt. Senate Will Discuss Paid Leave This Week

Monday, January 26, 2015

A bill aimed at giving workers in Vermont paid time off for illness or other emergencies is back before the Senate. Hearings will begin today in the Senate Economic Development Committee on S.15, which would grant workers seven earned leave days off a year, or a total of …

Boston Bombing Judge Cites Progress Despite Slow Selection

Monday, January 26, 2015

Boston — The judge in the federal death penalty trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev said Monday that he’s not discouraged by the slow pace of jury selection. “We’re making good progress,” Judge George O’Toole Jr. …

N.H. Nursing Homes Could Lose Millions

Friday, January 23, 2015

A plan to patch a $58 million hole in the Department of Health and Human Services budget drew fire from legislators Friday who said $7 million in cuts to nursing home payments would target some of the state’s …

Vt. Auditor Scrutinizes Deal With Health Exchange Expert

Monday, January 26, 2015

Montpelier — Vermont is applying a fresh round of scrutiny to its contract with Jonathan Gruber, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology health economist who made headlines for talking about “the stupidity of the American voter.” State Auditor Doug Hoffer has been reviewing the contract under which Gruber got …

Winter Storm Heading for Northeast

Monday, January 26, 2015

Concord (ap) — Hardware stores were doing a brisk business in shovels and ice melting products and plow crews are resting up and checking equipment in advance of a storm that could dump more than a foot of …

Concern Over Sex Offender Registry in Vt.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Montpelier — Vermont lawmakers are grappling with how close to perfect the state’s sex offender registry needs to be before offenders’ addresses are posted online. Vermont in 2009 passed a law saying the registry had to have a clean audit from the state auditor of accounts before addresses …

Finding a ‘Death-Qualified’ Jury Slows Cases

Monday, January 26, 2015

Boston — One prospective juror was brutally frank when asked whether he could consider a sentence of life in prison for the man accused of bombing the Boston Marathon. “I would sentence him to death,” he said, then …

ACA Enrollment Change Has Benefits, Drawbacks

Monday, January 26, 2015

Concord — A proposal to shift the Affordable Care Act’s annual enrollment period could both help and hurt consumers, according to state insurance regulators and industry officials. There are still three weeks left in the current enrollment period, but insurance companies already are scrambling to prepare their 2016 …

Former N.H. Gov. Lynch to Receive Frost Award

Monday, January 26, 2015

Manchester (ap) — Former New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch will receive the Robert Frost Contemporary American Award at a ceremony featuring the Boston Red Sox president and CEO as keynote speaker. Plymouth State University created the award in 1970 in memory of the nation’s late poet laureate, who …