State / Region

Maine’s LePage Cuts Food Stamps for 6,500 Residents

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Augusta, Maine — More than 6,000 Maine residents will lose their food stamps benefits next month under newly enforced rules that require some recipients to have a job, Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew said. Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s administration began in October to enforce a three-month limit on benefits for childless adults in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, unless they work at least 20 hours a …

Single-Payer Effort in Vt. Enters ‘Utility’ Phase

Sunday, December 21, 2014

The push for health care reform in Vermont entered a new phase last week, when Gov. Peter Shumlin announced that he would abandon his attempt to design a system that used broad-based taxes and other public sources to replace premiums paid by employers and employees. The sticker shock of the necessary taxes and …

Budget Will Dominate Next N.H. Session

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Concord — The state budget will serve as the political battleground between Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan and Republican lawmakers in the upcoming session, with state spending on universities, prisons and services for vulnerable populations at the center. Between a landmark mental health settlement and a loss in state revenue from a controversial hospital tax, the state is already looking at more than $100 …

Lyme Disease Hit Region Hard in 2014

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Portland, Maine — Environmental factors and improved reporting methods led to another year of high Lyme disease totals in northern New England. Reported cases are expected to be on par with or even top recent records set in …

N.H. Court Rules For Convict

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Concord — A man convicted of killing an 18-year-old woman more than four decades ago can present new DNA results to a court to determine if he should get a new trial, New Hampshire’s highest court ruled Friday. Robert Breest was convicted of killing Susan Randall in February …

Children’s Author and ‘Clifford’ Creator Dead at 86

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Norman Bridwell, a soft-spoken illustrator whose impromptu story about a girl and her puppy marked the unlikely birth of the supersized franchise Clifford the Big Red Dog, has died at 86. Bridwell, who lived for decades in a …

Cops: Teen Killed Boy, Made False Report

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Berne, n.y. (ap) — A 19-year-old woman strangled a 5-year-old cousin who had been in her parents’ care, then discarded his body along a road before calling in a false report that two masked intruders took the boy …

Report: Need Change in Vt. Child Safety

Friday, December 19, 2014

Williston, Vt. — A private assessment of how Vermont handles child protection cases released Thursday said workers need to be better trained and able to be more focused on their priorities by reducing workloads. The report by Casey Family Programs comes after the death of two toddlers who …

Fourteen From Pharmacy Charged In Deadly 2012 Meningitis Outbreak

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Boston — Mold and bacteria were in the air and on workers’ gloved fingertips. Pharmacists used expired ingredients, didn’t properly sterilize them and failed to test drugs for purity before sending them to hospitals and pain clinics. Employees …

Shumlin Ends Single-Payer Push

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Montpelier — Calling it the biggest disappointment of his career, Gov. Peter Shumlin said Wednesday he was abandoning plans to make Vermont the first state in the country with a universal, publicly funded health care system. Going forward …

Man Gets Life in Death Of Teacher

Thursday, December 18, 2014

St. Johnsbury, Vt. — A man accused with his wife of kidnapping and killing a teacher was sentenced on Wednesday to life in prison, with the judge saying they hunted their victim like prey. Judge Robert Bent said …

FairPoint CEO Fires Back in Letter to Shumlin

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Montpelier — The demands of FairPoint strikers are unreasonable and the company will not give in, CEO Paul Sunu wrote in a letter Wednesday to Gov. Peter Shumlin, in response to the governor’s recent call for an end to the 62-day standoff. Sunu’s letter said he wants to …

Man Indicted In Kidnapping

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Concord — A man allegedly used death threats, a stun gun, zip ties and a shock collar to control a teenage girl he’s accused of kidnapping at gunpoint, imprisoning and sexually assaulting over nine months, according to indictments released Wednesday. Nathaniel Kibby was arrested in July and initially …