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New Total Of Uninsured In Vt. Unclear

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Montpelier — It won’t be known for several months how many people who looked at buying health insurance through Vermont Health Connect determined it was too expensive and decided to go without, Vermont officials said Monday. Vermont Health Connect spokeswoman Emily Yahr said the best answer to that question won’t come until consumer surveys are out later this year. When the Vermont Health Connect exchange, opened in compliance with the …

Ex-State Worker Released After Plea

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Montpelier — A former Vermont state worker pleaded not guilty Monday to charges that she embezzled more than $50,000 while working as a claims examiner and that she used some of the money to buy a boat, a vehicle, firearms and other merchandise. Lisa Peduzzi, of Plainfield, 51, appeared in court in Burlington on six felony charges. She was allowed to go free …

N.H. House Speaker Norelli Won’t Run Again

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Concord — New Hampshire House Speaker Terie Norelli announced yesterday that she won’t be seeking re-election, but she vowed to help Democrats in their fight to keep a House majority this fall. “The fight doesn’t end today. We have more work to complete this session. We have an election to win this fall,” …

‘Dick and Jane’ Artwork to Be Auctioned

Monday, April 21, 2014

Brookline, n.h. — In the portrait, the little boy’s blue eyes twinkle as he looks straight ahead. His apple cheeks shine. There’s a gap in his teeth, and his reddish-brown hair is just slightly tousled. He’s an All-American …

Schools Slash Heating Bills With Stimulus Project Using Wood Products

Monday, April 21, 2014

Portland, Maine — Years after federal stimulus dollars funded a Maine Forest Service Project to heat with local wood products, schools and other facilities report they have slashed energy bills in half while supporting jobs in the state’s struggling timber industry. However, some project managers say because they …

N.H. Senate to Vote on Fetal Homicide Bill

Monday, April 21, 2014

Concord — New Hampshire’s Senate is voting whether to treat a fetus who dies in a homicide as a person even if the mother lives. The House bill would let judges hand out stiffer sentences if the woman is pregnant when she dies, but critics say the fetus’ …

Expanding Summer Fun At Ski Areas

Monday, April 21, 2014

Montpelier — Three Vermont ski areas at least partially located in the Green Mountain National Forest could expand their summer recreational activities by taking part in a new national program designed to promote year-round recreation activities on the federal land. Bromley, Mount Snow and Sugarbush, as well as …

U.N. Ambassador, Swimmer Among Vermont Speakers

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Montpelier — A long-distance swimmer, an oceanographer and the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations are among this spring’s commencement speakers at Vermont colleges and universities. Endurance athlete Diana Nyad, who last year at age 64 swam 110 miles from Cuba to Florida, will speak at Middlebury College’s …

Ex-Vt. Employee Faces Embezzlement Charges

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Montpelier — A former state employee was charged Friday with embezzling more than $50,000 by using what Gov. Peter Shumlin called a “fairly sophisticated” scheme that involved setting up false claims against the state and then using the money that was to pay those claims for her own …

N.H., Vt. Colleges See More Students Transfer Away

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Concord — As college students prepare to leave New Hampshire and Vermont for summer break, a recent national study raises questions about how many will return in the fall. While both states rank very high in terms of the percentage of students who graduate within six years of …

Gov: Boston Lockdown Was ‘Tough Call’

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Boston — Several days after the Boston Marathon bombing, Gov. Deval Patrick received a call in the pre-dawn hours from a top aide telling him that police officers outside the city had just engaged in a ferocious gun …

N.H. Finance Fair To Link Lenders, Businesses

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Concord (ap) — A New Hampshire Finance Fair has been organized to connect business owners, entrepreneurs and startup companies with lenders and financial services providers. The event is scheduled for May 28, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., at Southern New Hampshire University’s Hospitality Center. More than 30 …

Missing Mass. Boy’s Body Found

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Worcester, Mass. — The body of a small boy apparently cast off the side of a highway has been confirmed as a missing 5-year-old, authorities said Saturday. The body found Friday off Interstate 190 has been positively identified as Jeremiah Oliver, Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D. Early …