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Author: Smart Should Be Granted Parole

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Manchester — A woman whose book To Die For was inspired by the case of Pamela Smart, who plotted with her teenage lover to kill her husband, is asking the governor to consider parole. Smart, who began an affair with 15-year-old Billy Flynn when she was a media coordinator at his high school, was convicted in 1991 of being an accomplice to first-degree murder and was sentenced to life in …

Local & Regional Briefs for Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

N.Y. Man Held in N.H. After High-Speed Police Chase Claremont — A 37-year-old New York man who was arrested over the weekend after a high-speed chase through several New Hampshire communities is being held on $10,000 cash bail following his arraignment Tuesday. Among the charges against Robert Leibensperger, of Clifton Park, N.Y., are aggravated driving while intoxicated, disobeying a police officer and reckless …

Bill Creates College Savings For Vt. Kids

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Montpelier — Vermont will soon join a number of other states in launching a children’s savings account program aimed at encouraging more low-income children, and their parents, to consider higher education. Under a bill passed by the Legislature, savings accounts will be opened for every baby born in Vermont — $250 will be deposited for those who are not low-income, $500 for those …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …