State / Region

Survey to Help Farmers Prepare for Produce Rule

Monday, April 27, 2015

Montpelier — The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets has released a survey to determine how farmers may be affected by the Food and Drug Administration’s new produce safety rule. The rule is part of the Food Safety Modernization Act — a reform of the country’s food safety’s laws — aimed to ensure that the food supply is safe by focusing on preventing contamination instead of responding to it. …

Amphibians Facing Perilous Migration

Monday, April 27, 2015

Concord — Northern New England’s annual amphibian migration is always perilous, but critters that cross roads to breed are facing an additional challenge this year: a delayed start after the long winter. Every spring, several species of salamanders and frogs travel to vernal pools — temporary bodies of water created by melted snow …

Norwich Now 100 Percent Solar Powered

Monday, April 27, 2015

Norwich — Norwich is now the first community in the state where all municipal buildings get their electricity from the sun through a deal with a local solar provider that sends more power from the sun onto the electric grid than is used in town buildings. The deal is expected to save the town about $2,000 on its $20,000 annual electric bill for …

Local & Regional Briefs for Monday, April 27, 2015

Monday, April 27, 2015

FBI Director, Sen. Leahy, Give Details of Louis Freeh Crash Burlington — Officials say former FBI director Louis Freeh was near death in the wake of a car crash near his vacation home in Vermont last August. Current FBI director James Comey and Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy offered …

Background Checks for Youth Workers in N.H.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Concord — Anyone who works with children at youth skills programs in New Hampshire must have a criminal background check under new rules in effect this year. Department of Environmental Services spokesman James Martin said the rule applies to all volunteer and paid staff who will be working …

Fishing Regulators Approve Habitat Changes

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Portland, Maine — Federal fishery regulators say they will keep much-debated protections for Cashes Ledge in the Gulf of Maine in place as part of a broad effort to alter the scope of New England’s fishing grounds. The decision to preserve Cashes Ledge came as the New England …

Marathon Bomber Trial Puts Focus on Boston’s Muslims

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Boston — Boston’s Muslim community has been once again thrust into the spotlight as the death penalty trial of convicted marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev nears its conclusion amid rising concerns of terrorist recruitment in America. Newspaper op-eds, advertisements …

Vt. Ban on Trashing Recyclables Looms

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Montpelier — Vermonters should think twice before throwing that empty water bottle in the trash bin. Starting July 1, recyclables such as metal, glass, certain plastics and paper will be banned from landfills as part of a goal of recycling and composting certain solid waste by 2020. For …

Maine Faces Casino License Debate

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Augusta, Maine — For a decade, Sen. Linda Valentino’s efforts to give Maine more control over the expansion of casinos have fallen short. But with a new report on her side as the state gears up for another fiery debate over gambling, Valentino believes victory may be at …

Students to Raffle Restored Mustang

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Worcester, Mass. — From the rotted trunk floor to the broken turn signals, the 1967 Ford Mustang arrived with a failing grade at Worcester Technical High School in late 2012. “My initial reaction when it rolled in — …

After Vt. Vaccination Vote, Senator Defends Decision

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Montpelier — Two days after the Vermont Senate voted to end the philosophical exemption for parents who don’t want their kids vaccinated, a senator opposed to the change delivered a tearful address about being attacked online, his father’s death and how scientific uncertainty led him to his decision. …

Mass. Gov.: Ride-Share Drivers Should Have Background Checks

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Boston — Drivers for ride-hailing services such as Uber or Lyft would be required to undergo state criminal background checks, and the companies would be required to carry at least $1 million in liability insurance for each ride, under legislation filed Friday by Gov. Charlie Baker. The proposal …

FBI Chief, in Vt., Says Bureau Needs Cybercrime Fighters

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Burlington — The head of the FBI used a visit to Vermont to urge college students studying ways to fight cybercrime and conduct digital investigations to take their talents and training to the FBI. FBI Director James Comey …