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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 graduation May 25. “Diana Nyad is a bold and fearless athlete whose determination is truly inspiring,” Middlebury College President Ron Liebowitz said. …

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 purposes. The state charges that Lisa Peduzzi, of Plainfield, Vt., used the money to buy …

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 starting at four-year public campuses, they also rank high in terms of students who finish …

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 …

Vt. Unemployment Now 2nd Lowest in U.S.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Montpelier (ap) — The latest unemployment statistics show Vermont now has the second lowest unemployment rate in the country, Gov. Peter Shumlin announced last week. The Vermont Department of Labor announced Friday that the state’s unemployment rate had dropped three-tenths of a percent last month to 3.4 percent. …

Second Child Death Worries Lawmakers

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Montpelier — The Chittenden Unit for Special Investigations is investigating the death of a second child in Vermont within the past few months, raising ire among some lawmakers about the lack of information shared with them by state officials. Sen. Dick Sears, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee …

N.H. Senate OKs Hand-Held Phone Ban In Nh

Friday, April 18, 2014

Concord — Hand-held cellphone use would be banned while driving in New Hampshire in mid-2015 under a bill passed Thursday by the Senate. The Senate’s voice vote sends the bill back to the House to consider an amendment to require the state to educate the public about the …

N.H. Senate Votes to Keep Death Penalty

Friday, April 18, 2014

Concord — A divided New Hampshire Senate voted against repealing the death penalty yesterday, ending concerns for some who worried that a repeal would reverse the death sentence of Michael Addison, who was convicted for fatally shooting Manchester …

Odell: N.H. Should Fix Medicaid Tax

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Concord — The state Senate’s chief tax bill writer said lawmakers need to come up with a fix to replace a state tax on hospitals found last week to be unconstitutional. A Hillsborough County Superior Court judge’s decision threatens to blow an $185 million hole in the state …

Shumlin Rejects Alternate Health Plan

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Gov. Peter Shumlin is dismissing a legislative consultant’s plan that lawmakers could use as an alternative to the administration’s single-payer health proposal. The concept memo was drafted for the Legislature by health care economist Ken Thorpe. His plan was conceived as an alternative to single-payer, and would extend …

New Hampshire Argues No State Money Goes to Scholarships

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Concord — Attorneys representing New Hampshire argued before state Supreme Court justices Wednesday that a state program that gives scholarships to students who attend private and religious schools is funded by businesses and that no state funds are given to the schools. The court will decided the constitutionally …