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Legislators Question Rate of Intervention by Vt. DCF

Monday, September 22, 2014

Montpelier — A special legislative panel is expected to hear more this week about the rules governing Vermont’s child welfare agency as it probes child protection issues following the deaths of two toddlers who had been in the state’s care. Some lawmakers have questioned the high percentage of abuse and neglect calls that are not accepted for some sort of intervention by the Department of Children and Families. Last year …

Proliferation of Service Dogs Leads to Conflict

Sunday, September 21, 2014

White River Junction — Elroy Litchfield, a Vietnam War veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder, recently acquired something that he believes will prove a tremendous help in coping with his condition: a five-month-old dog named Mischief who’s being trained to recognize Litchfield’s early signs of an anxious episode — “getting ready to blow up,” …

More Choice, Help Coming to N.H.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Concord — New Hampshire residents signing up for insurance under the federal health care overhaul law will have both more choices and more places to turn for help in November. For the last year, the only company selling health plans through the new marketplace was Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, which was criticized for excluding 10 of the state’s 26 acute-care hospitals. …

OSHA Probes Death Of Elephant Caretaker

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Portland, Maine — Federal workplace safety officials have launched an investigation into the death of a Maine man who was crushed by one of the two elephants in his care. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration sent an investigator to the site this month after retired veterinarian James …

Navy Submarine to Be Named After State of Vermont

Friday, September 19, 2014

Burlington — U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus used Lake Champlain, with its history of a key naval battle in both the American Revolution and the War of 1812, as a backdrop Thursday to announce the naming of the …

Poverty Rate Falls in N.H., Rises in Vt.

Friday, September 19, 2014

New U.S. Census data released Thursday shows 3,000 more Vermonters were living in poverty in 2013 and 17,000 fewer people living in poverty in New Hampshire. A total of 74,058 Vermonters were living below the poverty level in 2013, compared to 71,084 in 2012. Vermont’s poor amounted to …

Compliance Issues Took Vt. Site Offline

Friday, September 19, 2014

Montpelier — The state took Vermont Health Connect offline because it was unable to meet a federal checklist of security requirements, officials said Thursday. Over the summer, the federal government provided a timeline for reducing security risks, which expired 10 days ago, according to the commissioner of the …

Mass. Finalizes Casino License

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Boston — Wynn Resorts and Massachusetts gambling regulators on Wednesday finalized a license for a proposed $1.6 billion resort casino across from Boston, but the casino company says it’s not yet prepared to campaign against a looming threat: …

Hassan Names Odell to Sit on Utility Oversight Board

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Concord — Gov. Maggie Hassan has nominated Republican state Sen. Bob Odell and Democratic state Rep. Amanda Merrill to sit on the committee in charge of permitting Northern Pass and any future wind farms or pipeline projects in the state. The legislators would be among the first public …

Locals to Walk In New York Climate March

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

White River Junction — More than 150 people are expected to board buses in the Upper Valley early Sunday morning en route to New York City, where they will join thousands of others in a march through Manhattan to draw attention to climate change. Main organizers are estimating …

Vt. Health Site Down For Repairs

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Montpelier — Gov. Peter Shumlin announced Tuesday that his administration has made the decision to take the Vermont Health Connect website offline for weeks to make repairs, and oversight for the project has shifted. Shumlin said he made the decision with the hopes of ensuring a smooth open …

Wynn Resorts Wins Casino Bid

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Boston — Wynn Resorts has won the competition for the lucrative Boston-area casino license, besting rival Mohegan Sun largely on the strength of its $1.6 billion project’s economic development potential. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission voted 3-to-1 Tuesday to award the license to the Las Vegas casino giant, which …

Lawmaker Wants Offenders at Sentencings

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Concord — A New Hampshire lawmaker wants to require violent offenders to attend their sentencing hearings, in the wake of a dispute that arose in the case of a man convicted of raping and killing a 19-year-old college student. Rep. Renny Cushing, a Hampton Democrat whose father and …