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FILE - In this Oct. 4, 2012 file photo, a car sits in front of the New England Compounding in Framingham, Mass. Two co-founders and 12 other former employees of the company were arrested at their homes Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. Tainted steroids manufactured by the pharmacy were blamed  for a fungal meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people across the country.  (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia, File)

Fourteen From Pharmacy Charged In Deadly 2012 Meningitis Outbreak

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Boston — Mold and bacteria were in the air and on workers’ gloved fingertips. Pharmacists used expired ingredients, didn’t properly sterilize them and failed to test drugs for purity before sending them to hospitals and pain clinics. Employees falsified logs to make it look as if the so-called clean rooms had been disinfected. Federal prosecutors leveled those allegations in bringing …

Shumlin Ends Single-Payer Push

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Montpelier — Calling it the biggest disappointment of his career, Gov. Peter Shumlin said Wednesday he was abandoning plans to make Vermont the first state in the country with a universal, publicly funded health care system. Going forward with a project four years in the making would require tax increases too big for …

Man Gets Life in Death Of Teacher

Thursday, December 18, 2014

St. Johnsbury, Vt. — A man accused with his wife of kidnapping and killing a teacher was sentenced on Wednesday to life in prison, with the judge saying they hunted their victim like prey. Judge Robert Bent said a mitigating factor in Allen Prue’s case was a lack of a criminal history before …

FairPoint CEO Fires Back in Letter to Shumlin

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Montpelier — The demands of FairPoint strikers are unreasonable and the company will not give in, CEO Paul Sunu wrote in a letter Wednesday to Gov. Peter Shumlin, in response to the governor’s recent call for an end to the 62-day standoff. Sunu’s letter said he wants to …

Man Indicted In Kidnapping

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Concord — A man allegedly used death threats, a stun gun, zip ties and a shock collar to control a teenage girl he’s accused of kidnapping at gunpoint, imprisoning and sexually assaulting over nine months, according to indictments released Wednesday. Nathaniel Kibby was arrested in July and initially …

Vt. Exchange Extends Dec. Deadline

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Montpelier — Vermont Health Connect quietly extended the deadline for people to buy insurance coverage that would start Jan. 1, a spokesman confirmed Tuesday. The previous deadline was Monday, but VHC officials said people who sign up for coverage before Dec. 31 can still select a Jan. 1 …

Smaller Renewable Power Projects Up 58 Percent

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Montpelier — Vermont’s reliance on solar power is continuing to increase as producers take advantage of federal tax credits and the state’s growing affection for cleaner energy sources, officials said Tuesday. The amount of power to be produced …

N.H. GOP Sharply Divided

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Concord — A group of more than 100 Republican representatives met in a closed-door meeting Tuesday to forge a path into the coming legislative session with Rep. Bill O’Brien, R-Mont Vernon, as their leader. Coming out of the meeting, representatives said they plan to propose a rule change …

Corinth Lawyer Will Lead Vt. PBS

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Corinth — A telecommunications lawyer from the Upper Valley has been named the new president and CEO of Vermont PBS, public television’s statewide affiliate. Corinth resident Holly Groschner’s appointment was announced Monday, and she plans to start the …

Deadline for Single-Payer Approaching

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Gov. Peter Shumlin and his team say they will release their single-payer financing plan by Dec. 30, but as of last week, the Department of Health Reform was still running numbers. The Shumlin administration continues to explore different economic scenarios and examine the results. If they’re unsatisfactory, the …

FairPoint Phone Disruptions Continue

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Middlesex, Vt. — December is normally a busy time of year at Vermont Musical Instrument Repair, with people clamoring to get their clarinets and trombones fixed up for holiday concerts. But owner Jeff Vovakes’ phone has been silent for a week. He’s one of an unknown number of …

Officials: Don’t Skip the Flu Shot

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Concord — This year’s flu virus, in some cases, has changed, but infectious disease doctor Benjamin Chan’s advice has not. In September, just after the virus made its debut for the season in New Hampshire, the state epidemiologist …

FBI’s Boston Office Warns of Corruption in New England Casino Industry

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Boston — The head of the FBI’s Boston office said Monday he’s concerned the expansion of casino gambling might lead to an increase in public corruption and financial and organized crime. Special Agent Vincent Lisi, whose office covers Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire and Rhode Island, said the industry’s …