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Vermont Gas Ordered to Halt Digging Due to Toxin Concerns

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Montpelier — The Vermont Public Service Board ordered Vermont Gas Systems to stop digging for its pipeline near power lines owned by the Vermont Electric Cooperative, citing environmental and health concerns. Vermont Gas approached the Public Service Board after the state Agency of Natural Resources alerted the company to the possibility that soil contaminated with Pentachlorophenol (PCP) could be disturbed by pipeline construction. Pentachlorophenol is a wood preservative and pesticide …

Small Vt. Farms Under Scrutiny

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Montpelier — The state is working to reduce phosphorus pollution in the Lake Champlain watershed. A lot of the focus has been on farms, and now the state is turning attention to smaller scale agriculture, and that means owners of much smaller parcels of land will also have to react to the regulations already on the books. John Roberts has been driving the …

Man Charged in N.H. Disappearance

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Concord — A New Hampshire man was arrested Monday and charged with kidnapping 15-year-old Abigail “Abby” Hernandez more than nine months ago sometime after she left Kennett High School in Conway. Nathaniel Kibby, 34, was arrested without incident at his Gorham home, about 30 miles north of where the girl lives, and was …

Kiteboarders Object to Sport’s Ban Off of Cape Cod’s Shore

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Boston — Kiteboarders are pushing back against bans in the protected waters off Cape Cod, but federal officials say the prohibitions are necessary because the kites scare away piping plovers and other threatened or endangered shorebirds from their …

N.H. Judge Rejects Voter Law

Monday, July 28, 2014

Concord — A New Hampshire judge has struck down a 2012 law as unconstitutional that effectively blocked out-of-state students and others from voting in New Hampshire unless they established residency in the state that extended to other activities beyond voting, such as getting a driver’s license. The New …

Sketch Released in North Conway Girl’s Case

Monday, July 28, 2014

Concord — The New Hampshire teenager who returned home this week nine months after vanishing on her way home from school has provided investigators with a description of the man she says drove her away that day. Attorney …

Problems Persist on Vt. Health Insurance Exchange Website

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Montpelier — A legislative leader said Wednesday that ongoing problems with Vermont Health Connect have reached crisis levels in communities across Vermont. Rep. Mike Fisher, chairman of the House Health Care Committee, said myriad issues affecting people’s health care coverage has led to frustration and uncertainty in the …

Panel Reviews Vt. DCF

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Montpelier — Information gaps among Vermont agencies and personnel and a push to return children in state custody back to their parents undermined state protective services leading up to a Poultney toddler’s death after she suffered severe head trauma, Vermont State Police Detective James Cruise told a special …

DNA Analysis May Help Cottontail

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Durham — DNA analysis of the endangered New England cottontail shows that power line rights of way, railroad beds and roadsides may help support their diminishing habitat. The small, brown rabbit has been declining in the region for …

Mass. House Approves Abortion Clinic Bill

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Boston — The Massachusetts House approved a bill on Wednesday designed to tighten security around abortion clinics. The bill would let police disperse one or more individuals who are substantially impeding access to a clinic. After a dispersal order is issued in writing, those individuals would have to …

Maine Gov. Wants Food Stamp Rules

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Augusta, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage’s administration announced plans Wednesday to change how Maine distributes food stamps and require some recipients to work or lose their benefits. Maine will no longer seek a federal waiver that has allowed jobless people to continue receiving benefits to buy food after …

Milne Launches Formal Campaign

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Barre, Vt. — Republican Scott Milne formally launched his campaign for Vermont governor Wednesday, accusing incumbent Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin of an “ultra-progressive” style of governing and promising a more moderate approach. Milne addressed a crowd of about …

Details Scarce After N.H. Teen’s Return

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Conway, n.h. — After a 15-year-old girl returned safely to her family nine months after vanishing on the way home from school, townspeople who searched and prayed that she would return are relieved — and looking for answers about where she’s been and how she got home. State …