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N.H. Delays Vote on FairPoint Bid

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Concord — New Hampshire officials delayed action Tuesday on a $13 million state contract with FairPoint Communications for Internet and phone services amid a strike by the company’s Northern New England workers that has disrupted service across the state. “I have big concerns that the poor service levels we’ve been seeing from FairPoint right now wouldn’t live up to the terms in the contract,” Democratic Executive Councilor Colin Van Ostern …

R.I. Murderer Linked to 2 Cold Cases

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Concord — A convicted rapist and murderer who died in prison in Rhode Island in 2011 also killed women in New Hampshire and Massachusetts, luring them to remote spots and strangling them with their own clothing, New Hampshire’s attorney general said Tuesday. In the case of Judith Whitney, prosecutors said Edward Mayrand was already giving away her jewelry to women at a bar …

Vt. Pot Legalization May Be No-Go for 2015

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Montpelier — Marijuana legalization advocates have been laying the groundwork for a big legislative push in 2015, but Vermont lawmakers don’t seem inclined to follow in the footsteps of Washington and Colorado any time soon. Earlier this year, Burlington lawyer Carl Lisman quietly registered a rather noteworthy trade name. It’s called “Vermont Cannabis,” and its purpose, according to the paperwork filed at the …

N.H. Court Rules For Convict

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Concord — A man convicted of killing an 18-year-old woman more than four decades ago can present new DNA results to a court to determine if he should get a new trial, New Hampshire’s highest court ruled Friday. Robert Breest was convicted of killing Susan Randall in February …

Children’s Author and ‘Clifford’ Creator Dead at 86

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Norman Bridwell, a soft-spoken illustrator whose impromptu story about a girl and her puppy marked the unlikely birth of the supersized franchise Clifford the Big Red Dog, has died at 86. Bridwell, who lived for decades in a …

Cops: Teen Killed Boy, Made False Report

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Berne, n.y. (ap) — A 19-year-old woman strangled a 5-year-old cousin who had been in her parents’ care, then discarded his body along a road before calling in a false report that two masked intruders took the boy …

Report: Need Change in Vt. Child Safety

Friday, December 19, 2014

Williston, Vt. — A private assessment of how Vermont handles child protection cases released Thursday said workers need to be better trained and able to be more focused on their priorities by reducing workloads. The report by Casey Family Programs comes after the death of two toddlers who …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …