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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 lives of thousands of Vermonters, a sentiment echoed by advocates and providers. “It’s just untenable to continue to be in this situation,” …

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 legislative committee Wednesday. The committee is seeking solutions to dire lapses in state child protection, …

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 decades. It depends on tangled, low-growing shrubs in younger forests to survive. Once large trees …

Vt. Statehouse Going — Literally — Batty

Monday, July 21, 2014

Montpelier — Bats swoop through the halls of Vermont’s grand State House, and nobody seems to mind. Workers say it’s not uncommon to see the furry, bug-eating bats flying around, especially during the summer months when they seek …

Monday, July 21, 2014

Body Found Behind Cemetery In Hartford Hartford — On Sunday approximately 4:30 p.m., Hartford Police received a complaint of a dead body being located in the wooded area behind the Mt. Olivet Cemetery on Hartford Avenue in White River Junction. Upon arrival police found the body of a …

Three Years On, Girl’s Unsolved Slaying Haunts N.H. Town

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Concord — An 11-year-old girl whose disappearance prompted a massive search before her body was found against a dam in the Connecticut River remains a haunting presence in her small rural town. Celina Cass was last seen hunched …

Justice Within Reach In Golf Pro’s Death

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Montpelier — Nearly 28 years ago, John Ottaviano was looking forward to playing in a tournament with Sarah Hunter, a well-liked golf pro at the Manchester Country Club. But Hunter, who was always punctual, never showed up to …

Archaeologists Excavate Colonial Battleground

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Lake George, N.Y. — Archaeologists are excavating an 18th-century battleground that was the site of a desperate stand by Colonial American troops, the flashpoint of a massacre and the location of the era’s largest smallpox hospital. The site’s …

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Police Seek Suspect Who Stabbed 19-Year-Old Concord — New Hampshire police say the stabbing of a 19-year-old man in a Concord park was not a random attack. Concord police say the man was taken to Concord Hospital Saturday morning with serious but non-life threatening injuries. Police found the …

Four Towns Work on Waste

Saturday, July 19, 2014

White River Junction — Community leaders from several Upper Valley towns met Tuesday night to begin the slow process of considering collaborative solutions for collecting and processing the region’s trash, compost and recyclables. The unusual gathering of almost …

Feds Won’t Fund Vt. Culvert Plan

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Montpelier — The Obama administration launched an initiative Wednesday aimed at helping local communities better prepare for the impacts of climate change, but one of Vermont’s key recommendations to the president was not included. The state wants to …

Protesters Foil Market Basket Deliveries

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Concord — At least five managers from the Market Basket on Storrs Street attended a rally at the company’s headquarters in Massachusetts Friday to show support for ousted CEO Arthur T. Demoulas and rebellion against his replacements. The store did not receive a scheduled delivery of perishable goods, …

Officials: Unlicensed Mortician Held Remains

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Boston — An unlicensed funeral director accused of stealing more than $12,000 from an elderly couple could face more charges after authorities found 12 bodies and the cremated remains of more than 40 others in two self-storage units …