State / Region

WRJ VA Focuses on Homeless

Thursday, July 30, 2015

White River Junction — It’s summertime, but for some veterans who returned to northern New England after their military service, the living is not easy. For those without homes, winter likely will be even worse. Some have general health problems. Others cope with mental illness or substance abuse. Employment, education, transportation — all of the challenges of living in this rural region have the potential to fall heavily on the …

Planned Parenthood Seeks Study

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Washington — Under fire for its role in providing fetal tissue for research, Planned Parenthood asked the government’s top health scientists Wednesday to convene a panel of independent experts to study the issues surrounding the little-known branch of medicine. Planned Parenthood’s request to the National Institutes of Health came as Senate Republicans pressed their fight to bar the organization from receiving federal aid. …

Some Vt. Consumers Oppose Health Insurance Rate Increases

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Montpelier — Loren Mandell Wood, of Burlington, came into the world 11 days ago at an “out-of-pocket maximum” cost of as much as $5,100. On Wednesday, he did not appear prepared to pull that money out of his pocket. And his mom, who testified at a state hearing on health insurance rates, said the family surely couldn’t either. “Our monthly premiums are $465 …

Brain Disorder Center Closings Felt Nationwide

Monday, July 27, 2015

Concord — When Tyler Richardson’s son hit puberty, the combination of hormones and new strength from a growth spurt added an element of danger to a long history of unpredictable behavior because of autism and severe anger problems. …

Wake Held for Mass., Marine Killed in Tennessee

Monday, July 27, 2015

Springfield, Mass. (ap) — People in his hometown paid their respects on Sunday to a Massachusetts Marine killed by a gunman who attacked a military facility in Tennessee two weeks ago. Thousands attended a public wake for Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Sullivan at T.P. Sampson Chapel of The Acres …

25 Years On, Disabilities Act Has Changed Lives

Sunday, July 26, 2015

New York — Five days before he was to start college, Fred Maahs’ world turned upside down. Off the Delaware coast in 1980, on the last day of summer vacation, the 18-year-old took a dive from his family’s …

Mass. Gov. Takes Heat for Budget Vetoes

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Boston — Wielding the veto pen for the first time is a pivotal moment for any new governor, when the glossy promises of the campaign run up against hard budgetary math. Gov. Charlie Baker’s first round of budget cuts is drawing the ire of transportation and arts activists …

Papua New Guinea Anthropologist Killed in N.Y. Crash

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Albany, n.y. — During her nearly quarter-century living in one of the most remote places on earth, Nancy Sullivan explored crocodile-infested rivers, endured numerous bouts of malaria and advocated for tribal societies threatened by encroaching development. Her 24 …

Powder Plant Retrial: Case Is Weaker

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Concord — The owner of a gunpowder plant convicted in an explosion that left two workers dead could soon walk free after a home invasion left the key witness against him dead. Craig Sanborn, the owner of the Black Mag gunpowder plant that blew up in 2010, is …

Mystery Remains After Girl’s Death

Friday, July 24, 2015

Concord — The grandmother of an 11-year-old girl found dead in a river four years ago says the mystery surrounding the child’s death gets harder and harder to deal with as the years drag on. Marcia Laro says she’s often asked if there have been any developments regarding …

Suit Aims To Halt Benefits Cuts

Friday, July 24, 2015

Montpelier — Vermont Legal Aid filed a lawsuit in federal court Thursday seeking to stop implementation of a $125 reduction in the monthly Reach Up benefit for hundreds of Vermont families. The Department for Children and Families recently sent notices to 860 Reach Up households saying they would …

Poll: Guinta’s Support Plummets Amid Campaign Financing Scandal

Friday, July 24, 2015

Concord — Support for U.S. Rep. Frank Guinta is eroding according to a new poll that showed that more than 40 percent think he should resign amid his campaign finance troubles and only 5 percent say they would back his re-election bid next year. Guinta insists the $355,000 …

Hassan Offers a Compromise budget plan

Friday, July 24, 2015

Concord — Gov. Maggie Hassan said Thursday she’s willing to accept business tax cuts backed by Republicans in exchange for an increase in the cigarette tax and car registration fees, but GOP lawmakers were quick to dismiss her proposal as political gamesmanship. It’s been roughly a month since …