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Outside Story: Gray Foxes Are Returning to Northern New England

Monday, July 6, 2015

When you think of foxes (if you ever do), you likely picture the ginger-coated red fox, like Mr. Tod from Beatrix Potter’s fantastical children’s tales, only without the dapper suitcoat and tweed knickers. It is the not-as-common gray fox, however, that has been wandering the woods and fields near my home — and climbing the trees. That’s right: gray foxes can climb trees, a distinction they share with only one other member of the Canidae family, the raccoon dog of East Asia. This arboreal ability provides several benefits for the gray fox, from evading predators to reaching food. It was this fondness for trees that …

Monday, July 6, 2015

Sanders Lauds Gay Rights, Balks At Denying Exemptions Burlington — Vermont Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders lauds the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling on gay rights, but he has balked at taking tax exemptions away from organizations that do not recognize same-sex marriage. During an interview with Jake Tapper on CNN’s State of the Union program Sunday, Sanders said he strongly …

In Mass., Casinos Taking Shape Statewide

Monday, July 6, 2015

Boston — The casino gambling industry is off and running with the recent opening of the Plainridge Park Casino in southeastern Massachusetts. Gambling revenues from the Plainville slots parlor are flowing daily into the state coffers, though the Massachusetts Gaming Commission cautions it’s too early to say whether revenues will meet projections. The state assumes it will collect $82 million from gambling in …

Researchers: Vt. Bat Population Shows Increase Despite Disease

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Dorset, Vt. — Vermont’s little brown bat population could be stabilizing or even growing despite being devastated by disease, researchers said. Scott Darling, a wildlife biologist with the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department, told the Rutland Herald the state has been monitoring Aeolus Cave in southwestern Vermont for …

N.H. Officers’ Names Given To Lawyers

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Concord — The New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office has released to defense attorneys the names of nearly 150 police officers whose certifications to perform breath tests in suspected drunken driving cases may be in question. Deputy Attorney General …

Hassan: Revisit State Budget

Friday, July 3, 2015

White River Junction — New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan is encouraging legislative leaders to return to the table to consider a compromise on the state’s budget for the 2016-2017 biennium. Hassan vetoed the $11.3 billion budget approved by the Republican-led Legislature last week. A particular sticking point has …

Larger Veterans Center Opens

Friday, July 3, 2015

White River Junction — Upper Valley veterans have a new space to call their own on the first floor of a new office building on Prospect Street in White River Junction. At the new, larger Vet Center, counselors …

States Fight Invasive Ash Borer

Friday, July 3, 2015

Concord — Ever vigilant, researchers in Northern New England have added more tools to help them track the spread of an invasive beetle that has destroyed millions of ash trees. Dangling this year from tree branches all over …

Local & Regional Briefs for Friday, July 3, 2015

Friday, July 3, 2015

Hartland Woman Pleads Not Guilty In Lebanon Law Firm Embezzlement Case Burlington — A 61-year-old Hartland woman pleaded not guilty to accusations that she embezzled nearly $700,000 from a Lebanon law firm between 2008 and January of this year. Catherine McKinney on Thursday answered to three felony fraud …

Mass. Lotto, Casinos Vie for Profits

Friday, July 3, 2015

Boston — Call it a clash of the state’s gambling titans. The middle-aged Massachusetts State Lottery is nervously looking over its shoulder to see if the state’s newborn casino industry will drain away some of the hundreds of millions it generates in profits each year for local cities …

Vermont DCF Caseload Up After Staff Added

Friday, July 3, 2015

Montpelier — A new report from the Department for Children and Families shows that even as the department added staff to manage heavy caseloads, the number of reports of abuse — and the number of substantiated cases — continued to rise. The increase was so significant, DCF Commissioner …

Vt. Soda Tax, Other Laws Now in Effect

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Montpelier — A six percent sales tax on sugary drinks went into effect Wednesday. The Vermont Legislature and Gov. Peter Shumlin approved the extension of the sales tax to soda and other sweet drinks as part of a tax package passed last session. Tina Zuk, director of government …

Local & Regional Briefs for Thursday, July 2, 2015

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Fundraiser to Be Held for Organization That Helped Woodstock Horses South Woodstock — The Green Mountain Horse Association is fundraising for repairs to the barn that housed 23 Arabian horses free of charge during a high-profile neglect case last winter. Officials said the roof of the Upwey Barn, …