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In this Thursday, May 21, 2015 photo, Andres, a 29-year-old serving one year for a deadly DUI crash, adjusts his tie at the Western Massachusetts Correctional Addictions Center in Ludlow, Mass. Prison officials at the center believe dressing for success can help inmates break the stranglehold of addiction. “I have three shirts, three ties," Andres said. “It makes you feel more successful. Or like you’re working toward it, you know?” (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Dress Code Helps Inmates Recover

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Ludlow, Mass. — A western Massachusetts prison believes dressing for success can help inmates break the stranglehold of addiction. Hampden County Sheriff Michael Ashe Jr. requires inmates at his jail’s minimum-security substance abuse treatment facility wear a shirt and tie from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Friday. Ashe recently announced that the policy, which has been in place …

Child Safety Reforms Top Vt. Agenda

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Montpelier — The deaths of two young children last year weighed heavily on lawmakers as they entered the 2015 legislative session. The deaths of Dezirae Sheldon, 2, and Peighton Geraw, 14 months, prompted legislators to undertake an overhaul of Vermont’s child protection system. Both toddlers had been in contact with social workers from the Department for Children and Families before they died. Work …

Report: Vt. Renters Struggling

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Andrea Craft is looking for a new place to live. But she’s not having much luck. “Most of the time I don’t even really get the chance to apply for the apartment because people won’t respond to my attempts to contact them,” she said. A few things about Craft. One: She’s a college student. Two: She’s a single mom. Three: She receives rental …

Hero’s Lost Purple Heart Reunited With Grandson

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Albany, n.y. — Six years before he died in a car crash, Daniel W. Quinlan was among the 138 World War I veterans to receive the first Purple Heart medals issued by the U.S. military. His family lost …

N.H. Park Honors African Burial Site

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Concord — From installing sculptures to planting grass, constructing Portsmouth’s newest park posed a unique challenge: deep digging was off limits given the hundreds of bodies buried below the site. The remains, however, are the very reason for …

Prison Populations Dropping in Vt.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Montpelier — The Department of Corrections passed a milestone this week as Vermont’s prison population dropped to its lowest point since 2002. According to a population count as of Wednesday, the number of Vermonters in correctional facilities dropped to 1,892 — about 350 fewer inmates than there were …

Vermont’s Food Stamp Errors Down

Friday, May 22, 2015

Montpelier — After error rates plagued Vermont’s food stamp program for years, the state is now back in line with federal requirements, and trends point to continued improvements, the Department for Children and Families announced Wednesday. Vermont’s federally funded food assistance program 3SquaresVT ranked as the most improved …

Vt. Looks to Conn. for Health Exchange Advice

Friday, May 22, 2015

Montpelier — The future of the state’s health insurance exchange depends on the Shumlin administration’s ability to meet a looming deadline. Still unanswered, though, is the question of how to proceed if the milestone goes unmet. Lt. Gov. Phil Scott and other top lawmakers think the solution might …

Local & Regional Briefs for Friday, May 22, 2015

Friday, May 22, 2015

Newport Woman Pleads Guilty In Claremont Shooting Involvement Newport — A 22-year-old Sunapee woman last week pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit robbery for her role in a February shooting incident at a Claremont property that was taken by the city for back taxes in 2013. Judge Brian …

Local & Regional Briefs for Thursday, May 21, 2015

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Hassan Signs Bill Enabling Balsams Resort Redevelopment Concord — Gov. Maggie Hassan has signed a bill opening the way for a Maine businessman’s plan to restore a historic resort in the economically distressed North Country. Hassan on Wednesday signed the bill that creates a special taxing district allowing …

AG Sorrell Faces New Complaints

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Montpelier — A Republican lawyer who has led the charge of criticisms about alleged campaign finance abuses by Vermont Attorney General William Sorrell added to his list of complaints Wednesday. Brady Toensing, who lives in Charlotte, Vt., and is vice chairman of the Vermont Republican Party, filed an …

N.H. Senate Budget Restores Health Cuts

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Concord — Senate budget writers moved Wednesday to restore many of the deepest cuts to health services in the House’s $11.2 billion budget, including services for older residents, people with developmental disabilities and substance abuse treatment. “What we did today was a compassionate budget in regards to health …

Jim Kenyon: Boston Has Strong Reactions to Bomber’s Sentence

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

On April 15, 2013, business was good at Juan Pedraza’s T-shirt stand near the main entrance to the Boston Common. But that’s the way it usually is on Marathon Monday. With thousands of out-of-town spectators milling around the heart of the city, it’s not hard to move inexpensive …