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Gov. Peter Shumlin smiles as he is applauded during his inauguration to a second term on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013 in Montpelier, Vt. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

Gov. Shumlin’s Political Clout in Doubt

Monday, April 20, 2015

Montpelier — Some say he’s down. Some say he’s out. Gov. Peter Shumlin says he’s neither. As the Legislature prepared to enter the final weeks of the 2015 session, the Democratic governor this past week offered an upbeat assessment of progress on his agenda. House passage of bills to consolidate school districts, clean up Lake Champlain and other state waters, …

Fake Distress Calls Are Costly, Put Crews at Risk

Monday, April 20, 2015

South Portland, Maine (ap) — Coast Guard officials are warning the public of the consequences of making hoax distress calls in the wake of a Maine man pleading guilty to the offense. Coast Guard officials say they respond to an average of 12 distress calls on a typical summer day in northern New England. They say 76 of the 464 distress calls logged …

Bill Proposes To Streamline Felony Process

Monday, April 20, 2015

Concord — The New Hampshire Judicial Branch wants to streamline how felony cases are handled, saving time and money and overhauling a process that dates back to when judges rode horses to court and grand juries convened only twice a year. The bill has the support of most law enforcement officials, but some prominent defense lawyers say it could hurt defendants by doing …

State Approves Mt. Sunapee Expansion

Friday, April 17, 2015

Newbury, n.h. — The state gave preliminary and conditional approval Thursday to a long-contentious expansion on Mount Sunapee. At a meeting in Newbury, Department of Resources and Economic Development Commissioner Jeffrey Rose said the west bowl expansion could …

Auditor: Exchange Future Uncertain

Friday, April 17, 2015

Montpelier — Despite massive and costly efforts to improve Vermont Health Connect, State Auditor Doug Hoffer says it remains an “open question” whether the state can successfully implement a fully functioning health insurance exchange. In a report released Thursday morning, Hoffer highlights the state’s improved supervision of contractors …

Vt. House Advances New Gun Restriction Bill

Friday, April 17, 2015

Montpelier — The Vermont House gave preliminary approval Thursday to a bill to allow the state prosecution of some convicted criminals for possession of firearms and to require the reporting of individuals deemed dangerously mentally ill to a federal background check system. The House voted, 79-60, and is …

Harsh Winter No Issue for Ticks

Friday, April 17, 2015

Albany, n.y. — Think you’re safe from ticks because the harsh winter froze them or because you haven’t been trekking through the woods? Think again. Researchers focused on ticks and the debilitating diseases they spread say the heavy snow that blanketed the Northeast this winter was like a …

Ex-Patriots Player Hernandez Sentenced to Life for Murder

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Fall River, Mass. — Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison Wednesday for a deadly late-night shooting, sealing the downfall of an athlete who once had a …

Gun Rights Groups Cry Foul on Bill Changes

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Montpelier — The House Judiciary Committee approved a bill on Tuesday that puts new limits on gun ownership. The 7-4 vote broke along party lines with Democrats in favor and Republicans opposed. The bill would make it a crime for people convicted of certain violent or drug-related offenses …

Marijuana Advocates Propose Ban on Alcohol in Vermont

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Montpelier — Frustrated by a lack of action on marijuana legalization, two Vermont lawmakers are trying a new tack: No pot, no booze. Progressive Rep. Chris Pearson and Democratic Rep. Jean O’Sullivan, both from Burlington, held a news conference Wednesday to announce they had filed legislation to ban …

Local & Regional Briefs for Thursday, April 16, 2015

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Vermont Trooper Charged With DUI Resigns From Force Rutland — A Vermont trooper charged with driving under the influence of alcohol while he was on duty has resigned from the state police. Top safety officials say they have accepted 27-year-old Eric Rademacher’s resignation, effective immediately. Rademacher was charged …

Blue Cross Could Bill Vt. Millions

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Montpelier — Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont is prepared to bill Vermont Health Connect for millions of dollars in past-due premiums, according to a letter the company sent to state officials last month. Blue Cross Blue Shield, Vermont’s largest health insurer, has more than 90 percent of …

Police Seek Information on Missing Claremont Man

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Claremont — A Claremont man wanted by police for an alleged domestic violence incident Friday evening has not been seen since he crashed his vehicle into the guardrail on the bridge over the Connecticut River to Ascutney that same night. Police Chief Alex Scott said Tuesday that Fish …