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Effectiveness of Whooping Cough Vaccine is Studied in Vt.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Montpelier — Scientists and public health officials are studying a Vermont whooping cough epidemic to determine if the current vaccine is less effective against a new strain sweeping the country. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Vermont Health Department are examining the records of 854 people, ages 4 to 19, with confirmed or probable cases of pertussis from late 2011 into early 2013. They are also examining …

Despite Law, D.C. Folks Can Get Booze in N.H.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Concord — New Hampshire is assuring residents of the nation’s capital that they can purchase alcohol in the state despite a law that suggests otherwise. But cigarettes? Maybe not. The New Hampshire Liquor Commission recently told retailers they should accept Washington, D.C., driver’s licenses when determining a buyer’s age, even though state law does not explicitly include them and instead refers to licenses …

Monday, July 28, 2014

Second Attack In a Month in Hanover Hanover — An employee of Dartmouth College was injured and taken to the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center after being assaulted early Sunday, police said. According to a news release from Harry Kinne, the Dartmouth College director of safety and security, the man was attacked at about 1:30 a.m. on West Wheelock Street near Main Street. A …

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 …

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 …

Mass. House Approves Abortion Clinic Bill

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Boston — The Massachusetts House approved a bill on Wednesday designed to tighten security around abortion clinics. The bill would let police disperse one or more individuals who are substantially impeding access to a clinic. After a dispersal order is issued in writing, those individuals would have to …

Maine Gov. Wants Food Stamp Rules

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Augusta, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage’s administration announced plans Wednesday to change how Maine distributes food stamps and require some recipients to work or lose their benefits. Maine will no longer seek a federal waiver that has allowed jobless people to continue receiving benefits to buy food after …

Milne Launches Formal Campaign

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Barre, Vt. — Republican Scott Milne formally launched his campaign for Vermont governor Wednesday, accusing incumbent Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin of an “ultra-progressive” style of governing and promising a more moderate approach. Milne addressed a crowd of about …

Details Scarce After N.H. Teen’s Return

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Conway, n.h. — After a 15-year-old girl returned safely to her family nine months after vanishing on the way home from school, townspeople who searched and prayed that she would return are relieved — and looking for answers about where she’s been and how she got home. State …

N.H. Says Abortion Clinic Buffer Zone Is Legal

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Concord — A law allowing abortion clinics to create buffer zones of up to 25 feet is different from a Massachusetts law that was struck down last month by the U.S. Supreme Court and will survive a court challenge, New Hampshire’s attorney general said in legal filings. In …

N.H. Drops to 4th, Vt. Stays No. 2 in Child Well-Being Survey

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Montpelier — Vermont kept its No. 2 national ranking in the well-being of the state’s children, ranking highly on education, family and community factors, according to statistics compiled by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. New Hampshire has dropped from its traditional top spot to fourth. The Foundation’s 2014 …

Sanders: ‘If I Think I Can, I Will Run’

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Montpelier — As a resident of Iowa, Jeff Cox has never voted for Bernie Sanders. But he’s hoping to have the chance to soon. Cox is a longtime Democratic activist, and the point man for a Johnson County steering committee aimed at drafting Sanders for the 2016 presidential …

Welch Backs Internet Sales Tax to Strengthen Businesses

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Montpelier — Rep. Peter Welch is hopeful that Congress will pass a bill this summer that will allow individual states to impose their sales tax on items purchased on the Internet. Welch, D-Vt., said the plan will help strengthen downtown businesses and will raise new revenue for many …