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FILE - In this Oct. 4, 2012 file photo, a car sits in front of the New England Compounding in Framingham, Mass. Two co-founders and 12 other former employees of the company were arrested at their homes Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. Tainted steroids manufactured by the pharmacy were blamed  for a fungal meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people across the country.  (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia, File)

Fourteen From Pharmacy Charged In Deadly 2012 Meningitis Outbreak

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Boston — Mold and bacteria were in the air and on workers’ gloved fingertips. Pharmacists used expired ingredients, didn’t properly sterilize them and failed to test drugs for purity before sending them to hospitals and pain clinics. Employees falsified logs to make it look as if the so-called clean rooms had been disinfected. Federal prosecutors leveled those allegations in bringing …

Shumlin Ends Single-Payer Push

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Montpelier — Calling it the biggest disappointment of his career, Gov. Peter Shumlin said Wednesday he was abandoning plans to make Vermont the first state in the country with a universal, publicly funded health care system. Going forward with a project four years in the making would require tax increases too big for …

Man Gets Life in Death Of Teacher

Thursday, December 18, 2014

St. Johnsbury, Vt. — A man accused with his wife of kidnapping and killing a teacher was sentenced on Wednesday to life in prison, with the judge saying they hunted their victim like prey. Judge Robert Bent said a mitigating factor in Allen Prue’s case was a lack of a criminal history before …

Studies: Progesterone Fails to Help Brain Injuries

Monday, December 15, 2014

Giving people with fresh traumatic brain injuries the hormone progesterone does no good, two major studies have found. The results dash some high hopes for treating a problem that hits millions each year, from combat troops to car crash victims. Brain injuries account for more than 2 million …

Monday, December 15, 2014

Concord — Despite divided control in the Legislature, lawmakers came together in 2014 to expand Medicaid and fund road and bridge repairs. They voted against legalizing a casino and repealing the death penalty, two long-debate issues that seemed ripe for passage. Republicans and Democrats point to the session …

Vt. Remains Pleased With FairPoint

Monday, December 15, 2014

Montpelier — Vermont’s statewide 911 chief has no regrets about signing an $11 million contract with FairPoint Communications to build the state’s next-generation emergency calling system less than three weeks before problems on FairPoint’s network knocked out much of the current 911 system for more than five hours. …

Lobster Catch Down, Prices Up in 2014

Monday, December 15, 2014

Portland, Maine (ap) — The 2014 lobster fishing season appears to have resulted in a lower total catch than the previous two years — meaning slightly higher prices for consumers — but it remained a productive year, lobstermen say. Maine’s lobster fishery, the largest in the country, topped …

Hard Year Ahead for Vt. House Dems

Monday, December 15, 2014

Montpelier — House Democrats convened for their annual December caucus Saturday and party leaders say the Legislature will face some tough choices next year. House and Senate Democrats saw their numbers diminished in the November election. And while Gov. Peter Shumlin, D-Vt., appears to have clawed out a …

Search Continues for Elusive Vermont Dog

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Montpelier — Rotisserie chicken, bacon, dog toys, more than a dozen volunteers and even a psychic have not been enough to find Murphy, an elusive golden retriever whose owner’s five-month search for the beloved animal has captivated one …

Jim Kenyon: A Model Vermont Prisoner

Sunday, December 14, 2014

At 19, Sam Ramsey is one of Vermont’s youngest prison inmates. Fewer than 1 in 20 are under age 21. He’s also one of the few offenders behind bars who hasn’t been convicted of a felony, the most serious crimes that carry the stiffest penalties. Nine out of …

New England Snowmobilers Hoping for Better Snow

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Cornwall, Vt. — Last week’s heavy, wet snow could provide the solid base needed to get the snowmobile season on track, but trees knocked out in the storm could keep some trails closed beyond the start of the …

N.H. Health Insurance Deadline Coming Up

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Concord — New Hampshire residents shopping for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act during the second enrollment period have nearly four times more choices but only half the time to make their decision. While the first enrollment period lasted six months, the health law’s second sign-up season …

Railroad Rebuilding After Quebec Tragedy

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Portland, Maine — The company that purchased assets of the railroad responsible for a fiery oil train derailment that killed 47 people in Canada says it is seeing growth as it rebuilds the business. Central Maine and Quebec Railway has nearly doubled its business from June, but it …