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Slow Money Aims for Fast Start in Vermont

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Montpelier — The Slow Money Vermont network will launch in Montpelier today. The concept of Slow Money was pioneered by Woody Tasch, the author of Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money: Investing as if Food, Farms and Fertility Mattered. Slow Money is comprised of groups of people collaborating to invest in small food businesses near where they live. “It’s everything from a few thousand dollars, meaning like micro-loans, one …

EB-5 Annual Cap Puts Some Vt. Projects at Risk

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

High numbers of Chinese applications may create a logjam in the federal EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program. The number of potential Chinese investors has exceeded the program’s yearly cap on applicants from a single country — a first in the program’s 24-year history. Review of EB-5 immigration applications from China have been put on hold, even though the Chinese EB-5 market shows no sign …

Appeal Filed In Murder of UNH Student

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Concord — Lawyers for a man sentenced to life without parole for raping and killing a University of New Hampshire student have filed a mandatory notice of appeal, raising questions about evidence that was excluded and testimony that was allowed saying he was prone to homicidal rages and threats. Seth Mazzaglia received the maximum sentence on Aug. 14 for the Oct. 9, 2012, …

Vermont Hospital Budgets Approved

Friday, September 12, 2014

State regulators approved a 3.1 percent overall increase in hospital revenue for the coming year, budgeting a combined $2.2 billion for Vermont’s 14 hospitals. The Green Mountain Care Board approved the six remaining hospital budgets at its Thursday meeting, though the revenue figures won’t be final until hospitals …

Supreme Court Hears Cop Shooter’s Appeal

Friday, September 12, 2014

Concord — Manchester police officer Dan Doherty says it’s ludicrous to doubt the reliability of his identification of the man who fired seven shots into his body at near point-blank range. “I looked right at him while he …

First Foliage Report Issued

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Montpelier (ap) — Vermont has issued its first weekly foliage report for this year’s leaf peeping season, with some early splashes of yellow in the higher elevations of northern Vermont. The report says a few red spots are showing in low elevations due to the early turning of …

Shumlin Seeks Third Term

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Burlington — Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin vowed Tuesday to continue what he calls the bold leadership he has brought to Vermont by pushing for initiatives such as renewable energy and creating the nation’s first single-payer health care system as he announced he will be running for re-election. Speaking …

Local & Regional Briefs for Wednesday, Sept. 10

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Two Health Groups Getting $558,000 To Help Consumers Concord — Two health groups in New Hampshire are getting federal grants totaling nearly $558,000 to help consumers navigate their coverage options under the health care overhaul law. Greater Derry Community Health Services Inc. and Bi-State Primary Care Association, Inc, …

Garcia Wins GOP Vote for 2nd District Seat

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Concord — Marilinda Garcia resoundingly won the Republican party nomination for Congress in the 2nd District Tuesday night, securing 50 percent of the vote with almost all precincts reporting last night. Former state Sen. Gary Lambert, of Nashua, …

In Vermont, Police Firing More Shots

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Montpelier — Vermont police have fired their weapons at suspects in five instances this year, the most in one year and double the average since the Attorney General’s Office began investigating all officer-involved shootings 17 years ago. The most recent was Thursday when a state trooper shot and …

Sen. George Aiken’s Wife, Lola, Has Died

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Montpelier — The wife of the late Vermont Sen. George Aiken has died. Lola Aiken was 102. Lola Aiken filled an unusual role as a senate spouse. For many years, she ran her husband’s Washington office, and she …

Vermont Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing to Close

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Brattleboro, Vt. — The Vermont Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing plans to close by the end of September. The center’s trustees made the decision at an emergency meeting late last week, citing ongoing financial problems as the cause. The center provides a wide range of …

New Fight Erupts Over Natural Gas Plan

Monday, September 8, 2014

Hartford, Conn. — A new fight has emerged over efforts to shift New England from oil and coal to lower cost natural gas. Plans by New England’s governors and energy officials to expand natural gas in the six states have drawn fights in the past year among energy …