State / Region

WRJ VA Focuses on Homeless

Thursday, July 30, 2015

White River Junction — It’s summertime, but for some veterans who returned to northern New England after their military service, the living is not easy. For those without homes, winter likely will be even worse. Some have general health problems. Others cope with mental illness or substance abuse. Employment, education, transportation — all of the challenges of living in this rural region have the potential to fall heavily on the …

Planned Parenthood Seeks Study

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Washington — Under fire for its role in providing fetal tissue for research, Planned Parenthood asked the government’s top health scientists Wednesday to convene a panel of independent experts to study the issues surrounding the little-known branch of medicine. Planned Parenthood’s request to the National Institutes of Health came as Senate Republicans pressed their fight to bar the organization from receiving federal aid. …

Some Vt. Consumers Oppose Health Insurance Rate Increases

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Montpelier — Loren Mandell Wood, of Burlington, came into the world 11 days ago at an “out-of-pocket maximum” cost of as much as $5,100. On Wednesday, he did not appear prepared to pull that money out of his pocket. And his mom, who testified at a state hearing on health insurance rates, said the family surely couldn’t either. “Our monthly premiums are $465 …

Wall Street Exec. Mulls Vt. Governor Bid

Friday, July 24, 2015

Montpelier — Retired Wall Street executive Bruce Lisman announced on Facebook last Friday that he is considering a run for governor. Lisman said the 2016 election could be the “right moment” for his gubernatorial bid. This isn’t the first time the Shelburne, Vt., resident has thought about jumping …

Outside Cash May Rule in Vt. Race

Friday, July 24, 2015

Montpelier — The 2016 election is still more than a year away. But political action committees are already lining up to get in on the action, and outside money could play an unprecedented role in determining who serves as the next governor of Vermont. Outside money isn’t anything …

Brattleboro Co-op Moving on From Unionization Fallout

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Brattleboro, Vt. — When the Brattleboro Food Co-op in southeastern Vermont’s largest town moved from its old Eisenhower-era shoebox of a building to a new $9 million, four-story block in 2012, everyone noticed the difference. But when co-op …

Shumlin Supports Ethics Panel

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Montpelier — Amid conflict-of-interest allegations among Vermont public officials, Gov. Peter Shumlin said Wednesday he supports the creation of a state ethics commission. “The governor would support an ethics commission,” the governor’s spokesman, Scott Coriell, said in an interview with The Associated Press. Coriell said the governor’s stance …

New Canadian Power Line Wins Support in Vermont

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Montpelier — A plan to run a 1,000-megawatt power line down Lake Champlain and across Vermont to bring Canadian power to southern New England is getting key support in the Green Mountain State. Vermont officials and TDI New England CEO Donald Jessome said Tuesday the company had reached …

Vermont’s EB-5 Director Departs

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Montpelier — The director of the EB-5 Vermont Regional Center has resigned to take a job overseeing an EB-5 program at Mount Snow, raising concerns from Gov. Peter Shumlin about the relationship between the now-former state employee and the business operations he was supposed to oversee. Brent Raymond …

Rocker Neil Young Offers Support to Vermont Food Label Law

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Montpeliert. — Rocker Neil Young is lending his support to the state’s efforts to label foods containing genetically modified ingredients. Young, who performed in concert Sunday at the Champlain Valley Exposition in Essex Junction, appeared earlier with Democratic …

Boston Olympics Bid Falters

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Somerville, Mass. — Organizers of Boston’s bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics are in a sprint to the finish, scrambling to improve lackluster poll numbers ahead of a September deadline to formally throw the city’s name into the mix to hold the games. To help turn public opinion, …

Hassan Vetoes Biz Tax Change

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Concord — Gov. Maggie Hassan vetoed a change to the state’s business tax structure that was originally sought by gym company Planet Fitness, but she said Monday she would consider the proposal as part of the ongoing state budget negotiations. “As long as the tax cut (the bill) …

Vermont Families See Benefit Cut

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Montpelier — Hundreds of families that receive Reach Up benefits will take a cut next month. The Department for Children and Families is in the process of notifying about 860 families that their monthly benefit will decrease by $125 if an adult member of the household receives federal …