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Problems Persist on Vt. Health Insurance Exchange Website

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Montpelier — A legislative leader said Wednesday that ongoing problems with Vermont Health Connect have reached crisis levels in communities across Vermont. Rep. Mike Fisher, chairman of the House Health Care Committee, said myriad issues affecting people’s health care coverage has led to frustration and uncertainty in the lives of thousands of Vermonters, a sentiment echoed by advocates and providers. “It’s just untenable to continue to be in this situation,” …

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 legislative committee Wednesday. The committee is seeking solutions to dire lapses in state child protection, …

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 decades. It depends on tangled, low-growing shrubs in younger forests to survive. Once large trees …

Vermont Sets Lower and Consistent Speed Limit Along Route 4

Friday, July 18, 2014

Woodstock — The state of Vermont is reducing speed limits along Route 4 between Bridgewater and Hartford to smooth out changes in speed and give drivers more time to react in emergencies along a state highway where five …

Hassan Got Early Donation

Friday, July 18, 2014

Concord — A $25,000 contribution from a labor union’s political action committee to Gov. Maggie Hassan was the subject of a complaint filed Wednesday by the New Hampshire Republican Party with the state Attorney General. Reports filed with the Secretary of State’s Office in June show the International …

Shumlin Administration Launches Pot Legalization Study

Friday, July 18, 2014

Montpelier — The Shumlin Administration is taking a serious look at the possibility of legalizing marijuana in Vermont. And to look at the pros and cons, the administration has reached an agreement with the Rand Corporation, a nonprofit international research organization, to conduct a thorough investigation of the …

Hassan: Gas Tax Helps State

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Lebanon — Gov. Maggie Hassan on Wednesday defended a 4.2-cent increase in New Hampshire’s gas tax that took effect this month, saying it would benefit the state economy through the projects it funded. “We knew that without an …

Gov. Shumlin Leads Pack in Fundraising

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Montpelier — Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Milne has raised just over $20,000 in his quest to unseat Democrat Peter Shumlin, according to campaign finance documents filed Tuesday. Milne, a businessman from Pomfret, announced on the last day to file as a candidate — June 12 — that he …

Errors Riddle Sex Offender Records in Vt.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Montpelier — A new review of Vermont’s sex offender registry found critical errors in nearly 11 percent of offender records, calling into question the reliability of the registry, state Auditor Doug Hoffer said Wednesday. The audit found critical errors in 253 of the 2,340 records in the registry. …

Founding Father’s Historic N.H. Home for Sale

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Kingston, n.h. — The home of New Hampshire Declaration of Independence signer Josiah Bartlett is up for sale after being in the family for seven generations. The 18-acre property in Kingston offers a white 4,600-square-foot, four-bedroom farmhouse that …

Auction Date Set for Plainfield Tax-Evading Duo’s Property

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Concord — Federal officials are once again preparing to sell the New Hampshire compound of a tax-evading couple convicted of amassing an arsenal of weapons and holding law enforcement officials at bay for nine months in 2007. The auction of Ed and Elaine Brown’s fortress-like home on 100 …

N.H. Honors Residents with D.C. ID Cards

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Concord — Decades after they were apparently snubbed by New Hampshire law, residents of Washington D.C. can now legally purchase alcohol in the state with just a driver’s license or non-driver identification card. In a memo released Tuesday, the New Hampshire Liquor Commission said that, though the state’s …

N.H. Ranked No. 3 in Painkiller Prescriptions

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Concord — Officials have renewed calls for action against prescription drug abuse after a recent study placed New Hampshire near the top in the country for prescription rates of certain types of opioid painkillers. Nationwide, New Hampshire was 39th in the country for per capita prescriptions of opioid …