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FILE - In this March 25, 2015 file photo, Margot Riphagen of New Orleans, La., wears a birth control pills costume as she protests in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, as the court heard oral arguments in the challenges of President Barack Obama's health care law requirement that businesses provide their female employees with health insurance that includes access to contraceptives. Some insurance plans offered on the health overhaul law’s new marketplaces violate the law’s requirements for women’s health, according to a new report from a women’s legal advocacy group The National Women’s Law Center analyzed plans in 15 states over two years and found some excluded dependents from maternity coverage, prohibited coverage of breast pumps or failed to cover all federally approved birth control methods. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

Report Finds Insurers Flout Health Law’s Protections For Women

Monday, May 4, 2015

Chicago — Some insurance plans offered on the health overhaul law’s new marketplaces violate the law’s requirements for women’s health, according to a new report from a women’s legal advocacy group. The National Women’s Law Center analyzed plans in 15 states over two years and found some excluded dependents from maternity coverage, prohibited coverage of breast pumps or failed to …

Winter Was A Costly One

Monday, May 4, 2015

Boston — Winter’s full fury arrived late in much of the country, but once it did it was relentless, quickly exhausting snow removal budgets and pushing the resources of state transportation agencies to their limit as they fought to keep highways safe and passable, according to a first-of-its-kind survey. The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials said 23 states reported combined …

Vermont Poultry Producers Wary of Bird Flu

Monday, May 4, 2015

Rutland — Poultry producers in northern New England are taking precautions against a virulent form of bird flu that has wiped out millions of birds in the Midwest. The Rutland Press Herald quotes Vermont veterinarian Kristin Haas saying the best thing producers can do is give their birds a clean area confined from wild birds, and limit traffic in and out of coops …

Vt. Attorney General Calls for Outside Review of Campaign Charges Against Him

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Montpelier — Attorney General Bill Sorrell told a Senate panel Tuesday he wants to clear his name and restore confidence in his office. Sorrell, who has served as Vermont attorney general for 18 years, has been accused of campaign finance violations in the 2012 and 2014 election cycles. …

Vt. Veterans Aren’t Using New Option

Thursday, April 30, 2015

White River Junction — Vermont veterans who have to drive more than 40 miles to reach a Veterans Health Administration facility in the state, and New Hampshire veterans who live more than 20 miles from the VA hospital in White River Junction, may now get care at private …

Concealed Gun Bill Passes

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Concord — The House handily approved a bill Wednesday making it easier for people who can legally own a gun to carry that loaded firearm concealed without a license. But Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan announced shortly before the vote that she intends to veto the bill, saying New …

N.H. House Downs Casino Bill

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Concord — The House resoundingly rejected a two-casino bill Wednesday, putting an end to some lawmakers’ hopes of allowing casino gambling in New Hampshire this year. The Republican-controlled House voted, 208-156, not to pass the expanded gambling bill, a far greater margin than the one- or two-vote difference …

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Vermont State Police Trooper Suspended for Facebook Posts Montpelier — A Vermont State Police trooper has been suspended from his job with pay after a citizen complained some of his off-duty Facebook posts were racist and anti-gay. Cpl. Jon Graham, a 16-year state police veteran, works out of …

Nepalese Students at Colby-Sawyer Rally to Support Devastated Homeland

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

New London — Tucked away in a bucolic corner of the Upper Valley, brought together by their academic pursuits at Colby-Sawyer College, is a thriving Nepalese community. About 40 of the school’s 1,350 students are from Nepal. An …

Testimony about Sister-in-Law In Marathon Bombing Trial

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Boston — Testimony in the trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev zeroed in Tuesday on his late brother’s wife, revealing searches done on her computer on the rewards of dying as a martyr’s spouse and raising questions about what she knew before the 2013 attacks. Mark Spencer, …

Regional Courts Proposed in Vt.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Montpelier — New language adopted in the budget bill last week would authorize the judiciary branch to hold some hearings in courthouses that cover as many as four counties. The Senate Appropriations Committee accepted language that would allow the judicial branch to establish regions of up to four …

Lawyer Pleads For Marathon Bomber’s Life

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Boston — Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s lawyers pleaded with a jury Monday to spare his life, portraying him as “a good kid” who was led down the path to terrorism by his increasingly fanatical older brother. David …

Industry Moves to Block Genetically Modified Food Labeling

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Montpelier — Food industry lawyers say there’s not enough time to implement Vermont’s new labeling rules for genetically modified products before the July 2016 effective date and are asking a federal judge to block them. The legal skirmishing continues a year after Vermont passed a law aimed at …