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Republican gubernatorial hopeful Scott Milne stands outside a polling place on primary election day Tuesday Aug. 26, 2014, in Barre, Vt. Milne is considered the establishment GOP candidate seeking the nomination to run in November against incumbent Democrat Gov. Peter Shumlin. (AP Photo/Wilson Ring)

Republican Milne Wins Vt. Gubernatorial Primary

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Montpelier — Republican businessman Scott Milne defeated two fellow GOP hopefuls and a Libertarian’s write-in bid Tuesday for the chance to face two-term Democratic incumbent Gov. Peter Shumlin in November. Shumlin easily defeated H. Brooke Paige, of Washington, who also ran and lost to incumbent William Sorrell in the Democratic primary for attorney general. Milne defeated the two other declared …

Parties Exchange Fundraising Complaints

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Concord — In dueling complaints, both major political parties on Tuesday asked the state Attorney General’s Office to investigate what they call improper fundraising, spending or campaign finance reporting in the governor’s race. Democrats have said Republican hopeful Walt Havenstein spent $24,000 before he was legally allowed to, accepted $3,000 from political committees that aren’t registered in the state and didn’t properly report …

Vermont 10-Year Plan For Telecom Is Bold

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Montpelier — Telecommunications is an essential part of the lives of most people. If you own a telephone, use the Internet or subscribe to cable television, how does the state make sure those services are up-to-date, reliable and affordable in the future? That’s a question the Department of Public Service is posing in a series of public hearings this week. The department’s draft …

Governors: We Expect Deal In Market Basket Feud

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Boston — The governors of Massachusetts and New Hampshire said Friday they were optimistic the long-running family dispute that has hobbled the Market Basket supermarket chain will be resolved, perhaps as soon as this weekend, with an agreement …

Young Activist Vies for GOP Nod

Friday, August 22, 2014

Concord — Andrew Hemingway doesn’t hesitate to share his ideas for New Hampshire — even when he knows you’ll be skeptical. Take his flat tax plan. It would reduce taxes on businesses and start taxing local governments and …

Business Money Vital to Shumlin

Friday, August 22, 2014

Montpelier — Political campaigns in Vermont are almost always funded by private money. Figuring out where exactly the cash is coming from, however, can be difficult. Unlike federal elections statutes, which require major contributors to list the businesses they might represent, Vermont mandates no such disclosures. The bulk …

Child Abuse Cases Spike In Vermont

Friday, August 22, 2014

Montpelier — The number of alleged child abuse or neglect cases filed in courts across Vermont last year grew 21 percent from the year before, according to data from the state. In some counties, the number of cases filed grew much more than that; in Lamoille County, there …

Windham Center Under Fire

Friday, August 22, 2014

Bellows Falls, Vt. — In late May a patient at the Windham Center mental health facility was left in restraints for nearly 12 hours and was coerced into taking medication, according to an investigation report from the state. Federal law allows patients to be held in restraints for …

Community Services Ex-CEO, ‘Icon’ Dies

Friday, August 22, 2014

William A. Marcello, the longtime leader of Southwestern Community Services who retired in April, died Tuesday after a year-long battle with hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis, also known as HLH. “We have lost one of the absolute best. Bill was a husband, a dad, a grandfather, a friend and a true …

Vt. Offers Towns Deal On Flood Plan

Friday, August 22, 2014

Montpelier — Vermont is preparing to implement new rules that encourage communities to take steps to reduce future flood damage in exchange for more money to help them recover from the next big flood. Communities across Vermont have known for almost two years that, under the rules, they …

Art Notes: Shelburne Museum’s Exhibit Frames the Narrative of a Nation Coming of Age

Thursday, August 21, 2014

T hanks to its founder Electra Havemeyer Webb, the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vt., seven miles south of Burlington on the shores of Lake Champlain, is one of this country’s great repositories of Americana, a catch-all category that …

Vt. Environmental Official: Make Permit Process Simpler

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Montpelier — Vermont’s environmental permit review process must be changed, according to a top state regulatory enforcement official. David Mears, commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation, told members of the Associated Industry of Vermont on Tuesday that the state must make it easier for developers to apply …

Vermont Public Money Gives Progressive Fundraising Edge

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Montpelier — Public campaign financing has left Vermont’s incumbent Republican lieutenant governor in an unusual position — trying to catch up in the campaign money race against a Progressive Party challenger. Former Progressive lawmaker Dean Corren qualified for public financing by more than meeting the requirement that he …