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In this Thursday, May 21, 2015 photo, Andres, a 29-year-old serving one year for a deadly DUI crash, adjusts his tie at the Western Massachusetts Correctional Addictions Center in Ludlow, Mass. Prison officials at the center believe dressing for success can help inmates break the stranglehold of addiction. “I have three shirts, three ties," Andres said. “It makes you feel more successful. Or like you’re working toward it, you know?” (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Dress Code Helps Inmates Recover

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Ludlow, Mass. — A western Massachusetts prison believes dressing for success can help inmates break the stranglehold of addiction. Hampden County Sheriff Michael Ashe Jr. requires inmates at his jail’s minimum-security substance abuse treatment facility wear a shirt and tie from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Friday. Ashe recently announced that the policy, which has been in place …

Child Safety Reforms Top Vt. Agenda

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Montpelier — The deaths of two young children last year weighed heavily on lawmakers as they entered the 2015 legislative session. The deaths of Dezirae Sheldon, 2, and Peighton Geraw, 14 months, prompted legislators to undertake an overhaul of Vermont’s child protection system. Both toddlers had been in contact with social workers from the Department for Children and Families before they died. Work …

Report: Vt. Renters Struggling

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Andrea Craft is looking for a new place to live. But she’s not having much luck. “Most of the time I don’t even really get the chance to apply for the apartment because people won’t respond to my attempts to contact them,” she said. A few things about Craft. One: She’s a college student. Two: She’s a single mom. Three: She receives rental …

Hassan: GOP Budget Leaves N.H. Lacking

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Hanover — During a talk at Dartmouth College on Tuesday, Gov. Maggie Hassan described the precarious balance in New Hampshire politics between keeping taxes low and making investments to build a competitive workforce in the Granite State, which …

Vt. Inmates Moving to Michigan

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Montpelier — Vermont inmates being held in private Kentucky and Arizona prisons will be moved to a facility in Michigan under terms of a new contract the Department of Corrections signed with a different private prison operator, the department said Tuesday. Citing security concerns, Vermont officials wouldn’t specify …

Local & Regional Briefs for Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Fired Town Manager Receives $175,000 in Settlement St. Johnsbury, Vt. — A former St. Johnsbury town manager who was fired in 2012 and sued for wrongful termination has agreed to a $175,000 settlement. Both Ralph Nelson and town officials said they were prepared to go to trial. Nelson, …

Home Health Care Providers Plead for State Funds

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Concord — Providers of community and home-based health care joined together Tuesday to plead for more state money and criticize lawmakers and Gov. Maggie Hassan for what they say is chronic underfunding of their programs. “Our most fragile seniors who have given so much for our country and …

Judge: Bill Will Better Protect Kids

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Montpelier — The judge who oversees administration of Vermont’s trial court system said Monday he’s hopeful a child protection bill recently sent to Gov. Peter Shumlin will improve communications between social workers, police and the courts. A House-Senate conference committee agreed Friday, and the full House and Senate …

N.H.’s Ayotte: Think About the Children

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Manchester — Medical providers and first responders on Monday urged Sen. Kelly Ayotte to consider further incorporating mental health treatment into her efforts to address New Hampshire’s heroin and prescription drug crisis. Ayotte, a Republican, is co-sponsoring several pieces of legislation related to drug addiction treatment, including one …

BASE Jumper Was N.H. Native

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Before he set climbing records and learned to fly, Dean Potter cut his teeth on granite ledges in New Hampshire. The New Boston, N.H., native rose to worldwide prominence by pushing the boundaries of what was already an …

Vermont Lawmakers Adjourn Tough Session

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Montpelier — Rep. Brian Savage, R-Swanton, summed up the way many lawmakers felt about the legislative session, which adjourned a little after 11 p.m. Saturday: “It’s finally over.” Legislators couldn’t leave the House chamber fast enough. By the time the House speaker and the governor made final remarks, …

Great White Shark Becomes Twitter Star

Monday, May 18, 2015

Boston — They’re gonna need a bigger Twitter. An organization studying great white sharks is enjoying some welcome attention after one of the creatures they’ve been monitoring started gaining a loyal social media following. @MaryLeeShark is the fake …

Lawmakers Debate N.H. Tourism Budget

Monday, May 18, 2015

Concord — The Mount Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce is trying to do for June what it once did for November — turn a slow period for tourism into a moneymaker. But the state funding that boosted both efforts is in limbo in the Legislature. A decade ago, …