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Vermont Panel Begins Solar Study

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Montpelier — A panel created by the Vermont Legislature to study the growth of solar power in the state and plan for its use sat down for its first meeting Tuesday and heard from both supporters and critics. The Solar Siting Task Force was charged with reviewing the design, location and regulation of solar electric generation facilities and is to report back to lawmakers in January with recommendations. “You know …

Local & Regional Briefs for Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Officials: Crash That Killed Three Teens In Unity in August Was Driver’s Fault Unity — A year-long investigation into a car accident that killed three Claremont teenagers shows that the driver was traveling down West Unity Road at more than twice the posted speed limit, according to a news release from the Sullivan County Attorney’s Office. Jonathan Varnum, 18, was driving the vehicle …

Sassy Owl Stares Down Officer

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Boulder, Colo. (ap) — A Boulder County sheriff’s deputy got into a face-off with an owl with an attitude, and the owl won. Deputy Sophie Berman came across the raptor on a dirt road on Tuesday as Berman patrolled an area near a campground west of Boulder. Berman crouched down to take video …

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 …

Storm Floods Barre, Vt.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

On Monday, crews in Barre, Vt., remove mud from overnight flooding that forced several people to be evacuated from their homes. Flooding in Barre and elsewhere in Central Vermont prompted the activation of the state Emergency Operations Center. …

Uneven Efforts, Part Two: As Mental Health Care Evolved, State Resources Fell Behind

Monday, July 20, 2015

The movement of mental health care out of large institutions and into communities has been underway for decades in both Vermont and New Hampshire. After an initial surge prompted by the availability of new medications and public outrage …

Fish and Game Rallies Vote for ‘Sig’ to Be Top Dog

Monday, July 20, 2015

Concord (ap — New Hampshire Fish and Game officials are working hard to get out the vote, but their efforts have nothing to do with the state’s prominent presidential primary. They’re rallying votes for their K9 — Sig — to be named top law enforcement dog at the …

Few Female Firefighters in Granite State

Monday, July 20, 2015

Portsmouth, n.h. — The director of New Hampshire Fire Standards and Training says bullying and a rigorous physical entrance exam are the principle reasons why only one percent of New Hampshire’s 8,000 full-time firefighters are women. Director Deb Pendergast said that the agility test is given once a …

N.H. Medicaid Enrollment Surging

Monday, July 20, 2015

Concord — New Hampshire got off to a late start compared to many other states that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, but it quickly made up for lost time in terms of enrollment. Thirty states and the District of Columbia expanded Medicaid eligibility to include all …

NAACP Has First Chapter In Vermont

Monday, July 20, 2015

Burlington — Vermont, one of the whitest states in the country, has its first official branch of the NAACP after more than 100 years. “It’s time,” said Champlain Area NAACP President Mary Brown-Guillory. Racially charged incidents both locally and nationally prompted organizers to start the branch, Brown-Guillory said. …