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Alert, efficient, and informative, WDEV morning show host Jon Noyes of Montpelier, Vt., delivers news, the weather, and sports highlights in rapid sucession before he moderates the call-in Trading Post in Waterbury, Vt., on August 26, 2015. 
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‘The Trading Post’ Radio Show Keeps Goods Moving

Saturday, September 5, 2015

At 7:55 a.m. on a recent Saturday , the switch board in the control room of WDEV radio in Waterbury, Vt., is lit up like a Christmas tree. “Good Morning, WDEV, Please hold,” said Dex Rowe, an engineer who’d started his shift at 2:30 a.m. and was closing in on the end of it. A rumpled bear of a man, …

26 SAUs Tackle Consolidation

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Montpelier — More than half of Vermont’s school supervisory unions are taking action to respond to a new state law that encourages district consolidation as student numbers fall and taxes rise, officials said Friday. Act 46 provides tax incentives to districts that consolidate with a goal of saving money through efficiencies and providing equal education to students across the state. Vermont has nearly …

Judge: Release Footage

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Concord — A judge has ordered a limited release of body camera footage recorded by two police officers when they shot a Canterbury, N.H., man to death in July, saying the public has a right to vet the incident, but not the actual shots, nor the immediate bloody aftermath. “This redaction of the officers’ videos, combined with the full disclosure of the audio …

I-91 Northbound ‘Slide-in-Bridge’ to Reopen Today

Monday, August 31, 2015

White River Junction — It was announced Sunday night that northbound lanes on the bridge on Interstate 91 in White River Junction will reopen early this morning. “The I-91 Northbound Hartford bridge slide is on track,” Jill Barrett Senior Project Manager with Fitzgerald & Halliday, Inc., said in …

Less-Lethal Weapons Get New Interest Amid Police Shootings

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Fitchburg, Mass. — Police in more than 20 North American cities are testing the latest in less-lethal alternatives to bullets — “blunt impact projectiles” that cause suspects excruciating pain but stop short of killing them. Or at least …

Mass. Tosses Sex Offender Residency Law

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Boston — The highest court in Massachusetts upheld a judge’s decision Friday to throw out a local law that severely restricts where sex offenders can live in the city of Lynn, a ruling that could have broad implications for about 40 other communities with similar restrictions. In a …

N.H. Struggles to Expand Addiction Beds

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Concord — Roughly 40 people are waiting for drug addiction treatment at Serenity Place, a center in Manchester with just eight available beds. Serenity Place’s efforts to expand in recent years have been held up by non-responsive landlords …

Algae Drives Down Lake Champlain Property Values

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Georgia, Vt. — The two cottages on the shore of Lake Champlain someday will be passed down to her children, but Enid Letourneau worries the algae that turns the shoreline pea-soup green each August means they won’t amount …

Green Line Project Points to T Board Dilemmas

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Boston — Now comes the hard part for the new board overseeing the T. The MBTA Fiscal Management and Control Board, created in the state budget signed into law by Republican Gov. Charlie Baker last month, is quickly confronting difficult operational and political choices it may be forced …

Convict in 1971 Murder Wants to Appeal Latest Trial Ruling

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Concord — A man convicted of killing an 18-year-old New Hampshire woman more than four decades ago wants to appeal a recent court decision denying him a new trial. Robert Breest, 77, denies beating Susan Randall to death and tossing her partially nude body onto the frozen Merrimack …

Lynx Trapping Lawsuit Continues

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Portland, Maine — A coalition of environmental groups is pressing ahead with a lawsuit it says will provide more protection for Maine’s lynx, despite new trapping restrictions adopted by the state to safeguard the animals. Canada lynx are protected under the federal Endangered Species Act, so states cannot …

Local & Regional Briefs for Saturday, Aug. 29

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Parking Pass to Start At Manchester-Boston Regional Airport Manchester (ap) — The Manchester-Boston Regional Airport is starting a program for people who park there frequently. “MHT FASTPASS,” starting Sept. 1, will allow customers to quickly enter and exit the airport parking areas using a card tied to a …

Legal Aid Kicks Off Fund Drive

Saturday, August 29, 2015

As the amount of public money to New Hampshire legal aid programs shrinks, lawyers are increasingly looking toward businesses and community stakeholders for financial assistance. The 15th annual N.H. Campaign for Legal Services is kicking off to raise $350,000 for New Hampshire Legal Assistance as well as the …