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Vt. Hosting Great Lakes Conference

Monday, May 25, 2015

Burlington — Scientists at the University of Vermont still chuckle at the memory of Lake Champlain’s brief listing as the sixth Great Lake, and they don’t hold a grudge: those who spent years studying the not-so-great lake are hosting colleagues from across the globe eager to hear about the latest research about the world’s largest bodies of fresh water. Starting today, the 58th Annual Conference on Great Lakes Research will …

N.H. Senate May Restore House Cuts

Monday, May 25, 2015

Concord — With the benefits of more time and money, Senate budget writers are crafting a two-year state spending plan that restores many of the cuts made by their House counterparts in April. The Senate Finance Committee began detailing its budget plan last week and will finalize it this week. It heads to the Senate floor June 4. Final spending numbers in the …

Monday, May 25, 2015

No Injuries in South Royalton Apartment Fire South Royalton — A small apartment building fire Sunday evening on North Windsor Street appeared to have been caused by a cooking accident, firefighters said. All residents and their pets made it out safely. “The tenant had discarded a burning towel outside onto the back deck, thinking it was out,” said South Royalton Fire Chief Paul …

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, …

Champlain Flooding Leads To Joint Study

Monday, May 18, 2015

Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec — Unprecedented flooding in 2011 in Lake Champlain and the Richelieu River, which drains the lake north into Quebec, is prompting scientists in the United States and Canada to begin a long process of determining whether anything can be done to reduce future problems. The first …

Prosecutors, Police Differ On Breath Test Results

Monday, May 18, 2015

Burlington — Some Vermont law enforcement officials are at odds with prosecutors over publicly releasing the blood alcohol content of people arrested on suspicion of drunken driving. David Cahill, executive director of the Vermont State’s Attorneys and Sheriffs, recently wrote to public safety commissioner Keith Flynn on behalf …

‘Terroir’: Character, Climate, Culture and Choices Combine to Create ‘A Taste of Place’

Sunday, May 17, 2015

“Terroir,” a controversial French term loosely translated in English as “a taste of place,” has gained relevance in the current culinary movement that connects the consumption of food with its source, and the concept has brought to this …