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Locals to Walk In New York Climate March

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

White River Junction — More than 150 people are expected to board buses in the Upper Valley early Sunday morning en route to New York City, where they will join thousands of others in a march through Manhattan to draw attention to climate change. Main organizers are estimating 200,000 people will attend the People’s Climate March, which is scheduled two days in advance of the United Nations Climate Summit in …

Vt. Health Site Down For Repairs

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Montpelier — Gov. Peter Shumlin announced Tuesday that his administration has made the decision to take the Vermont Health Connect website offline for weeks to make repairs, and oversight for the project has shifted. Shumlin said he made the decision with the hopes of ensuring a smooth open enrollment period starting in November. Open enrollment is the time when new customers can purchase …

Wynn Resorts Wins Casino Bid

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Boston — Wynn Resorts has won the competition for the lucrative Boston-area casino license, besting rival Mohegan Sun largely on the strength of its $1.6 billion project’s economic development potential. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission voted 3-to-1 Tuesday to award the license to the Las Vegas casino giant, which wants to turn a former chemical plant site on the Mystic River in Everett into …

Lebanon Man Dies When Tanker Rolls On I-95 in Mass.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Lexington, Mass. — Massachusetts State Police said a Lebanon man was killed when the tractor-trailer he was driving rolled over on Interstate 95 near Lexington, Mass., early Saturday morning and spilled liquid asphalt onto the highway. Police identified the driver as 40-year-old Charles Van Cor, of Lebanon. Police …

VA Plans Feedback Meeting In White River Junction

Sunday, September 14, 2014

White River Junction — Veterans officials are holding a town hall meeting at the White River Junction VA Medical Center this week to get feedback on VA operations. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and VA Medical Center are hosting the meeting on Monday, at 2 p.m., at …

Vermont Foodbank Seeks Apple Donations

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Barre, Vt. — The Vermont Foodbank is encouraging people visiting pick-your-own apple orchards to pick extra apples to donate to those in need. Officials said the Pick-for-Your-Neighbor program brought in nearly 19,000 Vermont apples to the charitable food system last year. This year 21 orchards are taking part. …

Few Turn Out for Primary

Friday, September 12, 2014

Concord — Just over 19 percent of registered voters cast ballots in Tuesday’s primaries, according to Secretary of State Bill Gardner. Gardner said the 121,881 Republican ballots cast was the third highest number of votes cast in a Republican primary. In contrast, only 43,556 ballots were cast in …

Vt. Children and Families Chief Asks for Legislative Oversight

Friday, September 12, 2014

Montpelier — Vermont’s new commissioner of the Department for Children and Families asked lawmakers Thursday for ongoing legislative oversight of the agency and described several changes made since the deaths of two toddlers this year who had been in the state’s care. Commissioner Ken Schatz testified before a …

Vermont Hospital Budgets Approved

Friday, September 12, 2014

State regulators approved a 3.1 percent overall increase in hospital revenue for the coming year, budgeting a combined $2.2 billion for Vermont’s 14 hospitals. The Green Mountain Care Board approved the six remaining hospital budgets at its Thursday meeting, though the revenue figures won’t be final until hospitals …

Supreme Court Hears Cop Shooter’s Appeal

Friday, September 12, 2014

Concord — Manchester police officer Dan Doherty says it’s ludicrous to doubt the reliability of his identification of the man who fired seven shots into his body at near point-blank range. “I looked right at him while he …

First Foliage Report Issued

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Montpelier (ap) — Vermont has issued its first weekly foliage report for this year’s leaf peeping season, with some early splashes of yellow in the higher elevations of northern Vermont. The report says a few red spots are showing in low elevations due to the early turning of …

Shumlin Seeks Third Term

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Burlington — Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin vowed Tuesday to continue what he calls the bold leadership he has brought to Vermont by pushing for initiatives such as renewable energy and creating the nation’s first single-payer health care system as he announced he will be running for re-election. Speaking …

Local & Regional Briefs for Wednesday, Sept. 10

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Two Health Groups Getting $558,000 To Help Consumers Concord — Two health groups in New Hampshire are getting federal grants totaling nearly $558,000 to help consumers navigate their coverage options under the health care overhaul law. Greater Derry Community Health Services Inc. and Bi-State Primary Care Association, Inc, …