State / Region

Vt. AG Criticized Over Finances

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Montpelier — Attorney General William Sorrell on Monday rejected a request by a Republican Party official that Sorrell appoint an independent counsel to investigate his political practices and whether he violated campaign finance laws. The attorney general, whose office oversees enforcement of campaign finance laws, defended his campaign practices and said in an interview with The Associated Press that he was “not about to waste a lot of taxpayer money responding to his call for an independent counsel.” Brady Toensing, vice chairman of the state Republican Party, accused the Democrat in a letter dated April 19 of “long-term and chronic flouting” of the laws. Toensing …

119th Boston Marathon

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Boston — Lelisa Desisa won his first Boston Marathon in 2013. He didn’t have much time to celebrate. A few hours after Desisa broke the tape on Boylston Street on Patriots’ Day, two bombs near the finish line turned what should be the pinnacle of any distance runner’s career into an afterthought. Desisa …

Vt. College Partners With Feds Online

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Montpelier — The federal government is working with Vermont’s Champlain College to provide online educational and training opportunities to millions of federal civilian employees and their dependents at up to 70 percent off the regular cost, officials said Monday. The partnership between the federal Office of Personnel Management and the Burlington-based Champlain is the second such agreement between the U.S. government and a …

Gun Rights Groups Cry Foul on Bill Changes

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Montpelier — The House Judiciary Committee approved a bill on Tuesday that puts new limits on gun ownership. The 7-4 vote broke along party lines with Democrats in favor and Republicans opposed. The bill would make it a crime for people convicted of certain violent or drug-related offenses …

Marijuana Advocates Propose Ban on Alcohol in Vermont

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Montpelier — Frustrated by a lack of action on marijuana legalization, two Vermont lawmakers are trying a new tack: No pot, no booze. Progressive Rep. Chris Pearson and Democratic Rep. Jean O’Sullivan, both from Burlington, held a news conference Wednesday to announce they had filed legislation to ban …

Local & Regional Briefs for Thursday, April 16, 2015

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Vermont Trooper Charged With DUI Resigns From Force Rutland — A Vermont trooper charged with driving under the influence of alcohol while he was on duty has resigned from the state police. Top safety officials say they have accepted 27-year-old Eric Rademacher’s resignation, effective immediately. Rademacher was charged …

Blue Cross Could Bill Vt. Millions

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Montpelier — Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont is prepared to bill Vermont Health Connect for millions of dollars in past-due premiums, according to a letter the company sent to state officials last month. Blue Cross Blue Shield, Vermont’s largest health insurer, has more than 90 percent of …

Police Seek Information on Missing Claremont Man

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Claremont — A Claremont man wanted by police for an alleged domestic violence incident Friday evening has not been seen since he crashed his vehicle into the guardrail on the bridge over the Connecticut River to Ascutney that same night. Police Chief Alex Scott said Tuesday that Fish …

N.H. Works to Address Woes at Rehab Center

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Concord — New Hampshire’s health commissioner said Tuesday he bears responsibility for failures of oversight at a facility that cares for people with brain injuries. Lakeview Neuro-Rehabilitation Center, in Effingham, N.H., has been the subject of scrutiny from the state since the Disability Rights Center issued complaints last …

Shumlin Supports Sick Leave Bill

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Montpelier — A more business-friendly version of a paid sick leave bill emerged Tuesday in the House, prompting Gov. Peter Shumlin to endorse the bill and a House committee to delay a vote on it. The version of the bill that came back to life last week included …

Vt. Eases Off School Mergers

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Montpelier — The Shumlin administration has reversed its position on the education reform bill. The legislation, which passed the House last month, was originally supported by the Vermont Agency of Education. On Friday, Bill Talbott, the deputy secretary, told lawmakers that the agency wanted to back away from …

Peace, Love, Remembrance

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Burlington — Aside from peace signs and food cooperatives, the 1970s influx of longhair youth to Vermont brought experimental communes to the hillsides and social activism, as well as drug use and fears of a hippie invasion. Now …

Early Signs Show Promise for Moose Herd

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Concord — Early indications show some promise for a New Hampshire moose herd that has been wobbled by a rising infestation of a troubling parasite, the state’s top moose scientist said. Kristine Rines, a wildlife biologist and the …