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N.H. Drops to 4th, Vt. Stays No. 2 in Child Well-Being Survey

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Montpelier — Vermont kept its No. 2 national ranking in the well-being of the state’s children, ranking highly on education, family and community factors, according to statistics compiled by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. New Hampshire has dropped from its traditional top spot to fourth. The Foundation’s 2014 Kids Count report released today measures 16 indicators from four groups that measure a child’s well-being: economic well-being, education, health, and family …

Sanders: ‘If I Think I Can, I Will Run’

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Montpelier — As a resident of Iowa, Jeff Cox has never voted for Bernie Sanders. But he’s hoping to have the chance to soon. Cox is a longtime Democratic activist, and the point man for a Johnson County steering committee aimed at drafting Sanders for the 2016 presidential contest. For Cox, and other like-minded Iowans, whose early caucuses give them outsized importance when …

Welch Backs Internet Sales Tax to Strengthen Businesses

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Montpelier — Rep. Peter Welch is hopeful that Congress will pass a bill this summer that will allow individual states to impose their sales tax on items purchased on the Internet. Welch, D-Vt., said the plan will help strengthen downtown businesses and will raise new revenue for many states. Right now, states are allowed to require businesses to collect the sales tax on …

N.H. Honors Residents with D.C. ID Cards

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Concord — Decades after they were apparently snubbed by New Hampshire law, residents of Washington D.C. can now legally purchase alcohol in the state with just a driver’s license or non-driver identification card. In a memo released Tuesday, the New Hampshire Liquor Commission said that, though the state’s …

N.H. Ranked No. 3 in Painkiller Prescriptions

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Concord — Officials have renewed calls for action against prescription drug abuse after a recent study placed New Hampshire near the top in the country for prescription rates of certain types of opioid painkillers. Nationwide, New Hampshire was 39th in the country for per capita prescriptions of opioid …

Study: Friends Have DNA Traits

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

New York — You may be more similar to your friends than you think: A study suggests that the DNA code tends to be more alike between friends than between strangers. That’s beyond the effect of shared ethnicity, …

Conservation Law Foundation Seeks Access to Documents

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Montpelier — The Conservation Law Foundation is asking for access to more documents about energy plans in New England that the group says are shrouded in secrecy. The July 9 public records request of the Vermont Public Service Department and the governor’s office seeks copies of records related …

Highway Flagger Training Helps Keep Roads Safe

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Bolton, Vt. — Construction zones are as much a part of summer as mosquitoes. We’ve all had to heed the warning signs and stop until the highway flag man — or woman — lets us pass. There are approximately 1,000 flaggers on Vermont highways this summer. They work …

Blue Cross Vt. Appeals Rate Decision

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Montpelier — Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont and one if its subsidiaries are appealing a decision by state regulators to reduce a rate increase request, saying the lower rate could hurt the subsidiary’s solvency. The Green Mountain Care Board went against the advice of the Department of …

N.H. Students Digitize Letters From Civil War

Monday, July 14, 2014

Concord — Seven score and 12 years ago, a Civil War soldier was packing on the freshman 15 — and then some. In cheerful letters sent to his family back home in Hillsborough, Pvt. Willard Templeton describes at …

A New Path for Youngsters at Vt. Camp

Monday, July 14, 2014

Starksboro, Vt. — The dozen or so kids who get dropped off at Sentinel Farms some mornings during the summer frequently start the day by doing farm chores, but mucking out horse stalls and sweeping the barn eventually …

Drive-Ins Get Creative in Switch to Digital

Monday, July 14, 2014

Saco, Maine — Many in the movie industry feared the need to convert to digital could be the death knell for drive-ins, but drive-in operators are finding creative ways to afford the switch. Drive-in movie theater operators say …

Local & Regional Briefs for Monday, July 14, 2014

Monday, July 14, 2014

Researchers Looking at Growing Winter Produce Durham, n.h. — Researchers at the University of New Hampshire are looking at ways to help farmers grow produce during winter and increase profits in the offseason. Researchers are investigating small-scale hydroponics — a method of growing plants in mineral-infused water without …