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Vermont Gas Fined for Silence on Costs

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Montpelier — The state Public Service Board on Friday announced it would fine Vermont Gas Systems $100,000 for its slowness in reporting the first of two big cost increases on its pipeline project to extend its system down the state’s western side. Vermont’s only supplier of piped natural gas announced 13 months ago its budget for the project had grown from $86.6 million to $121.6 million. The board later found …

Court Rejects Retrial In 1971 N.H. Murder

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Concord — A man convicted of killing an 18-year-old New Hampshire woman more than four decades ago has lost his latest attempt to get a new trial. Robert Breest, 77, claims he was wrongly convicted of beating Susan Randall to death and tossing her partially clothed body onto the frozen Merrimack River in Concord in February 1971. He has twice been denied parole …

Vt. Moves To Restrict Synthetics

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Montpelier — The Vermont Health Department is looking to add 75 new synthetic drugs to the state’s list of regulated substances. The drugs to be added include some synthetic cannabinoids, as well as acetyl-fentanyl, a chemical that is sometimes cut into heroin that can be deadly when dosed incorrectly. The drugs will be added to Vermont rule that designates substances illegal because they …

Mass. Gov. Takes Heat for Budget Vetoes

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Boston — Wielding the veto pen for the first time is a pivotal moment for any new governor, when the glossy promises of the campaign run up against hard budgetary math. Gov. Charlie Baker’s first round of budget cuts is drawing the ire of transportation and arts activists …

Papua New Guinea Anthropologist Killed in N.Y. Crash

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Albany, n.y. — During her nearly quarter-century living in one of the most remote places on earth, Nancy Sullivan explored crocodile-infested rivers, endured numerous bouts of malaria and advocated for tribal societies threatened by encroaching development. Her 24 …

Powder Plant Retrial: Case Is Weaker

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Concord — The owner of a gunpowder plant convicted in an explosion that left two workers dead could soon walk free after a home invasion left the key witness against him dead. Craig Sanborn, the owner of the Black Mag gunpowder plant that blew up in 2010, is …

Mystery Remains After Girl’s Death

Friday, July 24, 2015

Concord — The grandmother of an 11-year-old girl found dead in a river four years ago says the mystery surrounding the child’s death gets harder and harder to deal with as the years drag on. Marcia Laro says she’s often asked if there have been any developments regarding …

Suit Aims To Halt Benefits Cuts

Friday, July 24, 2015

Montpelier — Vermont Legal Aid filed a lawsuit in federal court Thursday seeking to stop implementation of a $125 reduction in the monthly Reach Up benefit for hundreds of Vermont families. The Department for Children and Families recently sent notices to 860 Reach Up households saying they would …

Poll: Guinta’s Support Plummets Amid Campaign Financing Scandal

Friday, July 24, 2015

Concord — Support for U.S. Rep. Frank Guinta is eroding according to a new poll that showed that more than 40 percent think he should resign amid his campaign finance troubles and only 5 percent say they would back his re-election bid next year. Guinta insists the $355,000 …

Hassan Offers a Compromise budget plan

Friday, July 24, 2015

Concord — Gov. Maggie Hassan said Thursday she’s willing to accept business tax cuts backed by Republicans in exchange for an increase in the cigarette tax and car registration fees, but GOP lawmakers were quick to dismiss her proposal as political gamesmanship. It’s been roughly a month since …

Wall Street Exec. Mulls Vt. Governor Bid

Friday, July 24, 2015

Montpelier — Retired Wall Street executive Bruce Lisman announced on Facebook last Friday that he is considering a run for governor. Lisman said the 2016 election could be the “right moment” for his gubernatorial bid. This isn’t the first time the Shelburne, Vt., resident has thought about jumping …

Outside Cash May Rule in Vt. Race

Friday, July 24, 2015

Montpelier — The 2016 election is still more than a year away. But political action committees are already lining up to get in on the action, and outside money could play an unprecedented role in determining who serves as the next governor of Vermont. Outside money isn’t anything …

Brattleboro Co-op Moving on From Unionization Fallout

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Brattleboro, Vt. — When the Brattleboro Food Co-op in southeastern Vermont’s largest town moved from its old Eisenhower-era shoebox of a building to a new $9 million, four-story block in 2012, everyone noticed the difference. But when co-op …