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Vermont Technical College Announces Layoffs

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Randolph — Faculty members at Vermont Technical College in Randolph learned Thursday that some of them, including tenured professors, may receive pink slips after Thanksgiving. At a regular monthly meeting with faculty on Nov. 20, VTC president Dan Smith announced potential layoffs in the 2015-2016 academic year in several programs: English, humanities, social science, rlectrical engineering, civil engineering, architectural engineering, landscape design and horticulture, math and science. “In certain programs …

Ski Areas Welcome Snowstorm

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Montpelier — Ski areas across northern New England were giddy Wednesday at the prospect of a major Thanksgiving snowstorm that is bringing early season skiers to the slopes and offering a promising start to the winter season. Cold weather last weekend enabled the Mount Snow ski area in southern Vermont to make snow and open with some of the best early skiing the …

Sale of New Hampshire Oil Dealer Goes Through

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Manchester — Fuel trucks are making deliveries to homes after a judge approved the sale of a New Hampshire home heating oil in bankruptcy court. A deal was reached Tuesday for Fred Fuller Oil & Propane to be sold to Rymes Propane & Oil for $12 to $13 million. Fuller had filed for bankruptcy protection earlier this month. In September, Sprague, a fuel …

Daughter a No-Show in Custody Case

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Concord — A decade after a mother fled to Central America with her 8-year-old, New Hampshire authorities and the woman’s ex-husband still don’t know where the daughter is. “It’s very hard for us to reconcile our mental image of her as a 7-year-old girl with the reality that …

Man Saves Baby From Sunken Car

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Portland, Maine — A Maine logger helped save an infant from drowning when he crawled into a car that was upside-down in water and used a knife to cut the straps off her car seat and pull her …

Study: Mass. Schools Target Minorities

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Boston — Massachusetts public schools punish a disproportionately high number of minorities and students with disabilities with out-of-school suspensions, putting them at higher risk of dropping out or getting in trouble with the law, according to a civil rights group. About two-thirds of those suspensions are for minor …

Vermonters Won’t Pay for ‘Stupid’ Remark

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Montpelier — An economist who said “the stupidity of the American voter” helped pass the complex federal health care law has agreed to finish his work on Vermont’s health insurance systems for free, a top state official said Wednesday. But the state will continue to pay assistants working …

Local & Regional Briefs for Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Police: Father, Son Murdered; Vt. Woman Jailed Townshend, Vt. — A father and son were shot to death at a home in Townshend and a woman is being held without bail in connection with the shooting, Vermont State Police said Wednesday. Robin O’Neill, 62, is expected to be …

Conference Examines Aging Area

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Portsmouth, n.h. — Accommodating the needs of Northern New England’s aging population is both a struggle and a potential source for economic growth, speakers at a three-state summit said Tuesday. The median age in Maine — 43.9 years — is the nation’s highest, and Vermont and New Hampshire …

Mediation Fails in FairPoint Strike

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Portland, Maine — The first meeting between FairPoint Communications and union representatives in nearly three months took an hour Tuesday and made no progress toward ending an impasse that led to a strike in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. Both the company and unions representing more than 1,700 …

O’Brien Back As GOP Pick For Speaker

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Concord — State Rep. Bill O’Brien is once again Republicans’ choice for speaker of the House, topping fellow former speaker Gene Chandler by four votes during Tuesday’s caucus. “It’s the highlight of my life to look over at …

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Town Manager Will Return To Finance Director’s Job Newport — Town Manager Paul Brown told the Selectboard Monday night he will not extend his contract beyond June 30 next year and at that time will return to his previous position as Finance Director/Assistant Town Manager. Brown was promoted …

Vt. Republicans: Cut Ties With ACA Architect

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Montpelier — Three state lawmakers on Monday urged the administration of Gov. Peter Shumlin to sever ties with a Massachusetts Institute of Technology economist who was shown on video saying it was the “stupidity of the American voter” that helped create the Affordable Care Act. In a letter …