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Problems Persist on Vt. Health Insurance Exchange Website

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Montpelier — A legislative leader said Wednesday that ongoing problems with Vermont Health Connect have reached crisis levels in communities across Vermont. Rep. Mike Fisher, chairman of the House Health Care Committee, said myriad issues affecting people’s health care coverage has led to frustration and uncertainty in the lives of thousands of Vermonters, a sentiment echoed by advocates and providers. “It’s just untenable to continue to be in this situation,” …

Panel Reviews Vt. DCF

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Montpelier — Information gaps among Vermont agencies and personnel and a push to return children in state custody back to their parents undermined state protective services leading up to a Poultney toddler’s death after she suffered severe head trauma, Vermont State Police Detective James Cruise told a special legislative committee Wednesday. The committee is seeking solutions to dire lapses in state child protection, …

DNA Analysis May Help Cottontail

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Durham — DNA analysis of the endangered New England cottontail shows that power line rights of way, railroad beds and roadsides may help support their diminishing habitat. The small, brown rabbit has been declining in the region for decades. It depends on tangled, low-growing shrubs in younger forests to survive. Once large trees …

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 …

Retired Teacher on Trial for Pushing Wife Off Cliff

Monday, July 14, 2014

Camden, Maine — Charles and Lisa Black moved to Maine after careers as teachers in Kansas, pursuing an idyllic retirement that prosecutors say was destroyed by arguments over money and infidelity before both plummeted off a cliff. Prosecutors …

N.H. Cop’s Early Jail Release Highlights New Law

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Concord — The case of a former police officer who served a fraction of a one-year jail sentence for a hit-and-run accident that injured two teens has placed a spotlight on an obscure law. Manchester officer Steve Coco, a 17-year police veteran, was convicted of two felony counts …