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FILE - In this Oct. 4, 2012 file photo, a car sits in front of the New England Compounding in Framingham, Mass. Two co-founders and 12 other former employees of the company were arrested at their homes Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. Tainted steroids manufactured by the pharmacy were blamed  for a fungal meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people across the country.  (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia, File)

Fourteen From Pharmacy Charged In Deadly 2012 Meningitis Outbreak

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Boston — Mold and bacteria were in the air and on workers’ gloved fingertips. Pharmacists used expired ingredients, didn’t properly sterilize them and failed to test drugs for purity before sending them to hospitals and pain clinics. Employees falsified logs to make it look as if the so-called clean rooms had been disinfected. Federal prosecutors leveled those allegations in bringing …

Shumlin Ends Single-Payer Push

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Montpelier — Calling it the biggest disappointment of his career, Gov. Peter Shumlin said Wednesday he was abandoning plans to make Vermont the first state in the country with a universal, publicly funded health care system. Going forward with a project four years in the making would require tax increases too big for …

Man Gets Life in Death Of Teacher

Thursday, December 18, 2014

St. Johnsbury, Vt. — A man accused with his wife of kidnapping and killing a teacher was sentenced on Wednesday to life in prison, with the judge saying they hunted their victim like prey. Judge Robert Bent said a mitigating factor in Allen Prue’s case was a lack of a criminal history before …

Jasper Picks Committee Heads

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Concord — House Speaker Shawn Jasper named committee chairmen and vice chairmen yesterday, putting some of the finishing touches on his leadership team that he says represents Republicans from across the caucus. “I was looking for experience,” the Hudson representative said. Weare Rep. Neal Kurk will lead the …

Vermont Wins Early Education Grant

Friday, December 12, 2014

Burlington — A $33 million federal grant to be awarded to Vermont over four years will be used to expand access to quality early education for Vermont children in need to ensure that every child gets a strong start, Gov. Peter Shumlin said Thursday. Vermont was one of …

Upper Valley Lawmaker On the Rise

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Bradford, Vt. — An Upper Valley lawmaker is expected to become the next majority leader in the Vermont House when Democratic legislators hold their organizational meeting on Saturday. After being a member of the caucus’ leadership, state Rep. …

Official: Limited Supply Means Higher Energy Bills

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Manchester, n.h. — Energy leaders reiterated Wednesday the need for additional power sources in New England, a fact made more acute by potentially record-high electricity prices coming this winter. Representatives from ISO New England, the Public Utilities Commission and the state’s major utilities gathered at an event hosted …

N.H. Court Upholds Pension Reform Law

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Concord — The New Hampshire State Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld a 3-year-old pension reform law for public employees that shifted more costs onto workers. The law, which dealt with setting employer contribution rates, was challenged by state employees who argued the Legislature should not interfere with the …

Harvard Professor Apologizes For $4 Chinese Order Rant

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Boston — A Harvard Business School instructor who blasted a Boston-area Chinese restaurant for overcharging him by $4 on a takeout order apologized Wednesday for a lengthy and widely publicized email exchange with restaurant management. Associate professor Benjamin Edelman had threatened legal action and demanded the Sichuan Garden …

N.H. Health Network Rules Delayed

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Concord — Revisions to New Hampshire’s rules for health care provider networks are going to take longer than state officials initially expected. They thought updates could be in place for 2016, but health policy analyst Tyler Brannen said at a meeting Tuesday that 2017 is now the target …

Local & Regional Briefs for Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Drug That Treats Overdoses Discussed for Vt. Schools Montpelier — Health and school officials in Vermont are discussing whether school nurses should be allowed to have a drug to administer to students that reverses the effects of an opiate overdose. The Vermont Medical Society’s School Nurse Advisory Committee …

N.H. Press Association Honors ‘Valley News’

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

West Lebanon — The Valley News took home nine first-place awards in the 2014 Better Media Contest sponsored by the New Hampshire Press Association. At an NHPA banquet Friday night in Manchester, staff writer Aimee Caruso was recognized as writer of the year for a daily newspaper for …

Northeast Bracing for Dose of Heavy Rains, Snow and Wind

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Providence, r.i. — The Northeast is bracing for a strong, slow-moving storm expected to bring heavy rains and high winds to a wide swath of the coast and a half-foot or more of snow to some inland areas. The messy system moving into the region threatens to bring …