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U.N. Ambassador, Swimmer Among Vermont Speakers

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Montpelier — A long-distance swimmer, an oceanographer and the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations are among this spring’s commencement speakers at Vermont colleges and universities. Endurance athlete Diana Nyad, who last year at age 64 swam 110 miles from Cuba to Florida, will speak at Middlebury College’s graduation May 25. “Diana Nyad is a bold and fearless athlete whose determination is truly inspiring,” Middlebury College President Ron Liebowitz said. …

Ex-Vt. Employee Faces Embezzlement Charges

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Montpelier — A former state employee was charged Friday with embezzling more than $50,000 by using what Gov. Peter Shumlin called a “fairly sophisticated” scheme that involved setting up false claims against the state and then using the money that was to pay those claims for her own purposes. The state charges that Lisa Peduzzi, of Plainfield, Vt., used the money to buy …

N.H., Vt. Colleges See More Students Transfer Away

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Concord — As college students prepare to leave New Hampshire and Vermont for summer break, a recent national study raises questions about how many will return in the fall. While both states rank very high in terms of the percentage of students who graduate within six years of starting at four-year public campuses, they also rank high in terms of students who finish …

Casino Backers Add Incentive To N.H. Bill

Friday, April 11, 2014

Concord — Gambling supporters are sweetening the pot by including $25 million in aid to communities in the latest bill to legalize casinos in New Hampshire, but opponents told a House committee Thursday it is a false promise. Casino supporters told the Ways and Means Committee the money …

N.H. Panel Endorses Death Penalty Repeal Measure

Friday, April 11, 2014

Concord — The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday revisited the idea of repealing New Hampshire’s death penalty and recommended that it pass, setting up a potentially historic vote in the chamber next week. The bill represents the most energetic recent effort to repeal the state’s centuries-old death penalty. …

Vt. Senate Advances Lyme Disease Bill

Friday, April 11, 2014

Montpelier — Doctors and other health professionals would be immune from professional conduct charges if they pursued a hotly debated course of treatment for Lyme disease under a bill given preliminary approval Thursday by the Vermont Senate. The Senate’s 27-0 vote in support came after an impassioned speech …

Brown Brings Star Power To GOP Senate Primary

Friday, April 11, 2014

Concord — When Bob Smith announced his candidacy for U.S. Senate last month, he did it before a crowd of no more than a few dozen people in Concord. When Scott Brown made his candidacy official last night, …

N.H. Lawmakers Debate Rights of Mentally Ill to Purchase Guns

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Concord — People barred from buying guns for mental health reasons should be allowed to prove to a judge they’re capable of owning a firearm, supporters told a House committee Wednesday. “We’re dealing with the awesome power of the state to take away someone’s freedom,” said Sen. David …

Local & Regional Briefs for Thursday, April 10

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Ex-Teacher Out on Bail In Student Sex Assault Case Claremont — The former Stevens High School math teacher charged with four counts of felonious sexual assault against a 14-year-old student at the school has been released on bail. Sullivan County Attorney Marc Hathaway said Christopher LeBlanc, 29, posted …

Gov. Touts Vt.’s Transparency

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Montpelier (ap) — Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin said Wednesday he didn’t get many top grades in school, so he was glad to receive an A from a national group grading states on government transparency. Shumlin, a Democrat, then had to correct himself, learning during his news conference that …

N.H. Judge Reprimanded for Sexist Comments

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Concord — A veteran New Hampshire judge has retired and been reprimanded after he made comments believed to disparage female lawyers. The New Hampshire Judicial Conduct Committee formally reprimanded John Lewis in a decision released last week. The Strafford County judge had retired in September following a complaint …

Local & Regional Briefs for Wednesday, April 9

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Hartford to Hold Meeting On Sidewalks Tonight Hartford — Town officials will hold a meeting tonight to discuss plans for a sidewalk and bike lane that will connect pedestrians and cyclists from the east end of Sykes Mountain …

Vt. House OKs $10 Minimum Wage

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Montpelier — The Vermont House bucked the wishes of Gov. Peter Shumlin on Tuesday by calling for an increase in the state’s minimum wage to $10.10 per hour starting in January, rather than 2017. The House gave the bill preliminary approval after voting against a Shumlin-backed amendment to …