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Vermont Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Milne speaks with Carolyn Maynard on her porch in Woodstock, Vt., on Oct. 1, 2014. Milne was going door-to-door to meet voters and introduce himself. 
Valley News - Jennifer Hauck

Woodstock High-Schoolers Talk Politics With Milne

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Woodstock — Republican gubernatorial nominee Scott Milne campaigned in the Woodstock area Wednesday, spending more than an hour talking with students in the Woodstock Union High School library. Several of the students said they found the North Pomfret Republican to be more moderate than their preconceived notions of Republican politicians. Standing before the group of about 40 students and dressed …

IT Mistakes Won’t Be Repeated, Vt. Officials Say

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Montpelier — State officials Tuesday sought to quell some lawmakers’ fear that Vermont is spread too thin as it moves forward with $420 million in IT projects to improve the delivery of human services. Harry Chen, acting Secretary of the Agency of Human Services, began his remarks to the Health Care Reform Oversight Committee on Tuesday by assuring the panel that he is …

Human Services Chief Offers Change

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Williston, Vt. — The Agency of Human Services’ acting secretary said Wednesday he wants to increase staffing levels and training at the Department for Children and Families following the deaths of two toddlers in state care but is not calling for a major overhaul. In the long-awaited plan commissioned after the toddlers’ deaths, Acting Secretary Harry Chen said he felt splitting the divisions …

Havenstein Commits to Controlling Spending

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Granite State politicians have long pledged to oppose sales, income and other “broad-based” taxes. Republican gubernatorial candidate Walt Havenstein now says that’s not enough, and he vowed Monday to oppose any “unfunded obligations” that could lead to future taxes — something that, he said, Gov. Maggie Hassan has …

Vt. Close to Ban On Hunting Drones

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Montpelier — A petition to ban hunting with the assistance of unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, in Vermont is making its way through the state’s Department of Fish and Wildlife. Eric Nuse, of Orion, the Hunter’s Institute, and Tovar Cerulli, of the New England chapter of Backcountry Hunters …

Regulators Say Lawsuits Focus on Worst of Cybersecurity Failures

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Northfield, Vt. — The Federal Trade Commission has investigated hundreds of cybersecurity breaches at companies across the country, but it has only sued 53 times, one of the organization’s five commissioners said Monday during a cybersecurity conference at Norwich University in Northfield. FTC Commissioner Julie Brill said the …

Advocates Want Prisoners in Vt.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

A criminal justice reform group is working on a plan to bring out-of-state prisoners home in the next three years by reducing the prison population by 10 percent each year. Vermonters for Criminal Justice Reform, led by state Rep. Suzi Wizowaty, wants to eliminate the state’s reliance on …

Legislators Question Rate of Intervention by Vt. DCF

Monday, September 22, 2014

Montpelier — A special legislative panel is expected to hear more this week about the rules governing Vermont’s child welfare agency as it probes child protection issues following the deaths of two toddlers who had been in the state’s care. Some lawmakers have questioned the high percentage of …

Proliferation of Service Dogs Leads to Conflict

Sunday, September 21, 2014

White River Junction — Elroy Litchfield, a Vietnam War veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder, recently acquired something that he believes will prove a tremendous help in coping with his condition: a five-month-old dog named Mischief who’s being trained …

More Choice, Help Coming to N.H.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Concord — New Hampshire residents signing up for insurance under the federal health care overhaul law will have both more choices and more places to turn for help in November. For the last year, the only company selling health plans through the new marketplace was Anthem Blue Cross …

OSHA Probes Death Of Elephant Caretaker

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Portland, Maine — Federal workplace safety officials have launched an investigation into the death of a Maine man who was crushed by one of the two elephants in his care. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration sent an investigator to the site this month after retired veterinarian James …

Navy Submarine to Be Named After State of Vermont

Friday, September 19, 2014

Burlington — U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus used Lake Champlain, with its history of a key naval battle in both the American Revolution and the War of 1812, as a backdrop Thursday to announce the naming of the …

Poverty Rate Falls in N.H., Rises in Vt.

Friday, September 19, 2014

New U.S. Census data released Thursday shows 3,000 more Vermonters were living in poverty in 2013 and 17,000 fewer people living in poverty in New Hampshire. A total of 74,058 Vermonters were living below the poverty level in 2013, compared to 71,084 in 2012. Vermont’s poor amounted to …