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Alert, efficient, and informative, WDEV morning show host Jon Noyes of Montpelier, Vt., delivers news, the weather, and sports highlights in rapid sucession before he moderates the call-in Trading Post in Waterbury, Vt., on August 26, 2015. 
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‘The Trading Post’ Radio Show Keeps Goods Moving

Saturday, September 5, 2015

At 7:55 a.m. on a recent Saturday , the switch board in the control room of WDEV radio in Waterbury, Vt., is lit up like a Christmas tree. “Good Morning, WDEV, Please hold,” said Dex Rowe, an engineer who’d started his shift at 2:30 a.m. and was closing in on the end of it. A rumpled bear of a man, …

26 SAUs Tackle Consolidation

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Montpelier — More than half of Vermont’s school supervisory unions are taking action to respond to a new state law that encourages district consolidation as student numbers fall and taxes rise, officials said Friday. Act 46 provides tax incentives to districts that consolidate with a goal of saving money through efficiencies and providing equal education to students across the state. Vermont has nearly …

Judge: Release Footage

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Concord — A judge has ordered a limited release of body camera footage recorded by two police officers when they shot a Canterbury, N.H., man to death in July, saying the public has a right to vet the incident, but not the actual shots, nor the immediate bloody aftermath. “This redaction of the officers’ videos, combined with the full disclosure of the audio …

Teen Acquitted of Felony Rape

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Concord — A graduate of an exclusive New England prep school was cleared of rape but convicted Friday of lesser sex offenses against a then-15-year-old freshman girl in a case that exposed a tradition in which seniors competed …

N.H. Prepares Narcan Rollout

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Concord — As drug overdose deaths in New Hampshire maintain last year’s record pace, the state soon will begin distributing an overdose reversal drug to law enforcement and social service agencies free of charge. The state is ordering 4,700 kits of naloxone, known by the brand name Narcan, …

Detour on I-91 Northbound Planned Until Monday Morning; Delays Expected in WRJ

Thursday, August 27, 2015

White River Junction — The Vermont Agency of Transportation is urging drivers and pedestrians to avoid the area around Interstate 91’s Exit 11 interchange in White River Junction this weekend as construction crews plan to shut down the …

Lawyers Recommend New Settlement in Milk Suit

Thursday, August 27, 2015

A class action lawsuit that accused two dairy groups of manipulating the Northeast milk market and driving small farmers out of business is one step closer to being settled. Attorneys for the plaintiffs in the antitrust lawsuit Allen v. Dairy Farmers of America have asked U.S. District Court …

Vt. Calls for Level-Funded Budget

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Montpelier — The Shumlin administration is asking departments and agencies to submit level-funded budgets for the coming fiscal year. In a letter, Justin Johnson, the secretary of the Agency of Administration, urged commissioners and secretaries to be “extremely cautious and restrained” as they develop budgets. The budget instructions …

Deliberations Begin In St. Paul’s Trial

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Concord — Jurors deliberating the fate of a former prep school senior charged with raping a freshman were left to decide Thursday who was more credible: the defendant, who credited “divine inspiration” with helping him end their escalating …

Officers Scared By Students

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Fargo, n.d. — Two North Dakota State University students got a scare when armed police officers mistook their telescope for a rifle. WDAY-TV reports that Levi Joraanstad and Colin Waldera were setting up the telescope behind their apartment Monday night when they were blinded by a bright light …

1st Phase of Sorrell Investigation Done

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Montpelier — The first phase of an investigation into allegations that Vermont Attorney General Bill Sorrell violated campaign finance laws is complete. David Cahill, executive director of the Department of State’s Attorneys and Sheriffs, said on Tuesday that complaints against Sorrell have been evaluated. Tom Little, acting special …

Brattleboro Retreat Focus Of Vt. Probe

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Montpelier — The Vermont Attorney General’s Office is conducting a criminal investigation into the Brattleboro Retreat following a whistleblower’s complaints about alleged Medicaid fraud at the private psychiatric hospital, The Associated Press has learned. Attorney General William Sorrell acknowledged that his office was investigating, and his comments coupled …

Local & Regional Briefs for Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Cornish Fair Ride Malfunction Due to Braking System Cornish — State investigators determined that the mechanical issue with a ride at the Cornish Fair Friday night that injured three people was related to the braking system, according to a news release from the New Hampshire state fire marshal. …