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Paul Doton walks through the large, steel barn that houses the majority of his cows at the farm he runs with his son, Bryan, in Barnard, Vt., on Jan. 29, 2015. Paul and Bryan Doton have made several improvements using a combination of state and personal funds to ensure safe drainage of their farm waste. (Valley News - Sarah Priestap) <p><i>Copyright © Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.</i></p>

Vt. Farmers Ready for New Runoff Rules

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Tunbridge — Dairy farmer Corey Chapman wasn’t surprised when he heard Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin’s proposals to clean up the state’s waterways in the governor’s inaugural address last month. “We know it’s a big deal,” said Chapman, who milks 50 cows on a rented farm on Howe Lane in Tunbridge. It’s “just a matter of time before it comes down …

Jim Kenyon: It’s Super Squares Round III at Post 22

Sunday, February 1, 2015

American Legion Post 22’s annual Super Bowl party in Lebanon today will feature a buffet table that includes chicken wings smothered in barbecue sauce, Swedish meatballs and roast beef sandwiches. Enough to make a cardiologist cringe, but the sort of fare that makes the game (and halftime show that never seems to end) even more fun to watch. “The only thing missing will …

Plymouth State ‘Snow-Level’ Radar Unit Aims to Help Forecasters

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Plymouth, n.h. — Even with the most recent technology, the weather can be a difficult thing to forecast. In an effort to enhance the ability to do so, Plymouth State University and the federal National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have joined forces to study the weather using a device located right on campus. …

Concern Over Sex Offender Registry in Vt.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Montpelier — Vermont lawmakers are grappling with how close to perfect the state’s sex offender registry needs to be before offenders’ addresses are posted online. Vermont in 2009 passed a law saying the registry had to have a clean audit from the state auditor of accounts before addresses …

Finding a ‘Death-Qualified’ Jury Slows Cases

Monday, January 26, 2015

Boston — One prospective juror was brutally frank when asked whether he could consider a sentence of life in prison for the man accused of bombing the Boston Marathon. “I would sentence him to death,” he said, then …

ACA Enrollment Change Has Benefits, Drawbacks

Monday, January 26, 2015

Concord — A proposal to shift the Affordable Care Act’s annual enrollment period could both help and hurt consumers, according to state insurance regulators and industry officials. There are still three weeks left in the current enrollment period, but insurance companies already are scrambling to prepare their 2016 …

Former N.H. Gov. Lynch to Receive Frost Award

Monday, January 26, 2015

Manchester (ap) — Former New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch will receive the Robert Frost Contemporary American Award at a ceremony featuring the Boston Red Sox president and CEO as keynote speaker. Plymouth State University created the award in 1970 in memory of the nation’s late poet laureate, who …

Vermont’s New Catholic Bishop Versed in Cyberspace

Sunday, January 25, 2015

South Burlington — Vermont’s new Roman Catholic bishop is just learning his way around the state, consulting a map to check on the location of some of the state’s parishes, but he’s already known in cyberspace. The Rev. …

Storm Covers Northeast in Snow

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Boston — Parts of the Northeast got their first real taste of winter on Saturday as a storm crawling up the coast left a slushy, snowy coating from Pennsylvania to New England, but forecasters are watching a possible …

Cross-State Snowmobilers Can Ride for Free Next Weekend

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Concord — Snowmobilers in New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine are going to take part in an upcoming three-day weekend when riders registered in any one of those states can explore the trails of the other two states for free. Starting Friday, any snowmobile legally registered in any of …

FairPoint Strike Hits 100th Day Milestone

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Portland, Maine — FairPoint Communications and more than 1,700 striking workers reached the 100-day milestone on Saturday with workers marking the occasion with events across the region and expressing hope that the two sides will soon reach an …

Opponents Weigh Boston Olympic Bid

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Boston — Opponents of bringing the 2024 Summer Olympics to Boston are looking into a voter referendum, an effort that could jeopardize hopes of bringing the Summer Games to U.S. soil for the first time since 1996. Christopher Dempsey, co-chairman of No Boston Olympics, said Friday that the …

Maine Teacher Sentenced to 65 Years

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Bangor, Maine (ap) — A former special education teacher who videotaped his sexual abuse of three young boys, including two brothers with autism, was sentenced Friday to 65 years in federal prison. Patrik Arsenault, 28, who previously pleaded guilty to production and distribution of child pornography, was also …