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Advance Transit driver Don Hood, left, waits with Elroy Litchfield and his dog Mischief while Hartford police officer Tom Lyman speaks with bus company official Chris Andreasson in White River Junction, Vt., on Aug. 14, 2014. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck)

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 to recognize Litchfield’s early signs of an anxious episode — “getting ready to blow up,” as he calls it — to help …

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 and Blue Shield, which was criticized for excluding 10 of the state’s 26 acute-care hospitals. …

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 Laurita died in an enclosure with the elephants in the town of Hope. Police said …

Vermont Foodbank Seeks Apple Donations

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Barre, Vt. — The Vermont Foodbank is encouraging people visiting pick-your-own apple orchards to pick extra apples to donate to those in need. Officials said the Pick-for-Your-Neighbor program brought in nearly 19,000 Vermont apples to the charitable food system last year. This year 21 orchards are taking part. …

Few Turn Out for Primary

Friday, September 12, 2014

Concord — Just over 19 percent of registered voters cast ballots in Tuesday’s primaries, according to Secretary of State Bill Gardner. Gardner said the 121,881 Republican ballots cast was the third highest number of votes cast in a Republican primary. In contrast, only 43,556 ballots were cast in …

Vt. Children and Families Chief Asks for Legislative Oversight

Friday, September 12, 2014

Montpelier — Vermont’s new commissioner of the Department for Children and Families asked lawmakers Thursday for ongoing legislative oversight of the agency and described several changes made since the deaths of two toddlers this year who had been in the state’s care. Commissioner Ken Schatz testified before a …

Vermont Hospital Budgets Approved

Friday, September 12, 2014

State regulators approved a 3.1 percent overall increase in hospital revenue for the coming year, budgeting a combined $2.2 billion for Vermont’s 14 hospitals. The Green Mountain Care Board approved the six remaining hospital budgets at its Thursday meeting, though the revenue figures won’t be final until hospitals …

Supreme Court Hears Cop Shooter’s Appeal

Friday, September 12, 2014

Concord — Manchester police officer Dan Doherty says it’s ludicrous to doubt the reliability of his identification of the man who fired seven shots into his body at near point-blank range. “I looked right at him while he …

First Foliage Report Issued

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Montpelier (ap) — Vermont has issued its first weekly foliage report for this year’s leaf peeping season, with some early splashes of yellow in the higher elevations of northern Vermont. The report says a few red spots are showing in low elevations due to the early turning of …

Shumlin Seeks Third Term

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Burlington — Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin vowed Tuesday to continue what he calls the bold leadership he has brought to Vermont by pushing for initiatives such as renewable energy and creating the nation’s first single-payer health care system as he announced he will be running for re-election. Speaking …

Local & Regional Briefs for Wednesday, Sept. 10

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Two Health Groups Getting $558,000 To Help Consumers Concord — Two health groups in New Hampshire are getting federal grants totaling nearly $558,000 to help consumers navigate their coverage options under the health care overhaul law. Greater Derry Community Health Services Inc. and Bi-State Primary Care Association, Inc, …

Garcia Wins GOP Vote for 2nd District Seat

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Concord — Marilinda Garcia resoundingly won the Republican party nomination for Congress in the 2nd District Tuesday night, securing 50 percent of the vote with almost all precincts reporting last night. Former state Sen. Gary Lambert, of Nashua, …

In Vermont, Police Firing More Shots

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Montpelier — Vermont police have fired their weapons at suspects in five instances this year, the most in one year and double the average since the Attorney General’s Office began investigating all officer-involved shootings 17 years ago. The most recent was Thursday when a state trooper shot and …