State / Region

Vt. House OKs Ban on Microbeads

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Montpelier — The state House voted Tuesday to ban the sale and manufacture of microbeads in personal care products and over-the-counter drugs. In one of the first acts of the legislative session, the House gave preliminary approval on a voice vote to H.4, a bill intended to outlaw barely visible plastic scrubbing components found in personal care products such as soap and facial exfoliants due to environmental and potential health …

Vermont to Look at Aid-in-Dying Law

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Montpelier — The first Legislature in the country to pass an aid-in-dying law may revisit the issue, as a key backer says changes to automatically take effect in mid-2016 would remove too many patient protections. “We’ve got to figure out how to keep it safe,” Sen. Claire Ayer, the chairwoman of the Senate Health and Welfare Committee, said of the law passed in …

In Some States, Storm Hype Well Warranted

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Boston — Its winds howling at more than 70 mph, the Blizzard of 2015 slammed Boston and surrounding parts of New England on Tuesday with none of the mercy it unexpectedly showed New York City, piling up more than 2 feet of snow. The storm punched out a 40-to-50-foot section of a seawall in Marshfield, Mass., badly damaging a vacant home. In Newport, …

Ex-Inmates in N.H. Can Now Get Medicaid

Monday, January 19, 2015

Concord — Before New Hampshire expanded its Medicaid program to cover more poor adults, those leaving the state prison system were handed 14 days’ worth of medication and not much else. “We’d get them standing up and ready to go, and then it was like having them step …

Freezing Rain Ices Up Roads

Monday, January 19, 2015

New York — Rain “flash-freezing” on roads and sidewalks left an icy glaze under feet and tires across much of the northeast on Sunday, causing crashes that claimed at least five lives. Vermont State Police in Rockingham reported 20 accidents in an eight-hour span on Sunday, most of …

Vt. Lawmakers Urge Stricter Gun Laws

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Montpelier — Democratic leaders in the Vermont Senate are preparing legislation calling for expanded background checks for gun purchases and state prosecution of what are now federal gun crimes, including being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. “I do not believe that background checks alone are …

Coakley Looking Ahead To Life After Politics

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Boston — When Attorney General Martha Coakley leaves office Tuesday, she’ll be ending a public career that’s spanned nearly two decades and propelled her into the top law enforcement job in Massachusetts. Coakley also will be leaving behind a mixed political record that includes two high-profile losses. In …

Feds Reviewing Canada Lynx

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Portland, Maine — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is starting a review of federally protected Canada lynx at a time when the largest population of the cats in the Lower 48 appears to be poised for a …

New Hampshire Delegation Requests Openness on Pipeline

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Concord — New Hampshire’s congressional delegation is calling for an open and transparent process before a final decision is made about a proposed natural gas pipeline route in the state. Texas-based Kinder Morgan wants to construct about 70 miles of pipeline through southern New Hampshire. About 90 percent …

Leahy, Welch On Cuba Visit

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Washington (ap) — U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont is leading a delegation of congressional Democrats on a visit to Cuba to discuss expectations for the normalization of relations between the United States and the island nation. Leahy said in a statement Saturday that lawmakers want to explore …

Marijuana Profits Could Boost Vt.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Montpelier — Vermont could reap hundreds of millions of dollars in tax revenue if it were to legalize marijuana, but only if nearby states don’t also jump on the bandwagon, according to a study released Friday. The study comes as states across the country increasingly explore the potential …

Last Hours of Woman’s Life Revealed in Robarge Trial

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Newport — A daughter of a Charlestown woman prosecutors say was killed by her estranged husband on the day she filed for divorce testified Friday that her father wanted to move back into their Charlestown home, but her …

Hassan: Let Cops Treat Overdoses

Friday, January 16, 2015

Concord — Police officers may soon be able to administer an emergency treatment for heroin and opioid overdoses, a step public safety officials and Gov. Maggie Hassan say is critical to combating the state’s heroin epidemic. Under current law, only licensed emergency medical technicians, who include many firefighters, …