State / Region

Vt. Inmates Unhappy in New Prison

Friday, July 31, 2015

Montpelier — Less than a month after Vermont’s out-of-state inmates were moved from a private prison in Kentucky to one in Michigan, prisoner complaints range from limited TV programming to unattended medical concerns. The complaints, detailed in a letter from inmate Shaun Bryer to Gordon Bock, head of the prison advocacy group Vermont CURE, also include smaller cells, no windows, less recreational time and no privacy in the showers. Bryer, …

Dems Consider Event Namesakes

Friday, July 31, 2015

Concord — Democratic parties in the three states that start the presidential nominating process are exploring ending their association with two former White House occupants: Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson. Accelerating a trend that goes back years, committees in several states recently have distanced themselves from the slave-owning former presidents by dropping their names from the titles of their annual fundraising dinners. Iowa, …

‘D’ for Democracy in Granite State

Friday, July 31, 2015

Concord — New Hampshire’s democracy just brought home its report card — and it’s full of D’s and F’s, according to a report released Thursday by Open Democracy, a New Hampshire organization working to reduce the influence of money in politics. The 40-page report compiled over the past nine months grades the status …

Boston Olympics Bid Falters

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Somerville, Mass. — Organizers of Boston’s bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics are in a sprint to the finish, scrambling to improve lackluster poll numbers ahead of a September deadline to formally throw the city’s name into the mix to hold the games. To help turn public opinion, …

Hassan Vetoes Biz Tax Change

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Concord — Gov. Maggie Hassan vetoed a change to the state’s business tax structure that was originally sought by gym company Planet Fitness, but she said Monday she would consider the proposal as part of the ongoing state budget negotiations. “As long as the tax cut (the bill) …

Vermont Families See Benefit Cut

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Montpelier — Hundreds of families that receive Reach Up benefits will take a cut next month. The Department for Children and Families is in the process of notifying about 860 families that their monthly benefit will decrease by $125 if an adult member of the household receives federal …

Storm Floods Barre, Vt.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

On Monday, crews in Barre, Vt., remove mud from overnight flooding that forced several people to be evacuated from their homes. Flooding in Barre and elsewhere in Central Vermont prompted the activation of the state Emergency Operations Center. …

Uneven Efforts, Part Two: As Mental Health Care Evolved, State Resources Fell Behind

Monday, July 20, 2015

The movement of mental health care out of large institutions and into communities has been underway for decades in both Vermont and New Hampshire. After an initial surge prompted by the availability of new medications and public outrage …

Fish and Game Rallies Vote for ‘Sig’ to Be Top Dog

Monday, July 20, 2015

Concord (ap — New Hampshire Fish and Game officials are working hard to get out the vote, but their efforts have nothing to do with the state’s prominent presidential primary. They’re rallying votes for their K9 — Sig — to be named top law enforcement dog at the …

Few Female Firefighters in Granite State

Monday, July 20, 2015

Portsmouth, n.h. — The director of New Hampshire Fire Standards and Training says bullying and a rigorous physical entrance exam are the principle reasons why only one percent of New Hampshire’s 8,000 full-time firefighters are women. Director Deb Pendergast said that the agility test is given once a …

N.H. Medicaid Enrollment Surging

Monday, July 20, 2015

Concord — New Hampshire got off to a late start compared to many other states that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, but it quickly made up for lost time in terms of enrollment. Thirty states and the District of Columbia expanded Medicaid eligibility to include all …

NAACP Has First Chapter In Vermont

Monday, July 20, 2015

Burlington — Vermont, one of the whitest states in the country, has its first official branch of the NAACP after more than 100 years. “It’s time,” said Champlain Area NAACP President Mary Brown-Guillory. Racially charged incidents both locally and nationally prompted organizers to start the branch, Brown-Guillory said. …

Ex-Transit Chief to Help Push Train to Montreal

Monday, July 20, 2015

Montpelier (ap) — A former Vermont transportation secretary is coming out of retirement to help plan resumption of passenger train service between the northeastern United States and Montreal. Brian Searles, who retired as transportation secretary in December, is returning to state service part-time to deal with the U.S. …