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Tiffany Van Alstyne is led from Knox town court after her arraignment on Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, in Knox, N.Y. The 19-year old has been accused of killing a 5-year-old cousin in her care and then calling in a false report that two masked intruders took the boy from their Albany-area home. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

Cops: Teen Killed Boy, Made False Report

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Berne, n.y. (ap) — A 19-year-old woman strangled a 5-year-old cousin who had been in her parents’ care, then discarded his body along a road before calling in a false report that two masked intruders took the boy from their Albany-area home, authorities said Friday. Tiffany Van Alstyne’s bogus 911 call on Thursday afternoon set off a search for Kenneth …

Report: Need Change in Vt. Child Safety

Friday, December 19, 2014

Williston, Vt. — A private assessment of how Vermont handles child protection cases released Thursday said workers need to be better trained and able to be more focused on their priorities by reducing workloads. The report by Casey Family Programs comes after the death of two toddlers who were known to the state’s Department for Children and Families. Former DCF Commissioner Dave Yacovone …

Fourteen From Pharmacy Charged In Deadly 2012 Meningitis Outbreak

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Boston — Mold and bacteria were in the air and on workers’ gloved fingertips. Pharmacists used expired ingredients, didn’t properly sterilize them and failed to test drugs for purity before sending them to hospitals and pain clinics. Employees falsified logs to make it look as if the so-called clean rooms had been disinfected. …

Vt. Residents Cope With Power Outages

Friday, December 12, 2014

South Strafford — Vermont officials are warning that tens of thousands of households that have lost power in recent days could see outages continue into the weekend as workers struggle to keep up with the ongoing problems caused …

Judge Rules Against Lawmaker on Single-Payer Documents

Friday, December 12, 2014

Montpelier — A Superior Court judge ruled against a state representative this week, affirming that records she requested relating to the governor’s single-payer financing plan are privileged, not public. Rep. Cynthia Browning, D-Arlington, made an open records request for “reports or memos or other work products related to …

Jasper Picks Committee Heads

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Concord — House Speaker Shawn Jasper named committee chairmen and vice chairmen yesterday, putting some of the finishing touches on his leadership team that he says represents Republicans from across the caucus. “I was looking for experience,” the Hudson representative said. Weare Rep. Neal Kurk will lead the …

Vermont Wins Early Education Grant

Friday, December 12, 2014

Burlington — A $33 million federal grant to be awarded to Vermont over four years will be used to expand access to quality early education for Vermont children in need to ensure that every child gets a strong start, Gov. Peter Shumlin said Thursday. Vermont was one of …

Upper Valley Lawmaker On the Rise

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Bradford, Vt. — An Upper Valley lawmaker is expected to become the next majority leader in the Vermont House when Democratic legislators hold their organizational meeting on Saturday. After being a member of the caucus’ leadership, state Rep. …

Official: Limited Supply Means Higher Energy Bills

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Manchester, n.h. — Energy leaders reiterated Wednesday the need for additional power sources in New England, a fact made more acute by potentially record-high electricity prices coming this winter. Representatives from ISO New England, the Public Utilities Commission and the state’s major utilities gathered at an event hosted …

N.H. Court Upholds Pension Reform Law

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Concord — The New Hampshire State Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld a 3-year-old pension reform law for public employees that shifted more costs onto workers. The law, which dealt with setting employer contribution rates, was challenged by state employees who argued the Legislature should not interfere with the …

Harvard Professor Apologizes For $4 Chinese Order Rant

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Boston — A Harvard Business School instructor who blasted a Boston-area Chinese restaurant for overcharging him by $4 on a takeout order apologized Wednesday for a lengthy and widely publicized email exchange with restaurant management. Associate professor Benjamin Edelman had threatened legal action and demanded the Sichuan Garden …

N.H. Health Network Rules Delayed

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Concord — Revisions to New Hampshire’s rules for health care provider networks are going to take longer than state officials initially expected. They thought updates could be in place for 2016, but health policy analyst Tyler Brannen said at a meeting Tuesday that 2017 is now the target …

Local & Regional Briefs for Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Drug That Treats Overdoses Discussed for Vt. Schools Montpelier — Health and school officials in Vermont are discussing whether school nurses should be allowed to have a drug to administer to students that reverses the effects of an opiate overdose. The Vermont Medical Society’s School Nurse Advisory Committee …