State / Region

Vt. AG Criticized Over Finances

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Montpelier — Attorney General William Sorrell on Monday rejected a request by a Republican Party official that Sorrell appoint an independent counsel to investigate his political practices and whether he violated campaign finance laws. The attorney general, whose office oversees enforcement of campaign finance laws, defended his campaign practices and said in an interview with The Associated Press that he was “not about to waste a lot of taxpayer money responding to his call for an independent counsel.” Brady Toensing, vice chairman of the state Republican Party, accused the Democrat in a letter dated April 19 of “long-term and chronic flouting” of the laws. Toensing …

119th Boston Marathon

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Boston — Lelisa Desisa won his first Boston Marathon in 2013. He didn’t have much time to celebrate. A few hours after Desisa broke the tape on Boylston Street on Patriots’ Day, two bombs near the finish line turned what should be the pinnacle of any distance runner’s career into an afterthought. Desisa …

Vt. College Partners With Feds Online

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Montpelier — The federal government is working with Vermont’s Champlain College to provide online educational and training opportunities to millions of federal civilian employees and their dependents at up to 70 percent off the regular cost, officials said Monday. The partnership between the federal Office of Personnel Management and the Burlington-based Champlain is the second such agreement between the U.S. government and a …

Britton Lumber Hopes to Rebuild Sawmill

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Fairlee — Almost two weeks after a four-alarm fire leveled the sawmill at Britton Lumber Co., officials there announced their intentions to rebuild the sawmill and continue the company’s other operations as usual. “That’s what’s taken two weeks …

House Ups Military Suicide Awareness

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Montpelier — Valerie Pallotta says it took some time after her son Joshua returned from his 2010 deployment to Afghanistan with the Vermont National Guard for the signs of trouble to appear. As the months and years unfolded, she said, the combat deaths of two members of his …

Vt. Receives New Latin Motto

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Burlington — Vermont has a new Latin motto, thanks to a ninth-grader from the Northeast Kingdom sharing her love of the ancient language with the entire Green Mountain State. Stella quarta decima fulgeat, or “May the 14th star shine bright,” officially became the state’s Latin motto Friday when …

Complications Abound for N.H. Medicaid

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Concord — Even if lawmakers reauthorize New Hampshire’s expanded Medicaid program, implementing the next phase will be hugely complicated, state officials said Friday. Since July, more than 38,000 adults making up to 138 percent of the federal poverty limit — about $15,900 a year — have signed up …

Boston Air Travelers Left Behind $13,000 in spare change at Logan

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Boston — Transportation Security Administration workers collected more than $13,000 in spare change left behind by travelers at Boston’s Logan International Airport last year. The Boston Globe reported that the TSA said in a report this week that the change is often abandoned in those plastic buckets used …

Boston Authorities Release Surveillance Video of Police Officer’s Shooting

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Boston — A Boston police officer suddenly drops to the ground after getting shot in the face while the man who shot him can be seen sprinting from the scene in a surveillance video released Friday by prosecutors. The video, released by Suffolk District Attorney Daniel Conley, shows …

N.H.’s Top Federal Prosecutor to Resign, Heading to DH

Friday, April 10, 2015

Concord — U.S. Attorney John Kacavas has announced he is resigning after nearly six years as New Hampshire’s top federal prosecutor. He is leaving to become chief legal officer and general counsel for Dartmouth-Hitchcock health systems. Kacavas announced his resignation, effective April 17, on Thursday. Dartmouth-Hitchcock officials say …

Smart Murder Accomplice Gets Parole

Friday, April 10, 2015

Concord — A second New Hampshire man who helped kill Pamela Smart’s husband 25 years ago in a lurid case that inspired sensational media coverage was granted parole Thursday after being warned to stay away from the victim’s …

Vt. Explores Options For Health Exchange

Friday, April 10, 2015

Montpelier — Lt. Gov. Phil Scott led a mini fact-finding mission to Rhode Island on Monday to learn more about components of the Connecticut health care exchange that could help Vermont save money. The cost of fixing the dysfunctional Vermont Health Connect website will be roughly $200 million, …

Teacher Strike Bill Killed in House

Friday, April 10, 2015

A controversial bill that set out to ban teacher strikes and contract impositions but was reduced to the formation of a study committee was killed outright Thursday. The bill was rejected by a House vote of 104-43 on Thursday. In its final form, the bill simply called on …