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U.N. Ambassador, Swimmer Among Vermont Speakers

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Montpelier — A long-distance swimmer, an oceanographer and the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations are among this spring’s commencement speakers at Vermont colleges and universities. Endurance athlete Diana Nyad, who last year at age 64 swam 110 miles from Cuba to Florida, will speak at Middlebury College’s graduation May 25. “Diana Nyad is a bold and fearless athlete whose determination is truly inspiring,” Middlebury College President Ron Liebowitz said. …

Ex-Vt. Employee Faces Embezzlement Charges

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Montpelier — A former state employee was charged Friday with embezzling more than $50,000 by using what Gov. Peter Shumlin called a “fairly sophisticated” scheme that involved setting up false claims against the state and then using the money that was to pay those claims for her own purposes. The state charges that Lisa Peduzzi, of Plainfield, Vt., used the money to buy …

N.H., Vt. Colleges See More Students Transfer Away

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Concord — As college students prepare to leave New Hampshire and Vermont for summer break, a recent national study raises questions about how many will return in the fall. While both states rank very high in terms of the percentage of students who graduate within six years of starting at four-year public campuses, they also rank high in terms of students who finish …

N.H. Weighs Homegrown Medical Pot

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Concord — Gov. Maggie Hassan wasn’t at the Senate Health and Human Services committee meeting Tuesday, but she was on everyone’s mind. The committee heard passionate testimony from people in favor of amending the state’s new medical marijuana law to allow certified patients to grow two plants, at …

N.H. Judge Weighs County Attorney’s Fate

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Concord — The New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office told a judge Monday that allowing Rockingham County Attorney Jim Reams to return to work would lead to chaos as it attempts to have him permanently removed from office. Attorney …

Suspect Pleads Not Guilty in Vt. Shootings

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Rutland, Vt. — A Vermont man charged with shooting and wounding two state police troopers and a disabled neighbor in his bed refused to appear in court Monday to answer four attempted murder charges, but his attorney entered …

Vt.’s Sanders to Test Waters in N.H.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Sen. Bernie Sanders is set to travel to New Hampshire this weekend, following a path used by many presidential candidates over the past 25 years. Sanders, a Vermont Independent, plans to make multiple trips to the state that holds the nation’s first presidential primary. On Saturday, he will …

Local & Regional Briefs for Tuesday, April 8

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Windsor Man Sentenced For Child Porn Possession Windsor — A 26-year-old Windsor man was sentenced last week to 20 months in prison for possession of child pornography, according to a news release from the United States Department of Justice. During the sentencing on April 1 in U.S. District …

Vt. School for Deaf Faces Financial Challenges

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Brattleboro, Vt. — A Vermont school for the deaf is facing declining enrollment and staff pay cuts. The Austine School for the Deaf in Brattleboro has seen its on-campus enrollment shrink from about 140 in the early 1980s to about 20 now. Staff took a 6 percent pay …

Gun Rights Up Front in N.H. Primary

Monday, April 7, 2014

Concord — When Scott Brown breezed through the lobby of the Courtyard Marriott on his way to an event in the Grappone Conference Center in Concord several weeks ago, one hotel employee didn’t hesitate to walk right up to the potential U.S. Senate candidate and ask a question …

N.H. Senate Bill Targets ‘Patent Trolls’

Monday, April 7, 2014

Concord — Lawmakers are considering making it harder for companies with false patent claims — known as patent trolls — to demand that businesses pay licensing fees or be sued. Sen. Sharon Carson, R-Londonderry, is sponsoring legislation she hopes will identify false claims so businesses don’t feel their …

Local & Regional Briefs for Monday, April 7

Monday, April 7, 2014

N.H. House Panel Holding Hearing on New Casino Plan Concord — The House’s tax writing committee is holding a hearing Thursday on a new Senate plan to legalize casino gambling in New Hampshire. It would legalize two casinos sharing a total of 5,000 video slot machines and 240 …

Time Running Out For Changes This Year to Vt. School Funding

Monday, April 7, 2014

Montpelier — Prospects appear to be dimming for big changes this year in how Vermont governs and pays for its public schools. About three dozen local school districts have voted down their school budgets in the past five weeks, the largest number since 2003. That was the year …