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Vermont Gas Ordered to Halt Digging Due to Toxin Concerns

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Montpelier — The Vermont Public Service Board ordered Vermont Gas Systems to stop digging for its pipeline near power lines owned by the Vermont Electric Cooperative, citing environmental and health concerns. Vermont Gas approached the Public Service Board after the state Agency of Natural Resources alerted the company to the possibility that soil contaminated with Pentachlorophenol (PCP) could be disturbed by pipeline construction. Pentachlorophenol is a wood preservative and pesticide …

Small Vt. Farms Under Scrutiny

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Montpelier — The state is working to reduce phosphorus pollution in the Lake Champlain watershed. A lot of the focus has been on farms, and now the state is turning attention to smaller scale agriculture, and that means owners of much smaller parcels of land will also have to react to the regulations already on the books. John Roberts has been driving the …

Man Charged in N.H. Disappearance

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Concord — A New Hampshire man was arrested Monday and charged with kidnapping 15-year-old Abigail “Abby” Hernandez more than nine months ago sometime after she left Kennett High School in Conway. Nathaniel Kibby, 34, was arrested without incident at his Gorham home, about 30 miles north of where the girl lives, and was …

Gov. Shumlin Leads Pack in Fundraising

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Montpelier — Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Milne has raised just over $20,000 in his quest to unseat Democrat Peter Shumlin, according to campaign finance documents filed Tuesday. Milne, a businessman from Pomfret, announced on the last day to file as a candidate — June 12 — that he …

Errors Riddle Sex Offender Records in Vt.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Montpelier — A new review of Vermont’s sex offender registry found critical errors in nearly 11 percent of offender records, calling into question the reliability of the registry, state Auditor Doug Hoffer said Wednesday. The audit found critical errors in 253 of the 2,340 records in the registry. …

Founding Father’s Historic N.H. Home for Sale

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Kingston, n.h. — The home of New Hampshire Declaration of Independence signer Josiah Bartlett is up for sale after being in the family for seven generations. The 18-acre property in Kingston offers a white 4,600-square-foot, four-bedroom farmhouse that …

Auction Date Set for Plainfield Tax-Evading Duo’s Property

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Concord — Federal officials are once again preparing to sell the New Hampshire compound of a tax-evading couple convicted of amassing an arsenal of weapons and holding law enforcement officials at bay for nine months in 2007. The auction of Ed and Elaine Brown’s fortress-like home on 100 …

N.H. Honors Residents with D.C. ID Cards

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Concord — Decades after they were apparently snubbed by New Hampshire law, residents of Washington D.C. can now legally purchase alcohol in the state with just a driver’s license or non-driver identification card. In a memo released Tuesday, the New Hampshire Liquor Commission said that, though the state’s …

N.H. Ranked No. 3 in Painkiller Prescriptions

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Concord — Officials have renewed calls for action against prescription drug abuse after a recent study placed New Hampshire near the top in the country for prescription rates of certain types of opioid painkillers. Nationwide, New Hampshire was 39th in the country for per capita prescriptions of opioid …

Study: Friends Have DNA Traits

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

New York — You may be more similar to your friends than you think: A study suggests that the DNA code tends to be more alike between friends than between strangers. That’s beyond the effect of shared ethnicity, …

Conservation Law Foundation Seeks Access to Documents

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Montpelier — The Conservation Law Foundation is asking for access to more documents about energy plans in New England that the group says are shrouded in secrecy. The July 9 public records request of the Vermont Public Service Department and the governor’s office seeks copies of records related …

Highway Flagger Training Helps Keep Roads Safe

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Bolton, Vt. — Construction zones are as much a part of summer as mosquitoes. We’ve all had to heed the warning signs and stop until the highway flag man — or woman — lets us pass. There are approximately 1,000 flaggers on Vermont highways this summer. They work …

Blue Cross Vt. Appeals Rate Decision

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Montpelier — Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont and one if its subsidiaries are appealing a decision by state regulators to reduce a rate increase request, saying the lower rate could hurt the subsidiary’s solvency. The Green Mountain Care Board went against the advice of the Department of …