State / Region

Vt. Overhauls Sex Offender Program

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Windsor — Vermont’s corrections department is overhauling the way it houses and treats sexual offenders. Most recently located at facilities in Windsor and Springfield, Vt., now most of the program is moving to the Northwest Correctional Center in St. Albans and there’s a big turnover in service providers. Vermont has long been recognized as a leader in sexual offender treatment, with recidivism rates hovering around 5 percent. Now that the …

Search Continues For Missing Man

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Claremont — A Claremont man who police believe went in the Connecticut River after crashing his car on a bridge in April is still missing, but the Fish and Game Department has not completely abandoned the search. Lt. James Kneeland of the New Hampton, N.H., Office of Fish and Game said Monday the department is making plans to search some islands in the …

N.H. Urged To Invest in Drug Courts

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Laconia, n.h. — When defendants struggling with drug addiction enter Judge James Carroll’s court, he wants to get them into recovery. The underlying crime that brought them to Laconia’s district court in the first place was likely fueled by addiction. Get them into recovery and it can put an end to the crime, officials say. On Monday, state officials, judges and law enforcement …

New Canadian Power Line Wins Support in Vermont

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Montpelier — A plan to run a 1,000-megawatt power line down Lake Champlain and across Vermont to bring Canadian power to southern New England is getting key support in the Green Mountain State. Vermont officials and TDI New England CEO Donald Jessome said Tuesday the company had reached …

Vermont’s EB-5 Director Departs

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Montpelier — The director of the EB-5 Vermont Regional Center has resigned to take a job overseeing an EB-5 program at Mount Snow, raising concerns from Gov. Peter Shumlin about the relationship between the now-former state employee and the business operations he was supposed to oversee. Brent Raymond …

Rocker Neil Young Offers Support to Vermont Food Label Law

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Montpeliert. — Rocker Neil Young is lending his support to the state’s efforts to label foods containing genetically modified ingredients. Young, who performed in concert Sunday at the Champlain Valley Exposition in Essex Junction, appeared earlier with Democratic …

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 …