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FILE - In this Oct. 4, 2012 file photo, a car sits in front of the New England Compounding in Framingham, Mass. Two co-founders and 12 other former employees of the company were arrested at their homes Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. Tainted steroids manufactured by the pharmacy were blamed  for a fungal meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people across the country.  (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia, File)

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. Federal prosecutors leveled those allegations in bringing …

Shumlin Ends Single-Payer Push

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Montpelier — Calling it the biggest disappointment of his career, Gov. Peter Shumlin said Wednesday he was abandoning plans to make Vermont the first state in the country with a universal, publicly funded health care system. Going forward with a project four years in the making would require tax increases too big for …

Man Gets Life in Death Of Teacher

Thursday, December 18, 2014

St. Johnsbury, Vt. — A man accused with his wife of kidnapping and killing a teacher was sentenced on Wednesday to life in prison, with the judge saying they hunted their victim like prey. Judge Robert Bent said a mitigating factor in Allen Prue’s case was a lack of a criminal history before …

N.H. DOT: Roads Fund Needs Filling

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Concord — Lawmakers must fix a deficit in the state’s highway fund to keep roads and bridges safe for drivers, outgoing Department of Transportation commissioner said. The highway fund, used in part for maintenance and operations of the state’s roads, is facing a projected $50 million deficit by …

Milne Will Ask Lawmakers for Votes

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Montpelier — Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Milne may not have gotten as many votes as incumbent Democrat Peter Shumlin, Milne still is hoping he’ll be Vermont’s next governor. Milne’s campaign for governor has been unconventional from the outset. …

Firm Files for Power Line Under Lake

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Montpelier — A company that wants to bring Canadian power to New England through a new line under Lake Champlain formally asked the Vermont Public Service Board on Monday for approval. TDI New England filed documents at the board promising several benefits to Vermont in exchange for the …

Local & Regional Briefs for Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Vermont Revenues Continue To Lag Projections Montpelier — Vermont state revenues once again performed short of expectations in November, though the calendar may have had some influence on the numbers. Administration Secretary Jeb Spaulding says the long Thanksgiving …

Aging Private Forest Owners a Concern

Monday, December 8, 2014

Montpelier — The age of forest landowners across the country is increasing and the size of parcels they own is shrinking — and that has state, federal and private experts fearing for the long-term health of millions of …

Start the New Year on a Healthy Note: Take a Hike

Monday, December 8, 2014

Concord — New Hampshire outdoor enthusiasts suggest resolving to start the new year off with a guided hike in one of three state parks. The New Hampshire Division of Parks and Recreation and the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, along with several retail sponsors, are …

N.H. Medicaid Nears Target Enrollment

Monday, December 8, 2014

Concord — New Hampshire is close to meeting its first-year enrollment target for the state’s newly expanded Medicaid program less than six months after sign-ups began. The state’s previous Medicaid program covered low-income children, parents with non-disabled children under 18, pregnant women, older residents and people with disabilities. …

Moose Hunt Losing Its Appeal in Vt., N.H.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Gray, Maine — New England’s autumn moose hunting tradition is attracting fewer prospective hunters as the animals’ populations decline and sportsmen lose patience with the long odds of getting a coveted permit. Moose hunting in Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire remains popular, as tens of thousands of people …

Local & Regional Briefs for Monday, Dec. 8, 2014

Monday, December 8, 2014

New Hampshire Seeking Volunteer Fishing Instructors Concord — The New Hampshire Department of Fish and Game’s Let’s Go Fishing program is seeking volunteer instructors to teach ice fishing, fly fishing or basic fishing to youth and adults. Those interested are required to take free training sessions to become …

Sacrifice Scribed in Vt. Stone

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Barre, Vt. — A burly immigrant from war-torn Bosnia is the master craftsman mainly responsible for restoring a hallowed wall in the shrine room of the nation’s most unique war monument — the USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl …