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Vermont Systems Monitoring Champlain Water for Algae

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Montpelier — The 22 water systems in Vermont that draw from Lake Champlain are participating in a program to regularly monitor for a potentially toxic blue-green algae that shut down service to 400,000 customers in Ohio last summer. While scientists say this summer is shaping up to be a bad year for blue-green algae on Lake Champlain, there have been a few reports of small amounts of the toxin detected …

Motorcycle Week Rally Posts 1st Loss Since ’07

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Laconia, N.H. (ap) — Laconia’s Motorcycle Week ended with the rally losing money for the first time since 2007. City Manager Scott Myers said staging the event cost almost $150,000 and made just over $146,000. Laconia typically uses a portion of the profits from the rally to purchase new items for the police and fire departments. Myers attributed the losses to an increase …

Carroll County Mulls Bankruptcy

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Ossipee, N.H. (ap) — Carroll County is considering filing for bankruptcy to close a budget shortfall of about $2 million. The county may freeze payments, raise taxes and cut funding to outside agencies. All of the county attorney’s assistant prosecutors have quit in the last two months after the budget passed in March. Commissioner Denny Miller also resigned Friday amid tensions between the …

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 …

N.H. Medicaid Enrollment Surging

Monday, July 20, 2015

Concord — New Hampshire got off to a late start compared to many other states that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, but it quickly made up for lost time in terms of enrollment. Thirty states and the District of Columbia expanded Medicaid eligibility to include all …

NAACP Has First Chapter In Vermont

Monday, July 20, 2015

Burlington — Vermont, one of the whitest states in the country, has its first official branch of the NAACP after more than 100 years. “It’s time,” said Champlain Area NAACP President Mary Brown-Guillory. Racially charged incidents both locally and nationally prompted organizers to start the branch, Brown-Guillory said. …

Ex-Transit Chief to Help Push Train to Montreal

Monday, July 20, 2015

Montpelier (ap) — A former Vermont transportation secretary is coming out of retirement to help plan resumption of passenger train service between the northeastern United States and Montreal. Brian Searles, who retired as transportation secretary in December, is returning to state service part-time to deal with the U.S. …

Mass. Prosecutor Pushes For 2nd Tsarnaev Trial

Monday, July 20, 2015

Boston — After a federal jury gave Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev the death penalty for his crimes, survivors of the 2013 attack expressed relief that at least the four-month trial was over. “We can breathe again,” said one survivor. But a state prosecutor’s insistence that Tsarnaev should …

Monday, July 20, 2015

Montpelier, Railroad Agree On Removing Weeds Montpelier — A populated stretch of railroad in Montpelier is not going to receive herbicide after officials outlawed the spray because of nearby residents’ concerns over its effect on people. Instead the city will use cutting machinery to remove weeds from a …