State / Region

Vt. House OKs Ban on Microbeads

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Montpelier — The state House voted Tuesday to ban the sale and manufacture of microbeads in personal care products and over-the-counter drugs. In one of the first acts of the legislative session, the House gave preliminary approval on a voice vote to H.4, a bill intended to outlaw barely visible plastic scrubbing components found in personal care products such as soap and facial exfoliants due to environmental and potential health …

Vermont to Look at Aid-in-Dying Law

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Montpelier — The first Legislature in the country to pass an aid-in-dying law may revisit the issue, as a key backer says changes to automatically take effect in mid-2016 would remove too many patient protections. “We’ve got to figure out how to keep it safe,” Sen. Claire Ayer, the chairwoman of the Senate Health and Welfare Committee, said of the law passed in …

In Some States, Storm Hype Well Warranted

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Boston — Its winds howling at more than 70 mph, the Blizzard of 2015 slammed Boston and surrounding parts of New England on Tuesday with none of the mercy it unexpectedly showed New York City, piling up more than 2 feet of snow. The storm punched out a 40-to-50-foot section of a seawall in Marshfield, Mass., badly damaging a vacant home. In Newport, …

Shumlin Seeks Payroll Tax For Medicaid

Friday, January 16, 2015

Montpelier — Single-payer might be off the table, but health care still topped the agenda at Gov. Peter Shumlin’s third-term budget address. The governor is proposing a 0.7 percent payroll tax, generating $82.8 million, to bring Medicaid payments to doctors and hospitals up to the level of Medicare, …

Boston’s Interstate 93 Blocked By Chained Demonstrators

Friday, January 16, 2015

Boston — Activists protesting what they call “police and state violence against black people” chained themselves to concrete-filled barrels and blocked a busy Boston-area highway at the height of the Thursday morning commute. State police shut down northbound Interstate 93 south of the city, and I-93 south, in …

N.H. Board Urges State: Focus on Utility Issue

Friday, January 16, 2015

Concord (ap) — The state’s Public Utilities Commission said Thursday it will pause its review of a reimbursement issue regarding New Hampshire’s largest utility while lawmakers try to forge a solution. But the regulatory body said it would not delay study on the effects that continued Public Service …

Shumlin Reverses Course On Records Disclosure

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Montpelier — Gov. Peter Shumlin has reversed course and is withholding from the public some of the documents that helped shape his decision to shelve his push for a single-payer health care plan. When he announced last month that he was dropping the main goal of his administration, …

Bill Expands On Reporting Of Abuse

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Montpelier — Any caregiver who knows a child is in danger of abuse but doesn’t report it could face a felony charge carrying a 10-year penalty under pending state legislation. House and Senate judiciary and human services committees were given details of the bill by legislative staff on …

Paul: Some Game System for Undeserved Disability Cash

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Manchester, n.h. — Republican Sen. Rand Paul said Wednesday that some people “game the system” to receive disability payments they don’t deserve and later criticized the federal government for not doing an adequate job policing a system he …

Stark Contrast Between Vt. Schools

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Montpelier — Rebecca Holcombe, the secretary of the Agency of Education, presented two scenarios to lawmakers on Friday. School A has 300 students and a long list of science classes and several science teachers, including a few Advanced Placement classes, while School B has 80 students with one …

N.H. Filmmakers Plan Market Basket Documentary

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Using footage from weeks on the front lines of rallies and protests, two New Hampshire filmmakers are producing a documentary on the fight for control of Market Basket. Jay Childs of JBC Films and Melissa Paly of Current …

Snowmobilers Saved From Lake

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Laconia, n.h. — In a daring night rescue operation, firefighters from Laconia plunged into the freezing water of Winnisquam Lake on Sunday night to save the lives of two victims who had broken through the ice. Laconia Fire Chief Ken Erickson said rescue crews from Laconia, Gilford, N.H., …

N.H. Court to Review Death Sentence In Cop Killing

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Concord — The New Hampshire Supreme Court is poised to hear arguments for the first time on whether the death sentence given a man convicted of killing a police officer was fair compared to similar cases nationwide. The …