State / Region

FairPoint Blames Huge Losses on Strike, Bad Weather

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Portland, Maine — FairPoint Communications said a four-month strike and a succession of winter storms pushed it deeper into the red in the fourth quarter of 2014. The company reports a net loss of $43.6 million for the quarter. It made $6.1 million in the same quarter in 2013. The North Carolina-based company operates the largest landline telephone network in northern New England. For the year, FairPoint lost more than …

Poll: Most Agree With Setting Aside Single-Payer

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Montpelier — A new poll shows support for Gov. Peter Shumlin’s decision not to pursue a single-payer health care system in Vermont this legislative session. Two months after the governor announced that the state’s economy was not strong enough to support the idea, a VTDigger/Castleton Polling Institute survey shows that nearly two-thirds of respondents agree. Sixty-four percent of poll respondents said they supported …

Fewer Vermont School Budgets Rejected

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Montpelier — Voters across Vermont weren’t as hard on local school budgets this year as they were in 2014, an indication that local school officials were listening to voters who were unhappy with increasing costs last year, two officials said Wednesday. During 2015 town meetings across the state, 20 school budgets were rejected and 226 were approved. On Wednesday, 20 had yet to …

More Cold Temps Coming as Another Storm Hits East Coast

Sunday, February 22, 2015

The latest in a seemingly unending parade of snowstorms moved over the East Coast on Saturday, dropping a wintry mix as far south as northern Georgia and potentially causing more headaches for snow-weary New England. The National Weather Service said the storm was expected to bring 6 inches …

Vt. Highway Spending Boosted by Disaster Funding

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Montpelier — Despite a decrease in real dollars that Vermont has received from the federal Highway Trust Fund over the past five years the state has increased spending on highway projects — reducing its backlog of structurally deficient bridges and catching up on much-needed paving projects. Federal statistics …

Unions, FairPoint Have Deal

Friday, February 20, 2015

Portland, Maine — Northern New England’s primary landline provider, FairPoint Communications, and two unions representing more than 1,700 workers have reached a tentative agreement to end a four-month strike, officials announced Thursday. A joint statement from the company and unions didn’t provide any details of the proposal that …

Lawyers Ask U.S. Appeals Court To Move Marathon Bombing Trial

Friday, February 20, 2015

Boston — In a federal appeals court Thursday, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s defense team argued that what the federal district court has been doing for 51/2 weeks — interviewing prospective jurors — is essentially meaningless. The saturation of media coverage …

MBTA Hopes to Resume Some Service

Friday, February 20, 2015

Boston (ap) — MBTA officials said Thursday they expect to resume Red Line service to North Quincy, Mass., on the snow-clogged Braintree, Mass., branch, a key victory toward resuming full service after a series of pounding storms buried the region. Officials said the service should begin this morning, …

Vermont Sergeant-At-Arms Ousted Over Inauguration

Friday, February 20, 2015

Montpelier — Vermont lawmakers ousted the Statehouse’s sergeant-at-arms on Thursday after he came under fire for the handling of a protest that disrupted the governor’s inauguration in January. Statehouse Deputy Operations Director Janet Miller defeated four-term incumbent Francis Brooks, who had served in the House, including a stint …

Rent-to-Own Scrutinized

Friday, February 20, 2015

Montpelier — A Vermont Legal Aid lawyer calls the rent-to-own industry upside-down capitalism: charging the poorest the highest prices. Christopher Curtis joined Gov. Peter Shumlin, Attorney General William Sorrell and others Thursday to call for legislation tightening regulation of the industry. Ashlyn Murano, a 20-year-old single mother from …

VTC Hosts Climate Talk In Randolph

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Randolph — Hundreds of Vermont policy makers, municipal planners, renewable energy installers, nonprofit managers, students and other interested members of the public flocked to the Vermont Technical College campus in Randolph on Wednesday to consider the state’s response to climate change, particularly increasing solar power generation and the …

Firms: Ratepayers Can Fund Pipeline

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Concord — Three of the biggest energy companies operating in New England are teaming up to propose a plan that they say would lower regional electricity costs by charging ratepayers to help expand natural gas pipelines. Eversource Energy, formerly Northeast Utilities, Spectra Energy and National Grid are planning …

Walker Ramps Up Staff For a N.H. Campaign

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Madison, Wis. — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has expanded his political team to New Hampshire, hiring a senior adviser to lead his efforts in the early primary state as he moves closer to a likely 2016 presidential run. Walker’s political fundraising committee confirmed Wednesday that Andy Leach, who …