State / Region

Prison Populations Dropping in Vt.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Montpelier — The Department of Corrections passed a milestone this week as Vermont’s prison population dropped to its lowest point since 2002. According to a population count as of Wednesday, the number of Vermonters in correctional facilities dropped to 1,892 — about 350 fewer inmates than there were at the peak in 2010, with 2,248 incarcerated. “There’s no one thing that’s added up to this, it’s a lot of things,” …

Vermont’s Food Stamp Errors Down

Friday, May 22, 2015

Montpelier — After error rates plagued Vermont’s food stamp program for years, the state is now back in line with federal requirements, and trends point to continued improvements, the Department for Children and Families announced Wednesday. Vermont’s federally funded food assistance program 3SquaresVT ranked as the most improved program in the nation last year, according to the department. The news follows three years …

Vt. Looks to Conn. for Health Exchange Advice

Friday, May 22, 2015

Montpelier — The future of the state’s health insurance exchange depends on the Shumlin administration’s ability to meet a looming deadline. Still unanswered, though, is the question of how to proceed if the milestone goes unmet. Lt. Gov. Phil Scott and other top lawmakers think the solution might be in Connecticut. Vermont Health Connect has disappointed from the get-go. If the Shumlin administration …

Four Decades Later, Sanders Still a Socialist

Monday, May 11, 2015

Montpelier — Once a democratic socialist, always a democratic socialist. Once a scold of big money in politics, still a scold. No one can accuse Bernie Sanders of flip-flopping over his four decades in public life. Rock steady, …

Young Leave Vt. For Different Reasons

Monday, May 11, 2015

Montpelier — As Vermont struggles to keep people in the state or draw them here, researchers at the University of Vermont say a recent survey found some familiar culprits for the migration — jobs and higher wages — but none of those reasons alone are enough to explain …

State Seeks Photos for Historic Preservation Plan

Monday, May 11, 2015

Concord (ap) — New Hampshire’s Division of Historical Resources is offering residents a new way to help create the next statewide preservation plan. The division publishes a plan every five years to celebrate success stories and provide a vision for preserving the state’s historic places. For the 2016-2020 …

Local & Regional Briefs for Monday, May 11, 2015

Monday, May 11, 2015

Police Identify Man Killed In Braintree Train Accident Braintree, Vt. — Vermont State Police have identified the man struck and killed by an Amtrak train on Saturday morning as Kevin Kenyon, 25, of Braintree. State police said Kenyon was walking with his back to the train and that …

Soldier’s Lost Gift to Mom Recovered

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Millville, Mass. — This is the story of a loving tribute from a soldier preparing for war to his mother on the other side of the continent, who didn’t know if she would ever see her boy again. …

Train Hits, Kills Man Walking on Tracks in Braintree, Vt.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Braintree, Vt. — A man walking along train tracks was struck and killed by an Amtrak train on Saturday morning, Vermont State Police said in a news release. The man was alone and appeared to have been walking with his back to the train, which was headed south, …

Shumlin: Proposed Funding Mechanism for Water Bill a ‘Mistake’

Saturday, May 9, 2015

White River Junction — Gov. Peter Shumlin on Friday said a Senate Finance Committee proposal to charge landowners $1 per acre in order to fund a clean water bill is a “big mistake,” calling it a property tax. The charge on all properties greater than 15 acres — …

Vt. Senator Pleads Not Guilty to Sex Charges

Saturday, May 9, 2015

St. Albans, Vt. — A Vermont state senator pleaded not guilty Friday to charges that he tried to extract sexual favors in exchange for rent, used sex as a punishment and told a woman they could both earn …

Dartmouth Denies Frat’s Appeal

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Hanover — Dartmouth College has rejected an appeal by a fraternity accused of branding new members, ending efforts by the Greek organization that partly inspired the 1976 movie “Animal House” to remain recognized on campus. Alpha Delta Fraternity appealed last month after a campus judiciary committee at the …

Senate OKs Education Reform Bill

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Montpelier — The Vermont Senate on Friday gave final approval to a major education governance reform bill that encourages school districts to form larger, more cost-effective systems. The bill, H.361, passed on a unanimous voice vote and now moves to a committee of conference, to reconcile the differences …