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Legislators Question Rate of Intervention by Vt. DCF

Monday, September 22, 2014

Montpelier — A special legislative panel is expected to hear more this week about the rules governing Vermont’s child welfare agency as it probes child protection issues following the deaths of two toddlers who had been in the state’s care. Some lawmakers have questioned the high percentage of abuse and neglect calls that are not accepted for some sort of intervention by the Department of Children and Families. Last year …

Proliferation of Service Dogs Leads to Conflict

Sunday, September 21, 2014

White River Junction — Elroy Litchfield, a Vietnam War veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder, recently acquired something that he believes will prove a tremendous help in coping with his condition: a five-month-old dog named Mischief who’s being trained to recognize Litchfield’s early signs of an anxious episode — “getting ready to blow up,” …

More Choice, Help Coming to N.H.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Concord — New Hampshire residents signing up for insurance under the federal health care overhaul law will have both more choices and more places to turn for help in November. For the last year, the only company selling health plans through the new marketplace was Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, which was criticized for excluding 10 of the state’s 26 acute-care hospitals. …

In Vermont, Police Firing More Shots

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Montpelier — Vermont police have fired their weapons at suspects in five instances this year, the most in one year and double the average since the Attorney General’s Office began investigating all officer-involved shootings 17 years ago. The most recent was Thursday when a state trooper shot and …

Sen. George Aiken’s Wife, Lola, Has Died

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Montpelier — The wife of the late Vermont Sen. George Aiken has died. Lola Aiken was 102. Lola Aiken filled an unusual role as a senate spouse. For many years, she ran her husband’s Washington office, and she …

Vermont Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing to Close

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Brattleboro, Vt. — The Vermont Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing plans to close by the end of September. The center’s trustees made the decision at an emergency meeting late last week, citing ongoing financial problems as the cause. The center provides a wide range of …

New Fight Erupts Over Natural Gas Plan

Monday, September 8, 2014

Hartford, Conn. — A new fight has emerged over efforts to shift New England from oil and coal to lower cost natural gas. Plans by New England’s governors and energy officials to expand natural gas in the six states have drawn fights in the past year among energy …

Market Basket Chain Begins Slow Recovery

Monday, September 8, 2014

Raynham, Mass. — Alice Farrington has her pick of four supermarkets, all a quick drive from her home. But this week, instead of going to one of those stores, she drove about 10 miles to shop at a place she’s heard a lot about lately: Market Basket, the …

French Launch Replica of Lafayette’s Ship

Monday, September 8, 2014

Paris — A reconstruction of the 213-foot frigate used by France’s Marquis de Lafayette to bring reinforcements to American revolutionaries in 1780 has tested the waters for the first time. The test run at high tide Sunday was …

N.H. Starts Weekly Foliage Reports

Monday, September 8, 2014

Jefferson, n.h. — The leaves are starting to change color in New Hampshire, and state tourism officials are spreading the word. The state tourism website,, features weekly foliage reports from every region of the state, along with an interactive “foliage tracker” map. There’s also a mobile phone …

Advocate for Victims Must Strike Balance

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Dover, N.H. — Brigit Feeney walked a delicate line during the trial of a man accused of killing and raping University of New Hampshire sophomore Elizabeth “Lizzi” Marriott. For nearly two years before the trial, she consoled Marriott’s …

Federal Regulators Approve Plan For Brattleboro Retreat Corrections

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Brattleboro, Vt. — Federal regulators have approved a plan by Vermont’s Brattleboro Retreat to fix problems found in a recent failed inspection at the psychiatric hospital. The hospital was warned that it could face another potential loss in federal funding if it did not submit a plan for …

KUA Grad Remembered At Service

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Pinecrest, Fla. — Letters slain journalist Steven Sotloff wrote to his family before he was beheaded by Islamic State militants were read at his memorial service Friday, with him telling them to be happy and stay positive and …