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Gov. Peter Shumlin smiles as he is applauded during his inauguration to a second term on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013 in Montpelier, Vt. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

Gov. Shumlin’s Political Clout in Doubt

Monday, April 20, 2015

Montpelier — Some say he’s down. Some say he’s out. Gov. Peter Shumlin says he’s neither. As the Legislature prepared to enter the final weeks of the 2015 session, the Democratic governor this past week offered an upbeat assessment of progress on his agenda. House passage of bills to consolidate school districts, clean up Lake Champlain and other state waters, …

Fake Distress Calls Are Costly, Put Crews at Risk

Monday, April 20, 2015

South Portland, Maine (ap) — Coast Guard officials are warning the public of the consequences of making hoax distress calls in the wake of a Maine man pleading guilty to the offense. Coast Guard officials say they respond to an average of 12 distress calls on a typical summer day in northern New England. They say 76 of the 464 distress calls logged …

Bill Proposes To Streamline Felony Process

Monday, April 20, 2015

Concord — The New Hampshire Judicial Branch wants to streamline how felony cases are handled, saving time and money and overhauling a process that dates back to when judges rode horses to court and grand juries convened only twice a year. The bill has the support of most law enforcement officials, but some prominent defense lawyers say it could hurt defendants by doing …

Boston Authorities Release Surveillance Video of Police Officer’s Shooting

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Boston — A Boston police officer suddenly drops to the ground after getting shot in the face while the man who shot him can be seen sprinting from the scene in a surveillance video released Friday by prosecutors. The video, released by Suffolk District Attorney Daniel Conley, shows …

N.H.’s Top Federal Prosecutor to Resign, Heading to DH

Friday, April 10, 2015

Concord — U.S. Attorney John Kacavas has announced he is resigning after nearly six years as New Hampshire’s top federal prosecutor. He is leaving to become chief legal officer and general counsel for Dartmouth-Hitchcock health systems. Kacavas announced his resignation, effective April 17, on Thursday. Dartmouth-Hitchcock officials say …

Smart Murder Accomplice Gets Parole

Friday, April 10, 2015

Concord — A second New Hampshire man who helped kill Pamela Smart’s husband 25 years ago in a lurid case that inspired sensational media coverage was granted parole Thursday after being warned to stay away from the victim’s …

Vt. Explores Options For Health Exchange

Friday, April 10, 2015

Montpelier — Lt. Gov. Phil Scott led a mini fact-finding mission to Rhode Island on Monday to learn more about components of the Connecticut health care exchange that could help Vermont save money. The cost of fixing the dysfunctional Vermont Health Connect website will be roughly $200 million, …

Teacher Strike Bill Killed in House

Friday, April 10, 2015

A controversial bill that set out to ban teacher strikes and contract impositions but was reduced to the formation of a study committee was killed outright Thursday. The bill was rejected by a House vote of 104-43 on Thursday. In its final form, the bill simply called on …

Twin States Rate Better Than Many

Thursday, April 9, 2015

White River Junction — The White River Junction VA Medical Center has hired about 40 people over the last several months to help improve care at the main facility and at five community clinics in Vermont and two in New Hampshire. The money to make those hires came …

Wait Times At VA Still Too Long

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Fayetteville, N.C. — A year after Americans recoiled at new revelations that sick veterans were getting sicker while languishing on waiting lists — and months after the Department of Veterans Affairs instituted major reforms — government data shows …

Teacher Strike Ban Fails in Vt.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Montpelier — With last fall’s five-day strike by teachers in Vermont’s best-paying school district fresh in mind, a Vermont House dominated by usually labor-friendly Democrats on Wednesday narrowly defeated a ban on teachers’ strikes. The House voted, 73-70, against an amendment that contained the crux of an underlying …

Shumlin Alarmed by Price Spike of Heroin Antidote

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Montpelier — Gov. Peter Shumlin is urging the maker of an antidote used in drug overdoses to address its rising costs and give Vermont a break on the expense in the interest of saving lives. Shumlin said Wednesday that the cost of the drug naloxone has gone from …

Hernandez Jury Poses Questions

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Fall River, Mass. — A jury ended deliberations for a second day Wednesday in the murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez, who is charged in the shooting death of another man. Superior Court Judge Susan Garsh sent the jury home at 4:30 p.m. following …