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Problems Persist on Vt. Health Insurance Exchange Website

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Montpelier — A legislative leader said Wednesday that ongoing problems with Vermont Health Connect have reached crisis levels in communities across Vermont. Rep. Mike Fisher, chairman of the House Health Care Committee, said myriad issues affecting people’s health care coverage has led to frustration and uncertainty in the lives of thousands of Vermonters, a sentiment echoed by advocates and providers. “It’s just untenable to continue to be in this situation,” …

Panel Reviews Vt. DCF

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Montpelier — Information gaps among Vermont agencies and personnel and a push to return children in state custody back to their parents undermined state protective services leading up to a Poultney toddler’s death after she suffered severe head trauma, Vermont State Police Detective James Cruise told a special legislative committee Wednesday. The committee is seeking solutions to dire lapses in state child protection, …

DNA Analysis May Help Cottontail

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Durham — DNA analysis of the endangered New England cottontail shows that power line rights of way, railroad beds and roadsides may help support their diminishing habitat. The small, brown rabbit has been declining in the region for decades. It depends on tangled, low-growing shrubs in younger forests to survive. Once large trees …

Vermonters Urged To Check For Ticks

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Montpelier — The Vermont Department of Health is advising residents who spend time outdoors to do daily tick checks this summer, a year after the number of confirmed cases of Lyme disease in the state peaked. In 2013, the state confirmed 674 cases of the disease, a big …

N.H. High-Tech Council Gets Members

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Concord (ap) — New Hampshire’s new advisory council to help fledgling high-tech businesses in an effort called “Live Free and Start” now has members. The council, which meets for the first time on Tuesday in Manchester, will work to address concerns such as the need to modernize business …

Bremer, in Vt., Calls for a U.S. Resurgence

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Weathersfield — U.S. diplomat L. Paul Bremer told a packed room at the Weathersfield Meeting House on Saturday that the United States must reassert its position as a global superpower. The talk was part of a fundraiser for …

Mental Health Programs Expand in N.H.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Concord — A new law that expands mental health services in New Hampshire to comply with a court settlement is a good start but more work must be done to ensure the quality and availability of care, advocates and lawmakers said Friday. The law authorizes expenditure of $11 …

Vt. Court: No DNA Without Conviction

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Montpelier — The Vermont Supreme Court ruled Friday that the state can’t collect DNA from suspects in criminal cases unless they have been convicted of a felony. The split decision rolls back an expansion of DNA collection that has been both contested and praised for years. The ruling …

No Charges For DCF in Baby’s Death

Friday, July 11, 2014

Burlington — A prosecutor said Thursday he found no criminal conduct on the part of a Vermont Department for Children and Families supervisor who made a visit to the home of a 15-month-old Winooski boy shortly before the toddler died. Chittenden County State’s Attorney T.J. Donovan said supervisor …

N.H Opens First Court For Veterans

Friday, July 11, 2014

Nashua — Gov. Maggie Hassan and top judicial and military officials gathered Thursday to dedicate the state’s first court designed to handle the criminal cases of military veterans whose crimes were driven by substance abuse, trauma and anger management issues that stem from their service. “This collaborative effort …

Vt. Lawmakers Approve Health Care Regulations

Friday, July 11, 2014

Montpelier — Vermont lawmakers on Thursday approved a lengthy set of provisions governing health care, despite an earlier objection from legal advocates. But work will continue to examine possible scenarios that might play out for Vermonters from the rules. The set of provisions on health benefits eligibility and …

Judge: Ex-Cop Must Return to Jail

Friday, July 11, 2014

Manchester — A county jail superintendent acted inappropriately when he released a police officer who served less than three months of a yearlong sentence for a hit-and-run accident that injured two teens, a judge ruled Thursday. Hillsborough County Corrections Superintendent David Dionne released former Manchester police Sgt. Stephen …

Fireworks Reports Checked In Deadly Apartment Fire

Friday, July 11, 2014

Lowell, Mass. — A fast-moving fire ravaged a three-story apartment building before dawn Thursday, killing four adults and three children, forcing tenants to jump or hand their children to safety, and leading to dramatic rescues from upper floors. …