State / Region

VLS Report Shows School’s Impact on State

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

South Royalton — In an effort to communicate Vermont Law School’s role as an “important economic and social player” in the state, the school has released a report saying that it contributed $30.5 million in direct expenditures and 376 jobs to the Vermont economy in 2014. Commissioned by the law school and prepared by Nicolas Rockler of Massachusetts-based consultants Kavet, Rockler & Associates LLC, the report finds that VLS “has …

Defense Rests in Boston Marathon Bombing Trial

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Boston — Lawyers for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev rested their case in his federal death penalty trial Tuesday, a day after they began presenting testimony designed to show his late older brother was the mastermind of the 2013 terror attack. The defense admitted during opening statements that Tsarnaev participated in the bombings. But Tsarnaev’s lawyer said he was a troubled 19-year-old who …

Meals on Wheels Could See Cuts

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Lebanon — Despite the efforts of some state legislators to preserve funding for elder services in the biennial budget process, Grafton County officials said that the deep cuts proposed could make it harder for Granite State senior citizens to live independently. The Republican-dominated House Finance Committee last week approved a $10.6 million decrease …

Vt. Farmers Hurt by Falling Milk Prices

Monday, March 23, 2015

Montpelier — Milk prices paid to Vermont dairy farmers have plummeted this winter from a record high last year as farmers head into the spring planting season when they need to buy seed and fuel. Following an all-time high in September of 2014 of around $25 per hundredweight …

Dartmouth To Overhaul Housing

Monday, March 23, 2015

Colleges are confronting the related problems of sexual assault and drinking with a mix of solutions, some aimed at changing an ingrained culture that encourages irresponsible behavior. Dartmouth College appears to be the only school responding by completely overhauling its housing into a system of “residential colleges” — …

Campuses Across U.S. Face Change

Monday, March 23, 2015

Concord — On college campuses nationwide, the intertwined problems of sexual assault and alcohol are under intense scrutiny as students increasingly speak up and the federal government cracks down. Pushed to a collective moment of reckoning, colleges and universities are trying a slew of solutions focused on education, …

Local & Regional Briefs for Monday, March 23, 2015

Monday, March 23, 2015

New Hampshire Veteran Gets France’s Highest Award Milford, n.h. — A New Hampshire World War II veteran has been awarded France’s highest recognition for his military service. Rosario “Charlie” LoCicero was awarded the French Legion of Honor — France’s oldest and highest distinction. The 90-year-old LoCicero was given …

It Isn’t Controversial Anymore

Sunday, March 22, 2015

New York — A playful picture book about a little girl named Heather and her two happy mommies was a cultural and legal flashpoint 25 years ago, angering conservatives over the morality of same-sex parenting and landing libraries …

R.I. House Approves Hotel at Casino in Bid to Retain Revenues

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Providence, r.i — The Rhode Island House of Representatives unanimously approved a bill last week that would allow Twin River Casino in Lincoln to build a hotel on its premises, a move that officials and lawmakers say is …

Herring Rules Could Change as Feds Look to Protect Key Fish Populations

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Portland, Maine — The health of the Atlantic herring — a little forage fish that lives in massive schools that can number in the billions — is critical to the future of the New England fishing industry, and …

Scientists: Renewed Threat to Pine Trees

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Durham, n.h. — A mutated fungus is infecting white pine forests in parts of New Hampshire, according to a U.S. Forest Service study. White pine blister rust comes from a combination of white pines and flowering plants — called ribes — like gooseberries and currants. When infected ribes …

Vermonters Sour on Soda Tax

Sunday, March 22, 2015

South Royalton — Vermont merchants this week spoke out against a proposed tax on sugar-sweetened beverages that lawmakers hope will raise about $35 million for health care while encouraging residents to switch to healthier drinks. The excise tax …

A 200-Year-Old Marriage Tale in Green Mountain State

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Charity Bryant only intended to stay a few days in Weybridge, Vt., a tiny rural town with little to hold her attention. But then she met Sylvia Drake. Drake was 22 — a talented, literary-minded woman in search of a kindred spirit. Bryant, seven years her senior, was …