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In this Nov. 11, 2014 photo, Laura Dunn, executive director of the sexual assault survivors’ organization SurvJustice, poses for a picture near a church in her neighborhood in Washington. Dunn, a victim of sexual assault, believes an affirmative consent standard could have helped her 2004 case during campus judicial proceedings, which failed to find wrongdoing, even after appeals. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

More States Weigh a ‘Yes Means Yes’ College Policy

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Trenton, n.j. — You think the attractive woman at the party who has been chatting you up all night is ready to take things to the next level. She seems to be throwing all the right signals. But if things turn sexual, are you sure that will hold up under legal scrutiny? That’s a question at the center of a …

Vt. Auditor Mulls State’s Role in Liquor

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Montpelier — The state auditor questioned Vermont’s role in the liquor business in a new report, while the Department of Liquor Control countered that public health and safety risks warrant heavy state involvement. Vermont’s Auditor of Accounts Doug Hoffer said in a report released Monday that complete privatization of liquor sales likely would have a neutral revenue impact. “People often comment on the …

Salmonella in 10 States Linked to Raw Bean Sprouts

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Washington — Raw sprouts are linked to dozens of cases of food poisoning — again. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said 63 people from 10 states — including New Hampshire and Vermont — concentrated on the East Coast fell ill with salmonella linked to bean sprouts from a supplier in New York City. The CDC said the supplier, Wonton Food Inc. …

Vt. Seeks Owners of Unclaimed Property

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Montpelier — The Vermont treasurer’s office is looking for the owners of more than $8 million in unclaimed financial property turned over to the state in the past year. The property includes misplaced savings or investments, forgotten insurance policies, abandoned security deposits, estates and uncashed tax refunds or …

Hearings Set on Champlain Cleanup

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Montpelier — Federal and state officials plan to hold public meetings in Vermont on efforts to clean up Lake Champlain. The sessions, starting Monday, are the next step in what some environmentalists say has been a long, drawn-out process of coming up with a plan to reduce the …

N.H. Dept. Seeks Millions More From State Budget

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Concord — Officials from the Department of Health and Human Services warned on Friday that it will become even harder to fund programs for New Hampshire’s most vulnerable without new money in the next state budget. Commissioner Nick …

Online Tool to Aid Vermonters

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Waterbury, Vt. — Efficiency Vermont will launch a new program next week about a new online tool consumers can use to save energy and money. Jim Merriam, director of the Burlington-based nonprofit, said Friday the agency will send …

Hassan Announces New Site Evaluation Committee Nominees

Friday, November 14, 2014

Concord — Gov. Maggie Hassan has switched up her nominations to a powerful committee in charge of permitting Northern Pass and any future wind or pipeline projects in the state. Hassan announced she was withdrawing the nominations of outgoing Republican state Sen. Bob Odell, R-New London, and Democratic …

Father Sues Vermont DCF in Toddler’s Death

Friday, November 14, 2014

Rutland — The father of a 2-year-old girl who died in state care filed a lawsuit Thursday against Vermont and its Department for Children and Families, saying they breached their duties to protect the child, whose stepfather is accused of killing her. Willis Sheldon, of Rutland, filed the …

Vermont Advocate Groups Push for Carbon Tax

Friday, November 14, 2014

Barre, Vt. — A coalition of environmental, business and low-income advocates called Thursday for Vermont to adopt a carbon tax as a way to encourage emission reductions and to use the money both for energy efficiency and for tax cuts elsewhere. Among the speakers at the event, held …

UNH System Seeks $52 Million More

Friday, November 14, 2014

Concord — New Hampshire’s state universities want an additional $52 million next year to maintain a tuition freeze, give more scholarships to science and math students and lower tuition for some community-college transfer students. Representatives from the University System of New Hampshire presented the request to Gov. Maggie …

Records: N.H. Teen Waited to ID Alleged Captor

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Concord — A New Hampshire teen who was kidnapped in October 2013 waited until a week after she was home to reveal her alleged captor’s identity, according to court papers released Wednesday. The documents also said Abigail Hernandez …

Milne Won’t Seek Recount Vs. Shumlin Win

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Montpelier — While official election results released Wednesday confirm that Gov. Peter Shumlin won a plurality in last week’s election, the Democrat is hoping to hold on to the office in January when legislators could decide the race. …