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N.H. Drops to 4th, Vt. Stays No. 2 in Child Well-Being Survey

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Montpelier — Vermont kept its No. 2 national ranking in the well-being of the state’s children, ranking highly on education, family and community factors, according to statistics compiled by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. New Hampshire has dropped from its traditional top spot to fourth. The Foundation’s 2014 Kids Count report released today measures 16 indicators from four groups that measure a child’s well-being: economic well-being, education, health, and family …

Sanders: ‘If I Think I Can, I Will Run’

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Montpelier — As a resident of Iowa, Jeff Cox has never voted for Bernie Sanders. But he’s hoping to have the chance to soon. Cox is a longtime Democratic activist, and the point man for a Johnson County steering committee aimed at drafting Sanders for the 2016 presidential contest. For Cox, and other like-minded Iowans, whose early caucuses give them outsized importance when …

Welch Backs Internet Sales Tax to Strengthen Businesses

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Montpelier — Rep. Peter Welch is hopeful that Congress will pass a bill this summer that will allow individual states to impose their sales tax on items purchased on the Internet. Welch, D-Vt., said the plan will help strengthen downtown businesses and will raise new revenue for many states. Right now, states are allowed to require businesses to collect the sales tax on …

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. …

Boston, Mohegan Sun Reach $300 Million Deal

Friday, July 11, 2014

Boston — Mayor Martin Walsh and Mohegan Sun announced a deal Thursday that would provide the city with at least $300 million in investments over 15 years if the casino company wins a state gambling license. The American Indian tribe-owned company proposes a $1.3 billion resort casino at …

Vt. Regulators: Hospitals Seek Low Growth In Budgets

Friday, July 11, 2014

Vermont’s 14 hospitals returned budget requests that average well below the cap set earlier this year by the Green Mountain Care Board, according to a preliminary analysis released Thursday (see list at bottom). Hospitals are seeking a 2.6 percent average increase in net-patient revenue for the coming hospital …

World War I Vet’s Family Gets Purple Heart

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Montpelier — The son and daughter of a Vermont World War I veteran received a Purple Heart at the Statehouse on Wednesday, almost 96 years after he was wounded in battle. Cpl. John Demag earned the medal during …

Convict Will Be Tried on Escape Plot Charge

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Dover, n.h. — The man convicted of raping and killing a University of New Hampshire student in October 2012 will be sentenced in August. Prosecutors said Wednesday they also intend to prosecute Seth Mazzaglia31, of Dover, on a charge that he enlisted a cellmate to help plot his …

N.H. Group Looks Into ‘Food Hub’

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

A space for farmers to can their vegetables for sale, or a kitchen with a convection oven to bake and package pies filled with locally grown fruit. The definition of a community kitchen depends largely on the people using the space. In Boscawen, N.H., a feasibility study will …

Buffer Zone Challenged in Federal Suit

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Concord — A conservative Christian law group that successfully sued to block abortion clinic buffer zones in Massachusetts has filed a federal lawsuit seeking to strike down a 25-foot buffer zone that became law in New Hampshire last month. Alliance Defending Freedom announced Tuesday it filed the lawsuit …

Appeals Court Rules for Vermont

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled for Vermont in a case seeking to overturn aspects of the state’s campaign finance laws. The Vermont Right to Life Committee challenged the constitutionality of Vermont’s campaign finance reporting, disclosure requirements and the state’s limit on contributions to …

Burlington College On 2-Year Probation

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Montpelier — The organization that accredits colleges and universities in New England has put Burlington College on probation status “for up to two years” because of financial issues, according to a release from the college. The college is one of the smallest in the country with an undergraduate …