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Vt. Inmates Unhappy in New Prison

Friday, July 31, 2015

Montpelier — Less than a month after Vermont’s out-of-state inmates were moved from a private prison in Kentucky to one in Michigan, prisoner complaints range from limited TV programming to unattended medical concerns. The complaints, detailed in a letter from inmate Shaun Bryer to Gordon Bock, head of the prison advocacy group Vermont CURE, also include smaller cells, no windows, less recreational time and no privacy in the showers. Bryer, …

Dems Consider Event Namesakes

Friday, July 31, 2015

Concord — Democratic parties in the three states that start the presidential nominating process are exploring ending their association with two former White House occupants: Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson. Accelerating a trend that goes back years, committees in several states recently have distanced themselves from the slave-owning former presidents by dropping their names from the titles of their annual fundraising dinners. Iowa, …

‘D’ for Democracy in Granite State

Friday, July 31, 2015

Concord — New Hampshire’s democracy just brought home its report card — and it’s full of D’s and F’s, according to a report released Thursday by Open Democracy, a New Hampshire organization working to reduce the influence of money in politics. The 40-page report compiled over the past nine months grades the status …

Mass. Prosecutor Pushes For 2nd Tsarnaev Trial

Monday, July 20, 2015

Boston — After a federal jury gave Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev the death penalty for his crimes, survivors of the 2013 attack expressed relief that at least the four-month trial was over. “We can breathe again,” said one survivor. But a state prosecutor’s insistence that Tsarnaev should …

Monday, July 20, 2015

Montpelier, Railroad Agree On Removing Weeds Montpelier — A populated stretch of railroad in Montpelier is not going to receive herbicide after officials outlawed the spray because of nearby residents’ concerns over its effect on people. Instead the city will use cutting machinery to remove weeds from a …

Elder Bush Leaves Hospital

Monday, July 20, 2015

Kennebunkport, Maine — Former President George H.W. Bush was released from a Maine hospital on Sunday, four days after the 91-year-old fell at his summer home and broke a bone in his neck. Bush spokesman Jim McGrath said …

How Genzyme Became Biotech Exec Source

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Cambridge, Mass. — They command battalions of biotechnology workers from Kendall Square to Seattle to Stockholm. They lean on each other for business advice while poaching one another’s researchers. And they share a pedigree that is pure gold in the life sciences world. Dubbing themselves the “Genzyme diaspora,” …

Hartford Farm Is the Latest Victim of Milk Glut

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Hartford — George Miller, one of two remaining dairy farmers in Hartford, has milked Holsteins twice a day at his parents’ Jericho Valvu Farm for 39 years. When 57 Holsteins leave the Bedell Road farm on Monday to …

Tall Ships Sail Into Maine

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Portland, Maine (ap) — Spectators lined the coast Saturday to watch a sea of canvas as the Coast Guard’s Eagle, the El Galeon Andalucia from Spain and other vessels arrived for the largest tall ships event in Maine’s largest city in 15 years. The floating parade from the …

Uncle: No Remorse From Suspect

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Benedicta, Maine — The suspect in a criminal rampage across several northern Maine communities that left two people dead showed no emotion and revealed no clues about his motive when he was arrested, the suspect’s uncle said Saturday. …

Prison Placements Under Review

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Boston — Massachusetts Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders is pledging to take a fresh look at the way the state treats those with serious mental illnesses and debilitating substance abuse problems who get caught up in the criminal justice system. Sudders said in an interview this …

Green Mountain Power Ready for Energy Revolution

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Colchester, Vt. — When Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk unveiled the company’s new Powerwall battery to back up home electrical systems in April, Green Mountain Power Corp. CEO Mary Powell was at the event in California, looking to put her company at the head of the line to …

Powerful Painkiller Complicates Vt.’s Battle Against Illegal Drugs

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Montpelier — Police and public health officials in Vermont have been warning for months about the danger of the drug fentanyl, a powerful, synthetic narcotic they say has intensified their battle against the surge in heroin and opioid abuse. Fentanyl is many times more powerful than other painkillers …