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Amtrak Vermonter service fully restored

Friday, October 9, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Amtrak says the Vermonter service is now fully restored following the train derailment in Northfield. The company says the service between Washington, D.C., and St. Albans was operating normally on Friday. Amtrak had been providing passengers traveling south with bus service to Springfield or New Haven, Connecticut, where they could board other trains. A passenger train headed from Vermont to Washington derailed Monday when it hit …

In college rape debate, overseas-study crimes gain attention

Thursday, October 8, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. — As colleges wrestle with how to address sexual assault, a legal challenge involving a small Vermont institution brings an obscure part of the equation to the fore: how to report, investigate and punish sexual assaults that happen in overseas-study programs. Statistics on such assaults are scant, although no one disputes …

Baker bill seeks expansion of charter schools

Thursday, October 8, 2015

BOSTON — Legislation unveiled Thursday would let the state add up to a dozen new or expanded charter schools each year outside the existing cap on the schools in Massachusetts. Gov. Charlie Baker said his bill would focus the new growth in districts that are performing in the bottom 25 percent of districts statewide. The bill would also let the schools give preference …

Governor testifies on renewable energy bills

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker told a packed Statehouse hearing Tuesday that he’s open to exploring long-term contracts with utilities for off-shore wind and hydropower as ways to both lower energy costs and lower the state’s carbon footprint. The state currently doesn’t have the authority to allow utilities …

Mass. man dies of W. Nile virus

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — The state health department says a Boston-area man in his 60s has died of West Nile virus. It is the first death from the mosquito-borne virus in Massachusetts this year and also the first in the state in three years. The health department said Tuesday …

At Statehouse event, Mass. police officers honored for bravery

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

BOSTON — Twelve police officers were honored Tuesday with bravery awards named for a slain Massachusetts state trooper. Gov. Charlie Baker and other officials presented the George L. Hanna Awards during an annual Statehouse ceremony. Baker said the recipients from six departments “were among the greatest heroes among …

Colleges vow to ease application process with new website

Monday, September 28, 2015

BOSTON — More than 80 universities have promised to make the college application process easier through a new website where students will be able to submit applications to many schools, and get coaching to compile a “digital portfolio” of their academic accomplishments. Some of the top names in …

Baker orders changes at child welfare agency

Monday, September 28, 2015

BOSTON — The state’s embattled child protection agency lacks a clear mission, Gov. Charlie Baker said Monday while ordering new policies in the wake of high-profile cases like that of Bella Bond, the toddler known for months as …

Emu on loose for week in NH returns to Vt. in back of a Prius

Monday, September 28, 2015

BOW, N.H. — An emu famous for running wild through New Hampshire for more than a week has been reunited with its owner and returned home safely to Vermont in the back of a Toyota Prius. The Concord …

Fishermen worry as black sea bass move in

Monday, September 28, 2015

PORTLAND, Maine — As waters warm off the coast of New England, black sea bass are moving north and, fishermen say, threatening the region’s most valuable aquatic species: the lobster. The influx of sea bass — among a number of species that are appearing in greater numbers off …

EPA: Clean water’s real cost coming due soon

Sunday, September 27, 2015

BOSTON — In Massachusetts, where some water and sewer systems in older cities date back to the 1800s, experts predict billions of dollars will be needed in the coming years to ensure that clean drinking water continues to …

More Vermonters may get religion as vaccine outs narrow

Sunday, September 27, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Parents in America’s least devout state may be forced to find religion if they want to exempt their kids from getting vaccinated. Vermont earlier this year became the first state to remove a philosophical exemption …

American doctor cured of Ebola continues his work in Liberia

Friday, September 25, 2015

WORCESTER — This time last year, Dr. Rick Sacra was given a second chance at life. On Sept. 25, 2014, the 52-year-old Massachusetts physician had just been discharged from an Omaha, Nebraska, hospital after being treated and cured …