Bring the heat: Memorial Hall programming added

07/30/2014 10:11 PM EDT
WILMINGTON -- Things are looking up for the Memorial Hall Board and those associated with the historic building that is used mostly for entertainment purposes. 
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State approves net-metering facility
07/30/2014 10:11 PM EDT - WESTMINSTER -- Brattleboro elementary schools are closer to buying electricity at a reduced rate after the Vermont Public Service Board rendered a decision Tuesday to authorize the installation of a 500-kilowatt solar net-metered electric generation facility on Solar Park Road in Westminster. Full Story

A more vigorous U.S. economy appears to be emerging

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. economy has rebounded with vigor from a grim start to 2014 and should show renewed strength into next year. Full Story
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House approves $16.3 billion measure to overhaul VA health care system WASHINGTON (AP) -- The House overwhelmingly approved a landmark bill Wednesday to refurbish the Veterans Affairs Department and improve veterans’ health care. Full Story
Pete's Tire Barn on Route 9 planning open house

CHESTERFIELD, N.H. -- As it celebrates its move to a larger facility across the state line from Brattleboro, Vt., Pete's Tire Barn is reaching out to customers both old and new with an open house scheduled for next month. Full Story
Equal pay? Three women claim Vermont agency paid them less than man

07/30/2014 10:24 PM EDT
MONTPELIER -- Three female business managers in the state Department of Corrections went to court Wednesday to argue they were paid thousands of dollars less annually than a man in the same job, in violation of the state's equal-pay law. 
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Report: Vermonters on Medicare saved almost $22M on prescriptions under ACA
07/30/2014 10:25 PM EDT - MONTPELIER -- Vermonters with prescription drug coverage through Medicare have saved a collective $21.8 million since the passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, according to a federal report.  Full Story

Advocate: Friendly persona for abuser not unusual
07/30/2014 10:25 PM EDT - SACO, Maine -- Friends and neighbors were stunned to learn that a maintenance worker who seemed friendly and outgoing had killed his family, but a boyfriend or husband who charms outsiders while concealing problems at home represents a familiar scenarios to domestic abuse advocates. Full Story

New England in Brief
07/30/2014 10:26 PM EDT - AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) -- Gov. Paul LePage's administration says Maine ended the fiscal year on June 30 with better-than-expected revenues of $39 million.  Full Story

Vermont explores changes in threshold for noise from wind projects
07/30/2014 02:56 PM EDT - SHEFFIELD -- Steve Therrien has been a resident of Sheffield for 18 years. But since the Sheffield Wind project was built less than a mile from his home in 2011, he said the noise has pressured him to leave.  Full Story

Scheuermann, Komline call for change to allow individuals on VHC to enroll directly with insurers
07/30/2014 02:54 PM EDT - MONTPELIER -- Two state representatives called on Gov. Peter Shumlin to allow Vermonters to purchase health insurance outside the state's troubled health care exchange and instead buy it directly from insurance carriers. Full Story

GOP New Hampshire U.S. House hopefuls spar in debate
07/30/2014 01:11 PM EDT - CONCORD, N.H. -- Republican rivals in New Hampshire's 2nd Congressional District argued about their Statehouse attendance records in a debate Wednesday, with one candidate suggesting that not showing up was better than voting the wrong way. Full Story

Grandma thanks Idaho trooper for traffic stop

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A woman who got a speeding ticket while on a recent vacation to Idaho wrote a note to the Idaho State Police thanking the trooper for the kindness he showed her grandchildren during the stop. Full Story
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Veteran TV impresario Robert Halmi Sr. dies at 90

NEW YORK (AP) — Prolific TV producer Robert Halmi, Sr., has died. Halmi died Wednesday in his New York City home at 90, said spokesman Russ Patrick. Full Story