Vermont Secretary of State says October is archives month
MONTPELIER (AP) -- The Vermont State Archives and Records Administration is hosting a series of programs to highlight state archives month.
Secretary of State Jim Condos, who oversees the state archives, and declared October state archives month, says the state's knowledge of its past gives the state a better understanding of the present and clearer glimpse of the future.
On Oct. 14, the archives is hosting, along with the Department of Disabilities, Aging, and Independent Living, hosting an open house highlighting the history of the Brandon Training School. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the school's establishment and the 20th anniversary of its closing.
On Oct. 26, the archives will offer tours of the archives and display some key documents, including the 1777 Vermont constitution.
Man pleads guilty in theft of Robert Frost papers
WHITE RIVER JUNCTION (AP) -- A man charged with stealing a number of original cards and letters written by poet Robert Frost has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge in a deal with prosecutors.
Tim Bernaby, 44, accepted the plea deal on Tuesday on a charge of unlawful taking of personal property for taking two letters and 13 Christmas cards written by Frost. The charge carries a $100 fine.
Police said the documents were in a desk donated to a non-profit agency where Bernaby worked. He then sold them for more than $25,000 in cash and other goods. Bernaby said he found the papers in a trash can.
He had faced a trial on a felony embezzlement charge.
U.S. Attorney for
N.H. furloughs 19
of 43 workers
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- New Hampshire's top federal prosecutor says he has furloughed 19 of his 43 staff members as a result of the government shutdown.
U.S. Attorney John Kacavas said the furloughs are without pay and may remain that way under terms of the sequestration budget blocked largely by Republicans.
Kacavas says he plans to rotate staff members on and off furloughs to "spread the pain."
He says his entire civil division minus its chief is out. In addition half a dozen criminal prosecutors and most of the office's support staff have been out of work for two days, since the shutdown took effect Tuesday.
He said it's ironic that his civil prosecutors, if working, would be trying to collect money from people who defrauded the federal government.
N.H. Medicaid commission starts narrowing discussion
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- A special panel considering whether New Hampshire should expand its Medicaid program to poor adults has started putting together its recommendations.
The panel, which faces an Oct. 15 deadline to send a report to the Legislature, began voting on several elements of a proposed expansion plan Wednesday. A majority agreed that adults with incomes up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level should be covered while relying as much as possible on private insurance. Members backed expanding an existing program where the state pays to keep someone on their employer's private insurance plan and making it mandatory, though that would require a federal waiver.
The panel favors requiring the Legislature to reauthorize the program if the federal government reduces its support but disagreed on other possible circuit breakers.