New England News

WAMC News
12:20 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Eastern Equine Encephalitis Causes One Death in Vermont

One of two people in Vermont infected with the mosquito-borne virus Eastern Equine Encephalitis has died.
The Vermont Health Department says 87-year-old Richard H. Breen of Brandon, who once served as head of the Vermont Principals' Association, is the state's first victim of Eastern Equine Encephalitis.

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New England News
7:31 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Encephalitis Death Confirmed in Vermont

One of the two people in Vermont infected with eastern equine encephalitis spread by mosquitoes has died.

A Vermont Health Department spokesman told the Rutland Herald that the man died Tuesday.

WAMC News
5:45 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Vermont Progressive Primary Winner Quits, Loser Seeks Recount

The winner of last week's Progressive primary for governor of Vermont says she won't be a candidate in the general election, while the loser in the primary is calling for a recount.

The official count released Tuesday by the secretary of state's office shows Martha Abbott with 371 votes, to 354 write-in votes for Annette Smith. Abbott says she wants the party's support to go toward the re-election of Democratic incumbent Governor Peter Shumlin.

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WAMC News
5:32 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Ski Areas See Brisk Pre-Season Sales

The pent-up demand for skiing after last year's snow drought is producing brisk sales of early-bird season passes at ski resorts across New England.

Ski resort operators in northern New England are reporting that advance ski pass sales are as good, or often surpassing, last year’s sales. New Hampshire's Loon Mountain reports sales up 20 percent over last year. Maine's Sunday River reports season pass sales are up 10 percent from last year. Vermont's Magic Mountain in the month of April sold half of last year's total season pass sales.

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WAMC News
5:30 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Romney Gets Stuck Behind Tractor on Way to Vermont

Mitt Romney

Even the contender for the highest office in the land sometimes has to wait, as Mitt Romney discovered when he travelled to Vermont this week.

Mitt Romney's motorcade, en route to the home of former Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Kerry Healey in West Windsor, Vt., on Tuesday morning, got briefly waylaid — by a tractor.

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WAMC News
5:20 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Vermont Governor's Challenger Calls on Shumlin for Debates

Vermont Statehouse
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Vermont's Republican gubernatorial candidate Randy Brock says Governor Peter Shumlin is avoiding debates before groups that could be hostile to some of his positions.

Brock made the comments Tuesday after Shumlin said he wouldn't be participating in any debates this campaign season sponsored by what he calls special interest groups.

But Shumlin said he was eager to take part in "five or six" debates sponsored by news organizations after he formally announces his candidacy next week. Shumlin says he has to balance the need to debate with his need to run the state.

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New England News
4:49 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

More CT Students Being Exempted from Vaccinations

An increasing number of Connecticut students are being exempted from vaccinations as parents cite allergic reactions or religious prohibitions. WAMC’s Lucas Willard has more…

The Connecticut Post reports that according to the state Department of Public Health, 1,056 children entering kindergarten and seventh grade last year received exemptions. That's up by 127 percent from 2003, when the state recorded 465 such exemptions.

Vaccination coverage in Connecticut still remains high, with more than 97 percent receiving various vaccinations.

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New England News
4:44 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Head of Mass. Democratic Party Apologizes for "Honorary Girl" Remark

The head of the Massachusetts Democratic Party is apologizing for suggesting that Republican Sen. Scott Brown was trying to portray himself as "an honorary girl" in TV ads that seek to attract women voters. WAMC’s Lucas Willard has more…

Chairman John Walsh said in a statement he regretted the remark, which he said was made in the excitement of the opening of the party's national convention.

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New England News
7:14 am
Tue September 4, 2012

MA Janitors Rally in Boston

Courtesy SEIU

Hundreds of unionized Massachusetts janitors are calling for good jobs and more work for part-time employees.

The workers gathered at the bandstand on Boston Common on Monday morning and urged corporations to help rebuild the middle class. They then marched from the common to Copley Plaza.

The Labor Day march was attend by political figures, including Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray. It comes as the janitors' contract is set to expire at month's end.

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WAMC News
5:45 pm
Mon September 3, 2012

Vermont Police to Attend Fair to Seek Tips in '10 Killing

Vermont State Police troopers are planning to attend the Sheffield Field Days in hopes of getting new information that could help them solve the abduction and killing of a 78-year-old woman.

Sept. 10 marks the two-year-anniversary of the abduction of Pat O'Hagan.

The field days are being held Monday in Sheffield.

O'Hagan's body was found almost a month later about ten miles from her Sheffield home in a remote area in Wheelock.

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