FairPoint Communications says a four-month strike and a succession of winter storms pushed it deeper into the red in the fourth quarter of 2014.

The company reports a net loss of $43.6 million for the quarter.

For the year, FairPoint lost more than $136.3 million.

In a quarterly earnings conference call, FairPoint CEO Paul Sunu suggested the worst is over now that FairPoint has negotiated new union contracts.

Sunu said to get back in the black, the company has to increase the number of wholesale customers and commercial clients. 

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There are few things in life that are guaranteed to make you smile. Puppies and butterflies are a couple. And then there are laughing babies!

But where do infants develop that ability to laugh or to identify what is funny? And how do they learn to make grown ups laugh?

Johnson State College Professor of Psychology Gina Mireault has been exploring an under-researched field within developmental psychology: baby humor. She shares her findings with us.

Taylor Dobbs / VPR

Voters in the city of Burlington chose their mayor yesterday, and Democrat Miro Weinberger won a second term to be mayor of Vermont's largest city by a margin of more than 3,500 votes.

Nina Keck / VPR/file

Christopher Louras won a fifth two-year term as Mayor of Rutland on Tuesday, defeating his main rival David Allaire by more than 500 votes. Kam Johnston, who also ran for city assessor and the board of aldermen, won 99 votes.

Charlotte Albright / VPR

Voters in Norwich refused Tuesday to borrow $3 million to replace aging facilities for police, fire and public works employees. The failure of the bond question also seems to have spilled over to the select board race.

Taylor Dobbs / VPR

Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger won a major victory Tuesday over three challengers.

Weinberger said the margin of 3,525 votes, according to unofficial tallies, underlines Burlingtonians’ feeling that his administration is doing what’s best for the city.

Ric Cengeri / VPR

People want to believe that where they live is the best place on earth. But do Vermonters have more reasons than most to believe that their state is exceptional? On this Town Meeting Day, we listen back to an archive of Vermont Edition that takes aim at the myth and reality of Vermont exceptionalism.

Live Blog: Vermont Town Meeting Day 2015

Mar 3, 2015
Oliver Parini / VPR

Town Meeting Day this year is without any major statewide ballot items, but municipal and school budgets are up for voter approval around Vermont.

Follow the votes on town and school budgets from around Vermont, and share results from your own town by tweeting with the hashtag #TMDVT or by emailing vermontedition@vpr.net.

Angela Evancie / VPR

Another annual Town Meeting Day is upon us, but despite efforts to boost participation by holding meetings in the evening or on Saturday, attendance continues to decline.

Results: 2015 Town And School Budget Votes

Mar 3, 2015
Oliver Parini / VPR

VPR is tracking the 2015 Town Meeting Day votes on town and school budgets from around Vermont. Get statewide results here and share the results from your town with VPR News.

SHARE YOUR TOWN'S RESULTS: We will continue to update this list as results come in on Wednesday. If you have results from your town to add to this list Email vermontedition@vpr.net or tweet @vprnet.