A key Senate committee approved a bill today that would permit terminally ill patients to end their lives with a prescription medication. The town of Windham has been in the news recently for its efforts to defend a provision in its town plan banning commercial wind projects. Despite those efforts, a major energy company recently won permission to build wind test towers in Windham and neighboring Grafton. Officials in Grafton have been silent on the issue, but that may be changing. The Vermont Senate has given preliminary approval to a bill that calls on public employees who don’t join their union to pay the union an agency fee for representing them in collective bargaining. A judge has thrown out a libel lawsuit filed against two St. Michael’s College journalism students by a man who submitted his name as a candidate in New Hampshire’s 2012 presidential primary.