The state is moving ahead with plans to replace its Waterbury psychiatric hospital with new beds at other facilities around Vermont. But the transition has been rough for patients and the medical hospitals where they’ve been cared for since the Waterbury facility was flooded. The state reported this week that patients have spent days in emergency rooms intended for medical patients waiting for a psychiatric bed to open up. Vermont law enforcement officials say an Essex couple killed by an Alaska man who crossed the continent in search of victims each tried to escape before they were killed in the basement of a vacant farmhouse. A company developing a wind project on the Milton-Georgia line has agreed to pay a $10,000 fine and contribute another $10,000 to a remediation fund for violations of its state permits during blasting for the project. The father of a 12-year-old boy who drowned at a swimming hole last year is starting a campaign to help swimmers take precautions.