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Bennington Police search for two missing girls

Woman accused of embezzling turns herself in

A Bennington County woman is under arrest, accused of embezzling more than $18,000 from the Arlington Lion's Club. Mary Kerner turned herself in to state police Wednesday morning.

A well stocked stand of vegetables and fruits are displayed at Doris Berry's Produce stand in Jackson, Miss., Wednesday, July 15, 2015.

Vermont becomes first state to require labeling of GMO foods

Vermont's GMO bill threatened at federal level

It’s a hot topic at dinner tables across the country: the food we eat, and what is in it. Vermont is paving the way on Friday, becoming the first state in the nation to require all grocery stores - both small and big - to label foods containing genetically modified organisms or GMOs.

Water issues to be discussed at Bennington College

A forum Wednesday night will cover a whole host of issues from extending water lines to water sampling results. The meeting will take place at 5:30 p.m. at the Center for the Advancement of Public Action at Bennington College.

Bennington man arrested on drug charges

A Bennington, Vt. man has been arrested in New York on drug charges. James Perkins Jr., 36, was arrested on the Thruway in Orange County early Wednesday morning.

Mega theme park eyes Upstate New York

Families in the Capital Region might soon be able to visit Lego Land without hopping a plane.   And if all goes as Lego Land hopes, the park just two hours south of Albany could be operational in 2019.  

Bennington man charged with burglary spree

Bennington police say a man went on a major burglary spree early Wednesday morning. Ashton Llanfair, 21, is charged with breaking into Martin’s Mobil on Main Street, A Kind Place on North Street and Moulton’s Spectacle Shop on Main Street.

Ashton Lanfair, 21, is charged with several burglaries in Bennington.

Ex-Vermont plant manager pleads guilty to mail fraud

A former Vermont plant manager has pleaded guilty to defrauding a Bennington company out of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

High levels of PFOA found in North Pownal

High levels of PFOA have now been found in the Village of North Pownal. The state DEC says PFOA monitoring near the former Pownal Tannery found levels of the toxic chemical above 200 parts per trillion. The safe drinking water advisory level in Vermont is 20 parts per trillion.

New Vermont law targets timber theft as own class of crime

A new law makes timber theft its own class of crime for the first time in Vermont. The law was signed by Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin last month and takes effect July 1. It sets a penalty of up to a year in jail and a $20,000 fine for a first offense of timber theft.

Bennington event to tackle drug abuse

The heroin and opioid epidemic will get attention on Saturday in Bennington. A free day-long summit is planned on how to tackle the growing abuse of deadly drugs. The Alliance for Community Transformations and others are organizing it at the Masonic Lodge at 504 Main Street.

Vermont ski areas hurt by mild winter

The mild winter had took a toll on ski areas in Vermont. They saw a 32-percent decline in skier visits this past winter. They say the lack of snow and the warm air kept snow-making guns from operating on a number of days.

Vermont lawmakers to revisit renewable energy fight

Vermont lawmakers are returning to Montpelier for a special session to respond to Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin's veto of a bill that some see as slowing the development of renewable energy.

Water Warriors hoping to help PFOA aftermath

A trio of women offers up what is now called "Natural Artesian Pet Water" but they hope red tape will clear it for human consumption.

With road deaths up, Vermont State Police cracking down

Vermont State Police are launching a summer-long campaign to crack down on speeding and aggressive driving. The effort comes as traffic fatalities year-to-date have more than doubled over last year.

Police step up search for Vermont man missing since 2014

Police are stepping up their search for Jonathan Schaff. They searched a quarry Monday on Route 149 in West Pawlet, Vermont. The 23-year-old from Fairhaven, Vermont, was last seen in January of 2014, following a bar fight in Granville.

Missing Bennington girl found

A girl missing since Friday in Bennington has been found safe.

Akeya Sutton

Vermont to allow continued use of special license plate

Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin has signed an executive order extending indefinitely the allowed use of the commemorative "Vermont Strong" license plates.


Vermont Gov. Shumlin signs water quality bill

Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin signed a bill on Wednesday aimed at controlling the use of potentially toxic chemicals like PFOA.  

Vermont Gov. Shumlin to sign new water quality law

Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin will be in North Bennington on Wednesday to sign a new law regarding water quality.

High levels of PFOA still being found in private wells in Bennington

High levels of the toxic chemical PFOA are still being found in private water wells in Bennington.

2 daycare workers face child cruelty charges

Vermont State Police say two North Bennington daycare workers are facing charges of cruelty to a child and reckless endangerment.

Tests continue to find PFOA in Bennington water wells

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The Vermont governor's office says more tests on private water system in parts of Bennington are continuing to show high levels of a potentially cancer causing chemical.

Vermont State Police numbers show treatment differs by race

The head of the Vermont State Police says intentional racial and ethnic bias is not tolerated in the agency. But Col. Matthew Birmingham says implicit bias - internal and unacknowledged - is harder to recognize and root out.


Shumlin: 3.2 percent jobless rate 'continued good news'

Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin is calling a new announcement of a 3.2 percent unemployment rate for April "continued good news for Vermont."

Bennington man facing drug charges

A Bennington county man has been arrested and charged with possessing and intending to sell 77 bags of heroin.

Bennington soil testing results

The first soil tests from North Bennington in Vermont show very low levels of a potentially cancer-causing chemical.

Vermont to require drug makers to explain price increases

Vermont is poised to be the first state requiring drug companies to explain their price increases.

Vermont Fish and Wildlife reminding anglers of sturgeon

The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife is warning anglers about the need to protect the endangered species of fish known as sturgeon.

Man honored for finding PFOA problem

The United States Environmental Protection Agency is honoring the man credited with uncovering the PFOA problem in Hoosick Falls.

Vermont to offer more blood testing for chemical exposure

The Vermont Health Department is offering more blood test clinics for Bennington residents who have been exposed to a potentially cancer causing chemical in their drinking water.


Vermont advocate: Not a bad legislative session

A leading advocate for low-income and disabled Vermonters says despite a tight budget year it was not a bad session at the Vermont Legislature.

Bennington residents to meet about water safety

Concerned residents in Bennington are meeting Wednesday night. They have questions and complaints since toxins have been found in their water.

Lawsuit filed against Saint-Gobain over PFOA contamination

A collective of Bennington County residents have filed a class-action lawsuit against the company that Vermont officials have blamed for PFOA contamination in their drinking water.

Vermont Fish and Wildlife urging care for nesting turtles

The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife is asking people to help keep safe turtles that are frequently on the move during springtime.

Vermont law requires quicker reporting of sewage spills

Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin has signed a law that requires residents to be informed within an hour if any sewage is dumped or spilled into streams, rivers and lakes.

Tests near Vermont landfill find more wells with PFOA

The Vermont governor's office says tests of private drinking water wells south of the Bennington landfill found that some locations had levels of the chemical PFOA above the state's limit.

Vermont house votes down legalization, referendum, compromise

It's anti-marijuana day in the Vermont House. The House first voted against Senate-passed language to legalize possession of up to an ounce by adults.

Bill to block initial criminal history question becomes law in Vermont

A bill to "ban the box"- barring employers from asking about an applicant's criminal history on a job application form - has become law in Vermont.

PFOA found in more Bennington wells

PFOA has been found in more Bennington wells. The governor says of the 40 wells tested, 34 had levels above 20 parts per trillion, three were below 20 and three had no PFOA.

Vermont's spring turkey hunt opens Sunday

Vermont's spring turkey hunting season opens this weekend. The season runs from Sunday through May 31 at noon. The shooting hours are between one-half hour before sunrise and noon.

Drug-detecting spit test bill passes House, despite science

Vermont lawmakers are considering allowing police to use a saliva test to check for the presence in a person's body of marijuana and other drugs.

PFOA blood testing begins for people in Bennington

Blood testing gets underway Friday for residents in Bennington, Vt. worried about PFOA exposure. The tests follow discovery of the chemical in more than 100 private wells in North Bennington.

Automatic voter registration becomes law in Vermont

Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin has signed into law a bill that automatically registers eligible residents to vote when they apply for a driver's license.

Bennington to offer blood tests to examine PFOA levels

With health concerns mounting, blood testing will begin in Bennington to find out how much PFOA people have in their blood.

Police: Bennington man may be responsible for 80 burglaries

Police in Vermont may have solved dozens of crimes spanning two states, with one arrest. They picked up Nicholas Leonard, 29, of Bennington on an arrest warrant in Berkshire County.

Vermont to target "willful violations" of GMO labeling law

As Vermont is set to become to the first state to require the labeling of genetically modified foods on July 1, the state's attorney general says his office will target "willful violations" by manufacturers and not products that were produced before that date still on store shelves.

Gubernatorial candidates forum in Bennington

Bennington residents will meet gubernatorial candidates at a forum slated for Saturday.

Vermont Statehouse votes to increase age for buying tobacco

The Vermont Statehouse passed a bill on Wednesday to increase the age for buying tobacco products from 18 to 21.

Vermont to expand PFOA testing

Vermont plans to expand testing for PFOA.

63 gallons of maple syrup stolen from Vermont farm

A farmer in Vermont isn't letting one crook change his belief in the honor system.

Pownal, Vt. residents look for answers on contaminated water

Kim and Dave West have at least eleven reasons to worry about the PFOA contamination that's plaguing several communities, including their home of Pownal, VT.

PFOA meeting in Pownal Monday night

People living in Pownal, Vermont can take any questions and concerns about PFOA in their drinking water to a meeting Monday night.

PFOA found in Pownal Vt. water

The Vermont DEC is telling some people in Pownal to stop drinking their tap water.

Leahy visits North Bennington, health commissioner on PFOA level

U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy met people living with PFOA at the North Bennington railroad depot Friday.

Gov. Shumlin visits North Bennington, addressing PFOA water concerns

“We are in this together.” Those were the words from Vermont Governor Pete Shumlin as he spoke to people in North Bennington who are dealing with high levels of PFOA in their well water.

New PFOA data more troubling for North Bennington

The results from a second round of water sampling in North Bennington are in and they're even more troubling than the first time around.

Vermont to test Pownal sites for PFOA

The state of Vermont will be testing sites in Pownal for PFOA. They'll focus on a vacant warehouse and the former Warren Wire Plant on route 346 as well as the former Pownal Tannery site.

Testing finds high PFOA levels in 52 North Bennington wells

More wells were tested for PFOA in North Bennington and the results are not good. It shows 52 of 67 wells had PFOA levels between 38 and 2,730 parts per trillion. The "acceptable" level is 20 ppt.

Bennington College to help communities in crisis

Professors at Bennington College are designing a course to tackle a disaster right in their backyard.

Vermont governor tours toxic water sites

Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin was in North Bennington Tuesday, hearing the concerns of residents after a number of private water wells were found to be contaminated with a chemical used to help make non-stick surfaces.

Reagan assistant remembers first lady, talks about her use of astrology

William Henkel served as Assistant to the President for a good chunk of the Ronald Reagan's two terms. He was in charge of scheduling events and that meant he worked very closely with Nancy Reagan.