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Gov. Scott emphasizes Vermont-Quebec cooperation

 Vermont Republican Gov. Phil Scott is emphasizing the importance of Vermont-Quebec relations after his first visit to Quebec City as governor to meet Canadian leaders.

 

Officials say 2 record fish caught in Vermont in 2016

The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department says two record-setting fish were caught in the state last year.

 

Bill would enforce liability for PFOA contamination cost

Attorney who helped secure deal over leaked chemicals to speak in Bennington

The Hoosick Falls Village Board is still considering an $850,000 settlement offered by Honeywell and Saint Gobain. This comes as the DuPont Company Monday, reached a $670 million settlement over leaked Teflon chemicals in Ohio and West Virginia.


Police: Vermont woman caught with nine ounces of cocaine

State police say they caught a Vermont woman with nine ounces of cocaine plus illegal antidepressant pills. It happened during a traffic stop on the Thruway in Fort Ann early Thursday morning.


Vermont: too many registered to vote by automated system

The Vermont Secretary of State's office says errors in the automatic voter registration system registered too many people to vote between Jan. 3 and Jan. 20, but no one cast a ballot improperly.


Issues holding up Bennington redevelopment appear resolved

Two roadblocks that have been holding up the sale of a group of buildings set for redevelopment in Bennington are close to being resolved.


Bennington woman denies selling fatal heroin overdose to sister

A Bennington woman is denying charges that she sold the heroin that led to her sister's fatal overdose last year. Emily Welch pleaded not guilty in court on Thursday. Welch's sister, Kristen Long, died in December after overdosing on heroin mixed with Fentanyl.


Vermont Gov. to host first 'Justice Cabinet' meeting on immigration

Vermont Gov. Phil Scott is going to be hosting the first meeting of his new Justice and Civil Rights Cabinet that was created to help express the state's opposition to the immigration policies of GOP President Donald Trump.


Vermont House bill would legalize small amounts of marijuana

A bill has been proposed in the Vermont House that would make it legal for adults to possess and grow small amounts of marijuana.


NY water tests find no industrial chemical contamination

New York health and environmental regulators say statewide targeted sampling for two cancer-causing industrial chemicals found no new cases of drinking water contamination.


Smaller states rejoice as Amazon finally collects sales tax

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Many online shoppers in the United States have for years had to pay state sales taxes whenever they buy goods from Amazon. But the Seattle e-commerce giant has dragged its feet on collecting sales taxes in small and sparsely populated states where it doesn't have any distribution centers or corporate offices.


Culinary schools struggle with enrollment decline

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — With enrollment in culinary institutes in decline and programs across the country closing their doors, schools such as the New England Culinary Institute in Montpelier, Vermont, which graduated celebrity chef Alton Brown, and the Culinary Institute of Charleston, South Carolina, are committed to staying relevant and in demand.


Vermont GOP gov lauds courts that stayed immigration orders

Vermont Republican Gov. Phil Scott is praising the federal court rulings blocking parts of President Donald Trump's executive orders that banned people from seven predominantly Muslim nations from entering the country.


Vermont snow goose hunt March 11-April 28

Vermont and seven other states are offering snow goose hunts this spring to reduce the ever-growing population of geese that officials say is harming habitat.


Pot legalization proponents to push for removing penalties

 Marijuana legalization proponents will urge lawmakers to pass legislation to remove legal penalties for adult possession of marijuana and home cultivation of marijuana plants.


PFOA meeting set for Thursday in Bennington

Bennington residents can get a briefing on PFOA in their water Thursday evening.


Vermont Transportation Agency: don't crowd the plow

 The Vermont Agency of Transportation is urging drivers to slow down in winter conditions and not to "crowd the plow" after a snow plow truck was hit.


Conviction for lewd, lascivious conduct with girl overturned

Vermont's high court has overturned the conviction of a Shaftsbury man accused of repeatedly sexually touching a girl when she was 4 to 6 years old.


Waterfowl hunters reminded to remove hunting blinds

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is reminding waterfowl hunters to remove hunting blinds from state waters by certain dates.


Democrats want to raise Vermont's minimum wage to $15 by 2022

House Democrats have introduced a proposal to raise Vermont's minimum wage to $15 by 2022.


New Vermont website lets people track snowplows

Drivers in Vermont now have some added help avoiding snowy streets. The state is rolling out a new winter website. It includes plow finder, a map that shows the locations of the state's 250 plow trucks.


Bennington County motel robbed

Vermont State Police are investigating a burglary at the Iron Kettle Motel in Shaftsbury. They say a someone forced their way in through a side window Monday morning and stole a large amount of money.


Proposed police budget includes body and cruiser cameras in Bennington

 The police department in Bennington would get new body and cruiser cameras under a proposed budget for fiscal year 2018.


Biologists: Vermont 2016 turkey hunting seasons successful

The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife says turkey hunters had successful seasons last year.


Fish and Wildlife says Vermont 2016 bear hunt successful

The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife says the state's bear hunters had a successful 2016 season.

 


Report: Significant rise in Vermont children in state custody

 A new report shows a significant increase in the number of Vermont children in protective state custody, such as foster care, in large part due to the opiate epidemic.


Arlington homicide remains a mystery

More than 24 hours after they started, Vermont State Police were still searching a house in the hamlet of East Arlington in Bennington County. Last week, an 81-year-old woman was stabbed to death inside her house a half-mile away on Buck Hill Road.


Vermonters now able to register to vote on election day

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos says eligible state residents are now able to register to vote on election day.


Study finds racial disparities in Vermont traffic stops

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - A study of statewide police traffic stops in Vermont - the second whitest state in the country - shows racial disparities in how police treat drivers.


Vermont group on $1 million mission to honor man who built first snowboard

A group in Vermont wants to honor the man who built the first snowboard. The Londonderry Arts and Historical Society is trying to raise more than $1 million. They want to create a bronze sculpture of Jake Burton Carpenter, who started Burton Snowboards.


Vermont State Department of Health to hold PFOA meeting

The Vermont State Department of Health is planning a public meeting for Bennington residents concerned about PFOA. The agency plans to discuss blood test results and possible negative health consequences.


Bennington police await autopsy results in weekend death

Bennington police are investigating the death of a man. Police say they found the man's body early Saturday morning on Depot Street.


Vermont Senate leader: Uncertainty abounding in Trump era

A top Vermont lawmaker says getting down to the nitty gritty of crafting the state's budget and priorities will be difficult without knowing how the policies of the incoming Trump Administration.

 


State Police release more information on Arlington homicide

Police say the 81 year old victim was stabbed to death.


Vermont Gov. Phil Scott takes oath, promises change, growth

The state of Vermont has a new governor.Republican Phil Scott took the oath of office Thursday at the Statehouse in Montpelier before saying in his prepared remarks he'd heard the call of Vermonters for balance and common sense in state government and promising to lead a government that sets clear and achievable goals.


Homicide investigation after 81-year-old found dead in Bennington County

A suspected homicide is under investigation in Bennington County, Vermont. State police say 81-year-old Helen Jones was found dead by a friend at her houseon Buck Hill Road in Arlington. The friend was checking on her after a concerned family member called.


Moving company: South Dakota, Vermont top destinations in US

 One of the nation's largest moving companies says South Dakota is first on its list of top moving destinations.

 


Vermont Gov.-elect Scott names more cabinet appointments

Vermont Gov.-elect Phil Scott has announced cabinet appointments in health, housing, taxes, public safety and emergency management.


Supreme Court: outgoing governor may not pick new justice

The Vermont Supreme Court says outgoing Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin is not constitutionally authorized to appoint a successor for an upcoming vacancy on the court months after Shumlin leaves office.


Outgoing Gov. Shumlin cites gains, but says challenges loom

Outgoing Vermont Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin says he leaves office as enthusiastically as when he first walked into the Statehouse as a young representative 30 years ago.


Bennington woman fatally burned in cooking accident

 Vermont State Police say a 79-year-old Bennington woman has died after she was severely burned when her clothes caught fire while she was cooking.


Vermont governor issues 192 pardons for minor pot crimes

A Vermont man says he's glad to be able to get a minor marijuana conviction off his legal history, thanks to the pardon issued to him by Gov. Peter Shumlin.


Outgoing Vermont Gov. Shumlin to give farewell address

Outgoing Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin is going to be giving his last speech to the legislature while he the state's top leader.


Vermont Supreme Court to ponder high court vacancy

The Vermont Supreme Court is going to be hearing arguments about whether the outgoing governor should be allowed to appointment a replacement for a high court justice who hasn't yet left the bench.


Shumlin issues 10 pardons, mostly drug-related crimes

 Outgoing Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin has issued 10 pardons to people convicted of various felonies and misdemeanors.


Vermont minimum wage increases to $10 per hour in new year

Vermonters earning minimum wage are getting a raise with the New Year. Starting Sunday, the minimum wage increased to $10 per hour, up from $9.60. The minimum wage for tipped employees also increased, to $5 an hour.


With new year, more Vermonters eligible for paid sick leave

 More Vermont workers are starting off 2017 accruing paid sick leave that they can use when they fall ill or need time off to tend to sick family members or other emergencies.


Company questions if it's source of rural water chemicals

A company that once used a chemical in a Vermont factory that has been found in local private water systems is now questioning whether it is responsible for the contamination.


Incoming Vermont governor makes 3 more appointments

Vermont Republican Gov.-elect Phil Scott has appointed three more officials to his administration.


Outgoing Vermont governor to review 460 pot pardon requests

The administration of outgoing Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin is going to review about 460 applications from Vermonters seeking pardons for criminal convictions involving small amounts of marijuana.


Missing Bennington man found

Police in Bennington have found 78-year-old Gerald Watson and he is safe.


Vermont judge won't dismiss PFOA suit against Saint-Gobain

A Vermont judge has denied a motion from Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics to either dismiss or stay the multimillion-dollar class-action lawsuit filed over chemical water contamination.


Bennington man facing up to life in prison after sex assault conviction

A Bennington man is facing up to life in prison after he was convicted of sexually assaulting a child.


Couple, son convicted of Vermont Medicaid fraud

A Bennington couple and their son have been convicted of 18 felonies related to what authorities call a scheme to defraud the Vermont Medicaid system out of more than $100,000 over five years.


Deadline extended for new Vermont governor's inaugural gala

The group hosting the inaugural gala for Vermont Gov. -elect Phil Scott is extending the deadline to buy tickets.


Outgoing Vermont governor to swear in 2 new judges

Outgoing Gov. Peter Shumlin is going to be swearing in two Vermont lawyers as new Superior Court judges.


Vermont teen hurt in rollover crash

An Arlington, Vt. teen is recovering from injuries following a rollover accident on Route 7A Monday afternoon.


Vermont state parks offer New Year's Day hikes

 Vermonters are encouraged to start the new year with a hike in a state park.


Incentives offered for replacement of old wood stoves

 Vermonters can get help in replacing old wood stoves with new cleaner burning models.


Vermont Supreme Court blocks outgoing governor from pick

 The Vermont Supreme Court is blocking outgoing Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin from picking a successor for a court member who retires in March - at least until a Jan. 3 hearing on the matter.


Deadline for education secretary applications extended

The State Board of Education says the deadline for applications to become the state's secretary of education has been extended.


Sanders' bid, Hardwood tragedy top Vermont stories for 2016

Sen. Bernie Sanders' strength in the Democratic presidential primaries has been chosen the top Vermont story of the year for 2016 in a poll of journalists at Associated Press member newspapers and broadcasters.


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