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Vermont National Guard Sgt. Michael Menard grabs boxes of food and loads them onto people's vehicles at a Farmers to Families Food Box Distribution site at Brattleboro Union High School, in Brattleboro, Vt., on Wednesday, May 27, 2020. (Kristopher Radder/The Brattleboro Reformer via AP)

Vermont gov says to prepare for mail-in voting, decide later

May. 27, 2020 5:15 PM EDT

Vermont’s Republican Gov. Phil Scott said Wednesday he is in favor of preparing to hold the November election by mail, but he wants to wait until later in the year to determine if it's needed. Speaking at his regular COVID-19 news conference, Scott said he is not opposed philosophically to voting-by-mail...

This undated identification photo released Wednesday, May 27, 2020, by the Vermont State Police shows Evan Labonte, of Fairfax, Vt., wanted as a suspect in a Wednesday morning shooting in Underhill, Vt. (Vermont State Police via AP)

Police: Shooting suspect found, kills self

May. 27, 2020 5:00 PM EDT

COLCHESTER, Vt. (AP) — Police in Vermont tracked down a man near Interstate 89 who allegedly shot another man multiple times, but when they tried to speak with him, he killed himself, authorities said Wednesday. The suspect, Evan Labonte, 24, fled the scene of the shooting in Underhill, which was...

Indians wearing face masks as prevention against the coronavirus walk past a roadside bookshop in Bengaluru, India, Tuesday, May 26, 2020. For a seventh consecutive day India reported a record single-day jump in new virus cases. India has been easing its lockdown, with domestic flights resuming Monday at a fraction of normal. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)

The Latest: India surpasses 150,000 virus cases

May. 27, 2020 2:16 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — India surpasses 150,000 coronavirus cases with another...

Man gets more than 9 years in drug trafficking case

May. 26, 2020 4:52 PM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A 37-year-old Connecticut man is going to prison for more than nine years for his role in a drug trafficking and money laundering operation in Vermont, Maine and Connecticut, federal prosecutors said Tuesday. Korey Stewart, who used a number of aliases, was sentenced last week in...

Deborah Casdin, of Brattleboro, Vt., takes a face mask that was hanging from a tree in Pliny Park, in Brattleboro, on Tuesday, May 26, 2020. A sign on the tree encouraged people to take a free mask to help out during the COVD-19 pandemic. (Kristopher Radder/ Brattleboro Reformer via AP)

Vermont prepares to close some 'surge sites' as virus wanes

May. 26, 2020 2:00 PM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The state of Vermont is preparing to close some of the surge sites that were set up across the state in case COVID-19 infections overwhelmed its hospitals. WCAX-TV reports that pop-up sites, like the one at the Spartan Arena in Rutland, were designed for non-COVID patients in case...

Prosecutor says shooting at Royalton home was self-defense

May. 26, 2020 12:58 PM EDT

ROYALTON, Vt. (AP) — A non-fatal shooting at a Royalton home was in self-defense and no charges will be filed against the man who fired the shot, police said Tuesday, announcing the decision by the office of the Windsor County State’s Attorney. An investigation found that the April 15 shooting...

Burlington pondering new street to reach lake

May. 26, 2020 9:06 AM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The city of Burlington is considering construction of a new street to help carry traffic to the Lake Champlain waterfront. WCAX-TV reports the Department of Public Works is considering nine different alternatives for the Railroad Enterprise Project, which carries an estimated price...

Vermont National Guard continues food distribution

May. 26, 2020 4:00 AM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — One of Burlington’s major vehicle routes is going to be closed for much of the day Tuesday while the Vermont National Guard and the Vermont Foodbank distribute meals to neighbors in need. Burlington police say Route 127, better known as the beltline, will be closed Tuesday to...

Amanda Pensack, left, and Derek Engelking, of Weymouth, Mass., sit on Marconi Beach, part of Cape Cod National Seashore, Monday, May 25, 2020, in Wellfleet, Mass. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Flags in Boston Common honor vets; Some beaches reopen in RI

May. 25, 2020 9:30 PM EDT

Volunteers placed 1,000 physically distanced flags on Boston Common for Memorial Day while beaches, barbers and hair salons reopen in Massachusetts. A sole veteran accompanied by police escorts marched in downtown Portland, Maine, and placed a flag at Monument Square on Monday, in place of the city's traditional...

Vermont's free fishing day is June 13; no license required

May. 25, 2020 3:52 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont's free fishing day is coming up next month. On Saturday, June 13, anyone may fish without a fishing license in the state's streams and lakes. The day also kicks off the start of the regular bass fishing season. "Fishing is an activity that can be shared with family or...