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Vermont town passes ordinance banning recreational marijuana

Sep. 16, 2019 7:02 PM EDT

CLARENDON, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont select board has passed an ordinance banning recreational marijuana sales. The Clarendon Select Board voted unanimously on Sept. 9 to approve the ordinance that will take effect within 60 days of its passing. The town's residents will have 44 days to circulate a petition to...

Vermont capital lockdown's likely cause: Umbrella sighting

Sep. 16, 2019 4:26 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Police say the lockdown of some government buildings in Vermont's capital last month was prompted by two people who likely saw an umbrella and not a gun. The report of a suspicious person carrying a long gun entering the Department of Taxes building led to the Aug. 30 lockdown for at...

Vermont Health Department confirms first vaping illness

Sep. 16, 2019 3:57 PM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Health Department says physicians have confirmed the first case of vaping-related lung disease in the state. The health department reported Monday that five suspected cases are being investigated, as well. On Aug. 29, the health department alerted health care providers to...

Police chief in Vermont's largest city back from leave

Sep. 16, 2019 12:54 PM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The police chief in Vermont's largest city is back on duty after being gone for over a month on family and medical leave. The Burlington mayor's office announced Monday that Chief Brandon del Pozo had returned from the leave that began in early August. No reason was given for del...

US Fish & Wildlife issues advisories for lamprey treatments

Sep. 16, 2019 9:56 AM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is issuing water quality advisories ahead of sea lamprey control activities in Lake Champlain tributaries in Vermont and New York. The first of six lampricide treatments will be held Sept. 17 in the Lewis Creek in Ferrisburgh. They will be held on...

Vermont Air Guard to receive first 2 F-35s this week

Sep. 16, 2019 9:25 AM EDT

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Air National Guard is expected to take delivery of its first two F-35 fighter aircraft this week. Officials at the Burlington International Airport aren't sure yet which day they will arrive. The two Vermont pilots who will fly the planes from Texas to the South...

Merger talks fail between Vermont, Connecticut schools

Sep. 16, 2019 9:01 AM EDT

MARLBORO, Vt. (AP) — Vermont's Marlboro College says efforts to negotiate a merger with the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut have failed. Officials with Marlboro College announced on Saturday that negotiations between the two schools were suspended. In July, the two schools announced that Marlboro...

$3.6 million for bicycle, pedestrian infrastructure

Sep. 15, 2019 1:47 PM EDT

SWANTON, Vt. (AP) — A total of $3.6 million in grants will go toward improving bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure in communities around Vermont. Republican Gov. Phil Scott's office says this year's projects include a shared-use path to complete a missing link in South Burlington; sidewalks in Moretown;...

Man lying in I-91 struck by passing vehicle, pronounced dead

Sep. 15, 2019 9:30 AM EDT

WEATHERSFIELD, Vt. (AP) — Police in Vermont are investigating a fatal crash on Interstate 91 in which a man lying in the roadway was struck by a vehicle that drove away from the scene. The crash in Weathersfield killed 22-year-old Keanan Thompson of Stockbridge, Vermont. Police say the investigation has...

Southern Vermont town officials consider broadband district

Sep. 15, 2019 8:22 AM EDT

WILMINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Town officials across southern Vermont are considering a communications union district as a way to provide broadband service to underserved areas. Vermont Public Radio reports that such a district allows towns to join together in a legal entity that can plan and finance broadband...