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Vermont man sentenced in girlfriend killing

Jun. 26, 2019 5:01 PM EDT

BARRE, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont man who killed his girlfriend in 2017 and dumped her body down a roadside embankment was sentenced Wednesday to more than 17 years in prison. Randal Gebo of Barre had pleaded guilty in May to second-degree murder in the death of 59-year-old Cindy Cook. He was sentenced to 17.5...

Police arrest man accused of stealing 26 street signs

Jun. 26, 2019 4:47 PM EDT

GEORGIA, Vt. (AP) — Deputies have arrested a Vermont man who is accused of stealing more than two dozen street signs. Mynbc.com reports 19-year-old Joshua Hanselman has been charged with larceny and unlawful mischief after acknowledging that he and others stole the 26 street signs. The signs were stolen...

University president apologizes for eugenics research

Jun. 25, 2019 5:26 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The outgoing president of the University of Vermont has apologized for the school's involvement in eugenics research in the 1920s and 1930s that helped lead to sterilizations. President Thomas Sullivan released a statement on Friday, calling it "unethical and regrettable." Last year...

Vermont governor signs bill aimed at expanding broadband

Jun. 20, 2019 3:41 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont Republican Gov. Phil Scott signed a bill into law on Thursday aimed at getting broadband to all rural areas of the state. The legislation supports community efforts to design and build broadband networks, like EC Fiber, a nonprofit, community owned fiber-optic network...

A newspaper bucks layoff trend, and hopes readers respond

Jun. 19, 2019 4:44 PM EDT

PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) — These days, the news about local news seems relentlessly bad: Newsroom employment, down by nearly half over the past 15 years. Waves of layoffs continuing to hit both traditional newspaper chains and digital news startups. Cities and towns so denuded of coverage that they're...

US maple syrup production up despite shorter season

Jun. 16, 2019 11:19 AM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — U.S. maple syrup production increased slightly this year, even though the sap-collecting season was shorter than last year's, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The country produced 4.2 million gallons (16 million liters) of the pancake topper, up 1% from 2018. Vermont,...

King Arthur Flour recalls some flour due to E. coli risk

Jun. 13, 2019 5:50 PM EDT

NORWICH, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont-based flour company is voluntarily recalling some bags of flour due to potential E. coli contamination. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration posted on its website a statement from King Arthur Flour saying the company is recalling more than 14,000 cases of 5-pound unbleached...

Some rural states double down on attracting new residents

Jun. 12, 2019 5:09 PM EDT

BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) — With jobs unfilled and young people moving away, some rural states are doubling down on efforts to attract new blood by expanding programs that offer incentives to live there. Over the past decade, states including South Dakota, Maine and Vermont have lured new residents with...

As bishops gather, prosecutors step up scrutiny of church

Jun. 11, 2019 5:30 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Hundreds of boxes. Millions of records. From Michigan to New Mexico this month, attorneys general are sifting through files on clergy sex abuse, seized through search warrants and subpoenas at dozens of archdioceses. They're looking to prosecute, and not just priests. If the boxes lining the...

Republican governor signs bill protecting abortion rights

Jun. 11, 2019 12:17 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont's Republican governor has signed a bill passed by the Democrat-controlled Legislature that protects women's access to abortion amid proponents' concerns that the U.S. Supreme Court could review Roe v. Wade. After signing the bill in private Monday, Gov. Phil Scott released a...