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Task force to investigate Vermont orphanage abuse

Sep. 10, 2018 5:13 PM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Vermont's top law enforcement officials vowed Monday to seek the truth of decades-old allegations of physical, mental and sexual abuse and even murder at the long-closed St. Joseph's Orphanage in Burlington. Speaking at a news conference at Burlington police headquarters about...

Vermont woman who admitted ricin possession sentenced

Sep. 6, 2018 12:29 PM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A woman charged with manufacturing the deadly toxin ricin in her Vermont retirement community and testing it on residents was sentenced Thursday to time served and five years of probation and must undergo mental health treatment. Betty Miller, 71, also was ordered Thursday to pay a...

Vice President Pence heads to Vermont for the weekend

Aug. 31, 2018 6:00 PM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence is making a weekend getaway to Vermont and visiting a museum dedicated to former President Calvin Coolidge. His office said Friday that Pence planned to spend the Labor Day weekend in the state with his family. Shortly after arriving, Pence made an...

1st transgender candidate for governor focused on the issues

Aug. 15, 2018 4:36 PM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Six months ago, Christine Hallquist was leading one of Vermont's rural electric cooperatives, her transgender status causing nary a ripple as she took part in policy debates about renewable energy and the reliability of the electric grid. Now, after winning Vermont's Democratic...

Ben & Jerry's has new CEO focused on social impact

Aug. 15, 2018 2:36 PM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Ice cream maker Ben & Jerry has a new CEO who has challenged the company to "double its social impact." Matthew McCarthy became CEO on July 1. The marketing executive is a veteran of Ben & Jerry's parent company, Anglo-Dutch consumer goods multinational Unilever, where he has...

14-year-old boy uses legal quirk to run for Vermont governor

Aug. 13, 2018 4:30 PM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — One of the four Vermont Democrats seeking the party nomination to run for governor in the fall election isn't old enough to vote, let alone drive. Ethan Sonneborn, 14, of Bristol, met the requirements to be on the primary ballot and is taking his place with the state's more...

Vermont exec would be nation's first transgender governor

Aug. 12, 2018 11:34 AM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A former energy company executive from Vermont has a shot at becoming the nation's first transgender governor — but she says that's not the main reason she's running. Christine Hallquist says that in the run-up to Tuesday's primary, people are finally beginning to pay...

African refugee grows homeland's bitter eggplants in Vermont

Aug. 9, 2018 1:00 PM EDT

COLCHESTER, Vt. (AP) — After surviving refugee camps in Africa, Janine Ndagijimana settled in Vermont and began to dream of farming. When she considered what to plant, she thought back to her time in Tanzania and settled on the African eggplant, also called bitter ball or garden egg. It wasn't found in...

Vermont city features drone racing obstacle course

Aug. 8, 2018 3:11 PM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Vermont's largest city is home to what's believed to be the nation's first permanent drone racing obstacle course. On the first Tuesday of every month a room at Generator, a business incubator and collection of artist studios in Burlington, is outfitted with a glowing obstacle course...

Fire at Vermont Air National Guard hangar closes airport

Aug. 6, 2018 5:03 PM EDT

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A fire at a Vermont Air National Guard hangar has caused the brief closure of an airport. WCAX-TV reports Burlington International Airport was closed for about 25 minutes on Monday afternoon. The fire was quickly put out. There are no details on what caused the fire and if any...