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Nurses at Vermont hospital back at work after 2-day strike

Jul. 14, 2018 10:24 AM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Nurses at Vermont's largest hospital are back on the job after a two-day strike. The strike of 1,800 nurses from the University of Vermont Medical Center ended at 7 a.m. Saturday after 48 hours. Hospital administrators brought in outside nurses during the strike and say most hospital...

Nurses at Vermont's largest medical center go on strike

Jul. 12, 2018 6:50 PM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — About 1,800 unionized nurses at Vermont's largest hospital launched a two-day strike Thursday following unsuccessful contract negotiations, but hospital officials say operations continued with little disruption for patients. Hundreds of nurses, many wearing red shirts, picketed...

Consumer group sues Ben & Jerry's over eco-friendly claims

Jul. 12, 2018 5:04 PM EDT

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A consumer advocacy group has filed a lawsuit against Ben & Jerry's alleging the ice cream company misleads consumers about its environmental practices. Vermont Public Radio reports a lawsuit filed Tuesday in Superior Court of the District of Columbia by the Organic...

Sanders: Nurses' contract negotiation is about priorities

Jul. 6, 2018 5:45 PM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders threw his support behind University of Vermont Medical Center nurses ahead of union negotiations Friday, saying hospital administrators need to increase wages and avert a scheduled strike. Sanders railed against the "exorbitant" salaries paid to hospital...

Man takes a naked stroll through the city

Jul. 6, 2018 8:51 AM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A man has decided to take a stroll in the buff through a Vermont downtown on a simmering day. The Burlington Free Press reports the man wearing nothing but a hat, sneakers and a lime green tote bag walked around Burlington on Thursday afternoon. When asked why he decided to go...

Move to Vermont incentive program receives 1,800 inquiries

Jul. 2, 2018 6:01 AM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Vermont's plan to pay people up to $10,000 to move to the state and work remotely might be working a little too well. A spokeswoman with the Department of Economic Development tells The Burlington Free Press the state has received 1,800 inquiries so far, including 500 from...

Where pot is now legal, no-longer-criminals seek forgiveness

Jun. 22, 2018 10:07 AM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Despite its name, hippie reputation and liberal spirit, Vermont hasn't always been kind to pot smokers. Now, as the state moves to legalize weed beyond medical use, those punished in the past for marijuana misdemeanors are seeking forgiveness. On July 1, Vermont will become the ninth...

Volkswagen to pay Vermont $6.5 million in emissions lawsuit

Jun. 13, 2018 2:23 PM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The state of Vermont and people who bought certain Volkswagen diesel models that were rigged to cheat on emissions tests will be getting a total of $6.5 million from the automaker, Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan announced Wednesday. Under the terms of the settlement VW will...

Ranked-choice voting faces statewide test in Maine primary

Jun. 8, 2018 9:28 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A crowded party primary is typically a recipe for nastiness and mud-slinging: Candidates with few political differences try to distinguish themselves with personal attacks on their opponents. Then there is Maine. In a campaign video flush with smiles and upbeat music, two Democrats...

Station settles after airing photograph of victim's body

Jun. 4, 2018 2:00 PM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The former owners of a Vermont television station will pay an undisclosed out-of-court settlement to the family of a murdered teacher after a photo of her nude body was aired during a news broadcast. Richard and Phil Ann Jenkins of Newport filed suit in March 2016 against CBS...