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Medical personnel prepare to administer a COVID-19 swab at a drive-through testing site in Lawrence, N.Y., Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020.  U.S. health officials are redefining what it means to have close contact with someone with COVID-19. On Wednesday, the CDC changed it to a total of 15 minutes or more, so briefer but repeated contacts that add up to 15 minutes now count.  (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

CDC redefines COVID-19 close contact, adds brief encounters

Oct. 21, 2020 5:59 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. health officials Wednesday redefined what counts as close contact with someone with COVID-19 to include briefer but repeated encounters. For months, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said close contact meant spending a solid 15 minutes within 6 feet of someone who tested...

More economic relief for businesses; hockey outbreak at 35

Oct. 21, 2020 1:40 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — An additional $76 million in federal relief is available to Vermont businesses hurt by the coronavirus pandemic. State officials announced the expansion of the state's economic recovery grants on Tuesday during Gov. Phil Scott's biweekly virus briefing. Scott said the pandemic has...

Police: West Rutland fire considered suspicious

Oct. 21, 2020 1:00 PM EDT

WEST RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) — The cause of a fire in a West Rutland apartment building over the weekend is suspicious, authorities said. Investigators were able to find the origin of the fire but not the cause, Vermont State Police said Tuesday. When firefighters arrived shortly after midnight on Saturday they...

Vermont unemployment rate dips slightly

Oct. 21, 2020 10:21 AM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont's unemployment rate dipped slightly to 4.2% in September, according to the state Labor Department. The rate was down six-tenths of a percentage point from August. “While the data shows that employment increased in September, we know there are still many Vermonters...

'Deer jacking' ruling could change VT game warden searches

Oct. 20, 2020 5:06 PM EDT

The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife is going to be looking at how its game wardens conduct searches after three U.S. Supreme Court justices questioned the actions of some wardens in an illegal hunting case, the department's top official said Tuesday. But Commissioner Louis Porter said Tuesday the full...

Bennington wins Appalachian Trail community designation

Oct. 20, 2020 4:58 PM EDT

BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont town's application to be a designated Appalachian trail community was approved, which could mean more hikers and visitors. Bennington will now be listed on the website of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, will host a summer gathering to promote the trail each year and...

Developers present new plan for stalled city redevelopment

Oct. 20, 2020 4:07 PM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The legal team for Vermont’s largest city says a stalled redevelopment project in Burlington is now expected to be completed in six years. Developers presented new plans for the project earlier this month, attorney Jeffrey Glassberg said during Monday’s Burlington City...

Vermont doc urges patience in face of 'pandemic fatigue'

Oct. 20, 2020 3:20 PM EDT

Vermont residents should do everything they can to avoid “pandemic fatigue” while continuing efforts to limit the spread of the coronavirus, Vermont’s top public health official said Tuesday. Health Commissioner Dr. Mark Levine said that for the last eight months, Vermonters have had to...

Connecticut suspect arrested at Vermont-Canadian border

Oct. 20, 2020 2:14 PM EDT

DERBY, Vt. (AP) — A fugitive wanted for questioning in the killing of his former girlfriend was caught in Vermont trying to cross the U.S.-Canadian border on foot, police said Tuesday. Corey Ramos, 30, of Bridgeport, Connecticut, was apprehended at the border in Derby Line by Canadian authorities on...

In this photo provided by New England Cable News, damage to overhead wooden beams inside the Kingsley Covered Bridge is visible on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, in Clarendon, Vt. The Rutland County sheriff's department is looking for the driver who hit the bridge the previous week. The 120-foot span over the Mill River, first built in 1836, was deemed safe Monday and reopened to traffic. (Kika Bronger/NECN.com via AP)

Vermont officials seek driver who damaged covered bridge

Oct. 20, 2020 10:20 AM EDT

CLARENDON, Vt. (AP) — Officials in the Vermont town of Clarendon are looking for the driver of box truck that damaged a covered bridge by hitting the wooden overhead beams while passing through it. The Rutland County sheriff’s department is investigating the crash that damaged the Kingsley Covered...