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Northeast senators seek to expand regional climate programs

Nov. 14, 2019 9:32 AM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — U.S. senators across the Northeast are working to create new regional greenhouse gas reduction programs and expand existing efforts. Led by Sen. Maggie Hassan, a Democrat from New Hampshire, the group has introduced bipartisan legislation to support and expand programs such as the...

Pact reached to avert government shutdown through Dec. 20

Nov. 12, 2019 6:52 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A top House lawmaker announced Tuesday that Congress will pass a governmentwide temporary spending bill to keep the government running through Dec. 20, forestalling a government shutdown as the House turns its focus to impeachment hearings. Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey,...

New low-cost apartment building becomes a reality

Nov. 5, 2019 5:11 PM EST

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) — A jazzy tune performed by the Butterfly Swing Band wearing hard hats trailed off as a large crowd filled the not-yet-painted community room of the Snow Block to hear about how many collaborations led to Tuesday's celebration of the new apartment building at 29 Flat St. The Windham...

Border wall, impeachment battle imperil budget progress

Oct. 31, 2019 4:10 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate passed a long-overdue, $209 billion bundle of bipartisan spending bills Thursday, but a bitter fight over funding demanded by President Donald Trump for border fencing imperils broader Capitol Hill efforts to advance $1.4 trillion worth of annual Cabinet agency budgets. The...

Vermont soccer players rally for equal pay, get carded

Oct. 20, 2019 12:21 PM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Members of a girls' high school soccer team in Vermont tore off their uniform tops to reveal shirts calling for equal pay, earning cheers from the crowd and penalty cards from the referees. The Burlington High School team made the demonstration during a Friday night game against...

Schools in 4 counties get $300k for farm-to-school programs

Oct. 20, 2019 8:41 AM EDT

ST. ALBANS, Vt. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy says some of the schools in four Vermont counties will be promoting farm-to-school food programs with the help of $300,000 in federal grants. The money will help the schools in Franklin, Grand Isle, Caledonia and Orange counties to connect their classrooms,...

Democrats protest $200M in additional border wall transfers

Oct. 16, 2019 1:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has quietly transferred more than $200 million from Pentagon counterdrug efforts toward building his long-promised wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, drawing protests from Democrats who say he is again abusing his powers. The move would shift $129 million to wall...

Today in History

Oct. 9, 2019 12:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Wednesday, Oct. 9, the 282nd day of 2019. There are 83 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Oct. 9, 1967, Marxist revolutionary guerrilla leader Che Guevara, 39, was summarily executed by the Bolivian army a day after his capture. On this date: In 1776, a group of...

Study to assess farm efforts to reduce phosphorus runoff

Oct. 8, 2019 7:09 PM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — As Vermont works to reduce algae-causing phosphorus runoff into Lake Champlain as mandated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, nearly $2 million in federal funding will go toward a study to look at how farm efforts are working to improve water quality, U.S. Sen. Patrick...

US senators ask federal government to address youth vaping

Oct. 6, 2019 2:56 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal says he's leading a group of a dozen senators in urging the federal government to do more to prevent young people from vaping. The Connecticut Democrat says the senators asked the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Friday to "take long overdue...