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Vermont town wants fire-damaged race track demolished

Sep. 25, 2020 9:13 AM EDT

POWNAL, Vt. (AP) — The Pownal Board of Health wants the fire-damaged grandstand building at the long-closed Green Mountain Racetrack to be demolished. The Bennington Banner reports the board, which is made up of the town health officer and the Select Board, began the legal process on Thursday. The...

Springfield Hospital submits plan for state bailout to court

Sep. 24, 2020 4:25 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Vt. (AP) — Springfield Hospital and its associated Springfield Medical Care Systems submitted a plan for a bankruptcy bailout funded by the state of Vermont that would have them move forward as separate organizations. The hospital and clinics, which employ around 600 people, proposed in a...

Vermont governor, main challenger outline visions in debate

Sep. 24, 2020 3:27 PM EDT

Republican Gov. Phil Scott said Thursday he would not seek to raise taxes or fees to help the Vermont state government cope with an expected economic shortfall in next year’s state budget caused by the coronavirus pandemic. In a radio debate with his Democratic challenger in the November election, Lt. Gov....

Vermont statistics show minorities hit hardest by COVID-19

Sep. 24, 2020 3:24 PM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Racial minorities in Vermont have been the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, statistics from the Vermont Health Department show. Collected between March 5 and Sept. 16, the statistics show that while white Vermonters represent more than 80% of Vermont COVID-19 cases, the rate per...

Man dies after falling into water at Vermont waterfall

Sep. 24, 2020 12:18 PM EDT

STOWE, Vt. (AP) — A New York City man is dead after he fell into the water at a well-known Stowe waterfall, Stowe police said. Rescue crews were called to Bingham Falls around 12:30 p.m. Wednesday after receiving reports a person had fallen into the water and not resurfaced. A second person who had fallen...

Most Vermont State Police troopers to get body cameras

Sep. 24, 2020 11:22 AM EDT

WATERBURY, Vt. (AP) — Most Vermont State Police troopers are going to be getting body cameras by the end of the year. Officials are still working on the details of the policy for the cameras, including the public’s access to view police videos. Vermont State Police Capt. Garry Scott tells WCAX-TV...

Vermont marijuana sales bill done; governor to 'take a look'

Sep. 23, 2020 3:48 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Legislature has approved a bill that would set up a system to legalize the sale of recreational marijuana by establishing a cannabis control board and setting up how such sales would be taxed. Gov. Phil Scott says he will “take a look” at the legislation...

22 Middlebury College students barred on COVID-19 violations

Sep. 23, 2020 11:54 AM EDT

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. (AP) — Twenty-two Middlebury College students were “barred from campus” due to “significant COVID-19 conduct violations” this past weekend, the school said. In a Monday message to the campus community, Dean of Students Derek Doucet said the school took...

State Police to move central Vermont barracks to Berlin

Sep. 23, 2020 10:49 AM EDT

BERLIN, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont State Police is planning to move its barracks in the central part of the state from Middlesex to Berlin. The Times Argus reports the plans call for renovating the state-owned building that once housed the Midstate Regional Library just off Interstate 89 in Berlin into a...

2 Williston firefighters injured in Vermont warehouse fire

Sep. 23, 2020 10:01 AM EDT

WILLISTON, Vt. (AP) — Two Williston firefighters were injured battling a fire in a warehouse in the Vermont community, the department said. The Williston Fire Department did not describe the extent of the injuries, but one of the firefighters was taken to the hospital. The fire was in a warehouse...