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3 state officials, in addition to governor, test negative

Jan. 21, 2021 5:41 PM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Three other state officials, in addition to Vermont Gov. Phil Scott, have tested negative for the coronavirus after possible exposure at the governor's twice-weekly virus briefings, the governor's office said Thursday. Health Commissioner Dr. Mark Levine, Human Services Secretary...

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders arrives for the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol for President-elect Joe Biden in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. (Saul Loeb/Pool Photo via AP)

Bernie Sanders spawns splash of memes with inaugural attire

Jan. 21, 2021 4:08 PM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Wearing mittens made out of recycled materials and a warm winter jacket, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders pulled off a casual inauguration outfit — and vibe — that only he could. Many people quickly highlighted the 79-year-old independent Vermont senator's look, and created...

Burlington voters to decide whether to host cannabis shops

Jan. 21, 2021 12:53 PM EST

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Burlington voters will be deciding on Town Meeting Day in March whether Vermont’s largest city should become host to shops that sell recreational marijuana. The City Council decided to put the measure before voters on Town Meeting Day, WCAX-TV reported. If approved, some of...

Vermont Sen. Leahy now 3rd in line for the presidency

Jan. 21, 2021 11:57 AM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont Democratic U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy is now third in line for the presidency. Leahy was sworn in Wednesday as the president pro tem of the Senate. The post goes to the senator with the most seniority in the majority party. Leahy, who took office in 1975, is now the senator...

Bill would ban guns in government buildings, hospitals

Jan. 21, 2021 9:33 AM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A state Senate committee is considering a bill that would ban the possession of guns in government buildings, hospitals and child care centers, following the siege of the U.S. Capitol earlier this month. The Senate Judiciary Committee heard nearly three hours of testimony Wednesday,...

Governor tests negative; teachers want vaccine

Jan. 20, 2021 5:33 PM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Gov. Phil Scott on Wednesday tested negative for COVID-19 after possible exposure to the coronavirus from a participant at the governor’s recent coronavirus briefing who tested positive, the governor’s office said. Scott will continue to quarantine and be tested again...

Bill would require African American history for teachers

Jan. 20, 2021 5:26 PM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont legislator has introduced a bill that would require a three-credit college course in African American history to be licensed as a teacher. Rep. Maida Townsend, D-South Burlington, introduced the bill last week and hopes that it will, at a minimum, lead to a dialogue, the...

Vermont State Police troopers guard the Statehouse in Montpelier, Vt., on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. Gov. Phil Scott said Tuesday he was unaware of any specific threat to the Statehouse. (AP Photo/Wilson Ring)

Vermont Statehouse quiet as police patrol

Jan. 20, 2021 1:50 PM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Statehouse was quiet Wednesday as police carrying automatic weapons patrolled the grounds while guarding against political violence. Earlier this month, the FBI warned that all 50 state capitals could be targets of political extremists to coincide with the inauguration of...

East Burke man found dead in I-91 crash

Jan. 20, 2021 1:20 PM EST

ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. (AP) — An East Burke man was found dead in his vehicle following a crash on Interstate 91 in St. Johnsbury early Wednesday, Vermont State Police said. It appears that Donald Burrington, 62, may have suffered a medical event before his van crossed into the median and rolled over, police...

Man pleads not guilty in slashing death of Bennington woman

Jan. 20, 2021 9:41 AM EST

BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont man has pleaded not guilty to a first-degree murder charge in the slashing death of a woman in Bennington. Darren Pronto, 32, of Pownal, entered the plea during a Tuesday hearing in Bennington County Superior Court. He was ordered held without bail. Pronto is charged with...