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Vermont unemployment rate drops to 2.9% in March

Apr. 16, 2021 17:18 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont's unemployment rate dropped one-tenth of percentage point in March to 2.9%, the state Labor Department announced Friday. Nationally, the March rate was 6%, down two-tenths of a percentage point from February. There...

Vermonters ages 16-18 can sign up for vaccines Saturday

Apr. 16, 2021 16:30 PM EDT

Vermont has pushed up the date to Saturday for people ages 16 to 18 to start signing up for COVID-19 vaccine appointments, a few days earlier than originally planned, Gov. Phil Scott announced Friday. “As you know, I've made getting kids back in school a priority. This...

Public comment period extended for border surveillance plan

Apr. 16, 2021 12:40 PM EDT

DERBY LINE, Vt. (AP) — The Department of Homeland Security has agreed to reopen the public comment period on plans to build a number of high-powered surveillance towers along Vermont's border with the Canadian province of Quebec, Vermont's congressional delegation said Friday. ...

Man who ran from police for 5 days ordered held without bail

Apr. 15, 2021 16:21 PM EDT

MARSHFIELD, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont man with a lengthy criminal history who was on the run for five days after allegedly assaulting a neighbor is going to be held without bail, a judge ruled Thursday. During his initial court appearance, Harley Breer denied violating...

No charges in NY fatal crash involving sleeping deputy

Apr. 15, 2021 15:46 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A sheriff's deputy who fell asleep at the wheel of a patrol vehicle near the Vermont border and slammed into another car head-on, killing the other driver, will not face criminal charges, New York's attorney general said Thursday. Susan Harrington,...

Vermont delaying J&J vaccines another week over clot worries

Apr. 15, 2021 12:17 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Health Department is extending for another week a pause on the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine against COVID-19, officials said Thursday. State officials say the pause through April 23 is in line with the advice of the U.S....

Suspect surrenders after eluding Vermont police for 5 days

Apr. 14, 2021 17:19 PM EDT

MARSHFIELD, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont man with a long criminal history who has been on the run for five days after allegedly assaulting a neighbor surrendered to police on Wednesday and is in custody, police said. Harley Breer, 51, was taken into custody without incident,...

Vermont high school contamination more extensive than feared

Apr. 14, 2021 17:08 PM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Officials at a Vermont high school have announced that contamination at the school is more extensive than expected and will be costly to decontaminate. Burlington Schools Superintendent Tom Flanagan said that the news continues to “worsen” as...

Vermont business owner seeks new trial over mask mandate

Apr. 14, 2021 13:18 PM EDT

NEWPORT, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont business owner is seeking a new trial in his fight against the state's mask mandate during the pandemic. Andre Desautels, the owner of Derby Port Press in Newport, was sued by the state after he refused to wear masks in his store, which...

1 year after man disappeared, people urged to come forward

Apr. 13, 2021 18:42 PM EDT

BARRE, Vt. (AP) — On the one-year anniversary of a Black man's disappearance from a Barre motel, authorities held a press conference Tuesday that they said was to renew awareness of the case in hope of generating new leads and getting people who know more than what they've acknowledged to...