Latest Vermont state government News

Deadline extended for comments about groundwater plan

Apr. 10, 2021 14:28 PM EDT

BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation has again extended the public comment period on the reclassification of groundwater as non-potable in parts of Bennington and Shaftsbury because of PFAS pollution. The deadline to submit...

The Latest: US 7th Fleet: 14,000 personnel fully vaccinated

Apr. 09, 2021 19:47 PM EDT

PHILIPPINE SEA — The U.S. 7th Fleet that operates throughout the Indo-Pacific says more than 14,000 of its service members have received their full doses of the coronavirus vaccine, which it began administering on January 5. “We are in a pandemic and our principle...

Vermont Senate approves 'reproductive liberty' amendment

Apr. 09, 2021 14:26 PM EDT

The Vermont Senate gave its final approval Friday to a proposal to amend the state constitution to protect a woman’s right to an abortion and other reproductive services. The proposal, a declaration of the “right to personal reproductive liberty,” will now be sent...

Vermont to get $71 m for summer, after-school programs

Apr. 09, 2021 14:15 PM EDT

Vermont plans to expand options for summer programs for kids using federal COVID-19 relief funding following a tough school year amid the pandemic, Gov. Phil Scott announced Friday. A top priority is making the programs affordable and accessible, officials said. ...

Amtrak passenger rail service to return to Vermont in July

Apr. 08, 2021 12:08 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The state of Vermont is preparing to welcome the return of Amtrak passenger rail service and inter-city bus services to the state, the Agency of Transportation announced Thursday. Amtrak service, which was suspended last year because of the...

Vermont governor outlines spending for $1B in COVID relief

Apr. 07, 2021 22:32 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont Gov. Phil Scott wants the state to use some of the more than $1 billion in federal COVID-19 assistance money to help improve access to broadband internet services and other wireless connectivity. Scott on Tuesday outlined plans for...

2 Vermont officers charged in separate cases with assault

Apr. 07, 2021 18:54 PM EDT

WATERBURY, Vt. (AP) — Two Vermont police officers are facing simple assault charges stemming from separate episodes that were investigated by the state police. Police announced Wednesday that Trooper Robert Zink, 39, of Arlington, was charged for his use of force during...

Vermont governor announces plans for loosening restrictions

Apr. 06, 2021 15:39 PM EDT

Gov. Phil Scott announced a three-month plan Tuesday for loosening restrictions as more Vermonters get vaccinated with a goal of being largely back to normal by July 4. “We’re in the last laps of this very long and difficult race, and this plan will show how we...

Scott decries 'racist response' to BIPOC vaccine eligibility

Apr. 05, 2021 19:46 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont Gov. Phil Scott on Monday condemned the “racist response” to his administration's decision to make Black, indigenous, and people of color of any age eligible for a coronavirus vaccine before residents of other races. The state granted...

Vermont officials want more info on border surveillance plan

Apr. 05, 2021 15:47 PM EDT

DERBY LINE, Vt. (AP) — Vermont’s lone U.S. congressman and the state attorney general said Monday they wanted to know more about plans by U.S. Customs and Border Protection to build a number of high-powered surveillance towers along the state’s border with the Canadian province of...