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Central figure in ski resort fraud case withdraws pleas

Jul. 12, 2020 2:43 PM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The alleged ringleader of a multimillion Vermont ski resort fraud scheme plans to withdraw his not guilty pleas, his lawyer said at an appearance in federal court. “We have been cooperating with the government and we anticipate disposing of his … case by plea in the...

Public invited to participate in lake watershed meetings

Jul. 12, 2020 1:41 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermonters have been invited to participate in three online presentations this month on an action plan to improve waterways and reduce phosphorus pollution in the Lake Champlain watershed from Ferrisburg to Swanton. The Department of Environmental Conservation is hosting the...

1 case at nursing home; lacrosse tournament canceled

Jul. 8, 2020 4:06 PM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A new resident under quarantine at a Burlington nursing home has tested positive for COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus. Health Commissioner Dr. Mark Levine said Tuesday that the person was under a quarantine for new admissions at Elderwood. “We should actually...

Vermont announces mandatory guidance for colleges to reopen

Jul. 7, 2020 4:55 PM EDT

Vermont announced Tuesday mandatory guidance and health protocols for colleges and universities to follow — including a health safety contract for staff and students to sign — as they reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic. The guidance, developed by a task force, includes initial quarantines for...

Burlington residents encouraged to make noise Friday evening

Jul. 3, 2020 2:42 PM EDT

With Burlington’s traditional July 3 fireworks over Lake Champlain cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic, the city’s mayor encouraged residents to make noise Friday evening. Mayor Miro Weinberger announced a plan for residents to “make noise” from their own homes at 7:30 p.m....

Vermont reports 9 new cases, no new deaths

Jul. 3, 2020 12:49 PM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Department of Health reported nine new confirmed cases of the coronavirus on Friday, for a total of 1,236 cases to date. The total number of deaths from COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus, has remained at 56 since June 18. On Friday, one person was hospitalized...

Vermont governor allows vote-by-mail bill to become law

Jul. 2, 2020 4:40 PM EDT

Vermont Gov. Phil Scott said Thursday he's allowing a bill to allow mail in voting during the November presidential to become law without his signature. In a letter to members of the Vermont Legislature, Scott said there appeared to be a technical problem with the law that creates an ambiguity in how the...

Vermont city council backs 30% police cut through attrition

Jun. 30, 2020 3:30 PM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The city council in Vermont's largest city has approved a resolution backing the reduction of the police force by 30% through attrition amid calls in Burlington and nationwide for racial justice and to defund police. The Burlington City Council approved the Racial Justice Resolution...

Vermont Gov. Scott thanks lawmakers for passing virus money

Jun. 29, 2020 2:11 PM EDT

Vermont Gov. Phil Scott thanked the Legislature on Monday for its hard work in appropriating around $576 million in spending to help the state confront the COVID-19 pandemic. Speaking at his regular Monday briefing, the governor said his office has not received officially the spending Legislation yet, but his...

Burlington City Council to vote on budget with police cuts

Jun. 29, 2020 1:19 PM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The city council in Vermont’s largest city is expected to vote on the mayor’s proposed budget that includes a cut of about 9% to the police department. Some activists were calling for even deeper cuts amid outrage over racial injustice and police brutality across the...