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Vermont guard personnel doing F-35 training in Florida

Jan. 25, 2020 9:32 AM EST

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — More than 100 members of the Vermont Air National Guard are in Florida where they are learning more about how to maintain F-35 fighter jets. The guard says its members left this week for Eglin Air Force Base for a training event known as Southern Lightning. The guard members,...

FILE - In this Aug. 23, 2005, file photo, Don Glover, Caledonia County Coordinator for the Vermont Association of Snow Travelers, walks past rails and ties being removed from an old railbed in Danville, Vt. Completion of a 93-mile rail trail across northern Vermont got a big boost when Republican Gov. Phil Scott requested funds in the 2020 budget to complete the project. (AP Photo/Alden Pellett, File)

Vermont hopes to complete 93-mile rail trail by mid-decade

Jan. 25, 2020 8:47 AM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The completion of a 93-mile rail trail across northern Vermont would help link an ever-expanding network of recreation trails across New England and beyond, advocates say. The effort got a big boost this week when Vermont Republican Gov. Phil Scott asked lawmakers to approve $2.8...

Vermont to release 10-year plan for psychiatric care

Jan. 24, 2020 4:37 PM EST

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Department of Mental Health says it will release a 10-year plan for psychiatric care by the end of January. The new model for state psychiatric care could mean that the state could rely less on the Brattleboro Retreat, Vermont Public Radio reported. Mental Health...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Jan. 24, 2020 3:25 PM EST

Editorials from around New England: CONNECTICUT New Haven Register Connecticut needs a viable Republican Party Jan. 23 The unsettling saga of Robert Hyde, a Connecticut resident who may or may not have been involved in a plot against a U.S. ambassador, has raised questions about the president and his...

Legislature passes family leave bill opposed by GOP governor

Jan. 24, 2020 2:00 PM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Legislature has given final approval to a bill that would guarantee workers as many as 12 weeks of paid family leave, but its future is uncertain. The Vermont House gave final approval to the billion Thursday after lawmakers in the chamber agreed to a version given final...

2 towns adopt Second Amendment 'sanctuary' resolutions

Jan. 24, 2020 1:42 PM EST

HOLLAND, Vt. (AP) — Two Vermont communities have adopted symbolic designations as Second Amendment “sanctuary" towns. The towns of Holland and Pittsford are the first communities in the state to adopt the resolutions this year, the Caledonian Record reported. The designations come as the Vermont...

Ex-principal gets prison time for secretly recording girls

Jan. 23, 2020 10:19 PM EST

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, Vt. (AP) — A former Vermont high school principal accused of secretly recording teenage girls was sentenced to five years in prison Thursday. Superior Court Judge Elizabeth Mann handed down the sentence to Dean Stearns, 57, that includes an additional five to 10 years suspended, and...

Rule change for state fund for land preservation groups

Jan. 23, 2020 4:57 PM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A change in Vermont's clean water fund will save money and improve the ability to acquire property, according to nonprofit land preservation groups. Nonprofits, such as the Vermont Land Trust and the Trust of Public Land, will be able to apply to the Clean Water State Revolving Fund...

This Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020 photo provided by the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department shows a moose on railroad tracks in Ludlow, Vt. A moose that was stuck on an active railroad bridge in Vermont was removed and relocated with minimal injuries, according to state fish and wildlife officials. Local game wardens and wildlife biologists, with assistance from the Springfield Fire Department and a crew from the Vermont Rail System, sedated the moose and picked it up with a railroad crane truck. (Warden Kyle Isherwood/Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department  via AP)

Moose stuck on railroad bridge is rescued and relocated

Jan. 23, 2020 4:51 PM EST

LUDLOW, Vt. (AP) — A moose got stuck on an active railroad bridge in Vermont and was removed and relocated with minimal injuries, state fish and wildlife officials said. State Fish and Wildlife received a report Wednesday morning that a moose was stuck on a bridge near the Ludlow and Cavendish area in...

Vermont hospital reopens operating rooms after odor closure

Jan. 23, 2020 12:31 PM EST

COLCHESTER, Vt. (AP) — The operating rooms in a satellite campus of Vermont’s largest hospital will reopen after they were closed because of an odor that made some people sick, hospital officials said. All five operating rooms at the University of Vermont Medical Center's Fanny Allen campus in...