Latest Vermont state government News

Teen's disappearance reaches 15-year anniversary

Mar. 19, 2019 12:24 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Vt. (AP) — Tuesday marks the 15th anniversary of a Vermont teen's disappearance. WCAX-TV reports 17-year-old Brianna Maitland vanished in March 2004 after she left her job at the Black Lantern Inn in Montgomery. Her car was found the next day at an abandoned farmhouse, not far from the inn. Her...

Ex-day care worker charged in death of 6-month-old

Mar. 18, 2019 7:13 PM EDT

RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) — A former Vermont daycare provider was arrested Monday on suspicion of manslaughter and child cruelty charges in the death of a 6-month-old girl she was caring for in her Rutland home in January. The arrest of Stacey Vaillancourt, 53, came after the final autopsy report on the body of...

Transportation agency goes over winter salt budget

Mar. 18, 2019 4:22 PM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Agency of Transportation says it has gone over its allocated winter salt budget as the state faced a series of snowstorms and freeze-thaw conditions. WCAX-TV reports crews used about 190,000 tons of salt on state roads this year, compared to the average winter use of...

Vermont Fish and Wildlife urging bird feeder removal

Mar. 18, 2019 10:39 AM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife is urging people to take down their bird feeders by April 1. The warmer days and melting snows will cause bears to come out of their dens looking for food. Vermont bear biologist Forrest Hammond says many bears went into their winter dens...

Vermont Senate to consider handgun buy waiting period

Mar. 17, 2019 10:55 AM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Senate is poised to consider a proposal that would create a 24-hour waiting period for the purchase of handguns. WCAX-TV reports the proposal was approved Friday by the Senate Judiciary Committee by a vote of 3-to-2. The proposal would also roll-back some restrictions on...

Gov. Scott announces $100K in grants for recreation projects

Mar. 17, 2019 10:42 AM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont Gov. Phil Scott has announced $100,000 in grants to two communities for outdoor recreation. Randolph will receive $65,000 to promote events and design trails, and Newport will receive $35,000 for a trail-connected project as part of the city's waterfront recreation trail. The...

Vermont state trooper revived after apparent drug exposure

Mar. 16, 2019 1:35 PM EDT

LEICESTER, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont State Police trooper who collapsed after apparently being exposed to an opioid-like drug during a traffic stop was revived by fellow troopers who administered the overdose-reversal drug Narcan, state police said Saturday. Detectives are launching a full investigation into...

Vermont State Police investigate death after altercation

Mar. 16, 2019 9:01 AM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Vermont State Police detectives are investigating the death of a Burlington man who was found dead two days after he was involved in an altercation with a Burlington police officer. On Thursday, the body of 54-year-old Douglas Kilburn was found in his Burlington home. Burlington...

Gas refineries pay Vermont settlement over fuel additive

Mar. 15, 2019 4:36 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont attorney general's office says more than two dozen of the country's biggest gasoline refiners, including ExxonMobil and Shell Oil Company, are paying a $3.8 million settlement over the use of the gasoline additive that the state alleged caused widespread groundwater...

Vermont to offer third gender option on driver's licenses

Mar. 15, 2019 1:54 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont residents who don't identify as male or female will be able to choose another gender on their driver's licenses as soon as this summer. The Burlington Free Press reports the state Department of Motor Vehicles announced Wednesday residents will have the option to select...