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US maple syrup production up despite shorter season

Jun. 16, 2019 11:19 AM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — U.S. maple syrup production increased slightly this year, even though the sap-collecting season was shorter than last year's, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The country produced 4.2 million gallons (16 million liters) of the pancake topper, up 1% from 2018. Vermont,...

King Arthur Flour recalls some flour due to E. coli risk

Jun. 13, 2019 5:50 PM EDT

NORWICH, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont-based flour company is voluntarily recalling some bags of flour due to potential E. coli contamination. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration posted on its website a statement from King Arthur Flour saying the company is recalling more than 14,000 cases of 5-pound unbleached...

Some rural states double down on attracting new residents

Jun. 12, 2019 5:09 PM EDT

BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) — With jobs unfilled and young people moving away, some rural states are doubling down on efforts to attract new blood by expanding programs that offer incentives to live there. Over the past decade, states including South Dakota, Maine and Vermont have lured new residents with...

As bishops gather, prosecutors step up scrutiny of church

Jun. 11, 2019 5:30 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Hundreds of boxes. Millions of records. From Michigan to New Mexico this month, attorneys general are sifting through files on clergy sex abuse, seized through search warrants and subpoenas at dozens of archdioceses. They're looking to prosecute, and not just priests. If the boxes lining the...

Republican governor signs bill protecting abortion rights

Jun. 11, 2019 12:17 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont's Republican governor has signed a bill passed by the Democrat-controlled Legislature that protects women's access to abortion amid proponents' concerns that the U.S. Supreme Court could review Roe v. Wade. After signing the bill in private Monday, Gov. Phil Scott released a...

Vermont gov vetoes creating 24-hour wait period for handguns

Jun. 10, 2019 8:55 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont's Republican governor vetoed legislation Monday that would have established a 24-hour waiting period to buy handguns, a move that came about a year after the state imposed its first significant gun ownership restrictions following what police say was a near-miss school...

Seniors more likely to work longer in big metropolitan areas

Jun. 10, 2019 11:54 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Seniors in major metropolitan areas, especially in the Northeast and around Washington, D.C., are more likely to continue working past age 65 than those in other areas around the country, according to an analysis of Census data by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research....

Vermont reaches $1.75 m settlement with Dollar General

Jun. 6, 2019 4:36 PM EDT

BARRE, Vt. (AP) — Dollar General is paying Vermont $1.75 million to settle claims that it overcharged customers at its various stores in the state by advertising one price on the shelf and charging more at the register, state Attorney General T.J. Donovan announced Tuesday. From October 2013 to January...

Vermont's Killington is capping another rare ski season

Jun. 2, 2019 9:10 AM EDT

KILLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Vermont's Killington ski resort is ending its season in June for the third time in almost 20 years. The company says Sunday will be the last day of skiing for the 2018-2019 winter ski season. The last time the resort operated into June was 2017, but before that there hadn't been June...

New Hampshire sues 3M, DuPont, other chemical companies

May. 29, 2019 8:17 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire has sued eight companies including 3M and the DuPont Co. for damage it says has been caused by a class of potentially toxic chemicals found in pizza boxes, fast-food wrappers and drinking water. The substances — known collectively as PFAS — have been used in...