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FILE - In this May 22, 2019, file photo, Ariel Quiros, left, former owner of Jay Peak Resort, stands outside the federal courthouse in Burlington, Vt., after his arraignment on fraud charges over a failed plan to build a biotechnology plant using foreign investors' money. The Miami businessman, accused of being the mastermind behind a massive fraud case involving foreign investors' money in Vermont developments, is expected to plead guilty in next week in a plea deal in which prosecutors are seeking a sentence of more than eight years in prison. (AP Photo/Lisa Rathke, File)

Miami business to plead guilty in Vermont fraud case

Aug. 7, 2020 6:08 PM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The Miami businessman accused of being the mastermind behind a massive fraud case involving foreign investors' money in Vermont developments is expected to plead guilty next week in a plea deal in which prosecutors are seeking a sentence of more than eight years in prison. Ariel...

New grant program to help child care providers in Vermont

Aug. 7, 2020 5:45 PM EDT

A new grant program has been set up to help child care providers during the coronavirus pandemic, Vermont Gov. Phil Scott said Friday. The program includes $12 million in federal CARES funds to help afterschool programs, summer camps, and other child care programs offset expenses and losses. Applications are...

Two Vermont beaches closed because of blue-green algae

Aug. 7, 2020 11:59 AM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Two Vermont beaches have been closed after a blue-green algae bloom was discovered. The Burlington Parks and Recreation Department tweeted Thursday that North Beach and Texaco beach were closed to swimmers because of cyanobacteria blooms, WPTZ-TV reported. Leddy and Oakledge beaches...

Court: Religious school students likely to succeed in appeal

Aug. 6, 2020 7:29 PM EDT

A federal appeals court has granted an injunction to stop Vermont from excluding some students who attend a religious school from participating in a state program while an appeal is pending, in light of a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that said states cannot cut religious schools from programs that send public...

Vermont resident accused of writing racial slur on vehicle

Aug. 5, 2020 2:57 PM EDT

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont resident has been accused of targeting a family of color that lives in the same building by writing a racial slur on their vehicle, police said. South Burlington police got a report on July 25. Investigators were able to gather video surveillance footage and issued a...

Police say 2 ATV riders die after collision with vehicle

Aug. 1, 2020 2:25 PM EDT

STARKSBORO, Vt. (AP) — Two people are dead after the ATV they were riding was hit by a truck on Route 116 in Starksboro, state police said. The crash was reported just before 10:30 p.m. Friday. Police say an ATV driven by Tracy Bedell, 21, was headed west on Freedom Acres when it entered the northbound...

Vermont reports 1st COVID-19 death in more than a month

Jul. 30, 2020 5:12 PM EDT

Vermont reported its first new death from the coronavirus in 43 days on Thursday, bringing the state's total number of deaths since the pandemic began to 57. “We have been uniquely fortunate to have been spared such a loss for many weeks,” said Vermont Health Commissioner Dr. Mark Levine in a...

Report shows racial disparities in arrests in Burlington

Jul. 30, 2020 4:57 PM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Black people were arrested in the Vermont city of Burlington nearly four time more often than white people last year, according to a new city report. While overall arrests were down significantly since 2016, the report found that 17% of the nearly 1,600 people arrested in 2019 were...

Cows on pasture at the University of Vermont dairy farm eat hay Thursday, July 23, 2020, in Burlington, Vt. When the coronavirus pandemic forced the University of Vermont to close and send its students home, the school worried about who would take care of the cows, normally tended to by students. In no time, dozens of alumni and students of a particular agriculture program clamored to spend their spring and summer caring for the Holsteins. (AP Photo/Lisa Rathke)

Students, alumni clamor to take care of university's cows

Jul. 30, 2020 4:47 PM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — When the coronavirus pandemic forced the University of Vermont to close and send its students home, the alarm spread: What would happen to the cows? The university’s beloved herd of about 100 dairy cows is normally tended by students taking part in the Cooperative for Real...

Bennington approves 'All Black Lives Matter' street mural

Jul. 29, 2020 12:36 PM EDT

BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Officials in the Vermont town of Bennington have approved the creation of an “All Black Lives Matter” street mural in front of the town offices. The select board voted unanimously on Monday to allow the mural by a local group of artists, advocates and other volunteers,...