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Vermont Christmas tree growers ready for big season

Nov. 29, 2021 15:12 PM EST

BARTON, Vt. (AP) — Vermont Gov. Phil Scott celebrated the beginning of the state’s unofficial Christmas tree season Monday by cutting trees for the Montpelier building where his office is located. The trees cut by Scott and Agriculture Secretary Anson Tebbetts at the...

Memorial honoring Challenger crew moved to more public spot

Nov. 21, 2021 09:42 AM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A memorial in Montpelier honoring the crew aboard the space shuttle Challenger has been moved to a new location. The monument was built shortly after the doomed launch in January of 1986. Seven astronauts, including New Hampshire teacher Christa...

USDA helping cover costs of pandemic safety measures

Nov. 15, 2021 09:13 AM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is making available $650 million to help farmers markets and specialty food producers cover the costs of safety measures implemented during the pandemic. The grants can range in size from $1,500 to $20,000, USDA...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Nov. 12, 2021 17:16 PM EST

Portland Press Herald. November 8, 2021. Editorial: Federal prescription plan has been on Maine’s agenda for years The Build Back Better plan includes a price negotiation system for prescription drugs, and all of Maine’s congressional delegation...

Vermont expanding homeless access to motels during winter

Nov. 11, 2021 13:27 PM EST

Montpelier, Vt. (AP) — Advocates for Vermont’s homeless population claimed victory Thursday after the state expanded eligibility for who will be able to qualify for emergency housing in hotels and motels this winter. As a result of the state's decision, announced...

Central Vermont schools may have been hit with ransomware

Oct. 28, 2021 15:11 PM EDT

EAST MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A school district in central Vermont said Wednesday it may have been hit with a ransomware attack. WCAX-TV reports the superintendent of the Washington Central Unified Union School District said the district's information systems were...

Homelessness advocates vow Statehouse campout to push aid

Oct. 15, 2021 14:38 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A group of housing advocates are promising to camp outside the Vermont Statehouse in Montpelier until the state does more to help homeless people, one of the advocates said Friday. Brenda Siegel, of Newfane, and others want the expanded...

Statehouse police seize muzzleloader from car after arrest

Oct. 08, 2021 18:33 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Police seized a muzzle loading rifle from a man who was arrested on charges of suspicion of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest after an incident in the Montpelier Statehouse, Capitol Police said. Statehouse police were called to the office of...

Vermont pauses plan to consider 19-year-olds as juveniles

Oct. 06, 2021 13:41 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont plans to halt legislation that would change the way the state's criminal justice system handles 18- and 19-year-old criminal offenders because state officials said some young offenders are too dangerous to be treated as juveniles. The...

Public meeting on ANR's plans for COVID relief funding

Oct. 03, 2021 09:18 AM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The secretary of the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources is hosting a public meeting to discuss a variety of environmental topics, including the agency's plan to invest about $100 million in COVID-19 relief funding on water infrastructure projects. ...