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Governor orders non-essential businesses to close

Mar. 24, 2020 6:51 PM EDT

MARSHFIELD, Vt. (AP) — Gov. Phil Scott on Tuesday ordered in-person operations of non-essential businesses to close and Vermonters to stay home to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus as the number of deaths in the state rose by two to seven and confirmed cases increased to 95. “I want to be...

Lake Memphremagog Ice Out contest ends early

Mar. 24, 2020 2:31 PM EDT

NEWPORT, Vt. (AP) — A big board has officially gone through the ice on Lake Memphremagog in northern Vermont, ending the sixth annual ice out contest. The board broke through the ice on Saturday at 9:32 p.m., which is more than three weeks earlier than last year, the Caledonian Record reported. The...

Vermont prison hostage situation resolved without injury

Feb. 26, 2020 1:12 PM EST

NEWPORT, Vt. (AP) — An apparent hostage situation in one of Vermont's prisons was resolved without injury, the Department of Corrections said Wednesday. The incident at the Northern State Correctional Facility in Newport was reported at about 1:15 p.m. Tuesday when two inmates were barricaded in a cell and...

Nearly 100 expected to swim in icy Vermont lake

Feb. 25, 2020 3:17 PM EST

NEWPORT, Vt. (AP) — Nearly 100 swimmers are expected to brave the icy waters of Lake Memphremagog in northern Vermont for the sixth annual winter swim festival. The festival takes place on Saturday and Sunday at the lake in Newport. Participants will swim 25-to-200-meter distances in a two-lane pool cut...

Initial testing fails to identify circus fire victims

Feb. 7, 2020 5:34 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Initial testing has failed to identify two victims of the 1944 Hartford circus fire whose bodies were exhumed from a Connecticut cemetery, the state's chief medical examiner said Friday. Dr. James Gill also announced that anthropological examination and dental comparisons excluded a...

Newport police chief: opioid demand down, crack cocaine up

Feb. 4, 2020 10:32 AM EST

The demand for opioids is easing in the Newport, Vermont, area but the demand for crack cocaine is growing, Police Chief Seth DiSanto told U.S. Congressman Peter Welch. DiSanto was among dozens from the Northeast Kingdom dealing with the opioid epidemic who met with U.S. Rep. Peter Welch on Monday. Welch said...