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Lamoille River treated for sea lamprey control

Oct. 27, 2020 4:44 PM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The Lamoille River was being treated on Tuesday with a pesticide to control sea lamprey that prey on native trout, land-locked Atlantic salmon and other species in Lake Champlain, federal wildlife officials said Tuesday. Controlling sea lamprey in the lake has been a more than...

Vermont officials: gatherings, travel bring new COVID cases

Oct. 27, 2020 2:49 PM EDT

Vermont's top officials said Tuesday that small gatherings and out-of-state travel by people who do not quarantine on their return appear to be the source of COVID-19 infections that are increasing across the state. During his regular Tuesday virus briefing, Republican Gov. Phil Scott said the outbreak that began...

Inn to become a year-round homeless shelter

Oct. 27, 2020 2:12 PM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A Burlington inn will be converted into year-round temporary housing for the homeless, following the closing of a city shelter that was deemed unsafe during the coronavirus pandemic, Mayor Miro Weinberger announced. ANEW Place bought the Champlain Inn on Shelburne Road using $2.5...

Vermont State Police: Woman dies after being hit by car

Oct. 27, 2020 8:41 AM EDT

WAITSFIELD, Vt. (AP) — A pedestrian died after being hit by a car in Waitsfield on Monday, the Vermont State Police said. Police say Mariah McGill, 43, was hit by a car at about 11:40 a.m. Monday when she was crossing Main Street at a crosswalk. Police say the car that hit McGill was driven by an...

Corrections officials: Inmate assaulted Vermont prison guard

Oct. 27, 2020 8:35 AM EDT

ST. ALBANS, Vt. (AP) — An inmate assaulted a prison guard at the Northwest State Correctional Facility in St. Albans last week, the Vermont Corrections Department said Monday. The correctional officer was taken the hospital and released with a concussion and bruises, officials said. Other inmates...

University president to recommend tuition, room-board freeze

Oct. 26, 2020 5:10 PM EDT

The president of the University of Vermont said Monday that he will recommend to the board a freeze on tuition and room and board costs and a reduction in a student fee for next year. He also wants to launch a fundraising campaign to raise $150 million in financial support for students as the school faces budget...

New Hampshire opens bridge linking state to Vermont

Oct. 26, 2020 11:14 AM EDT

LANCASTER, N.H. (AP) — A new bridge is open across the Connecticut River, linking Lancaster with Guildhall, Vermont, the New Hampshire Department of Transportation says. The new U.S. Route 2 Rogers’ Rangers bridge is named for the military unit that fought for the British during the French and...

Vermont's Brattleboro Retreat to lay off 85 workers

Oct. 26, 2020 9:32 AM EDT

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) — The Brattleboro Retreat, Vermont's largest private psychiatric hospital, is laying 85 employees, about 15% of its workforce, as part of its effort to contain costs. In addition to the layoffs, the Retreat is eliminating a number of programs. The facility has reduced its workforce by...

The Vermont town of Berlin is getting a new police chief

Oct. 25, 2020 3:47 PM EDT

BERLIN, Vt. (AP) — The police department in the Vermont town of Berlin is getting a new chief. James Pontbriand, a detective with the Barre police department, is expected to start work in Berlin next month. Pontbriand will be replacing Bill Wolfe, who retired last month after 12 years leading the Berlin...

Rutland Regional Medical Center now using new $24M building

Oct. 25, 2020 2:17 PM EDT

RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) — The Rutland Regional Medical Center is now using a new $24 million building that provides much-needed space for health care providers. The Rutland Herald reports officials held a ribbon cutting on Monday for the Thomas W. Huebner Medical Office Building. The groundbreaking for the...