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Former college towns left to adapt to business loss

POULTNEY, Vt. (AP) — As colleges and universities come alive this fall, some campuses sit closed and empty after succumbing to a recent wave of fewer students and financial challenges. Now communities that long hosted those historic institutions...

 

250 pigs escape; most back, some with help from hot dog buns

ORANGE, Vt. (AP) — About 250 pigs have been causing a ruckus in a Vermont town the past month after they escaped from their enclosure, but most of them had been returned as of Thursday thanks in part to a trail of hot dog buns and good ol'...

 

Pole vaulter, 84, sets her sights on more records

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — An 84-year-old pole vaulter isn't putting her pole down anytime soon. Flo Filion Meiler left Thursday for the World Masters Athletics Championship Indoor in Poland, where she'll compete in events including the long jump,...

 

Man puts up sculpture of middle finger as a message to town

WESTFORD, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont man who is in an ongoing dispute with his town has let officials know exactly how he feels by erecting a large wooden sculpture of a fist with the middle finger raised on his front lawn. Ted Pelkey said Thursday that...

 

The lessons after threats drive a black legislator to quit

BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Voters in this very liberal, very white state made Kiah Morris a pioneer when in 2014 they elected her as its first black female legislator. Two years later, another Vermont surfaced: racist threats that eventually forced...

 

More organic than thou? Rebel farmers create new food label

THETFORD, Vt. (AP) — Was your tomato grown in dirt or water? Organic shoppers might notice additional labels this summer that will give them the answer — and tell them whether their choices align with what a rebellious group of farmers and...

 

School shooting plot suspect kept journal of plans

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont teenager accused of planning "to shoot up" his former high school wrote in a diary he titled "Journal of an active shooter" that he had "big plans" to kill as many as he could. Jack Sawyer, 18, had recently...

 

Police: Retiree made ricin, tested it on neighbors

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A retirement community resident made ricin and tested the deadly toxin on her neighbors by putting it on their food or in beverages over a period of weeks, investigators said. Betty Miller told an FBI agent that she wanted...

 

Sanders plans to introduce "Medicare for all" plan soon

ST. ALBANS, Vt. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders told a group of seniors that the solution to the country's health care crisis is to make Medicare available to all, a proposal he plans to introduce shortly after Congress reconvenes in September....

 
 By Lisa Rathke    Regional    July 9, 2017

'Drug czar' says Vermont opioid treatment valuable model

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The White House "drug czar" on Monday praised Vermont — a pioneering state in the fight against opioid abuse — calling its opioid addiction treatment system an "an incredibly valuable national model" that is being...

 

They're back! Numbers of ticks are high across New England

MARSHFIELD, Vt. (AP) — Tick numbers are on the rise across New England, raising the prospect of an increase in Lyme and other diseases associated with the blood suckers. Much of the region got a respite last year as the drought took a toll on...

 
 By Lisa Rathke    Regional    April 27, 2017

US colleges confront a new era of sometimes-violent protest

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Fearing a return to violent protests that roiled campuses in the 1970s, colleges and universities are re-examining how to protect free speech while keeping students and employees safe in a time of political polarization....

 

Vermont discusses concerns about immigrant farmworkers

WILLISTON, Vt. (AP) — Vermont agriculture officials are discussing how to replace immigrant farmworkers, who are key to the success of the state's dairy industry, should they be targeted under the Trump administration's immigrant policy. The state...

 

Fish and chirps? Crickets make leap in demand as a protein

WILLISTON, Vt. (AP) — At Tomorrow's Harvest farm, you won't find acres of land on which animals graze, or rows of corn, or bales of hay. Just stacks of boxes in a basement and the summery song of thousands of chirping crickets. It's one of a...

 

25 congressional members question plant-based "milk" label

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Got milk? Twenty-five bipartisan members of Congress say if it's from soybeans, almond or rice, it should not be labeled as milk. Democratic Vermont Rep. Peter Welch and Republican Idaho Rep. Mike Simpson, leading the charge...

 

No bones about it, group wants to preserve doggie haven

ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. (AP) — At Dog Mountain, canines and their human owners can take walks on a 150-acre Vermont hillside, enjoy several ponds, attend dog parties and even visit a chapel and an art gallery. Now, a group is hoping to preserve the...

 

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