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  • coronavirus 7 hours ago

    Vermont Releases COVID Guidelines for Colleges

    Colleges and Universities in Vermont will welcome students back on campus this with quarantine requirements, coronavirus tests and contracts under new state guidelines released Tuesday. Gov. Phil Scott announced the restrictions for in-person higher education during a press conference, emphasizing the significance of the connection between students and teachers that can be strained via remote learning. “We know how critical...

  • coronavirus Jul 1

    Vermont to Give Grants to Struggling Businesses

    Vermont will start accepting applications from small businesses that have been financially impacted by the coronavirus crisis Monday as part of Gov. Phil Scott’s economic relief package. “I’ve instructed my team to make the process as easy as possible in order to get the money out the door quickly to those who are in need,” Scott said Wednesday. “The...

  • coronavirus Jun 29

    Vt. Gov. Urges Residents to Stay Vigilant Amid Pandemic

    Vermont officials are urging residents to stay vigilant when it comes to taking coronavirus precautions as states across the country see spikes in cases. “We’re not asking people to stop having fun in life and to stop doing the things they enjoy,” Health Commissioner Mark Levine said, “but you have to have a sense of going about your life...

  • coronavirus Jun 26

    Vermont Expands Visitation Without Quarantine

    Vermont is expanding their trusted travel map, a list of communities that have been approved to visit the state without a two week quarantine. Counties in other states must meet a threshold of less than 400 active cases per million and be within driving distance of Vermont in order to qualify. Beginning July 1, counties in states including Pennsylvania, New…

  • Vermont Jun 24

    Vermonters Urged to Complete 2020 Census as State Seeks to Rebound From Pandemic

    Gov. Phil Scott on Wednesday urged Vermonters to complete the 2020 Census, saying failure to do so could hurt the state’s economy at a time when it is rebounding from the coronavirus crisis. Officials said only some 55 percent of households in the state have completed the census so far, compared to the 60 percent that completed the 2010 Census….

  • Vermont Jun 23

    Vt. Boosting Unemployment Insurance for Individuals in Bid to Help Businesses

    Vermont businesses are going to be getting a break on the costs of their unemployment insurance, and people collecting unemployment benefits will be getting more money, Gov. Phil Scott said Tuesday. Starting July 1, the Vermont Department of Labor will change its rate structure, reducing individual employers’ rates. In the first full week of July, the maximum benefit for people…

  • limited visits Jun 17

    Vt. to Allow Limited Visitation at Hospitals, Senior Care Facilities

    Vermont will begin a phased-in approach to allow visitors at senior care facilities and hospitals, with a goal to have policies ready in time for Father’s Day. Gov. Phil Scott said Wednesday the phased-in approach, which is still being developed based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) guidelines, will...

  • coronavirus Jun 15

    Vt. Gov. Extends State of Emergency

    Gov. Phil Scott is scheduled to give an update on Vermont’s response to the coronavirus Monday at 11 a.m.

  • coronavirus Jun 5

    Vermont Expands Travel, Dining and Lodging Capacity

    Vermont eateries will be able to serve people indoors, lodging facilities can fill more rooms and some out-of-staters will be able to visit without a two-week quarantine, Gov. Phil Scott announced Friday. The next step in reopening Vermont comes as the state experiences a localized outbreak in Winooski, where 34 people tested positive for coronavirus Thursday. “I recognize this is…

  • coronavirus Jun 4

    Vt. Gov. Loosens DMV Restrictions, Looks to Reopen Indoor Dining

    Vermont is allowing the Department of Motor Vehicles to administer driver’s permits and license tests, Gov. Phil Scott announced Monday, adding that outdoor dining may soon resume as the state slowly eases coronavirus restrictions. Scott said in a news conference that he would detail additional moves for reopening later this week, which, if the data continues to move in...

  • coronavirus Jun 3

    Vermont Looks to Reopen Indoor Dining

    Gov. Phil Scott, looking to resume indoor dining in Vermont, indicated that he will make an official announcement Friday. “When we get to indoor dining it will be a very controlled opening at first with a focus on physical distance,” Scott said. “We still have a very long way to go to help our restraints get back on their feet…

  • coronavirus May 29

    Vermont Gyms, Cleaning Services Can Resume

    Vermont gyms, nail salons and in-home services got the green light from Gov. Phil Scott to reopen Friday with capacity limits. “I’m very pleased to see our trends moving in the right direction and we feel comfortable taking additional steps today,” Scott said. “This has affected each and every one of us and we’re showing that together, we can...

  • coronavirus May 27

    Vermont Eyes Opening to Out-Of-State Travelers as Coronavirus Rates Fall

    Vermont is studying how and when it can open to tourism from neighboring states as coronavirus rates fall in places such as Massachusetts and New York, Gov. Phil Scott said Wednesday. In a news briefing, Scott said his administration was developing benchmarks to determine when it would be “smart and safe” to welcome back out-of-state travelers. “I know how incredibly…

  • coronavirus May 23

    Haircuts, Other Services to Resume in Vt., But Summer Fairs Canceled

    Friday brought mixed news for residents of Vermont, with certain close-contact services allowed to resume but fairs and festivals canceled for the summer. Gov. Phil Scott, R-Vermont, said crowd sizes at those events are simply too large and noted there is considerable coronavirus activity in certain portions of Massachusetts, New Hampshire and New York. Additionally, fairs see people from all…

  • coronavirus May 23

    Vermont Gov. Gives Go-Ahead for Restaurants to Reopen Immediately

    Restaurants can reopen immediately in Vermont with outdoor seating if they’re ready, Gov. Phil Scott announced Friday. “I understand it won’t be possible for all restaurants to start today,” Scott said, “but this lets them open up after a very long two months of sacrifice and with bills still coming in and with no income.” The order to reopen...

  • coronanvirus May 16

    Vt. Gov. Relaxes Stay-At-Home Advisory, Extends State of Emergency

    Vermont Gov. Phil Scott is extending the state’s emergency declaration until June 15 and relaxing the stay-at-home advisory. “We’re now two months into the state of emergency but I’ve got to admit, it seems like a year ago. It’s incredible to think back to all that’s happened since early March,” Scott said. “We’ve all been through a lot.” Campgrounds,...

  • coronavirus May 8

    Vt. Gov. Announces Fate of High School Graduations During Pandemic

    With Vermont’s state models showing it has the nation’s third-slowest growth rate of coronavirus infections, Gov. Phil Scott said Friday he’s ready for additional, cautious reopening steps. The Republican and members of his administration announced child care centers can open June 1, and summer camps can operate if they choose to. However, some camps have already announced they won’t...

  • coronavirus May 1

    Now Past Coronavirus Peak, Vermont Announces Plan to Reopen Some Businesses

    Vermont will begin reopening some businesses on Monday following the stunning shutdowns forced by the coronavirus as the state continues to see promising signs that the worst of the pandemic is over, Gov. Phil Scott said Friday. The governor said that the coronavirus peak has now passed and that he has signed an order allowing manufacturing, construction and distribution businesses…

  • coronavirus Apr 29

    Vermont Ramps Up Coronavirus Testing, Tracing

    Vermont Gov. Phil Scott is ramping up coronavirus testing and tracing, he announced Wednesday, as he takes steps to reopen the economy. Over the next few weeks, Vermont will “ramp up” testing capabilities with a goal of conducting 1,000 tests a day, 7,000 a week, tripling their average over last several weeks. He said he hopes the measure will place…

  • coronavirus Apr 27

    Vt. Gov. Scott: ‘Stay Vigilant' as State Cautiously Reopens Economy

    Vermont Gov. Phil Scott is urging people to stay home and keep their distance from each other, anticipating an increase in coronavirus cases as the state takes steps to reopen its economy. “Restarting some businesses doesn’t mean things are back to normal, and while I believe we will get there eventually, we’re not there yet,” Scott said in a...

  • coronavirus Apr 26

    Barre to Hold ‘Drive-Thru' Election Amid Coronavirus Outbreak in Vt.

    There were eight new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Vermont on Sunday, for a statewide total of 851, the state Health Department reported. The number of deaths remained unchanged at 46 statewide. Eleven people are still hospitalized with the disease, the department said. In response to the coronavirus outbreak, officials in Barre Town plan to hold a “drive-thru” election rather…

  • coronavirus Apr 25

    Vermont Takes Another Step Toward Reopening Its Economy

    The governor of Vermont Friday said he will continue taking slow and careful steps to reopen the state’s economy, but has signaled if COVID-19 infections pick up, progress could be dialed back again. “No one wants to get Vermont back to work more than me,” said Gov. Phil Scott. “But as we do, we must outsmart and beat this...

  • coronavirus Apr 22

    Vt. Urges Residents Without Internet to Contact Authorities Amid Coronavirus Crisis

    Officials in Vermont urged residents unable to connect to the internet to contact authorities in an effort more make sure everyone can access vital resources amid the coronavirus pandemic. During a news conference, June Tierney, commissioner of the Vermont Department of Public Service, said those without connectivity should call the DPS, which would work to help them. Such residents could…

  • coronavirus Apr 20

    Slope of COVID-19 Curve in Vt. Continues to Plateau Despite New Deaths

    The number of people in Vermont who have died from COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, now stands at 38, according to numbers released Monday by the Department of Health. There are now 816 people who have tested positive for COVID-19. During a Monday news conference with Gov. Phil Scott, Vermont Health Commissioner Dr. Mark Levine said although…

  • coronavirus Apr 17

    Vt. Gov. Taking Steps to Restart Economy

    Vermont Gov. Phil Scott outlined a five-step process to restart the state’s economy Friday after health officials determined they have reached their peak in coronavirus cases. “While these trends are encouraging, I want to be clear – we’re not declaring victory because we’re not out of the woods yet,” Scott said, “but we are seeing some daylight. Here’s what’s...

  • coronavirus Apr 15

    Vermont Coronavirus Cases Continue to Plateau

    Vermont officials are seeing a plateau in the number of coronavirus cases, with under five percent of tests coming back positive each day, officials said. As of Wednesday, the state had reported 752 cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, including 29 fatal cases. “There’s clearly a tendency towards a plateauing,” Health Commissioner Mark Levine said in a…

  • coronavirus Apr 13

    Vermont May Be Seeing ‘Plateau' of Coronavirus Cases, Officials Say

    Vermont is seeing a plateau in coronavirus cases, Gov. Phil Scott said Monday, but he is still urging residents to remain at home. “While we’ve seen a flattening of the curve, we still don’t know if we’ve reached the peak,” Scott said, “so as difficult as it is, we must continue to stay home so we don’t overwhelm our...

  • coronavirus Apr 10

    Vt. Gov. Phil Scott Extends State of Emergency Until May 15

    Gov. Phil Scott on Friday extended Vermont’s state of emergency until May 15. It had been set to expire on April 15. The state of emergency includes the stay-at-home order. Schools remain dismissed through the end of the school year. “I know how disappointing this is to many, if some were hoping we could magically flip a switch and go…

  • coronavirus Apr 8

    Gov. Scott to Extend State-Of-Emergency Order in Vermont

    Gov. Phil Scott on Wednesday said he would extend Vermont’s state-of-emergency order later this week as the number of novel coronavirus cases in the state surpassed 600. In a press conference, Scott said he would announce the extension and provide further details Friday. Scott said social distancing measures had helped slow the spread of COVID-19, adding that data showed over…

  • coronavirus Apr 8

    UVM Gym Becomes Hospital Surge Site for Coronavirus Patients

    Vermont Gov. Phil Scott has written the White House to request a federal disaster declaration that would help him recoup some of the small state’s costs of preparing for the coronavirus crisis. Vermont said it has already spent well over $20 million in response costs. “The COVID-19 disaster is of such severity and magnitude that effective response is beyond the…

  • coronavirus Apr 6

    Gov. Scott to Vermonters: Coronavirus Outbreak to ‘Get Worse Before It Gets Better'

    Gov. Phil Scott on Monday urged Vermonters to continue practicing social distancing, saying the coronavirus outbreak would reach its peak in the state in the “coming days and weeks.” “As we head into the next few weeks, we need to be prepared for things to get worse before they get better,” Scott said in a news conference. “Staying home and…

  • coronavirus Apr 3

    Vt. Advises Residents to Wear Cloth Masks When Out in Public

    Vermont officials are now advising residents to wear cloth masks when out in public to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. Vermont Health Commissioner Mark Levine on Friday said he is now recommending that residents wear cloth masks in public even if they don’t have symptoms. This is a reversal from previous advice saying this was not necessary...

  • coronavirus Mar 26

    Vt. Transplant Recipient Thanks Those Staying Home: ‘It's Very Much Appreciated'

    The recipient of a double lung transplant is expressing gratitude to her fellow Vermonters who are following the new “stay home, stay safe” executive order from Gov. Phil Scott. Thursday was the first full day the order was in effect. “It’s very much appreciated that people are taking this seriously,” said Lara Govendo, discussing the directive to cut way...

  • coronavirus Mar 26

    Vt. Soap Factory Helping Neighbors in Need During COVID-19 Crisis

    A Vermont business is helping people around the state protect themselves against COVID-19 by providing soap to food shelves. “We’re doing something to help,” said Michele Asch of Twincraft Skincare, which makes solid and liquid soaps for premium personal care brands all across North America. Those brands, in turn, sell the products internationally, Asch noted. Since we’re all washing...

  • coronavirus Mar 22

    20 New Cases of Coronavirus in Vermont, Including 7 at Nursing Home

    Vermont health officials announced 20 new cases of the coronavirus on Saturday, including seven at a nursing home, bringing the state total to 49. The Vermont Department of Health reported seven residents of the Burlington Health & Rehabilitation Center have tested positive for COVID-19. None of the residents, ranging in age from 60s to 80s, have required hospitalization. “All of…

  • Vermont Mar 18

    Vt. to Provide Child Care for Essential Workers as Coronavirus Cases Climb to 19

    Vermont Gov. Phil Scott provided an update on how the state is addressing child care for “essential persons” during the coronavirus pandemic during a press conference on Wednesday. “It’s important to understand even though most of us will have mild to moderate symptoms, we can all transmit it,” Scott said. “We all have a role to play in making...

  • Attorney Nov 27, 2019

    Vermont Man Held on Hate Crime Accusations

    A magistrate judge on Wednesday ordered that a central Vermont man be held in a detention center while he awaits future court hearings, following accusations that are believed to be the first in the state to bring a federal hate crime prosecution. Police in Barre City said in late July that Stuart Kurt Rollins made life hell for his neighbors,...

  • United States Oct 7, 2019

    Rural Vermont/Quebec Link Celebrated at Reopening Ceremony

    Officials from both the U.S. and Canada gathered on a one-of-a-kind bridge in Vermont Monday to celebrate its reopening. A bridge first opened on the site in 1918, but was destroyed in the 1927 flood, said Joe Flynn, the secretary of the Vermont Agency of Transportation. That bridge was replaced in 1929, he said, and rebuilt again in 1979.

  • Governor Sep 15, 2019

    $3.6M Dedicated for Bicycle, Pedestrian Infrastructure in VT

    A total of $3.6 million in grants will go toward improving bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure in communities around Vermont. Republican Gov. Phil Scott’s office says this year’s projects include a shared-use path to complete a missing link in South Burlington; sidewalks in Moretown; and a sidewalk to provide safe access to the high school in Swanton.

  • Governor Sep 6, 2019

    Vt. State Police and Governor Praise Student for Helping Save Lives

    The Vermont Department of Public Safety and Gov. Phil Scott, R-Vermont, praised a young woman as a hero and expressed their deep gratitude Friday, crediting her for thwarting a possible violent outburst at a high school. Angela McDevitt of New York’s Dutchess County received a “lifesaving award” from Vermont State Police Friday, though she was unable to be at the...

  • Governor Sep 6, 2019

    Teen Tipster in Alleged School Shooting Plot to Get Award

    The Vermont State Police are honoring a teen who notified law enforcement last year of a possible school shooting plot at the Fair Haven Union High School.

  • Attorney Aug 22, 2019

    Vt. Diocese Releases List of 40 Priests Credibly Accused of Sex Abuse

    Vermont’s statewide Catholic diocese Thursday released a list of priests credibly accused of sexually abusing young parishioners who trusted them. There are 40 names on the list, but the number could grow, should more survivors of abuse come forward.

  • Donald Trump Aug 15, 2019

    ‘I Think Everyone's Under Pressure': Vt. Pushing for Cheaper Prescription Drugs From Canada

    Gov. Phil Scott, R-Vermont, has sent a formal request to the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, asking for a meeting to discuss how Vermonters could obtain prescription medications from Canada more affordably than they can in the states. The move follows new signals from the Trump administration that have advocates for lower-cost imports encouraged.

  • Governor Aug 15, 2019

    ‘There's No Safe Level of Lead:' Vermont Schools, Day Care Centers Undergoing Wave of Lead Tests

    With a sweeping round of statewide lead tests now underway at Vermont schools and day care centers, some faucets and drinking fountains are getting failing grades. Wednesday, state health and environmental leaders unveiled a new website where families can check on lead levels in their kids’ drinking water sources. Under a new state law, every tap used for drinking or...

  • Donald Trump Aug 14, 2019

    ‘That Would Actually Hurt Me:' Vermonters Voice Opposition to Proposed SNAP Cuts

    A proposal from the Trump administration to reform nutrition benefits is being met with pushback by Vermont’s Republican governor and the state’s Department for Children and Families, which says the move could affect thousands of kids in the state who rely on food support. “I don’t want to be on any kind of benefits at all,” said Tammy Eaborn of...

  • Donald Trump Aug 9, 2019

    Vermont House Leader Signals More Gun Reform Conversations

    This weekend’s mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton have sparked new calls for action on gun reform, with President Donald Trump saying he would support stronger background checks on gun buyers. In Vermont, a state that just last year enacted its first significant gun restrictions ever, state leaders Thursday signaled conversations will continue on possible additional reforms.

  • United States Aug 6, 2019

    ‘We Have Much More to Do': Vt. Governor Calls for US to Embrace Immigrant Neighbors

    Thirty-five people from all over the world, who now call Vermont home, took the oath of allegiance Tuesday in a naturalization ceremony at the Vermont National Guard base in Colchester, becoming the newest U.S. citizens.

  • Donald Trump Aug 1, 2019

    Vt. Gov. Appreciates Trump Drug Importation Approval

    A spokeswoman for Vermont Gov. Phil Scott says he appreciates the Trump administration proposal that would allow Americans to legally and safely import lower-cost prescription drugs from Canada. The Trump administration announced the plan Wednesday that reverses years of opposition from federal health authorities. It comes amid a public outcry over high prices for life-sustaining medications.

  • Governor Jul 30, 2019

    Vt. Officials Call for Vigilance Against ‘Cesspool of Organisms'

    Top officials in Vermont are renewing their plea to people across the state to remain vigilant about potential threats from ticks this summer. The Vermont Agency of Agriculture regularly conducts tick surveys aimed at understanding the scope of the threat, collecting nearly 2,000 ticks this spring. Another round of surveying will be conducted in the fall, the agency said, with...

  • Governor Jul 19, 2019

    Fallen Vermont Marine Remembered With New Pavilion

    A U.S. Marine killed overseas was remembered Friday in his small Vermont hometown, with the dedication of a memorial pavilion that will host community events.

  • Donald Trump Jul 18, 2019

    Vermont GOP Governor Criticizes Trump Over ‘Racist' Comments

    Vermont’s Republican governor says he thinks President Donald Trump’s comments about four Democratic congresswomen of color were “offensive” and “racist.”

  • Governor Jul 16, 2019

    Former Vermont Ed Secretary Running for Governor as a Democrat

    The former secretary of the Vermont Agency of Education says she’s running for governor as a Democrat.

  • Governor Jun 17, 2019

    Vermont Governor Signs Burn Pit Registry Bill

    Gov. Phil Scott has signed a bill aimed at getting Vermont veterans who have served overseas to sign up on a national registry that tracks symptoms of those who have suffered from burn bit exposure. The bill requires the state health commissioner and adjutant general to work together to develop and make available information about the possible health effects of...

  • Donald Trump Jun 15, 2019

    Trump Declares Disaster in 6 Vermont Counties

    President Donald Trump has made a disaster declaration for Vermont’s Bennington, Essex, Orange, Rutland, Washington and Windsor counties for flooding in April. Vermont Gov. Phil Scott says a preliminary assessment by the Federal Emergency Management Agency identified more than $2 million in eligible public infrastructure damage, more than double the minimum for a disaster declaration.

  • Donald Trump Jun 15, 2019

    Trump Declares Disaster in 6 Vermont Counties

    President Donald Trump has made a disaster declaration for Vermont’s Bennington, Essex, Orange, Rutland, Washington and Windsor counties for flooding in April. Vermont Gov. Phil Scott says a preliminary assessment by the Federal Emergency Management Agency identified more than $2 million in eligible public infrastructure damage, more than double the minimum for a disaster declaration.

  • Governor Jun 12, 2019

    Vermont Governor Addresses Veto on Gun Bill

    Vermont’s governor spoke to reporters Wednesday for the first time since announcing his veto of a bill that would have placed new restrictions on handgun purchases. The Vermont Senate bill that Scott vetoed would have made people buying handguns wait 24 hours before they could take their purchase home. Advocates for a new gun waiting period in the state had...

  • Associated Press May 27, 2019

    Abortion Debate Highlights Divide in Democrat-Led States

    A bill seeking to preserve abortion protections in state law fails to pass a key committee. Lawmakers cite God, church and faith in proclaiming their opposition to it. Abortion-rights groups protest outside a gathering of lawmakers. What sounds like a legislative fight in a state controlled by anti-abortion Republicans is actually quite different. The bill seeking to protect abortion rights...

  • Massachusetts May 27, 2019

    Federal Reserve Developing Grant Program for Small Towns

    The state of Vermont is working with the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and a number of charitable organizations to develop a grant program to tackle problems facing small towns.

  • Massachusetts May 18, 2019

    Vermont, NH Both Could Delay Marijuana Proposals

    After the movement to legalize marijuana scored several victories in New England, pot proponents have come up against unexpected stumbling blocks in New Hampshire and Vermont.

  • Attorney May 17, 2019

    ‘He Deserves It:' Mom of Fallen Trooper Wants Son Added to Vt. Memorial

    A mother whose son died in the line of duty serving the Vermont State Police received an assurance that his name will be added to a memorial, despite delays, after necn started looking into the situation. “Kyle was a hero,” Ginny Woolf of Watertown, New York said Friday, adding that she thinks about her late son, Trooper Kyle Young, every...

  • Governor May 13, 2019

    Vt. Renames Columbus Day to Indigenous' Peoples Day

    Vermont has joined a handful of states in renaming Columbus Day to honor Native Americans. Republican Gov. Phil Scott signed a bill into law on Friday recognizing the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

  • New Hampshire May 10, 2019

    As Expected, NH Gov. Sununu Vetoes Paid Family Leave Bill

    Republican Gov. Chris Sununu has vetoed a paid family medical leave bill, repeating his claim that it amounts to an income tax. The plan that passed the Senate in February and the House in March calls for up to 12 weeks of paid leave for the birth, adoption or fostering of a child, a serious illness not related to employment...

  • NBC May 4, 2019

    Roadside Testing Central in Vermont Cannabis Regulation Debate

    As lawmakers in Vermont continue considering whether the state should set up a system to tax and regulate legal sales of cannabis through licensed retailers, discussions this week have focused on tools available to the men and women in charge of ensuring road safety. At the Vermont State House in Montpelier Thursday, public safety officials offered a demonstration for lawmakers...

  • Governor May 3, 2019

    Green Up Day Sees Tons of Trash Picked Up in Vt.

    Saturday is Green Up Day in Vermont — one of the state’s longest-running and most iconic annual traditions. For 49 years now, volunteers have fanned out across the state on the first Saturday in May, picking up litter across some 13,000 miles of roadway.

  • Governor May 1, 2019

    VT Employers Turn to People in Recovery to Fill Job Vacancies

    Vermont employers are turning to a growing applicant base to fill vacancies: people in recovery from substance use disorders. A new toolkit set for release later this month aims to facilitate more hiring of people in recovery.

  • Maine Apr 19, 2019

    Vermont Close to Renaming Columbus Day

    Vermont is close to becoming one of the first states to legally rename Columbus Day. Republican Gov. Phil Scott says he is likely to sign a bill into law that would recognize the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

  • Governor Apr 17, 2019

    New Flood Warning From Vt. Governor, on Tour of Storm Damage

    With rain in the forecast and melting snow gushing from the mountains, the governor of Vermont warned people in flood-prone areas and near rivers and streams to be on guard for more possible flash flooding this weekend—and if necessary, to be ready to move to higher ground.

  • Boston Apr 16, 2019

    Repairs Underway After Vt. Flash Flooding, as Forecasters Eye New Concern

    Contractors and road crews in several Vermont towns are scrambling to reopen roads washed out or badly damaged by rushing water. The recovery work is already underway in Bethel, which was hit hard by flash flooding Sunday night into Monday.

  • New York Apr 15, 2019

    ‘It Was Crazy:' Vt. Flash Flooding Washes Out Roads, Forces Emergency Rescue

    Parts of Vermont were hit hard by heavy rain and flash flooding Sunday night into Monday morning, with the southern half of the state particularly impacted. A fast blast of rain combined with snowmelt created runoff that chewed through many spots across town, including on Liberty Hill Road.

  • Governor Apr 10, 2019

    Calling Clean Water a ‘Basic Human Right,' Vt. Announces Fix for Contaminated Wells

    An agreement announced Wednesday between the state of Vermont and the owner of a closed industrial site blamed for contaminating drinking water supplies should bring relief to a few hundred homeowners in the Bennington area.

  • Governor Apr 10, 2019

    Vermont Officials to Talk Settlement in Water Contamination

    Vermont Gov. Phil Scott and Attorney General T.J. Donovan are going to be providing an update on the settlement in the chemical contamination of more than 150 private wells in Bennington. Scott and Donovan are scheduled to provide the update Wednesday, along with legislative leaders from Bennington.

  • President Apr 8, 2019

    After Foiled School Shooting Plots, Vt. Students Urge ‘See Something, Say Something' Message

    Vermont high schoolers are earning praise for helping share the safety message, “if you see something, say something.” Gov. Phil Scott, R-Vermont, and Don Tinney, the president of the Vermont NEA, the union for educators, announced the winners of a contest asking students to produce a public service announcement spreading that slogan.

  • President Mar 29, 2019

    Vt. Releases Documents in Fraud Case of Ski Resort

    The state of Vermont has released hundreds of thousands of pages of documents related to the alleged investment fraud at the Jay Peak ski resort. In 2016 federal regulators alleged that Jay Peak officials misused $200 million in foreign investor funds. Since then civil settlements have been reached with the former owner and president.

  • United States Mar 8, 2019

    US Agriculture Secretary Perdue to Kick Off Maple Season

    U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue will be helping to kick off Vermont’s maple season alongside by tapping a tree alongside Gov. Phil Scott. Perdue and Scott, a Republican, will each tap a maple tree Friday in Milton as part of the official kickoff of the season and to highlight the importance of maple to Vermont’s economy.

  • California Mar 1, 2019

    ‘If It's One Life That It Saves—That's Enough:' Vt. Parents Push for New Gun Law Following Son's Death

    A Vermont family asked a committee of lawmakers Thursday for a new waiting period on gun purchases in the state, hoping such a move could prevent some suicides. Andrew Black’s parents remember the 23-year-old as funny and active but said in testimony before the Vermont Senate Judiciary Committee that he fell into a dark place after a big life disappointment...

  • Governor Feb 28, 2019

    Data Shows Number of Drug Counselors in Vt. Decreasing

    Data shows that Vermont now has fewer substance abuse counselors than more than a year ago when the governor made growing the number of counselors a priority.

  • Governor Feb 27, 2019

    Vermont Senate Revives Bill to Allow Marijuana Retail Sales

    The Vermont Senate has again revived a bill to legalize retail sales of marijuana.

  • Governor Feb 21, 2019

    In Vermont Visit, Actress Jennifer Garner Advocates for Early Childhood Education

    A well-known Hollywood actress was in Vermont Thursday, advocating for greater investments in early childhood education. Actress Jennifer Garner read to kids at the Robin’s Nest Children’s Center, while representing the Save the Children Action Network—the political advocacy arm of Save the Children.

  • Governor Feb 14, 2019

    Vermont Calls on Kids to Help Promote School Safety

    On the anniversary of the Parkland, Florida school shooting massacre, Vermont’s governor joined with educators and public safety officials Thursday to announce a new program aimed at preventing such a tragedy in their state., Vermont’s governor joined with educators and public safety officials Thursday to announce a new program aimed at preventing such a tragedy in their state. The Vermont...

  • NBC Feb 12, 2019

    ‘There's a Menace Underneath That:' VT Teens Warn of Vaping Risks

    Middle and high school students marched on the State House in Montpelier Tuesday, advocating for new laws to restrict youth access to cigarettes and vaping products.

  • Governor Feb 8, 2019

    ‘Love Will Prevail': March, Rally and Artwork Aim to Stamp Out Hate in Vt.

    Protesters in Vermont’s largest city took part in a vocal demonstration after intolerant posters were found.

  • Governor Feb 7, 2019

    ‘This Is a Full-On Problem:' Vt. Report on Opioids Calls for New Approaches

    A new report, containing recommendations from Vermont’s governor and a panel of advisors focusing on the opioid overdose crisis, charts a path forward for the state—which for several years has been working to help more drug users find long-term recovery. Despite the long road ahead, the new “Building Bridges” report from the Vermont Governor’s Opioid Coordination Council does show promising...

  • Vermont Feb 7, 2019

    Self-Described White Nationalist Who Threatened Black Lawmaker Facing Gun Charge

    A self-described white nationalist who prompted Vermont’s only female black legislator to resign is facing a charge he possessed illegal, large capacity gun magazines. State Police say 36-year-old Max Misch, of Bennington, was arrested Wednesday after troopers searched his home and found evidence he had purchased large capacity ammunition feeding devices. He’s due in court Thursday.

  • President Feb 4, 2019

    Vermont Dentists Focus on Opioid Misuse

    As the nation grapples with the effects of substance use disorder on communities, especially the crisis of drug overdoses, a conference Monday in Vermont focused on what dentists can do to help address the challenges.

  • Massachusetts Jan 31, 2019

    Vermont Attorney General TJ Donovan Comes Out in Support of Marijuana Legalization

    After several years of starts and stops on legislative discussions of marijuana legalization in Vermont, there’s a new push in the Vermont Senate to regulate the legal sales of cannabis and cannabis products to any adult. The move would be on top of sales to people already approved to buy cannabis specifically for medical use—from dispensaries that are currently in...

  • Governor Jan 23, 2019

    New Vermont Lawmaker Makes History

    A new lawmaker took his seat Wednesday in the Vermont House of Representatives in Montpelier, after Gov. Phil Scott, R-Vermont, appointed him to fill a vacancy serving the city of Winooski. In an interview with necn, Rep. Hal Colston, D-Winooski, called it an honor to become the House’s first African-American man from Chittenden County—Vermont’s population center.

  • Donald Trump Jan 22, 2019

    Free Skiing for Government Workers Stung by Shutdown, as Vt. Congressman Aims to Protect Employees in Future

    Vermont’s lone member of the U.S. House of Representatives unveiled new legislation that would require the federal government to pay workers during any possible future shutdowns—saying they should “never again” go without pay during any impasses between lawmakers and the president. Rep. Peter Welch said he expects bipartisan support for the bill, and thanked federal workers both for their dedication...

  • Boston Jan 18, 2019

    Email Prompts Man to Attend Stranger's Bachelor Party in Vermont

    A typo in an email address connected total strangers—and will result in an unlikely guest at a party in Vermont this weekend.

  • New Hampshire Jan 17, 2019

    New England States Teaming Up on Paid Family Leave

    The governors of New Hampshire and Vermont want to team up on a plan they say could become a model for the nation in expanding valued benefits to more workers, predicting their idea could do so efficiently and with few burdens on employers.

  • New Hampshire Jan 16, 2019

    GOP Governors of Vt. and NH to Meet

    The Republican governors of Vermont and New Hampshire are going to be holding a rare joint appearance in the North Country town of Littleton. The offices of Vermont Gov. Phil Scott and New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu say they will make an announcement about a bistate initiative on Wednesday that will be focused on “maintaining the high quality of life...

  • Vermont Jan 15, 2019

    New Calls for Respect, After Vt. Investigation Into Racist Language

    Vermont’s governor and attorney general have called on residents to commit themselves to treating others better and more respectfully, and to do more to support people of color.

  • Governor Jan 10, 2019

    Gov. Scott Urges Vt. to Set National Standard for Discourse

    Vermont’s governor took the oath of office Thursday, starting his second two-year term. In his inaugural address, Republican Gov. Phil Scott urged state lawmakers to rise above the kind of partisan bickering that has made Washington such a tough place to get things done — and Democrats echoed the governor’s sentiment.

  • Boston Jan 3, 2019

    Another Pharmaceutical Company Recalls Blood Pressure Medication Over Cancer Concerns

    Another drugmaker is recalling a medication used to treat high blood pressure and heart failure over concerns that tablets could be contaminated with a cancer-causing agent. Drug maker Aurobindo Pharma USA is voluntarily recalling 80 lots Amlodipine Valsartan Tablets USP, Valsartan HCTZ Tablets, USP and Valsartan Tablets USP.

  • Governor Dec 11, 2018

    ACLU Settles Lawsuit Over Maine Gov. LePage's Censored Facebook Page

    The Facebook page of Maine’s Republican governor will no longer block critics, according to a settlement reached last week with the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine and the operators of the Facebook page. The operators of Gov. Paul LePage’s Facebook page agreed to unblock certain critics in a settlement Friday that stemmed from the ACLU’s federal lawsuit filed in...

  • Reporter Dec 6, 2018

    Vermont National Guard Addresses Culture Concerns After Explosive Articles

    Leadership of the Vermont National Guard reiterated a commitment Thursday to take seriously issues of sexual violence, alcohol use, and gender equality. The move follows bruising reports by an online news source that described allegations of serious culture problems within the Vermont Guard.

  • Massachusetts Dec 3, 2018

    ‘Hurtling Toward Environmental Disaster': New Coalition of Mayors Aims to Reverse Climate Change

    The mayor of Vermont’s largest city has announced the formation of a new coalition of Northeast mayors that’ll push for a regional response to climate change. “We are hurtling toward environmental disaster if we make no change,” said Mayor Miro Weinberger, D-Burlington. “We need action here in the Northeast now. We can’t wait for the Trump Administration to save us.”...

  • Massachusetts Nov 21, 2018

    Start of Mass. Marijuana Sales Energizes Vt. Advocates to Push for Retail Laws

    This week’s start of recreational marijuana sales in Massachusetts is expected to become a topic of discussion in Vermont in January, when the Vermont Legislature gets back to work. For several years, Vermont lawmakers have been debating whether to authorize taxed-and-regulated pot shops. With legal sales happening in Massachusetts, advocates in neighboring Vermont say now’s the time for...

  • Massachusetts Nov 7, 2018

    How New England Voted: Election Day Across the Region

    Democratic U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren defeated two challengers Tuesday in an election that will also decide a slew of congressional races, a gubernatorial contest and whether Massachusetts should keep legal protections for transgender people.

  • Massachusetts Nov 7, 2018

    Vermont Re-Elects Gov. Phil Scott, Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Peter Welch

    Voters in Vermont re-elected their governor, U.S. senator and U.S. representative Tuesday. According to NBC News, Republican Gov. Phil Scott has warded off a challenge from Democrat Christine Hallquist, the first transgender gubernatorial nominee from a major party in U.S. history. Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders and Democratic Rep. Peter Welch also held onto their seats.

  • NBC Nov 5, 2018

    Last-Minute Push for Votes in Vermont Governor's Race

    The major-party candidates for Vermont governor spent the day before Election Day laying out their closing arguments and asking voters for support. Gov. Phil Scott, a Republican, barnstormed Vermont, hitting each of the state’s 14 counties Monday, including a stop in Brattleboro, asking for another two years.

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