Stop for low-cost bus moves back to UVM

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) -- Banished for a month from the University of Vermont campus after it was determined to be a conduit for drug dealers, the low-cost Megabus service is back in UVM’s neighborhood.

Megabus, with fares as low as $1, links Burlington with Boston, New York and beyond and has become popular with students, faculty and staff at UVM.

But it was kicked off campus last month after the latest in a series of drug arrests of passengers, and had moved its Burlington stop to suburban South Burlington.

Now the stop is moving back to a Burlington city street -- University Place -- and will pick up and drop off passengers in front of UVM’s Royall Tyler Theater.

Vermont event highlights barriers to women working

MONTPELIER (AP) -- Young women and girls in Vermont need to know more about personal finance and find more ways to get along with each other, according to a report released Tuesday by a group of Vermont women and business leaders.

The report by The Task Force on Young Women and the Vermont Economy was released after members met 18 times in six months and deliberated for 125 hours while preparing the report.

The group came up with nine suggestions, including incorporating personal finance education into state education standards, urging adults to address "peer aggression" and not ignore it as a "teenage rite of passage."

Additional goals include getting more women into science and technical careers by calling for employers to work with schools and nonprofit groups to expose middle school- and high school-aged girls to non-traditional jobs.

"Preparing all young people to make informed decisions about career and money is a no-brainer, but it’s especially critical for women, because women live longer, bank less earnings over their lifetimes, and are more likely to live in poverty at all ages," said Tiffany Bluemle, the executive director of Vermont Works for Women, a member of the task force. "We are thrilled at task force members’ investments of energy and wisdom to create collective impact together, to change the story for girls and young women once and for all."

Former head of Vt. credit union pleads guilty

BURLINGTON (AP) -- The head of a small northern Vermont credit union that was taken over last year by federal regulators has admitted in court that she embezzled from her accounts.

Debra Kinney of Derby Line also agreed to forfeit $250,000 while pleading guilty in U.S. District Court in Burlington to stealing from the Border Lodge Credit Union.

The Burlington Free Press reports Kinney was charged in June with a single felony embezzlement count for stealing the money between November 2010 and December 2012, but as part of a plea bargain she agreed last week to the forfeiture, which is from any property that Kinney derived directly or indirectly from the embezzlement.

Sentencing is tentatively set for April 14, 2014.

Border Lodge Credit Union was charted in 1963, had about 1,100 members and $3.1 million in assets when it was closed, according to the FBI.

It mainly served specific groups of employees in its region, including those at the Tivoly Inc. machine tool firm in Derby Line, the Newport City Schools, Newport ambulance and the town of Derby.

There was no immediate response to a message left Tuesday for a Debra Kinney listed in Derby Line.