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Court: Trucking firm, railroad angled to avoid local regulations

04/29/2016 09:09 PM EDT
SHELBURNE >> Vermont Railway and Barrett Trucking collaborated to structure a deal for a shared road salt transfer facility in a way that would shield the project from state and local regulations, according to court documents and a judge. The planned facility has drawn heated criticism from officials and residents in Shelburne who fear it could harm the nearby LaPlatte River. 
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Police: Man charged with hate crime after threatening woman
04/29/2016 09:09 PM EDT - BURLINGTON (AP) >> Vermont police say a Burlington man is charged with a hate crime after they say he pointed what appeared to be a gun at woman wearing a hijab and called her a terrorist. Burlington police arrested Michael Kochalian at his residence Friday in connection with the incident that happened Tuesday on North Champlain Street. Full Story

Senate sends marijuana legalization to House for second time
04/29/2016 08:58 PM EDT - Senators are trying to prod the House into action on legalizing marijuana by sending their legislation over a second time — this time attached to a House bill. The Senate attached the full text of S.241, which passed the body in February, to a separate bill as an amendment Wednesday. The underlying bill, H. Full Story

Officials considering closure of Bowers Covered Bridge
04/29/2016 07:51 AM EDT - BROWNSVILLE, VT. >> The West Windsor Selectboard is considering closing the single-lane Bowers Covered Bridge, which has suffered structural damage in more than a half-dozen incidents in less than four years. The Valley News reports Selectboard members discussed the potential closure at its Monday meeting and scheduled a site visit to inspect the bridge for May 4. Full Story

Dunkin' targets Starbucks by going after espresso drinkers
04/28/2016 12:11 PM EDT - NEW YORK >> Dunkin' Donuts is going after Starbucks' coveted customers by more aggressively featuring espresso drinks like lattes and macchiatos. In a phone interview, Dunkin' CEO Nigel Travis said espresso drinks have traditionally accounted for a "fairly small" mix of the doughnut chain's beverage sales, especially when compared with rival Starbucks. Full Story

Convicted ex-Colchester officer requests no prison time
04/28/2016 07:35 AM EDT - BURLINGTON, VT. >> A former police officer convicted of stealing items from the Colchester Police Department's evidence locker in 2014 is asking a federal court judge to spare him from jail time. The Burlington Free Press reports federal prosecutors, however, believe that 40-year-old Tyler Kinney should be sentenced as outlined by federal court guidelines on Monday. Full Story

Murder charge dropped in case of slain Sheffield grandmother
04/28/2016 07:35 AM EDT - ST. JOHNSBURY, VT. >> A superior court judge in Vermont has dismissed a first-degree murder charge against a man accused in the 2010 shooting death of a 78-year-old Sheffield grandmother. Judge Michael Kupersmith also on Wednesday granted a motion to move the trial of Keith Baird in connection with the death of Mary "Pat" O'Hagan out of Caledonia County due to concerns about being unable to Full Story

Rutland area legislators blast mayor for secrecy on refugees
04/28/2016 06:52 AM EDT - A day after Rutland Mayor Chris Louras announced that up to 100 refugees from Syria would be coming to his city over the next year, Rutland County legislators scolded him for not telling them earlier or seeking any public input on the plans. Louras did not inform members of the delegation or the Board of Aldermen about the resettlement until hours before the announcement. Full Story

Vermont governor to meet with Jay Peak employees
04/27/2016 08:21 AM EDT - JAY, VT. >> Democratic Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin is meeting with employees of Jay Peak Resort, nearly two weeks after the Securities and Exchange Commission and state accused the resort's owner and president of a massive fraud scheme. Jay Peak owner Ariel Quiros of Miami and resort president Bill Stenger of Newport, Vermont, are accused of misusing more than $200 million of about $400 Full Story

Man charged in toddler's death wants statements dismissed
04/27/2016 08:20 AM EDT - BURLINGTON, Vt. >> A man charged in the July 2014 death of a two-year-old has requested that a Burlington judge dismiss statements he made during police questioning before his arrest. The Burlington Free Press reports the motion filed by attorneys representing 28-year-old Joshua Blow was the subject of a two-day hearing Monday and Tuesday in Burlington Superior Court. Full Story