Vermont legislators question rate of intervention

09/21/2014 04:26 PM EDT
MONTPELIER -- A special legislative panel is expected to hear more this week about the rules governing Vermont's child welfare agency as it probes child protection issues following the deaths of two toddlers who had been in the state's care. 
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New daily attendance record set at Big E
09/21/2014 04:22 PM EDT - WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - This year's Eastern States Exposition fair is drawing record crowds. Full Story

Deer hunters urged to remember tree-stand safety
09/21/2014 09:27 AM EDT - MONTPELIER (AP) - The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife is urging deer hunters to remember tree-stand safety. Full Story

Retired professor predicts Shumlin could be hurt by low turnout for General Election
09/20/2014 08:14 PM EDT - It's an off election year in Vermont with no presidential or U.S. Senate race and an incumbent in the governor's race, and the result will be a low voter turnout this General Election, according to Eric Davis, a retired professor of political science from Middlebury College. Full Story

81 immigrants arrested in New England
09/20/2014 01:42 PM EDT - BOSTON (AP) - Federal immigration officials say a four-day enforcement operation in New England has ended with the arrest of 81 immigrants, including those convicted of crimes, fugitives and those accused of other immigration violations. Full Story

Moose populations down as winter ticks cull herd
09/20/2014 10:08 AM EDT - PORTLAND, Maine -- Sportsmen hoping to bag a big moose are seeing increased competition from a tiny parasite that's cutting down moose populations in New England and across parts of the northern United States, prompting some states to offer hunters fewer permits or halt hunting altogether. Full Story

Milne loses campaign manager, hires former editor who fabricated stories for Times Argus
09/19/2014 10:44 PM EDT - Scott Milne, the Republican candidate for governor, parted ways with Brent Burns, his campaign manager, last Friday, just seven weeks before the General Election, and he has hired a former editor who fabricated stories published in the Times Argus to write press releases. Milne said he didn't want his campaign staff to be a subject of media scrutiny, but stories about both Full Story

Vt. August jobless rate up to 4.1%
09/19/2014 10:42 PM EDT - Vermont's unemployment rate increased to 4.1 percent in August, while the national average dipped to 6.1 percent. The state rate is the country's third-lowest, behind North Dakota with 2.8 percent and Nebraska, South Dakota and Utah, tied for second place at 3.6 percent. August's upswing from 3. Full Story

Food manufacturers seek GMO labeling injunction
09/19/2014 10:36 PM EDT - BRATTLEBORO -- Contending Vermont’s GMO labeling law is meant "to pacify a vocal segment of the population that opposes genetic engineering," the Grocery Manufacturers Association is asking a federal court to prevent the state from implementing Act 120 until its lawsuit against Vermont "has run its course. Full Story

Professor charged with child porn possession
09/19/2014 10:36 PM EDT - BOSTON (AP) -- A Merrimack College professor has been charged with possession of child pornography he allegedly accessed with a college computer, federal prosecutors said Friday. Gary Spring, 61, was chairman of the civil engineering department and administrator of a youth summer camp at the North Andover campus when the pornography, which included images of young girls, was Full Story

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The Kuro taste: Peppery tang and hint of squid ink

TOKYO (AP) — The first Kuro, or black, burger had a black bun and sauce. Last year's edition, the Kuro Ninja, added a slice of (non-black) bacon to the signature black components. Full Story