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    State to look at fining truckers who use tricky Vermont road

    05/25/2016 07:43 AM EDT
    CAMBRIDGE, VT. >> Gov. Peter Shumlin's administration says staff will look at a plan to levy hefty fines against tractor-trailer drivers who unlawfully try to take a northern Vermont road known for ensnaring large trucks. The Burlington Free Press reports state traffic officials hope steep fines, new signage and public outreach will help prevent tractor-trailers from becoming stuck in 
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    Ex-MLB player bidding to become next Vermont governor
    05/25/2016 07:40 AM EDT - BURLINGTON, VT. >> A former Major League Baseball player is running for governor in Vermont as a member of the Liberty Union party, which bills itself as nonviolent and socialist. Bill "Spaceman" Lee tells WCAX-TV voters will "need umbrellas" if he's elected, because "it's going to be raining dollars," referring to money trickling down from the wealthy. Full Story

    Republicans hit Vermont governor on alleged job shifts
    05/24/2016 07:33 AM EDT - MONTPELIER, VT. >> Vermont Lt. Gov. Phil Scott, a Republican candidate for governor, is charging that Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin's administration is improperly transferring exempt employees to protected, classified status Scott, joined by Republican legislative leaders, wrote to administration officials that attempting to reclassify positions in order convert the current governor's Full Story

    State senator charged with sex assaults seeks re-election
    05/24/2016 07:33 AM EDT - ST. ALBANS, VT. >> A state senator accused of multiple sexual assaults has filed his intent to seek re-election in Franklin County. Sen. Norm McAllister, a Franklin County Republican, filed the petition to seek another term on Monday. The Senate voted to suspend McAllister in January, but he hasn't resigned. Full Story

    Crews battle fire at former newspaper building in Burlington
    05/24/2016 07:33 AM EDT - BURLINGTON, VT. >> Fire officials say improperly discarded cigarettes are to blame for sparking a blaze at the former home of the Burlington Free Press newspaper that caused about $20,000 in damage. Black smoke and flames were seen coming from the roof of the structure on Burlington's College Street around 3 p. Full Story

    Embankment supporting Burlington home slides into river
    05/23/2016 07:26 AM EDT - BURLINGTON, VT. >> City employees from several different departments responded after an embankment supporting a home in Burlington collapsed into the Winooski River over the weekend. The Burlington Free Press reports a family of three renting the Plattsburgh Avenue home was inside when an old bridge abutment came down around 10:30 a. Full Story

    Jay Peak's aerial tram system needs $4.5M upgrade
    05/23/2016 07:25 AM EDT - JAY, VT. >> A Vermont ski resort's iconic aerial trams need $4.5 million in renovations before the state will allow the transportation system to operate over the summer. The Burlington Free Press reports Vermont officials have expressed concerns about the state of Jay Peak's trams as early as last year, when the state Passenger Tramway Board called in an international ski lift manufacturer Full Story

    Sanders breaks with White House on Puerto Rican rescue plan
    05/23/2016 07:25 AM EDT - LOS ANGELES >> Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is breaking with the Obama administration and House lawmakers over a plan to restructure Puerto Rico's $70 billion in debt, saying the legislation would make "a terrible situation even worse." The Vermont senator writes in a letter released Monday that the deal reached last week between the White House and House Republicans and Full Story

    Woodworker makes canes for Middlebury College tradition
    05/23/2016 04:58 AM EDT - HINESBURG — For around 20 years, a custom furniture maker from Hinesburg has been helping keep alive a Middlebury College tradition by making replicas of a cane carried by an early patron of the college. Given to Middlebury graduates each year during commencement, the canes are made of Vermont ash with brass tips and birch knobs. Full Story

    Long-forgotten Edmund Tarbell painting restored
    05/23/2016 04:59 AM EDT - CONCORD, N.H. — An oil painting by American impressionist Edmund C. Tarbell that was rolled up and forgotten for more than a century has been restored just in time to be included in a large retrospective of the artist's work. "Woman With an Oar and a Gentleman" joined the exhibit at the Discover Portsmouth visitors' center Friday after months of restoration work by art conservationist Full Story