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FBI chief Comey says bureau needs cybercrime fighters

04/24/2015 09:59 PM EDT
BURLINGTON >> The head of the FBI used a Friday visit to Vermont to urge college students studying ways to fight cybercrime and conduct digital investigations to take their talents and training to the FBI. FBI Director James Comey toured Champlain College's Leahy Center for Digital Investigation, and afterward said every type of threat the FBI now confronts has an Internet component. 
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House narrowly OKs paid sick leave bill after three-hour debate
04/24/2015 01:31 PM EDT - The Vermont House of Representatives gave preliminary approval to the bill that would require employers to offer three days of paid time off to permanent employees starting in 2016. The House took three hours of debate on H.187 before amending it and narrowly passing the bill by a 76-66 margin on second reading. Full Story

Senate scraps plan to shutter Windsor Prison
04/24/2015 01:31 PM EDT - By Elizabeth Hewitt The Senate Appropriations Committee scrapped plans to shutter a correctional facility in Windsor. The committee removed language from the budget bill, H.490, that would have initiated a two-year plan to close the Southeast State Correctional Facility in Windsor, but the committee kept language calling for the Department of Corrections to transition 100 inmates out of prison. Full Story

Shumlin bans criminal background question on state job applications
04/24/2015 01:31 PM EDT - By Elizabeth Hewitt Gov. Peter Shumlin on Tuesday scrapped a state job application question that asked applicants if they have a criminal background or a conviction. The current application asks job seekers to tick a box on an application if they have a criminal background. Shumlin says eliminating the question will give applicants a chance tell their story to a potential employer, instead of Full Story

Senate votes to repeal philosophical exemption for childhood immunizations
04/24/2015 01:31 PM EDT - By Morgan True The Senate approved legislation Wednesday that would repeal Vermont's philosophical exemption from immunization requirements to enter kindergarten. On an 18-11 vote, the Senate tacked on an amendment repealing the exemption to a House bill, H.98, which makes technical corrections to the statutes governing communicable disease registries — including the vaccine registry. Full Story

Senate committee unanimously adopts education reform bill
04/24/2015 01:31 PM EDT - The Senate Education Committee unanimously passed H.361, the education reform bill, after taking testimony Wednesday evening from dozens of Vermont parents, teachers, school board members, administrators and citizens. Forty-eight people testified: 25 supported the legislation and 23 opposed it, according to a score sheet kept by Rep. Full Story

ATVs destroy central Vermont trail leading to residences
04/24/2015 09:58 AM EDT - WORCESTER, Vt. (AP) — Residents in a central Vermont town are up in arms after an unsanctioned all-terrain vehicle mudding event destroyed a major trail leading to a residential area. The Times Argus reports the Worcester trail is now impassable, forcing residents to walk to their homes. Residents say about 50 ATVs with nearly 75 people on board made their way to Eagle Ledge Road, where a Full Story

Springfield shooting suspect being held without bail
04/24/2015 09:43 AM EDT - SPRINGFIELD (AP) >> A suspect arrested in the shooting death of a Vermont man is being held without bail. Gregory Smith of Springfield was arrested on a second-degree murder charge Thursday in the Vermont town of Londonderry. The 30-year-old Smith is wanted in the shooting death of Wesley Wing last weekend in Springfield. Full Story

Vermont House passes earned-time-off bill
04/24/2015 09:43 AM EDT - MONTPELIER (AP) >> The Vermont House has passed legislation that would require employers to give workers paid time off. The bill, which passed on a 72-63 vote, would require that employees be given up to three paid days off a year starting in January and five days beginning in 2018. It would apply to employees who are sick, those who need to care for a sick family member and those who need Full Story

Proposed ban on ivory sale links old pianos, terrorism
04/23/2015 09:26 PM EDT - MONTPELIER >> A debate in Vermont over a proposed ban on the sale of ivory and rhinoceros horns in the small New England state is bringing home much wider issues of international terrorism and animal extinction. The latest concern among supporters of the proposed ban is a move to insert exemptions in the state legislation for old pianos and other antiques. Full Story

Owner spots his stolen truck in rearview mirror; arrest made

PIEDMONT, Ala. (AP) — A man driving to work in Alabama suddenly noticed his stolen pickup truck following him, setting off a chain of events that included a pursuit, a crash and an arrest. Full Story
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Liotta recalls Scorsese discussion before 'Goodfellas' shoot

NEW YORK (AP) — The Tribeca Film Festival ended Saturday night with a bang — a special 25th anniversary screening of the Martin Scorsese gangster flick "Goodfellas. Full Story