Vermont Senate puts off final action on voter registration

03/28/2015 11:03 AM EDT
MONTPELIER >> The Vermont Senate has delayed a final vote on a bill to allow voters to register on Election Day. The Senate gave the measure preliminary approval on a 20-7 vote on Thursday and was scheduled to take a final vote Friday. But it put that off after an amendment was offered by Sen. Dustin Degree, a Franklin County Republican. 
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Vermont State Police forms unit for big cases and old ones
03/28/2015 11:03 AM EDT - WATERBURY, VT. >> The Vermont State Police has a new dedicated squad of six investigators who will take the lead on the biggest crimes that are committed in the state and they will look for answers to old, unsolved murders and missing persons' cases. The new major crimes unit began operating earlier this month with a lieutenant leading it and five experienced investigators spread across the Full Story

Public hearing on state shooting range rules April 23
03/28/2015 11:02 AM EDT - MONTPELIER >> The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department says it wants to strengthen rules for public shooting ranges to address noise, safety and usage issues so that more ranges can be developed for the public. The public may weigh in on the proposal at a public hearing on April 23 at the Pavilion Auditorium in Montpelier from 6:30-8:30 p. Full Story

Don't lose the boots: New England steels for epic mud season
03/28/2015 11:02 AM EDT - WESTBROOK, MAINE >> New England's own Nathaniel Hawthorne once wrote, "Life is made up of marble and mud." In the region's northern reaches, life will soon be made up of mud, mud and more mud. Mud season is a rite of spring in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, when the snow and frozen ground melt, dirt roads turn into a mucky morass and potholes gape through paved roadways. Full Story

Vermont man facing deportation in war crimes case seeks new trial
03/28/2015 08:50 AM EDT - MONTPELIER >> A man convicted on charges he lied on a U.S. immigration form about his role in Bosnian war crimes is asking for a new trial, claiming jurors based the conviction on allegations prosecutors made during the trial rather than charges in his indictment. Attorneys for Edin Sakoc claim in court papers that jurors in his January trial found him guilty of making false statements Full Story

Mass MoCA announces 2015 summer season
03/28/2015 08:50 AM EDT - NORTH ADAMS >> If the already announced FreshGrass and Solid Sound festivals weren't enough to keep North Adams busy this summer, the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Arts has more in store. With preparations for June's Solid Sound Festival already well underway, Mass MoCA announced Wednesday its remaining plans for Summer 2015, including new exhibitions, a wide array of live Full Story

Economic development committee looks for resident participation
03/27/2015 07:22 PM EDT - WILLIAMSTOWN< MASS. >> A town committee aiming to create new economic opportunities is looking for residents' participation. The Economic Development Committee has created an online survey to collect ideas and suggestions for ways to strengthen the town's economy, Chairman Jeffrey Thomas said. Full Story

Decision on closing call centers put off till September
03/27/2015 07:20 PM EDT - The House Appropriations Committee approved a stopgap measure Monday that puts off a decision on closing selected state police call centers until mid-September. The plan uses $425,000 in funding from the state's 2 percent universal service fee to fund the four state-operated public safety answering points, or PSAPs, from July 1 to Sept. Full Story

State's unemployment rate 3.9 percent, lowest in 8 years
03/27/2015 12:36 PM EDT - MONTPELIER (AP) >> The Vermont Department of Labor says the state's unemployment rate dropped two-tenths of 1 percent in February to 3.9 percent — the first time it's been below 4 percent since May 2007. The rate also was as low as unemployment rates reported before the start of the Great Recession. Full Story

'The Top of His Game' — Collection of W.C. Heinz columns available now
03/27/2015 12:35 PM EDT - DORSET, VT. >> From boxers to baseball players to football coaches to rodeo riders, W.C. Heinz wrote about them all. "What I attempt to do is set the scene and put the characters in it and let them talk," Heinz once said when asked how he did what he did. "When I can do this with sufficient accuracy and sensitivity, the reader experiences the impression, very real, that he, himself, saw it Full Story

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Colorado town microcosm of art urban development movement

LOVELAND, Colo. (AP) — A national movement that counts on painters, dancers and musicians to help revitalize downtowns is coming to this Colorado city as the first residents prepare to move into new low-income apartments built for artists and their families. Full Story
'The Sopranos' Drea De Matteo loses New York home in explosion

'Modern Family’ actress Sarah Hyland grew up across the street from buildings that burned and collapsed in accident caused by gas and plumbing work.