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    Uncertainty looms as Vermont becomes 1st state to label GMOs

    Congress working on a bill that some say is weaker than Vermont's
    07/01/2016 09:18 PM EDT
    MONTPELIER >> At Mehuron's Supermarket in Waitsfield, manager Bruce Hyde Jr. said he and his team were ready for the state's new law requiring genetically modified foods to be labeled as such. But uncertainties abound. Hyde said stores like his have to rely on national food companies to apply labels to products with genetically modified ingredients. 
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    Vermont to get $7 million in homeland security funds
    07/01/2016 08:22 AM EDT - MONTPELIER >> Vermont U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy has announced that the state and its communities will get $7 million from a round of federal funding for homeland security. The Democratic lawmaker says the money will go for border protection, law enforcement, and disaster preparedness. Grants include $3. Full Story

    Naked pedestrian strolls through Burlington
    06/30/2016 07:23 AM EDT - BURLINGTON, VT. >> A naked pedestrian strolling through Burlington this week has caused quite a stir. The man was first spotted Tuesday walking through the city's Church Street Marketplace completely nude, with the exception of sneakers and a bandana on his head. Bystanders say they were amazed to see him walk around the busy shopping and dining district. Full Story

    Prosecutor tells of accuser's admitted lie, remorse
    06/30/2016 07:29 AM EDT - MONTPELIER — The prosecutor in Vermont state Sen. Norman McAllister's aborted rape trial said Tuesday his accuser lied once in her testimony when asked about her relationship to another man, and expressed remorse immediately afterward. In an interview Tuesday with The Associated Press, Deputy State's Attorney Diane Wheeler provided the clearest details yet on why she dropped two felony Full Story

    Report: Herbicide, chemical fertilizers use doubled on Vermont dairy farms in a decade
    06/30/2016 07:30 AM EDT - Agribusiness corporations, including Monsanto, Dow and Syngenta, promised dairy farmers that GMO corn would allow them to reduce the amount of chemicals needed for ample crop production. But that promise has proved hollow, according to Regeneration Vermont, a pro-organic advocacy group. The nonprofit organization has released a report showing that herbicide and chemical fertilizer use on Vermont Full Story

    Rainbows' on Vermont mountain bring message of light, love
    06/29/2016 09:05 PM EDT - MOUNT TABOR >> People are crossing the country to attend this year's Rainbow Family of Living Light and connect with others they feel share their goal of peace, love and illumination. But hosting up to 10,000 people in primitive campsites on a Vermont mountainside is straining the resources of the U. Full Story

    Medicaid announces, then retracts decision to limit opiates
    06/29/2016 09:03 PM EDT - The state agency that runs Vermont's Medicaid health insurance program announced its intention to limit prescriptions for opiate painkillers starting Tuesday. But it quickly reversed the new rule Wednesday, citing miscommunication. The Department of Vermont Health Access said it would limit first-time prescriptions for short-acting opiates to a 10-day supply. Full Story

    Supreme Court ruling a factor in appeal by 2 NY politicians
    06/29/2016 06:52 AM EDT - NEW YORK — Manhattan prosecutors say the appeals of corruption convictions by two top New York State political figures can survive fresh scrutiny in light of Monday's U.S. Supreme Court ruling overturning a former Virginia governor's bribery conviction. Defense lawyers disagree. Jim Margolin, a spokesman for U. Full Story

    Vermont sets up loan program for unpaid contracts
    06/29/2016 06:53 AM EDT - MONTPELIER — Vermont has set up a special loan program for businesses short on cash because they haven't been fully paid for work done on a hotel and conference center and other northern Vermont construction projects that are at the center of a fraud investigation. Miami businessman Ariel Quiros, owner of Burke Mountain and Jay Peak ski resorts, and Bill Stenger, Jay Peak's president, Full Story

    EU leaders plot a future without Britain, demand answers
    06/28/2016 08:49 AM EDT - BRUSSELS >> European Union leaders began plotting a future without Britain on Tuesday, urging the island nation and economic powerhouse to disentangle itself as fast as possible from the other 27 nations in the bloc to avoid extending the turmoil that has been roiling European and global markets. Full Story