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    Vermont diversity leaders have a message for Sanders

    07/31/2015 10:17 PM EDT
    By Jess Wisloski When Sen. Bernie Sanders spoke at the Netroots Nation Presidential Town Hall in Arizona this month, he was interrupted by activists from the Black Lives Matter movement who demanded that the two candidates – Sanders and former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley – address racial injustice issues. 
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    State board fines Vermont Gas for silence on cost increase
    07/31/2015 09:59 PM EDT - MONTPELIER >> The state Public Service Board on Friday announced it would fine Vermont Gas Systems $100,000 for its slowness in reporting the first of two big cost increases on its pipeline project to extend its system down the state's western side. Vermont's only supplier of piped natural gas announced 13 months ago its budget for the project had grown from $86. Full Story

    Vermont Tech to offer paramedic training program
    07/31/2015 09:59 PM EDT - More mobile than doctors and better-trained than many EMTs, paramedics are expected to be in high demand as the U.S. population ages. One Vermont state college is trying to fill the workforce training void. Dan Smith, President of Vermont Technical College, said the school is committed to working with the state on a state laboratory proposed for the campus. Full Story

    State board fines Vermont Gas for silence on cost increase
    07/31/2015 02:45 PM EDT - MONTPELIER >> The state Public Service Board has fined Vermont Gas Systems $100,000 for its slowness in reporting the first of two big cost increases on its pipeline project to extend its system from northwestern Vermont south to Addison County. The company announced last July that its budget for the project had grown from $86. Full Story

    Former workers: Vermont Transportation intolerant of gays
    07/31/2015 12:54 PM EDT - MONTPELIER, VT. >> Three former highway maintenance employees are accusing the Vermont Agency of Transportation of mistreating them because they are gay. The Burlington Free Press reports the former workers filed the lawsuit Thursday in Vermont Superior Court in Montpelier. Reina Dean, one of the plaintiffs, said in a statement she endured offensive jokes and comments, was denied promotions Full Story

    Prep school graduate from Vermont to stand trial in rape case
    07/31/2015 12:22 PM EDT - CONCORD, N.H. >> The lawyer for a New Hampshire prep school graduate accused of sexually assaulting a freshman says the trial will go forward next month. Prosecutors say 19-year-old Owen Labrie of Turnbridge, Vermont, raped the 15-year-old girl just days before his graduation from the elite St. Full Story

    Private prison firm responds to Vermont inmate complaints
    07/31/2015 10:43 AM EDT - MONTPELIER >> The company that operates a private prison in Michigan where Vermont recently moved 280 of its inmates is defending its operation in the face of inmate complaints. GEO Group Inc. spokesman Pablo Paez tells The Associated Press in an email that the company's North Lake Correctional Facility in Baldwin, Michigan, adheres to standards set by the American Correctional Association Full Story

    Police: 1 killed, 1 injured in head-on car crash on I-89
    07/31/2015 10:11 AM EDT - RICHMOND >> Authorities say one person has died in a head-on car crash on Interstate 89 in Vermont. State police say it happened just before 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Richmond when a car crossed the median just north of exit 11. Police say 30-year-old Brendon Cousino of Richmond was pronounced dead at the scene. Full Story

    Three people plead not guilty to Medicaid fraud
    07/31/2015 10:09 AM EDT - MONTPELIER >> Three people have pleaded not guilty to Medicaid fraud, related to claims made in providing care to a disabled adult. Prosecutors say 70-year-old Gloria Relation of Williamstown, Vermont, is accused of submitting claims for payments of over $29,000 providing care to the adult, when she didn't. Full Story

    Meeting stresses local and small cannabis production and sales
    07/30/2015 11:06 PM EDT - BRATTLEBORO >> Windham County marijuana growers showed up to a meeting Monday at the Robert H. Gibson River Garden to weigh in on proposed legislation that would legalize the recreational use of cannabis. The meeting was called by Vermont Cannabis Collaborative, an advocacy group that supports the idea, Sen. Full Story

    J.J. Abrams broke his back filming 'Star Wars'

    The 'Star Wars: Episode VII -- The Force Awakens' director reveals to Jon Stewart how the Millennium Falcon door that injured Harrison Ford on set also broke Abrams' back.