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Pair Put Booze in Disabled Boy's IV, Killed Him: Cops

Vermont mom, boyfriend charged in Isaac Robitille's death

(Newser) - Thirteen-year-old Isaac Robitille was born with disabilities so severe he depended on feeding tubes and IVs to keep him alive. When he died in August, an autopsy found that his blood-alcohol content was 0.146—nearly twice the legal limit for adult drivers, reports the AP . Today, Isaac's mother,... More »

Outrage as College Picks Cop-Killer as Grad Speaker

Mumia Abu-Jamal to give prerecorded speech at Goddard College

(Newser) - A small Vermont college has chosen a highly controversial commencement speaker: Mumia Abu-Jamal, who was convicted of killing a Philadelphia cop in 1981. Officer Daniel Faulkner's widow calls the move "despicable," Fox News reports: "It seems like our justice system allows murderers to continue to have... More »

Man Breaks Into Police Station— Accidentally

John Dettor thought he was breaking into a school, cops say

(Newser) - Police say a man who thought he was breaking into a Vermont school actually got into the local police station. Police say the man, identified as 59-year-old John Dettor, used a traffic cone to break the glass to get into the police station in Shelburne just before midnight on Thursday,... More »

Cops: Drunk Vermont Woman Made Kid Drive

Child endangerment charges ensue

(Newser) - A Vermont woman has been arrested after police say she had a child drive her car while she was drunk. Forty-two-year-old Jessica Mathiau of Brattleboro was arrested last night and charged with child endangerment. State police say a trooper noticed a car parked in the middle of the road, and... More »

Ex-FBI Director Louis Freeh Injured in Car Crash

Freeh has a broken leg and underwent surgery, officials say

(Newser) - Former FBI Director Louis Freeh suffered injuries including a broken leg and cuts to his head in a single-car accident today. Law enforcement sources tell NBC News and CNN that he drove his GMC Yukon SUV off a road in Vermont into a mailbox. Now he's in stable condition... More »

Jim Jeffords, Who Flipped Senate Control, Dead at 80

Vermont independent praised for work ethic, patriotism

(Newser) - Former Vermont Sen. Jim Jeffords, who in 2001 tipped control of the Senate when he quit the Republican Party to become an independent, died today in Washington, the AP reports. He was 80. Jeffords served more than 30 years in Washington, having won election to the House in 1974 as... More »

WWII Medal Found Stashed in Maple Tree

Charity to return medal to veteran's son

(Newser) - A Nebraska man is getting a memento of his late father from an odd place: A maple tree in Vermont. Robert G. Woody's 1945 Good Conduct Medal, awarded after he served in the Pacific theater throughout World War II, was found stashed in the tree along with assorted other... More »

Vermont Poised to Roll Out US' Toughest GMO Rules

Governor expects battle over 'common-sense legislation'

(Newser) - Vermont's governor is set to sign a bill requiring the labeling of genetically modified food, a move that sets it apart from other states, the New York Times reports. While Connecticut and Maine have instituted similar requirements, their versions depend on state legislatures to take action first, the Wall ... More »

Last Surviving von Trapp Singer Dies at 99

Maria was second-oldest daughter of original 7 children in 'Sound of Music'

(Newser) - The final surviving member of the singing von Trapp family that fled the Nazis in World War II and inspired The Sound of Music has died at the age of 99 in Stowe, Vt. Maria von Trapp was the third of seven children of Georg von Trapp and his first... More »

The Most Religious State Is Once Again...

...Mississippi, while Vermont holds on to its title, too

(Newser) - A new Gallup survey looking at religiousness in the US could have essentially just rerun its previous findings on the subject. Mississippi is once again the most religious state in the union, with 61% of residents falling into the "very religious" category—defined by Gallup as those who say... More »

Woman Held Against Will in Psych Ward Is Freed

Christina Schumacher was there 5 weeks after husband murdered their son

(Newser) - A judge in Vermont has ordered that a grieving mother held against her will in a psychiatric hospital for more than five weeks can go free, reports the Burlington Free Press . The case of Christina Schumacher, 48, made national headlines given the circumstances: Her estranged husband committed suicide after killing... More »

2 States Stop Paying Builder of Bungled Health Care Sites

Vermont is asking for a refund, and Massachusetts is considering it

(Newser) - The federal health care exchange isn't the only one that CGI Federal screwed up. The much-maligned contractor also built seven exchanges for individual states, and now two of those states—Massachusetts and Vermont—have stopped payment, with Vermont even requesting a refund, thanks to the company's failure to... More »

Vermont Man, 73, Gets Ticket Over Surprise Pot Plant

Says he had no idea they were marijuana seeds he planted

(Newser) - A 73-year-old man who was given the first civil marijuana ticket in a Vermont town says he had planted some seeds he found in a box and "got spanked" by police after they grew into a pot plant. William Reynolds was issued a $200 civil ticket by St. Johnsbury... More »

Vermont Nuke Plant to Close

Company, state were in midst of legal fight

(Newser) - Vermont's lone nuclear plant will shut down at the end of next year, reports the Burlington Free Press . Entergy, the company that runs the 41-year-old Vermont Yankee plant, said the decision to shutter it was based solely on financial factors—including the boom in natural gas production across the... More »

Heroin Use Soars in New England's Towns

It's 'our biggest problem right now': Vermont cop

(Newser) - Heroin is not just a city drug anymore: Its use is surging in the smaller communities of New England, the New York Times reports. Last year, 21 people died in Maine from the drug—three times as many as the year before. Over the course of a decade, New Hampshire'... More »

Vermont Legalizes Assisted Suicide

Third state in US to do so

(Newser) - Vermont has passed a bill legalizing physician-assisted suicide, and with Gov. Peter Shumlin's signature expected this week, will become the nation's third state to allow it. Under the new law, people over 18 with an "incurable and irreversible disease" and less than six months left to live... More »

Vermont the 17th State to Loosen Pot Laws

Possession of up to an ounce about to be decriminalized

(Newser) - The Green Mountain State just got a little greener: Vermont's legislature has voted to make the state the 17th to loosen its marijuana laws, the Times Argus reports. A bill decriminalizing the possession of under an ounce of pot has passed both chambers and is now headed to the... More »

New Object of Chick-fil-A's Ire: Kale T-Shirts

Trademark Office not buying Vermont guy's bid to patent 'Eat More Kale'

(Newser) - First, Chick-fil-A flapped its way into the gay marriage debate , and now the fast-food giant is again throwing down—this time with a Vermont artist who makes "Eat More Kale" T-shirts. Chick-fil-A contends that the slogan, though spelled correctly, is too close to its own “Eat Mor Chikin”... More »

In Liberal Vermont, a Secession Movement Rises

Unlikely coalition has a voice in state politics

(Newser) - It's not only Texans : A small but dedicated band of Vermont activists also want to secede from the Union, Prospect.org reports. Railing at the effects of big business and bureaucracy on daily life, they speak at the state legislature, get bills introduced, and run candidates—though none so... More »

5th Straight Year: Hawaii Best for Well-Being

At the bottom: West Virginia

(Newser) - Seems Hawaii is still the place to be: It's now topped a Gallup-Healthways well-being poll for the past five years, USA Today reports. The survey evaluates overall well-being based on a series of questions on everything from physical health to job satisfaction. Over the past five years, Colorado, Minnesota,... More »

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