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These Are the Least Green US States

WalletHub ranking based on environmental quality, more

(Newser) - WalletHub says it's time to "call out those doing a poor job of caring for the environment"—and its own report points the finger at West Virginia. Less than a week from Earth Day, the state falls dead last on WalletHub's list of the greenest US... More »

Vermont's New Gun Restrictions Are a Big Deal. Here's Why

'I think it sends a signal that the cultural shift ... is huge in Vermont'

(Newser) - Vermont on Wednesday raised the age to buy firearms, banned high-capacity magazines, and made it easier to take guns from people who pose a threat—the first significant gun ownership restrictions in state history, signed into law by the Republican governor. It's a remarkable turnaround for the largely rural... More »

NE's Maple Syrup Season Off to an Early Start

'It's a little disturbing that we're starting so early'

(Newser) - The annual maple season got off to another early start with warmups in parts of New England, reports the AP , and producers are hopeful the recent cold and snow will extend it. Some producers in Vermont, the country's largest producer of maple syrup, have been going strong and producing... More »

Best State for Women: the 'North Star' State

Minnesota is the best state to live in for gender equality; Louisiana needs to do some work

(Newser) - Amid the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, WalletHub did some digging to see which US states proved best for women (and which didn't fare so well). The site looked at all 50 states and the District of Columbia across two main metrics: women's economic and social well-being—which includes... More »

Firefighter Accused of Setting His Kids on Fire

He allegedly posted video to social media

(Newser) - A Vermont firefighter is charged with lighting his children's hands on fire in what he told police was an attempt to teach them about poor decision-making, the AP reports. Levi Dykema, 28, of Ferrisburgh, is facing three counts of reckless endangerment after police say he covered the hands of... More »

This US City Is the Biggest Melting Pot of All

Jersey City, NJ, is most culturally diverse city in America

(Newser) - By the year 2060, 36% of America's kids under the age of 18 will be what the Census Bureau deems "single-race non-Hispanic white," down from 52% today. The shrinking percentage is thanks to what WalletHub calls the country's "rapid ethnic and racial diversification" over the... More »

The 5 Most, Least Educated US States

Mississippi ranks last

(Newser) - A good education often brings greater chances of employment as well as higher income potential—two perks that residents of Mississippi and West Virginia might be at a disadvantage of attaining. That’s based on a list of the most and least educated states in the US, compiled by Wallet... More »

Owner on Jeep Ending Up in Lake: 'I Was Speechless'

Friends who'd borrowed her vehicle were led into Lake Champlain by Google's Waze app

(Newser) - "I was speechless." That's how the owner of a Jeep tells WCAX she reacted when she heard said Jeep had ended up at the bottom of Lake Champlain. How Tara Guertin's vehicle got there: She says friends who were driving it were misled by faulty directions... More »

Vermont Legislature Is First to Pass Legal Pot Bill

Other states did so via ballot measure

(Newser) - There may soon be another reason to call Vermont the Green Mountain State: The state is poised to become the first in the US to legalize marijuana through its legislature instead of a ballot initiative. The Democratic-controlled state Senate passed a legal marijuana bill Wednesday, a week after it was... More »

Newspaper Editor Canned After Twitter Kerfuffle

Denis Finley of 'Free Press' said Vt. driver's license change on gender would bring on 'apocalypse'

(Newser) - Denis Finley has taken to Twitter to call Politico a "whore," sniff about David Letterman's upcoming Netflix show featuring Barack Obama, and call for the destruction of all office buildings, but it was his tweets about a potential change to Vermont's driver's licenses that cost... More »

Police: Woman, 70, Tested Homemade Ricin on Neighbors

Betty Miller told an FBI agent that she wanted to 'injure herself'

(Newser) - A Vermont retirement community resident made ricin and tested the deadly toxin on her neighbors by putting it on their food or in beverages over a period of weeks, investigators said. Betty Miller told an FBI agent that she wanted to "injure herself" and was testing the poison's... More »

Don't Want to Get in a Car Crash? This State's Your Best Bet

Montana has the safest drivers

(Newser) - In 2016, there were more than 40,000 motor-vehicle deaths in the US, per the National Safety Council . And while factors beyond drivers' control, such as weather, may play a role in these fatalities, 24/7 Wall St. notes that "driver choice" (as in choosing to text or break the... More »

Target Has Stores in 49 States. It's About to Snag No. 50

Vermont is jumping on the bandwagon

(Newser) - Imagine living in a state without a Target. It's not some hypothetical apocalyptic future; it's reality for the residents of Vermont, which has never had the iconic retailer inside its borders—but that's about to change. Since its founding in 1962, Target has built stores in all... More »

This Is the Least Diverse State in US

West Virginia's 'diversity score' is lowest: WalletHub

(Newser) - West Virginia trails behind all other US states when it comes to diversity, according to WalletHub . The site's ranking doesn’t simply apply to racial diversity. WalletHub gave all 50 states a "diversity score" out of 100 based on the diversity of residents' ethnicity, religion, marital status, birthplace... More »

Bank Fraud Probe of Jane Sanders' Land Deal Heats Up

Grand jury is now involved

(Newser) - Things appear to be heating up in the probe of a land deal made by Bernie Sanders' wife, Jane, a new Washington Post article suggests. A state official has been called to testify before a grand jury in the federal investigation into the deal, which Jane Sanders made when she... More »

Toddler in State's Custody Found Unconscious in Pool, Dies

Police are investigating

(Newser) - A Vermont toddler in the custody of the state Department for Children and Families was found unconscious in a pool and later died, police said Thursday. Police said the child was found at his foster family's East Montpelier home late Wednesday morning. First responders stabilized 2½-year-old Alexander Lowell-Henry... More »

This Is America's Safest State

Vermont is A-OK, Mississippi not so much

(Newser) - Drug problems aside , living in Vermont is your safest bet to stay safe, according to WalletHub . The site reviewed a variety of data falling under the categories of personal, financial, workplace, and road safety, as well as emergency preparedness, to give the states a safety score out of 100,... More »

Fans of Vermont Nude Beach Afraid Officials Will Ruin It

But officials say redevelopment is needed

(Newser) - For decades, the tiny, out-of-sight beach at the south end of Vermont's fjord-like Lake Willoughby has been known as much for its nudity as its views of the clear, cold lake. Now, regulars fear its charm could be the area's undoing. Concerned about the cars that park along... More »

10 States With the Biggest Drug Problems

DC leads pack, followed by Vermont, Colorado

(Newser) - The United States as a whole is battling an opioid epidemic, but certain states are harder hit by drugs than others. Colorado, for example, has the highest percentage of teenagers and adults who use illicit drugs, while West Virginia has the most overdose deaths per capita, reports WalletHub . The site... More »

In Vermont, Drivers Asked to Let Frogs Cross the Road

Frogs, salamanders active on spring nights, vulnerable to vehicular slaughter

(Newser) - It's that time of the year in which the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife is warning motorists to drive with caution, but not because of weather: Rather, it's the seasonal migrations of frogs and salamanders, reports the AP . "Frogs and salamanders become active on rainy spring... More »

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