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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 »

Vermont Firing Range Bans Cops Over City's Gun Plan

Club protests possible ban on semi-automatics

(Newser) - A Vermont shooting range doesn't like what it's hearing from the Burlington City Council, which recently backed a ban on semi-automatic weapons and large-capacity magazines. In response, the firing range has closed its doors to police officers, who have historically trained there, the Burlington Free Press reports. The... More »

Drunk Driver Nabbed on AA Founder's Lawn

Donald Blood III apparently thought it was a parking lot

(Newser) - Today, in Ironyland: A Massachusetts man was nailed for driving under the influence on Christmas Eve—after depositing his car on the front lawn of the former home of the co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous. The Rutland Herald reports that Donald Blood III apparently thought the Wilson House lawn was a... More »

Vermont Declares Whooping Cough Epidemic

Urges adults to get vaccinated

(Newser) - Vermont is officially in the midst of a whooping cough epidemic, the state's department of health has declared, urging everyone age 19 and older to get vaccinated. As of the end of last week there had been 522 reported cases of the disease, formally known as pertussis, the Burlington ... More »

Town Buys Livestock to Go Green, Save Dough

Charlotte, Vermont, replaces mowers with goats and sheep

(Newser) - Want to cut back on grass-cutting costs and go green at the same time? Buy a few sheep and goats to chomp on your lawn. That's been the solution in one Vermont town that wanted to save money without letting its cemeteries become overgrown with grass and weeds, NPR... More »

Vermont First to Ban Fracking

...Not that there was any fracking going on

(Newser) - Vermont became the first state in the union to ban fracking yesterday, in what would be a landmark moment if any fracking were actually going on there. There was no drilling taking place in Vermont, no plans to drill, and no indication that there was even gas to drill for,... More »

Only in Vermont: Naked Governor Fends Off Bears

... while protecting his bird feeders

(Newser) - Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin is not going to let little things like a lack of clothes and four hungry bears get in the way of saving his bird feeders. The Burlington Free Press recounts a doozy of a tale from Montpelier this week: Shumlin spotted four bears chowing down on... More »

Much of US Choked by Drought

61% of lower 48 suffering drought-like conditions

(Newser) - Last year, dry conditions cost Southern farmers some $10 billion, and once again, things are looking bleak. Some 61% of the lower 48 states is experiencing drought or "abnormally dry" weather—the biggest proportion of the country since September 2007, USA Today reports. Just two states have completely escaped... More »

Pair Charged in Strangling of Vt. Prep School Teacher

Melissa Jenkins went missing Sunday night

(Newser) - A Vermont couple was arrested today and charged with murdering a boarding school teacher who went missing Sunday night, ABC News reports. The body of Melissa Jenkins, 33, was found on a dark road Monday, a day after her SUV was found near signs of a struggle, still running and... More »

The Most Religious State in America Is...

...Mississippi. South tops the list, while New England is at the bottom

(Newser) - Don't tell Hester Prynne, but it's the Deep South that is the most religious region in the country, while New England is the most godless, according to a new Gallup Poll . The poll asked respondents whether religion was an important part of their daily life, and whether they... More »

Super Tuesday Results: Who Won What

Romney wins Ohio, 5 others; Santorum wins 3; Newt 1

(Newser) - Mitt Romney took the biggest Super Tuesday prize of all, Ohio, by a razor thin margin. The state was called for Romney only after 99.4% of precincts reported, giving him 38% to Rick Santorum's 37%. Earlier, Newt Gingrich got a crucial home-state win in Georgia, while Santorum grabbed... More »

Inmate Secretly Adds Pig to Vermont Police Cars

Crests altered on dozens of cruisers

(Newser) - Vermont state troopers have been driving around with a picture of a pig on their cruisers, courtesy of a creative inmate. A state trooper inspecting his vehicle found that one of the spots on a cow in the Vermont state crest decal on the door had been changed to the... More »

Judge: Vermont Can't Shut Down Nuke Plant

Federal judge says only federal government can regulate nuclear safety

(Newser) - Vermont is the only state with a law allowing it to have a say over whether a nuclear plant's license should be renewed, but a federal judge has slapped down Vermont's attempt to withhold such a renewal. The judge ruled that Vermont Yankee, the state's only nuclear... More »

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