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This Year, Jennifer Snowpez Will Keep Vermont Moving

That's one of the names given to the state's plows, along with Baby Snowda

(Newser) - Captain Snowpants; Yo Bro, No Snow; and Jennifer Snowpez are among the names that will be on some of Vermont's snowplows this winter. Vermont school students participated in the state transportation department's Name a Plow contest to come up with names for the snowplows serving their communities, per...

Senate's Longest-Serving Democrat Is Retiring

Vermont's Patrick Leahy won't run for re-election

(Newser) - The longest-serving Democratic senator is calling it quits. Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont said Monday that he won't run for re-election next year, reports Politico . "It is time to pass the torch to the next Vermonter who will carry on this work for our great state," the...

These Are the Safest States Amid the Pandemic
10 Safest, Least Safe
States in US

10 Safest, Least Safe States in US

Vermont is No. 1 and Louisiana is last

(Newser) - WalletHub usually considers a wide range of factors in determining the safest states in America, including the number of assaults, mass shootings, and terrorist attacks. This year, with the coronavirus pandemic still in play, it's also considering the percentage of residents who are fully vaccinated. That's one...

Parents of 3-Year-Old Suing Disney Cruises for $20M

Lawsuit alleges another child sexually assaulted toddler in front of staff

(Newser) - Parents of a child in Vermont are suing the Disney Cruise Line for $20 million. They say their 3-year-old daughter was groped by a “significantly older child” while being looked after in the Oceaneer Club daycare for passengers ages 3-12, WCAX reports. They say their daughter was restrained, and...

These Parts of the US Face the Greatest Climate Risk
These Parts of the US Face
the Greatest Climate Risk
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These Parts of the US Face the Greatest Climate Risk

Multiple counties in Louisiana are looking at a dire situation, while Vermont offers possible refuge

(Newser) - If you've been looking for a reason to move to the Northeast, this might catch your attention. After the recent bleak climate report from the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which notes a worrisome decade ahead in terms of global warming and its effects on the Earth,...

Looking for Gender Equality? Here's Where to Go

Nevada takes the top spot in WalletHub ranking, while Utah comes in last

(Newser) - The glass ceiling may have many deep cracks in it, but it hasn't yet been shattered—at least not in terms of the pay gap or women consistently finding equal footing in leadership positions. And the workplace isn't the only arena in which women are still battling gender...

Introducing Your New Bus Driver: Mom and Dad

Meanwhile, one school district will force many kids to walk

(Newser) - Schools in many states are having a hard time finding school bus drivers—to the extent that one school is offering to pay parents who drive their kids. The EastSide Charter School in Wilmington, Del., is offering $700 per year for each child that is dropped off and picked up....

Passengers OK After Balloon Pilot Falls to Death

Trees saved them during Vermont accident

(Newser) - The pilot of a hot-air balloon fell to his death in Vermont, though his passengers survived the ordeal. The harrowing incident took place Thursday near the border of Vermont and New Hampshire, reports NBC News . Authorities say the balloon at some point descended into a field, but the landing was...

This Is the Best State to Live In
This Is the Best
State to Live In

This Is the Best State to Live In

New Jersey tops the list in WalletHub's ranking

(Newser) - Figuring out where to settle down can be a tough task, especially considering all of the various factors that could influence one's choice. WalletHub examines the gamut, looking at more than four dozen metrics in all 50 states in five main categories: affordability; the economy (including unemployment rates, job...

This State's Vaccination Rate Means Early End to Lockdown

Vermont lifts restrictions a little ahead of schedule

(Newser) - Vermonters can leave their masks at home if they feel like it. They can gather in bigger groups and skip the social distancing, too, if they want to and businesses allow it. That's because Vermont seen 80.2% of eligible residents get at least one vaccine dose—the highest...

Asteroid 'Firework' Exploded With Force of 440lbs of TNT

It was seen from 4 US states and Canada

(Newser) - People in Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, New York, and Quebec, Canada, claim to have witnessed an asteroid breaking up in the sky on Sunday, which turned out to be rattling. Many people reported hearing a rumble or sonic boom as a 10-pound bowling ball-sized chunk of an asteroid—traveling at...

Military College Dorm Gets a New Resident: Its President
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President
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College President Moves Into Dorm

Col. Mark Anarumo of Norwich University worried about effects of lockdown isolation on students

(Newser) - The best military leaders aren't afraid to get in the trenches, and even though he's now a civilian, Dr. Mark C. Anarumo's old habits die hard. The 50-year-old retired Air Force colonel and father of four is the president of Norwich University, a private military college in...

Here Are the Best, Worst States for Women

Minnesota comes out on top, Mississippi is at the bottom

(Newser) - Pay gaps, the minimum wage, the pandemic—all issues that affect women disproportionately, though there are some areas of the US that offer better opportunities for women than others. WalletHub tries to shake those locations out, looking at more than two dozen metrics in two main categories: women's economic...

Here Are the Most, Least Educated States in America

Massachusetts comes out on top

(Newser) - Schooling has been upended during the coronavirus pandemic, but education remains paramount for future opportunities, so WalletHub took a look to see which states offer the best chance at becoming an egghead. The site examined all 50 states across 18 metrics in two main categories: educational attainment, which includes the...

Mitten Merch Brings in Big Bucks for Charity

Bernie Sanders capitalizes on quirky memes

(Newser) - About those wooly mittens that Sen. Bernie Sanders wore to the presidential inauguration, sparking endless quirky memes across social media? They've helped to raise $1.8 million in the last five days for charitable organizations in Sanders' home state of Vermont, the independent senator announced Wednesday. The sum comes...

These States Are Safest During the Pandemic

You'll fare best dealing with COVID in Alaska, worst in Arizona

(Newser) - As the rollout of the various coronavirus vaccines continues, there's now a (still somewhat distant) light at the end of the pandemic tunnel. But with months to go before much of the population is vaccinated, it's important to keep up with safety and health guidelines, and to keep...

Good Things Happen When Dog, Goat Elected Mayor

It has been a fundraiser to rehabilitate a local playground

(Newser) - A goat and a dog who were each elected mayor have helped raise money to renovate a Vermont community playground. The oddball idea of pet mayor elections to raise money to rehabilitate the playground and to help get local kids civically involved came from a local town manager, the AP...

Largest Fraud Vermont Has Ever Seen Started With a Peak

Things were rotten from the start of the 2008 purchase of Jay Peak

(Newser) - Vermont's Jay Peak ski resort was for sale, and a Florida man wanted it—and got it. But as Dan D'Ambrosio and April McCullum of the Burlington Free Press describe in a lengthy three-part series, it would only be years later that authorities would determine Ariel Quiros only...

Republican Governor Says He Voted for Biden

Another GOP governor voted for Reagan

(Newser) - Vermont Gov. Phil Scott says he voted for Joe Biden for president, making him the first Republican governor in the nation to acknowledge voting for the Democratic presidential candidate. The Republican governor told reporters Tuesday after casting his ballot in his hometown of Berlin, Vermont, that he had never voted...

Fauci: Vermont's Virus Fight Is a Model for the Nation

State has lowest number of cases per capita

(Newser) - Dr. Anthony Fauci has called Vermont’s ongoing efforts to control the coronavirus a model for the nation. The top infectious disease expert appeared on video at Gov. Phil Scott’s virus briefing Tuesday, the AP reports. Fauci said Vermont has emphasized wearing masks, avoiding crowds, and keeping physical distance....

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