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Judge denies victim's plea for release of alleged assailant

BARRE — A Berlin man accused of punching and choking a woman to the point of unconsciousness at a Berlin residence Sunday evening remains behind bars after pleading not guilty to a charge of first-degree aggravated assault on Monday.


Should Vermont bring back happy hour?

MONTPELIER, Vt. (WCAX) The discussion comes up every couple of years-- should Vermont restaurants and bars be allowed to offer "happy hour?" It's typically a two-hour time block in the late afternoon with discounts on alcoholic drinks and is legal in most states across the country.


Montpelier police issue 'scam' alert

MONTPELIER — Montpelier police are urging residents to be wary following recent reports from community members targeted by scams. Police say requests for personal information, prize-related “processing fees” and other unexpected payments are all red flags that should be treated with extreme caution.


Group prepares to unveil large mural

BARRE, Vt. (AP) - A Morgan horse-meets-mausoleum mural is coming soon to Summer Street, and the colorful collage that screams both “Barre” and “Vermont” is already getting rave reviews even though it hasn’t been fully assembled.


Montpelier trying to prevent ice jam flooding

MONTPELIER, Vt. (WCAX) Warm temperatures on the way have increased concerns over potential ice jams. Montpelier officials say that they have changed one of the ways they work to prevent ice jams and flooding on the Winooski River and other trouble spots.


House to vote on heating oil tax hike

MONTPELIER, Vt. (WCAX) The Vermont House is scheduled to vote Tuesday afternoon on doubling the tax on home heating fuels to pay for low-income weatherization efforts. The tax increase would hit heating oil, kerosene and dyed diesel. The tax revenue will increase the amount fuel dealers pay for low-


Vt. House Committee Taking Public Comments About Gun Bill

The Vermont General Assembly will hold a public hearing on S.169, Firearms Procedures, on Tuesday, April 2. The hearing will be held at the State House in Montpelier from 5 to 7 p.m. The hearing is being held by the House Committee on Judiciary.


Former Vermont man detained on charges in Pennsylvania

PUTNEY, Vt. (AP) Federal marshals and state troopers have arrested a former Vermont man on a fugitive from justice charge out of Pennsylvania. Officials say Brent Mansur-Carr, 36, was wanted in Pennsylvania for one count of sexual assault and one count of rape.


Closer look at case of Vermont cop accused of lying

BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) Going beyond the headlines for you, we're diving deeper into a traffic stop that led to a Central Vermont police chief being accused of lying on an affidavit.


Committee approves bill decriminalizing drug

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The Vermont House Judiciary Committee has approved legislation decriminalizing possession of the opioid use disorder treatment drug buprenorphine. Department of Public Safety Commissioner Tom Anderson tells Vermont Public Radio he supports the use of buprenorphine, also known


Board expected to appoint new MHS principal

MONTPELIER — The Montpelier-Roxbury Public Schools Board will appoint a new principal for Montpelier High School at a special meeting Tuesday at noon. The School Board is expected to appoint Renee DeVore, who has been the principal at Deer Path Middle School West in Lake Forest, Illinois, since 2012


Vermont to take legal action against opioid makers

BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) Vermont is taking two more drug companies to court in the ongoing battle against opioid manufacturers. Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan Tuesday afternoon is expected to announce the latest legal action at a press conference in Burlington.


Keurig Green Mountain parent company to give $11M for past Nazi support

BERLIN (WCAX) One of Germany's richest families, whose company owns a controlling interest in Keurig Green Mountain, plans to donate millions to charity after learning about their ancestors' support of Adolf Hitler and forced labor under the Nazis.


Law would ban dairy label on non-dairy items

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Members of Vermont’s Congressional delegation have introduced bills aimed to protect dairy farmers and immigrant farm labor. Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., joined with Idaho Republican Rep. Mike Simpson last week to re-introduce bipartisan legislation in the House that requires the Food


Eighth-grader spells his way to national spelling bee second year in row

MONTPELIER, Vt. — At Main Street Middle School in Montpelier, one eighth-grader is defined by his determination. "It's just really fun to do it," said student Raghav Dhandi. "It's unique," said the school's principal, Pam Arnold.


Leahy: 'American People Should See' Mueller Report

Over the weekend, all three members of Vermont’s small put powerful congressional delegation demanded the full release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report as Department of Justice officials prepared to brief members on the document’s top-line findings Sunday evening.