Ever since Tropical Storm Irene in 2011, Vermont has been pushing to make sure bridges and culverts are rebuilt to more flood-resistant standards. But the Federal Emergency Management Agency is rejecting, at least for now, the state's argument that the federal agency should pay 90 percent of the extra costs.
There may be a rematch in the race for Vermont Attorney General. Chittenden County State's Attorney T.J. Donovan has announced that he will again seek the Democratic nomination in 2016. But incumbent Democrat Bill Sorrell has not decided if he will stand for re-election.
The president of Vermont Gas Systems is telling skeptical state regulators that the current cost forecast for a pipeline expansion in western Vermont is accurate now, even though its price tag already has gone from $86 million to nearly $154 million.
Authorities say they have discovered items in a cabin near Owls Head, a hamlet located about 20 miles west of the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora that may be linked two convicted murderers who escaped from a maximum-security prison in northern New York more than two weeks ago. Law enforcement teams started pouring into the area Sunday night after being contacted by the cabin's owner.
It has been nearly two weeks since convicted murderers David Sweat and Richard Matt broke out of maximum security Clinton Correctional facility in Dannamora, New York. In the time since, hundreds of law enforcement officers have been searching the region and chasing down leads — but they admit they don’t know where the two are yet. The only person arrested so far is prison employee Joyce Mitchell, who authorities say supplied the pair contraband and originally plotted to serve as their getaway driver. Clinton County District Attorney Andrew Wylie this week also confirmed the plan had included the possible murder of Mitchell’s husband, also a prison employee. Wylie sat down with WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
The battle over labeling food made with genetically modified organisms has shifted from Vermont to Washington. A Vermont assistant attorney general testified today before a Congressional committee about a federal proposal that would block state laws requiring the labeling of food made with GMOs.