The spiny water flea, an invasive aquatic plankton, was confirmed in the Champlain Canal system this month. Scientists in the region are now asking New York State officials to close gates in the canal system to prevent its spread into Lake Champlain and other water bodies.
Lawyers for a former New York man in prison for the 1994 murder of his wife say new analysis of DNA evidence points strongly to his innocence.
The Rutland Herald and Barre-Montpelier Times Argus report that the prisoners' rights division of the defender general's office has filed court papers on behalf of John Grega, who was convicted in 1995 in the rape and murder of his wife, Christine, the previous year.
The Gregas were from Lake Grove, N.Y., on Long Island and were vacationing in West Dover when Christine Grega was killed.
Lawyers for a Vermont man charged with kidnapping and killing his 12-year-old niece have asked a federal court to reverse its decision allowing prosecutors to use evidence that he tried to shift the blame to a make-believe international sex ring.
Michael Jacques has pleaded not guilty to the death of Brooke Bennett in 2008. Federal prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.
The Essex County, New York Board of Supervisors has stopped its practice of holding a prayer before its monthly meeting. Not all the members of the Board are pleased with the move by the group’s chair to stop the tradition.
At the beginning of every Board of Supervisors meeting, Essex County officials had called upon the County Clerk, a Catholic deacon, to lead them in a short prayer. But last week, Board of Supervisors Chair Randy Douglas stopped the practice.
A Congressional hearing was held Tuesday looking at the Supreme Court decision declaring that corporations are people and can spend unlimited amounts of money in elections. Both of Vermont’s Senators testified before a subcommittee of the Judiciary Committee that discussed the need for a Constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United.
Three men have been sentenced to federal prison after pleading guilty to participating in an oxycodone distribution ring centered in Grand Isle, Vt.
The U.S. Attorney's office says 54-year-olf Michael Larrow was distributing the pills from his home and bait shop in Grand Isle to customers. Prosecutors said couriers from New York would bring Larrow pills and pick up the drug distribution proceeds.
Police executed a search warrant Larrow's home in August and seized over $11,000 and over 200 pills.
Occupy groups and others plan to protest during the Conference of New England Governors and Eastern Premiers.
Demonstrations are planned Sunday and Monday.
Organizers say they want the governors and premiers to focus on the human rights of the people in the region and a process that engages them in holding their governments accountable for protecting their rights.
The 36th annual conference will be co-hosted by Gov. Peter Shumlin and Quebec Premier Jean Charest.