Vermont lawmakers are hoping a new approach will get more school districts to merge.
A plan approved two years ago had one regional school board take the place of local town boards. So far, that's happened just once and voters in some towns have expressed concern about a further loss of local control.
This year, the Legislature passed a bill that provides more flexibility by creating the opportunity for some towns in a supervisory union to create their own single district, even if others decide not to join.
Police are taking more aggressive measures to combat underage drinking at the University of Vermont.
A special law enforcement team is stepping up patrols. It's staffed by volunteers from the Chittenden County police departments, liquor control and Department of Motor Vehicles.
Police tell WCAX-TV Burlington's Hill section neighborhood is where they get the most complaints about loud parties and underage drinking. Five undercover officers focused their attention on the area this past weekend.
Hampshire County Massachusetts is marking the 350th anniversary of its founding this year. Later this week people will have an opportunity to view rare old documents that highlight some of the early history of the region. There is a grand celebration planned for this Friday in Northampton. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Todd Ford, the executive director of the Hampshire Council of Governments.
The Vermont Yankee nuclear plant has filed a lawsuit against the state over taxes on the plant the Legislature passed this year.
Vermont Yankee already won a round in federal court over the state's efforts to close it. That case is on appeal.
Now New Orleans-based plant owner Entergy Corp. is suing over a law increasing the plant's annual tax bill from about $5 million to about $12.8 million. Backers of the increase say it was designed to make up for revenues lost to the state under agreements that ended on the plant's originally scheduled shutdown date in March.
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is urging Springfield to put the brakes on its casino competition. WAMC’s Paul Tuthill reports
The state’s gaming industry regulators and Springfield city officials clashed Tuesday over the city’s plans to evaluate casino development proposals and have a binding voter referendum this Spring. Commissioner James McHugh said the commission would not be ready to evaluate a license application by then.
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission clashed with Springfield city officials Tuesday over the city’s proposed casino selection competition. The state and local timetables that would lead to the launch of a resort casino development in western Massachusetts remain at odds. WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.
Two men have been charged with illegally digging and extracting quartz from a wildlife management area in Vermont.
Robert LaPorte of Shaftsbury and Philip Yerke of Waterford, New York, were charged with willful and careless destruction of state property. Each man is subject to a $2,500 fine and loss of their licenses to hunt, fish or trap in Vermont for a year.