New England News

Allegiant aircraft
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The ultra-low cost carrier Allegiant Air is ending its direct service between Vermont's Burlington International Airport and Sanford, Florida.

Burlington City Hall
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The City Council in Burlington, Vermont, is showing support for welcoming Syrian refugees.

Jay Peak Resort
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Seven months after the Securities and Exchange Commission accused Jay Peak's owner and president of massive fraud, the ski resort is set to open for the season on Saturday with the federal receiver overseeing it saying there is a $6.5 million shortfall.

GlobalFoundaries, Essex Junction VT
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Green Mountain Power and GlobalFoundries have partnered on a new solar project that will help power the technology company and provide data to the Sandia National Laboratory.

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Massachusetts’ top elections official says procedural issues could slightly delay the state's new marijuana law.

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A Vermont county sheriff's office is planning to start using body cameras soon.
 
Windham County Sheriff Keith Clark says the department plans to buy between 20 and 30 cameras for deputies. Each camera costs up to $1,000.

Clark said his staff has been asking for them for a while. The Brattleboro Reformer reports that the sheriff's office has 34 deputies, 16 of which work full-time.

The community of Dover in Windham County has been using body cameras. Rutland approved body cameras for police earlier this year.

A branch of the U.S. Department of Agriculture is launching a new program that will help protect three rare species of turtles in Vermont, the other New England states and New York.

The Northeast Turtle Project of the Natural Resources Conservation Service is one of 11 new projects being added to the agency's Working Lands for Wildlife effort in 30 states from Florida to Alaska to protect habitat for a number of declining species on private agricultural land.

NRCS Chief Jason Weller is expected to announce the expansion of the project Tuesday in New Florence, Missouri.

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Vermont State Police say four of 29 students on a school bus involved in a minor crash were taken to a hospital for evaluation.

Police say all injuries were considered minor in the crash, which happened at about 7:15 a.m. Monday in Newbury.

They say the driver, 65-year-old William Jones, of Piermont, New Hampshire, was traveling east when he tried to make room for an oncoming vehicle. He steered the bus toward the edge of the road, but his passenger-side tires traveled onto the soft shoulder, which began to give way from the bus' weight.

Vermont House chamber
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The leader of majority Democrats in the Vermont House is dropping her bid to become the state's next speaker.

The Democratic Caucus plans to elect a nominee for speaker on Saturday. The entire House will then vote on that nominee in January.

Rep. Sarah Copeland-Hanzas tells The Burlington Free Press she's no longer seeking the position because Rep. Mitzi Johnson has more support among Democratic lawmakers.
Johnson, a Democrat from South Hero, is now unopposed in the election.

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The state's top elections official says the Nov. 8 election brought a record turnout in Massachusetts.

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Ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft have agreed to perform comprehensive background checks on all of their Massachusetts drivers starting in January.

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The Vermont Department of Mental Health says people in crisis in the state can now send a text message to people trained to help them.

Vermont Air Guard F-16 Viper
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The Vermont Air National Guard has begun a two-year construction project to replace some of the taxiways at its base at the Burlington International Airport.

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U.S. Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy are calling for major federal spending on roads, bridges, highways, rails, ports, and public transportation.

A scene from the Bright Nights at Forest Park light display
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One of the largest holiday light displays in the Northeast is back for a 22nd year in Springfield, Massachusetts.

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A Massachusetts hospital says the personal information of more than 1,700 patients has been found on thumb drives recovered from a former employee of an outside service vendor.

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The top federal law enforcement official in Connecticut is urging people to be vigilant against hate crimes.

The Macy’s Parade in New York is not the only one featuring big balloons this Thanksgiving weekend.    Springfield has a parade Friday.

"The First Thanksgiving at Plymouth" (1914) By Jennie A. Brownscombe
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Archaeologists have pinpointed what they think is the exact spot where the Pilgrims lived in the years after landing in the New World.

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Connecticut's Public Utilities Regulatory Authority has trimmed approximately $40 million from the rate increase requested by electricity distributor United Illuminating Company. The agency released its proposed final decision Wednesday.

The chief legal counsel for the city of Springfield, Massachusetts is advising the city council not to move forward with a plan to put a board of civilians in charge of the police department.

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno on stage
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       In an updated report, city officials in Springfield, Massachusetts are highlighting more than $3.3 billion in development projects over the last five years. 

Winooski building facade
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Officials in Winooski, Vermont have adopted a resolution to move the city toward formal status as a sanctuary city for immigrants that are in the country illegally.

Vermont Air Guard F-16 Viper
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Several hundred members of the Vermont Air National Guard are headed overseas, although the exact mission has not been released.

Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton
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Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton says he's officially exploring another bid for Connecticut statewide office.

Scott Williams receives Carnegie Medal at Statehouse in Montpelier.  From left: Barre Police Chief Tim Bombardier, Congressman Peter Welch, Scott Williams, Governor-elect Phil Scott, and Barre Mayor Thom Lauzon
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The Carnegie medal for heroism was formally presented to a Vermont prosecutor on Monday.  He was honored for trying to save the life of an employee of the Vermont Department of Children and Families who was shot and killed in the department’s parking lot in August 2015.  The ceremony stirred up complicated memories.

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    A consumer group is out with its annual survey on toy safety. This year’s report highlights the availability of toys that have been subjected to recalls. 

Governor Peter Shumlin with 5-point buck
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Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin is keeping up his skills as a deer hunter, bagging his second during his time in office.

Burlington Town Center rendering
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Opponents of a major downtown redevelopment project approved by Burlington, Vermont, voters on November 8 are suing to have the referendum declared invalid.

The Carnegie Medal was formally presented to Washington County State’s attorney Scott Williams at the Statehouse in Montpelier Monday.

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