Florida State grieving after death of Phil Cofer’s father

Sports 03/22/19, 18:29

Florida State will play its second-round NCAA Tournament game with a heavy heart on Saturday after the death of forward Phil Cofer's father.Mike Cofer, a former Detroit Lions linebacker, died Thursday after a long illness. He was 58. Phil Cofer received a phone call with the devastating news moments after ...

Pole vaulter, 84, sets her sights on more records

Sports 03/22/19, 00:08

An 84-year-old pole vaulter isn't putting her pole down anytime soon.Flo Filion Meiler left Thursday for the World Masters Athletics Championship Indoor in Poland, where she'll compete in events including the long jump, 60-meter hurdles, 800-meter run, pentathlon and pole vault, for which she's the shoo-in.The petite, energetic woman from ...

Kabengele, Mann lead 4th-seed FSU over hot-shooting Vermont

Sports 03/21/19, 15:54

Mfiondu Kabengele had 21 points and 10 rebounds, and Florida State held off a barrage of 3-pointers from 13th-seeded Vermont in a 76-69 victory Thursday in the opening round of the NCAA West Regional.Terance Mann added 19 points for the fourth-seeded Seminoles (28-7), who were tied with the Catamounts at ...

Man who sought drugs smuggled by sled to be sentenced

U.S. 03/20/19, 11:00

A North Carolina man is due to be sentenced in federal court for plotting to steal a shipment of counterfeit Xanax pills valued at $1.6 million that were smuggled into the United States from Canada.Yazid Al Fayyad Finn, of Cary, North Carolina, is scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday in Rutland. ...

Vermont’s Lamb among players to watch from 1-bid conferences

Sports 03/19/19, 17:50

Vermont's Anthony Lamb is among several players from one-bid conferences capable of leading their teams to major upsets in the NCAA Tournament.The 6-foot-6 junior forward scored 24 points against Kansas and 25 points against Louisville in the NIT Season Tip Off in November. Although Vermont lost both games, Lamb surely ...

Ex-day care worker charged in death of 6-month-old

Health 03/18/19, 18:13

A former Vermont daycare provider was arrested Monday on suspicion of manslaughter and child cruelty charges in the death of a 6-month-old girl she was caring for in her Rutland home in January.The arrest of Stacey Vaillancourt, 53, came after the final autopsy report on the body of Harper Briar, ...

Is Jane Sanders the most powerful woman not running in 2020?

2022 Campaign 03/17/19, 09:05

Before Bernie Sanders took the stage to formally launch his 2020 presidential campaign this month, the candidate's most influential adviser took the mic. To cheers, Jane Sanders introduced herself to the Brooklyn crowd as "Bernie's wife," then conceded that wasn't the most politically correct label. To be sure, identifying Jane Sanders ...

Squirrels are damaging some maple syrup operations

Business 03/14/19, 14:10

Maple syrup producers have more than the weather to worry about. Frenetic squirrels are chomping on equipment, crimping the flow of sap at some operations.Damage from wildlife — deer, bear woodpeckers, and squirrels — is not unusual for maple producers, but this year an abundant population of squirrels is disrupting ...

A nanny state? Vermont town elects goat as honorary mayor

Amazing 03/07/19, 15:49

A 3-year-old Nubian goat named Lincoln is poised to become the first honorary pet mayor of the small Vermont town of Fair Haven.The nanny goat was chosen this week by townspeople for the one-year post at the community's Town Meeting Day. Lincoln takes office Tuesday.The ballot of 16 pets was ...

Update: Trump: Sanders ‘missed his time’ for presidency

Politics 02/19/19, 15:20

The Latest on Sen. Bernie Sander's announcement that he is running for president in 2020 (all times local): 3:20 p.m. President Donald Trump says that Bernie Sanders ran a great race for the presidency four years ago but that he believes the Vermont senator "missed his time." The 77-year-old Sanders has announced that ...

Update: Trump campaign claims Dems embrace socialism

Politics 02/19/19, 10:31

The Latest on Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders' presidential bid (all times local): 10:25 a.m. President Donald Trump's campaign claims Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders "has already won the debate in the Democrat primary, because every candidate is embracing his brand of socialism." Sanders, an independent who describes himself as a democratic socialist, announced on ...

Sen. Bernie Sanders says he’s running for president in 2020

Politics 02/19/19, 06:55

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, whose insurgent 2016 presidential campaign reshaped Democratic politics, announced Tuesday that he is running for president in 2020. "Our campaign is not only about defeating Donald Trump," the 77-year-old self-described democratic socialist said in an email to supporters. "Our campaign is about transforming our country and creating ...

Vermont official urges police review after racism case

U.S. 02/12/19, 17:05

A Vermont town, at the urging of the state attorney general, is looking for an outside expert to review the police department's practices following its handling of reports of racial harassment against the state's only black female lawmaker, who later resigned .Attorney General T.J. Donovan had urged Bennington on Monday ...

Kidnap and assault suspect due to appear in federal court

U.S. 02/12/19, 10:09

A man charged with kidnapping a woman and her 5-year-old son in New Hampshire and later sexually assaulting the woman in Vermont is expected to appear in federal court.Everett Simpson is scheduled to make his initial appearance Tuesday before U.S. Magistrate Judge John Conroy in Burlington.Simpson is charged with leaving ...

Vermont man who threatened black lawmaker facing gun charge

U.S. 02/07/19, 10:09

A self-described white nationalist who prompted Vermont's only female black legislator to resign is facing a charge he possessed illegal, large capacity gun magazines.State Police say 36-year-old Max Misch, of Bennington, was arrested Wednesday after troopers searched his home and found evidence he had purchased large capacity ammunition feeding devices. ...

Former police chief recalls foiling border terror case

U.S. 02/04/19, 11:14

It was about 2 a.m. on a moonless October night in 1987 when the police chief of a small northern Vermont town spotted a man carrying a black bag and walking down the railroad tracks from Canada toward a waiting van about a mile south of the border. The man turned ...

Vermont House passes 92-percent e-cigarette tax

U.S. 02/01/19, 13:48

The Vermont House has passed legislation that would impose a 92-percent tax on e-cigarettes as a way to dissuade teens from vaping.U.S. health officials have called the surge in youth using e-cigarettes an "epidemic."Republican Gov. Phil Scott said in his budget address late last month that he supported such a ...

New Hampshire, Vermont governors propose family leave plan

Health 01/16/19, 17:40

Republican governors in New Hampshire and Vermont rolled out a plan Wednesday for a voluntary two-state paid family and medical leave program, but Democratic lawmakers attacked the proposal, one calling it "useless."The plan comes in the wake of failed efforts last year by the two state legislatures to enact such ...

Tribute to 9/11 workers takes shape in granite country

U.S. 01/16/19, 05:52

A memorial to rescue and recovery workers who labored in the ruins of the World Trade Center and those who were sickened by its toxins is taking shape in granite country of Vermont.Workers at Rock of Ages granite studio in Barre (BEHR'-ee) are chipping and chiseling slabs of granite that ...

AG: Lawmaker was victim of racial harassment; no charges

U.S. 01/14/19, 15:56

The Vermont attorney general's office says a former Vermont legislator who resigned after receiving racial threats was "the victim of racial harassment" but says no charges will be filed because of free speech protections.Attorney General T.J. Donovan announced Monday his office has completed its investigation and launched a new statewide ...

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