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Jeremy Mackling, project manager at PCL, explains the construction of the new Interstate 91 bridges over Route 5 in White River Junction, Vt., during a news conference at the site on August 19, 2015. 
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Detour on I-91 Northbound Planned Until Monday Morning; Delays Expected in WRJ

Thursday, August 27, 2015

White River Junction — The Vermont Agency of Transportation is urging drivers and pedestrians to avoid the area around Interstate 91’s Exit 11 interchange in White River Junction this weekend as construction crews plan to shut down the interstate’s northbound lanes to replace the bridge over Route 5. State transportation officials said they hope travelers will agree with their assessment …

Lawyers Recommend New Settlement in Milk Suit

Thursday, August 27, 2015

A class action lawsuit that accused two dairy groups of manipulating the Northeast milk market and driving small farmers out of business is one step closer to being settled. Attorneys for the plaintiffs in the antitrust lawsuit Allen v. Dairy Farmers of America have asked U.S. District Court Judge Christina Reiss to approve a new $50 million settlement to put the case to …

Vt. Calls for Level-Funded Budget

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Montpelier — The Shumlin administration is asking departments and agencies to submit level-funded budgets for the coming fiscal year. In a letter, Justin Johnson, the secretary of the Agency of Administration, urged commissioners and secretaries to be “extremely cautious and restrained” as they develop budgets. The budget instructions for fiscal year 2017 “reflect the state’s fiscal outlook,” Johnson wrote. While the state is …

Deliberations Begin In St. Paul’s Trial

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Concord — Jurors deliberating the fate of a former prep school senior charged with raping a freshman were left to decide Thursday who was more credible: the defendant, who credited “divine inspiration” with helping him end their escalating …

Officers Scared By Students

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Fargo, n.d. — Two North Dakota State University students got a scare when armed police officers mistook their telescope for a rifle. WDAY-TV reports that Levi Joraanstad and Colin Waldera were setting up the telescope behind their apartment Monday night when they were blinded by a bright light …

1st Phase of Sorrell Investigation Done

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Montpelier — The first phase of an investigation into allegations that Vermont Attorney General Bill Sorrell violated campaign finance laws is complete. David Cahill, executive director of the Department of State’s Attorneys and Sheriffs, said on Tuesday that complaints against Sorrell have been evaluated. Tom Little, acting special …

Brattleboro Retreat Focus Of Vt. Probe

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Montpelier — The Vermont Attorney General’s Office is conducting a criminal investigation into the Brattleboro Retreat following a whistleblower’s complaints about alleged Medicaid fraud at the private psychiatric hospital, The Associated Press has learned. Attorney General William Sorrell acknowledged that his office was investigating, and his comments coupled …

Local & Regional Briefs for Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Cornish Fair Ride Malfunction Due to Braking System Cornish — State investigators determined that the mechanical issue with a ride at the Cornish Fair Friday night that injured three people was related to the braking system, according to a news release from the New Hampshire state fire marshal. …

Vermonters Call Again for Paid Sick Leave

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Burlington — On the 95th anniversary of the 19th amendment that gave women the right to vote, officials gathered to call for a paid sick days bill to be passed next legislative session, saying it would bring Vermont a step closer to women’s equality. Gov. Peter Shumlin, state …

Massachusetts Town Reckons with Cosby

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Shelburne Falls, Mass. — Deep in the rolling farmland of western Massachusetts, Bill Cosby’s compound has for decades provided quiet refuge for the comedian and his family. Most in this normally reserved New England community are content to …

Closing Arguments to Begin Today in St. Paul’s Rape Case

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Concord — A former student charged with raping a freshman girl two days before he graduated from an elite prep school acknowledged Wednesday that he deleted a Facebook message to a friend in which he wrote he used …

Vt. Woman Charged in Relatives’ Deaths

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Barre, Vt. — A Vermont woman accused of killing a state social worker and three relatives because she was upset about losing custody of her 9-year-old daughter pleaded not guilty Tuesday in the deaths of her relatives. Jody …

St. Paul’s Grad’s Lawyer Argues Unfair Tactics

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Concord (ap) — The attorney for a young man accused of raping a fellow student at an elite prep school in New Hampshire on Tuesday questioned police tactics, suggesting his client had been treated unfairly. Concord Police Detective Julie Curtin previously outlined in an affidavit and testified Tuesday …