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Former state senator Norm McAllister, seen here outside a courthouse, was convicted in 2017 of prostituting a female tenant on his farm. The Vermont Supreme Court Friday ordered a retrial in the case.
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Mistrial Declared In Retrial Of Norm McAllister Case

A mistrial has been declared in the latest court action involving former Vermont state Sen. Norm McAllister. That decision Friday morning came after a deliberating juror in the case revealed he had heard a news report before the trial which included information that was not presented in court.

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Hundreds Protest Vermont Yankee

Apr 1, 2013

Hundreds of people who rallied in protest of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant over the weekend, and they say it's time for the 41-year-old reactor to shut down.

More than 500 people marched through downtown Brattleboro Saturday carrying banners and chanting shut it down. Organizers claim the plant, owned by Entergy, has been operating illegally.

The march came five days after the Vermont Supreme Court denied a petition from the anti-nuclear New England Coalition to shut down the plant.

Truck Damages Dummerston Covered Bridge

Apr 1, 2013

Vermont State Police are looking for the driver of a box truck that shattered a cross beam and tore the trim on a covered bridge in Dummerston, believed to be the longest covered bridge still in use in the state.

Police said the Budget rental truck crashed into the West Dummerston Covered Bridge at about 5:15 p.m. Sunday. The truck stopped briefly, but the police said the driver did not report the accident.

The town's highway supervisor says the bridge did not sustain any structural damage and is still safe for travel.

UVM To Offer Online Public Health Course

Apr 1, 2013

The University of Vermont is launching an online certificate of graduate study in public health.

Beginning this summer, medical and nursing students, health practitioners, public health professionals, and health care researchers will be able to enroll in the 18-credit, online graduate course that navigates current public health and health policy issues.

The course is designed to give students a strong foundation in population health sciences including epidemiology, bio statistics and environmental health.

Volunteers Wanted For EEE Study

Apr 1, 2013

Vermont health officials are seeking volunteers for a study of Eastern equine encephalitis.

Matthew Thomas of the state Department of Health says officials hope to learn more about the prevalence of the mosquito-transmitted virus in Vermont. Two men, one from Brandon and the other from Sudbury, died last year in Vermont's first human cases of EEE.

Thomas tells the Rutland Herald that the plan is to draw blood from 150 to 200 volunteers at clinics in Brandon, Whiting and Sudbury.

Vt. To Post Health Care Rates

Apr 1, 2013

Vermont is poised to become the first state in the country to tell people without health insurance how much they can pay for coverage through the federal Affordable Care Act when it begins offering benefits next year.

The state starting today is going to post the proposed rates offered through the state's health care marketplace for various levels of coverage.

Andy Hyman of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation says it's a big step.

Moretown Landfill Shuts Down Before Deadline

Apr 1, 2013

A Vermont landfill that was ordered closed has shut down.

The Moretown landfill had until mid-April to close, but it closed on Saturday.

The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources this month ordered the Moretown landfill to cease operations, citing odor problem sand groundwater pollution.

WPTZ-TV reported that landfill officials said they closed earlier than required to prepare an appeal of the agency's decision to the state's environmental court.

Vermont now has only one landfill left used for trash disposal, in the northern Vermont town of Coventry.

Bill Would Regulate Disposal Of Unclaimed Remains

Apr 1, 2013

Dozens of long-dead patients at a Vermont psychiatric hospital are helping to modernize state law regulating what happens to unclaimed human remains.

The cemetery holding them came to public attention when Tropical Storm Irene flooded the Waterbury hospital complex in August 2011. A state lawmaker wanted to make sure the cemetery would be protected forever after the ruined hospital was relocated.

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