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  • State, local policies emerge on illegal immigrants

    12/11/2011 6:17:01 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 31 replies · 1+ views
    Opelika Auburn News ^ | December 11, 2011 | LISA RATHKE | Associated Press
    MONTPELIER, Vt. - The two Mexican farmworkers were nervous. Seated in a pickup truck whose driver had been stopped for speeding on a Vermont highway, they didn't know what to expect from the state trooper. They'd heard of other farmworkers being detained or deported in the largely white state, whose $560 million dairy industry relies on Mexican farmhands like them. But one of the men also had been in a similar stop in New York and didn't get bothered.
  • Vt. panel: 2 men might have faced discrimination

    12/02/2011 7:51:27 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 6 replies
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | December 2, 2011 | The Associated Press
    MIDDLESEX, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Human Rights Commission says the two farmworkers stopped in September by a state police trooper who turned out to be illegal immigrants may have been victims of racial discrimination.
  • RI wins $58 million for health insurance exchange

    11/29/2011 5:37:05 PM PST · by mdittmar · 5 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | November 29, 2011 | Associated Press
    PROVIDENCE, R.I.—Rhode Island is receiving $58 million in federal funds to assist in the creation of a new online market for health insurance. The money will help the state establish its health benefit exchange, one of the requirements contained within the federal Affordable Care Act. Rhode Island is the first state to receive this type of funding, which is intended for states that are farther along in planning their exchanges. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced the grant Tuesday. Gov. Lincoln Chafee (CHAY'-fee) says the funding shows the state is making progress toward creating an affordable, accessible...
  • Attempted burglary raises self-defense issue(VT)

    11/21/2011 10:46:05 AM PST · by marktwain · 48 replies · 1+ views
    rutlandherald.com ^ | 20 November, 2011 | Brent Curtis
    When Patricia Billings fired a handgun at an intruder reportedly breaking through her bedroom window in Rutland Town last week, the legal ramifications were probably the furthest thing from her mind. “No one thinks of self-defense law when they’re in a dangerous incident,” said Michele Martinez Campbell, an associate professor at Vermont Law School. “When you’re in harm’s way, you do what you have to do.” In Billings’ case, police say the 49-year-old fired three rounds from a handgun at a man trying to enter her home on Tuesday. The intruder fled the property on Quarterline Road leaving behind no...
  • Police identify man who shot self at (Obama Supported) Vermont protest

    11/11/2011 6:22:45 PM PST · by tobyhill · 18 replies
    reuters ^ | 11/11/2011 | Zach Howard
    The man who shot himself at an Occupy protest camp in downtown Burlington, Vermont, this week was 35 years old, homeless and had briefly trained to be in the Army, police said on Friday. Joshua Pfenning apparently shot himself in the head inside a tent at the encampment in City Hall Park on Thursday afternoon and later died at a city hospital, Burlington Police Chief Michael Schirling said in a statement. After the shooting, police banned camping at the park because of safety concerns. Police have stopped short of calling Pfenning's death suicide, but have said witnesses indicated the shooting...
  • Vermont enforce new immigration policy

    11/05/2011 10:11:07 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 15 replies
    KPLC-TV ^ | Nov 05, 2011 | KPLC-TV
    BURLINGTON, VT (WPTZ/CNN) - Vermont's governor has released a new immigration policy for state police, which is being dubbed the "look the other way" policy. Gov. Peter Shumlin says state troopers should not try to arrest people just for being in the U.S. illegally. Back in September, a state trooper made a routine traffic stop and asked one of the passengers his immigration status. He suspected that person of being an illegal immigrant and called Customs and Borders Patrol, who arrested the man. The arrest sparked protests from the migrant worker community, who says the trooper should never have asked...
  • APNewsBreak: US northern border checks scaled back

    10/29/2011 2:39:45 PM PDT · by george76 · 21 replies
    ap ^ | Oct 29, 2011 | GENE JOHNSON
    SEATTLE- The U.S. Border Patrol has quietly stopped its controversial practice of routinely searching buses, trains and airports for illegal immigrants at transportation hubs along the northern border and in the U.S. interior, preventing agents from using what had long been an effective tool for tracking down people here illegally. ... The situation is similar in upstate New York... instead of checking buses or trains, agents have spent shifts sitting in their vehicles gazing out at Lake Erie and Lake Ontario..."They're already bored," the agent said. "You grab the paper every day and you go do the crossword."
  • Senators Propose Law to Make Fake Maple Syrup a Felony Offense

    10/26/2011 3:06:20 PM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 68 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/26/11 | Anon (staff)
    Senators from maple syrup-producing states are seeking a law to make selling the fake stuff a punishable offense. Sens. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and Susan Collins, R-Maine, proposed legislation Thursday to make selling fraudulent maple syrup a felony. The bill, co-sponsored by Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., is called the Maple Agriculture Protection and Law Enforcement (MAPLE) Act. Leahy stated in a press release that he is alarmed at the increasing number of people and businesses claiming to sell Vermont maple syrup but actually selling something "that is not maple syrup at all." "This is fraud, plain and simple, and it undermines...
  • Senate bill would make selling fake maple syrup a felony offense

    10/21/2011 10:49:20 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 83 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 21, 2011 | Pete Kasperowicz
    Six senators introduced legislation that would make selling fake maple syrup a felony offense that can lead to fines and up to five years in prison. The Maple Agriculture Protection and Law Enforcement (MAPLE) is a response to what chief sponsor Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and others say is the increasing practice of cheating Vermont, upstate New York and other maple syrup regions by selling inferior, fake syrup. "I have been alarmed by the growing number of individuals and businesses claiming to sell genuine Vermont maple syrup when they are in fact selling an inferior product that is not maple...
  • Hundreds of plants, animals in line for federal endangered species protection

    09/29/2011 8:43:35 AM PDT · by george76 · 30 replies
    ap ^ | September 29, 2011
    The Obama administration is taking steps to extend new federal protections to a list of imperiled animals and plants that reads like a manifest for Noah's Ark - from the melodic golden-winged warbler and slow-moving gopher tortoise, to the slimy American eel and tiny Texas kangaroo rat. ... With a Friday deadline to act on more than 700 pending cases, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service already has issued decisions advancing more than 500 species toward potential new protections under the Endangered Species Act... Patrick Parenteau, an environmental lawprofessor at the University of Vermont. "They are moving through this large...
  • Conservative Group Calls for Boycott of Ben & Jerry's 'Schweddy Balls' Flavor

    09/22/2011 8:18:17 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 26 replies
    FoxNews ^ | September 22, 2011 | by Joshua Rhett Miller
    Ben & Jerry's latest ice cream creation -- "Schweddy Balls" -- doesn't agree with the tastes of at least one national conservative group. "The vulgar new flavor has turned something as innocent as ice cream into something repulsive," read a statement released by One Million Moms, a division of the Mississippi-based American Family Association. "Not exactly what you want a child asking for at the supermarket."
  • Navy officer weds partner as gay ban ends

    09/19/2011 10:15:54 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 191 replies · 1+ views
    CBS News ^ | September 20, 2011
    <p>When Navy Lt. Gary Ross and his partner were searching for a place to get married, they settled on a site in Vermont, in part because the state is in the Eastern time zone.</p> <p>That way, the two men were able to recite their vows before family and friends at the first possible moment after the formal repeal of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy. Just after midnight Tuesday, the partners of 11 years were married.</p>
  • Navy officer, partner wed in Vt. as ban ends

    09/19/2011 10:15:22 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sept. 20, 2011 | WILSON RING
    DUXBURY, Vt. (AP) - When Navy Lt. Gary Ross and his partner were searching for a place to get married, they settled on a site in Vermont, in part because the state is in the Eastern time zone. That way, the two men were able to recite their vows before family and friends at the first possible moment after the formal repeal of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy. Just after midnight Tuesday, the partners of 11 years were married.
  • VT. Gov. Wants Police Directive on Migrant Workers ( basically ignore them)

    09/16/2011 9:22:25 AM PDT · by lost in the snow · 1 replies
    WPTZ ^ | 9/16/2011 | WPTZ video
    Shumlin Says State Policy Is To "Look The Other Way" POSTED: 8:27 am EDT September 16, 2011 UPDATED: 11:00 am EDT September 16, 2011 Gov. Peter Shumlin clarified his position Thursday after ordering an immediate investigation into State Police handling of a routine traffic stop on I-89 earlier in the week, one that sparked protest and the detention of two migrant farm workers from Mexico. Read more: http://www.wptz.com/video/29203802/detail.html#ixzz1Y8HQrAAS
  • Shumlin Tells Cops to "Look the Other Way" on Illegals

    09/15/2011 11:00:10 PM PDT · by Borough Park · 21 replies
    Shumlin Tells Cops to "Look the Other Way" on Illegals Vermont Governor Calls Illegal Immigration 'essential' to VT POSTED: 7:06 pm EDT September 15, 2011 UPDATED: 8:48 pm EDT September 15, 2011 MONTPELIER, Vt. -- Gov. Peter Shumlin clarified his position Thursday after ordering an immediate investigation into State Police handling of a routine traffic stop on I-89 earlier in the week, one that sparked protest and the detention of two migrant farm workers from Mexico. Shumlin said "look the other way as much as we can" is Vermont policy on undocumented farm workers who play a critical role in...
  • Feds to return 130 antique guns to Vt. dealer

    09/06/2011 7:24:43 PM PDT · by marktwain · 15 replies
    chron.com ^ | 5 September, 2011 | AP
    ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. (AP) — The federal government is planning to return 130 antique guns seized from a St. Johnsbury gun dealer who once owned firearm that was later used in a Boston killing.
  • My solution: how to restore freedom of association and end government tyranny

    09/01/2011 6:47:34 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 5 replies
    RenewAmerica.com ^ | Sept. 1, 2011 | Selwyn Duke
    Unfortunately, many Americans have become inured to the trampling of freedom of association. You can work your fingers to the bone starting a business, and the government becomes a partner that contributes nothing but extracts much. It not only shares your profits and regulates you to death, but, more to the point here, dictates whom you must serve and the bases on which you may hire and fire people. And woe betide he who doesn't bow before Leviathan. A recent example of this is the Wildflower Inn, a Vermont B&B. After devout Catholic owners Jim and Mary O'Reilly refused to...
  • Asking for Freeper Help for Vermont Victims of Irene

    08/31/2011 5:14:32 AM PDT · by Straight Vermonter · 19 replies
    The southern half of the state has been ravaged by flooding following TS Irene on Sunday. The main road north-south in the area (US route 7) is out. The main road east-west (US route 4) is also out. The back roads as you can imagine are just as bad. Food and water must be airlifted by the national guard since some towns can now only be reached by air or ATV. People are also unable to feed their cattle and horses. Crops are gone and kids are unable to start their school year. A 17 year old boy from Brattleboro...
  • Irene brings worst flooding in century to Vermont

    08/29/2011 6:14:04 PM PDT · by Palter · 90 replies
    AP ^ | 29 Aug 2011 | Dave Gram
    Almost a dozen New England towns were rendered virtual islands Monday as floodwaters from the remnants of Hurricane Irene reshaped parts of Vermont and upstate New York, turning placid rivers into raging torrents and some streets into treacherous mud bogs. Hundreds of roads remained closed, dozens of bridges were gone and entire towns were cut off from assistance in the worst flooding some areas have seen in a century. A day earlier, Irene dumped up to 11 inches on parts of Vermont and more than 13 inches on some areas of New York — a deluge that quickly overwhelmed waterways,...
  • Marshfield Dam in jeopardy (VT flooding from Irene)

    08/28/2011 8:25:47 PM PDT · by Straight Vermonter · 9 replies
    WCAX TV ^ | August 28, 2011
    The Marshfield Dam operated by Green Mountain Power is in jeopardy of overflowing. Because of that, officials at GMP are preparing to possibly release water from the dam. That is expected to cause the Winooski River to rise significantly. "We are very aware of the potential flooding of the Winooski River throughout its entire system, and we understand that if we release the water that will increase flooding. However, if the dam were to fail that would be a huge amount of water and that would just be not acceptable. We are needing to make sure that we take all...