The Associated Press

The owner of a New Hampshire gun powder plant where an explosion killed two workers is going on trial for manslaughter and negligent homicide.

County prosecutors say 64-year-old Craig Sanborn, of Maidstone, Vt., was reckless in the production, testing and storage of explosive black powder and failed to train and provide safeguards for employees.

He has pleaded not guilty. His lawyer says he can't be held accountable for the blast that happened while he was at a gun show in North Carolina.

The state of New York is going to help pay the cost of running Amtrak's Ethan Allen Express to the Vermont city of Rutland.

The Vermont Agency of Transportation says New York is going to contribute $800,000 toward the costs of operating the train that runs from New York City to Rutland via Albany.

The change came after new rules reduced the federal contribution to short passenger lines.

Vermont State Police say a routine traffic stop turned into a heroin bust after one of the passengers gave them false information about his identity.

Police say they stopped a Nissan Maxima on Interstate 91 in Hartland Monday for a lane violation. One of the six occupants of the car — Tyrone Cromer of Newark, N.J. — gave police a fictitious name and was arrested for providing false information to a police officer.

Motorists traveling north from Montpelier on Interstate 89 are going to have to find another way onto the highway during the blasting phase of Vermont's latest ledge removal project.

The northbound on-ramp is scheduled to close on Oct. 3 and it could remain closed for up to a month while crews blast some of the ledge that geologists worry could fall into the roadway.

Crews are already working on the ledge removal project on other parts of the Montpelier interstate exchange, but the work will be done without explosives.

Vermont's lone member of the U.S. House of Representatives is moving his Burlington office.

The office of Congressman Peter Welch will move from downtown to the city's South End in the building built in 1894 as the Queen City Cotton Mill.

That’s the former home of General Dynamics and the current home of Efficiency Vermont, Vermont's energy efficiency utility.

The building harnesses geothermal energy for cooling and has an overall 99 percent Energy Star rating.

Two Vermont legislative committees are set to review the state's policies for siting new energy projects.

The Senate and House Natural Resources and Energy committees have scheduled a joint session today to hear from a specially created energy siting commission.

That panel has been studying how Vermont reviews and approves projects like wind turbines, biomass-fired power plants and similar projects.

Gov. Peter Shumlin pushed for creation of the panel following criticisms of state decisions on permitting the Kingdom Community Wind project and similar developments.

Vermont's attorney general has joined 39 other attorneys general urging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to regulate electronic cigarettes the same way it regulates tobacco products.

The letter says e-cigarettes are being marketed to children through cartoon-like advertising characters and by offering fruit and candy flavors. At the same time they’re becoming more affordable and available.


A regional Vermont environmental official says the owner of an oil pipeline between Portland, Maine, and Montreal would need a state land-use permit if the company seeks to reverse the flow of the pipeline.

The District 7 Environmental coordinator ruled Monday that an Act 250 permit would be needed in the event the Portland Montreal Pipeline seeks to carry move Canadian "tar sands oil" between Montreal and Portland.

The Vermont attorney general's office says 25 manufacturers of drugs and medical devices have agreed to comply with a state law that bans most gifts such as meals to health care providers.

The office said the companies self-reported violations. The law requires manufacturers of prescribed products, including pharmaceuticals and medical devices to disclose expenditures deemed appropriate by the Legislature.

Twenty-four of the manufacturers, having failed to file disclosures entirely, paid a total of over $25,000 to the state in fees.

New charges have been filed against a couple accused of killing a St. Johnsbury teacher.

Allen and Patricia Prue already face murder charges in connection with the March 2012 death of 33-year-old Melissa Jenkins. Both have pleaded not guilty.

The Caledonian Record reports the charges of conspiracy to commit murder and kidnapping were filed against the Prues last week by Caledonia County State's Attorney Lisa Warren.

Prosecutors also filed eight counts of possession of child pornography against Patricia Prue after finding multiple images on her laptop computer.

Representatives of the new Vermont Health Connect exchange will fan out across the state in the coming weeks to talk to residents and small business owners about the new health insurance system.

This morning, Congressman Peter Welch and Director of Health Care Reform Robin Lunge will give a talk and answer questions at the First Congregational Church in Springfield about the coming changes.

Navigators specially trained to help consumers find their way through the new health insurance system, will be on hand late Monday afternoon at Vermont Cares in Burlington.

A Vermont couple shifted their plans for a farm centered on a goat dairy after taking a workshop in growing shiitake mushrooms.

Now, Lucas Jackson and Maeve Mangine are selling the spongy rich mushrooms to several restaurants and a food cooperative, and through a community supported agriculture farm.

Their Tangled Roots Farm in Shrewsbury was one of about 20 farms chosen in Vermont and New York as research sites under a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant.

Vermont’s unemployment rate held steady in August, at 4.6 percent.

State labor officials say there were more construction jobs for the month but add that the building industry remains at near recessionary lows.

Vermont State Police are conducting another online Tweet-Along on Twitter to give the public a glimpse into what takes place during a typical shift of a state trooper.

Several state troopers around the state are expected to tweet today about their activities.

A state police spokeswoman says the agency hopes its participation positively influences the growing use and acceptance of social media by public safety agencies.

Anyone interested can follow @VTStatePolice on Twitter.

Governor Peter Shumlin has chosen Superior Court Judge Geoffrey Crawford to fill a vacancy on the Vermont Supreme Court.

Crawford is a Harvard Law School graduate who was in private practice in Burlington before being appointed to Superior Court in 2002 by then-Governor Howard Dean.

In announcing the selection today, Shumlin praised Crawford’s compassion and intellect.

Crawford serves on the boards of Dismas of Vermont in Burlington and the New England Organ Bank.  

His appointment will have to be confirmed by the Vermont Senate.

The state of Vermont is going to receive $63,000 from UBS Financial Services as part of a nationwide $4.6 million settlement.

Vermont Financial Regulation Commissioner Susan Donegan says the payment comes after a multi-state investigation determined some UBS employees had been accepting orders even though they were not registered to sell securities.

Donegan said she is pleased UBS has acknowledged the need to modify its procedures and take corrective actions.

Gov. Peter Shumlin says he's not worried about a glitch that's popped up in connection with the Vermont Health Connect health insurance exchange.

Shumlin told reporters Thursday the announcement that the exchange would not be able to accept electronic payments until a month after its scheduled Oct. 1 startup was a "nothing burger."

Shumlin says people can begin shopping for health insurance as planned on Oct. 1 through the exchange. But he notes the coverage won't actually start until Jan. 1, and he says it's unlikely anyone will want to pay for it before it starts.

AP/Toby Talbot

Vermont's new secretary of education says the state's system for funding schools isn't perfect, but is the most progressive in the country.

The comment came from Rebecca Holcombe Thursday as Governor Peter Shumlin announced her appointment to the state's top education job. 

Following the announcement, Shumlin summarized the challenge facing Vermont’s education system.

Members of the Vermont State Employees' Association have elected a union official as the association's president for a two-year term.

Shelley Martin is a 13-year veteran of state government who works for the Department of Environmental Conservation in Montpelier and has served four years as first vice president of the VSEA.

Martin has also served in several other roles with the union, including on its legislative, member recruitment, special events and personnel committees.

A judge has cleared the way for a former St. Johnsbury town manager to take his bid to get his job back before the Vermont Supreme Court.

Judge Mary Miles Teachout's ruling Monday allows Ralph Nelson to seek an appeal of Teachout's decisions on some aspects of the lawsuit.

Nelson's lawyer has argued that the issues involved in Nelson's lawsuit are relevant to towns and town managers statewide.