The Associated Press

Police are investigating a spate of burglaries in the Vermont communities of Morristown and Stowe and are looking for a pickup truck that they say may be connected to the crimes.

Authorities say seven houses in Morrisville and two in Stowe have been burglarized in the last month. The burglaries have taken place during the day and cash has been stolen.

Police are looking for a late model green Ford pickup truck with a yellow light displayed on the truck bed that is possibly mounted to a pole. They say the vehicle had been spotted in the area of some of the burglaries.

The city of Burlington is planning a nine-month trial project that will put financial information and other data from the Vermont city online.

The city signed a contract for the project last week.

Mayor Miro Weinberger says he expects that it will take a couple of months to get the website up and running.

He says organizations that understand their data are better able to allocate resources and make smart decisions.

A fundraising campaign at Vermont's Norwich University is getting a big boost thanks to a $2 million gift from a member of the class of 1973.

Norwich says graduate Phil Soucy and his wife Peg, of Alexandria, Va., announced their intention to make the donation on Saturday at a homecoming luncheon.

Soucy is a founder of Modern Technology Solutions, Inc., an aerospace engineering firm that provides technical expertise to the federal government.

Members of the surgery faculty at the University of Vermont College of Medicine and Fletcher Allen Health Care are helping create new teaching positions at the university.

A donation totaling $4.5 million will contribute toward the establishment of 14 Green and Gold professorships in the Department of Surgery and add $1 million to the newly established Frank P. Ittleman Professorship in cardiothoracic surgery.

Members of the surgical faculty set aside their donations over a number of years.

A grateful patient started the Ittleman professorship earlier this year.

A top Massachusetts emergency official will discuss the response to the Boston Marathon bombings at Vermont's annual emergency preparedness conference.

The conference, held by the Vermont Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, will take place Oct. 18 and 19 at Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is being asked to restrict storage of highly radioactive nuclear waste in spent fuel pools like the one at the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant.

The commission heard recently from two authors of a 2003 report saying densely packed fuel pools create a heightened danger of fire and a catastrophic release of radioactivity. They urged fuel older than five years be stored in dry concrete casks.

A third author of the report was Allison Macfarlane, then a researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and now chairwoman of the NRC.

Vermont Gas Systems says it will seek regulatory approval of the second phase of its plan for a natural gas pipeline in Addison County, to extend it further across Lake Champlain to the International Paper mill in New York state.

The company has sent notices to communities in Rutland and Addison counties.

Vermont Gas says the second phase will establish the infrastructure to bring natural gas to Rutland sooner at no additional cost to Vermonters by leveraging revenues from International Paper.

The federal government shutdown means that federal lands in Vermont will be closed to hunters, anglers and other users during the foliage season.

In the Northeast Kingdom Nulhegan Basin Division and Putney Mountain Unit of the Silvio Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge have closed to public.

The Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge is Swanton also is closed.

A federal court jury in Rutland has found a 31-year-old man guilty of causing the death of a woman he believed had stolen drugs from him.

The jury returned the verdict Wednesday in the trial of Frank Caraballo, of Holyoke, Mass.

Vermont U.S. Attorney Tristram Coffin says the jury found Caraballo guilty of murdering Melissa Barratt, but he was acquitted of firing the weapon that caused her death. Coffin says that in some drug cases suspects can be convicted of murder even if they did not directly cause the death.

The mayor of the Vermont city of Newport has pleaded guilty to a second offense of driving while intoxicated.

Fifty-three-year-old Paul Monette was sentenced on Tuesday to do 200 hours of community service.

The Caledonian Record reports that the sentence includes a suspended six-to-18-month term, with two years of probation, a $750 fine, substance abuse screening and possible counseling and treatment.

Monette suffered minor injuries when his vehicle rolled over on Interstate 91 in Barton on July 21.

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