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The State House in Montpelier. Photo: <a href="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/7f/Vermont_State_House.jpg">GearedBull</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
The State House in Montpelier. Photo: GearedBull, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Bats in the State House? No problem for Vermont

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) Bats swoop through the halls of Vermont's grand State House, and nobody seems to mind.

In fact, the furry, flying bug-eaters are welcomed back each summer almost like old friends. They add a rustic touch to the 155-year-old, gold-domed building.  Go to full article
Lines at a Quebec-Vermont border crossing. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/premshree/2535275511/">Premshree Pillai</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Lines at a Quebec-Vermont border crossing. Photo: Premshree Pillai, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Customs: possible traffic delays at Quebec border

ST. ALBANS, Vt. (AP) U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials say there could be traffic delays at the Vermont-Canadian border during Quebec's two-week "Construction Holiday."

The annual holiday from July 20 through Aug. 2 could cause increased traffic since many residents from Quebec, including those not in the construction industry, go on vacation during this time.  Go to full article
US Senator Charles Schumer.
US Senator Charles Schumer.

Schumer: Let pharmacies fill pet prescriptions

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer says pet owners could save millions of dollars on prescriptions for their animals if they could buy the drugs at ordinary pharmacies.

The New York Democrat says Sunday that he's working with U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut on legislation that would require veterinarians to write prescriptions to allow owners to buy the medication at a pharmacy or online.  Go to full article
Lake George Battlefield Park. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/spy81/14191428570/">Nolan</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Lake George Battlefield Park. Photo: Nolan, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Archaeologists excavate Lake George Colonial battleground

LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. (AP) Archaeologists are excavating an 18th-century battleground in upstate New York that was the site of a desperate stand by Colonial American troops, the flashpoint of an infamous massacre and the location of the era's largest smallpox hospital.

The site's multilayered history poses unique challenges for the dig, which is being conducted in a state-owned park, a natural time capsule in the village of Lake George, a popular southern Adirondack tourist destination.  Go to full article
A Jet Commander, the type of plane that crashed into Lake Champlain in 1971.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jet_commander#mediaviewer/File:Air_Sweden_IAI_1124.jpg">Felix Goetting</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
A Jet Commander, the type of plane that crashed into Lake Champlain in 1971.Felix Goetting, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Bid to solve mystery of Lake Champlain jet crash

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New technology is being brought to bear on the 43-year-old mystery of a private jet carrying five people that went missing after leaving a Vermont airport and is believed to have crashed in Lake Champlain.

New York and Vermont state police will be putting divers and high-resolution sonar into the lake starting Friday to search for any sign of the 10-seat Jet Commander that disappeared on the snowy night of Jan. 27, 1971 during a flight from Burlington, Vermont, to Providence, Rhode Island.  Go to full article

NYC forms task force on aiding child migrants

NEW YORK (AP) New York City has formed a task force in response to the growing number of Central American child migrants who've arrived in the city in recent months.

The city's commissioner for immigrant affairs told The New York Times her office was leading a newly formed interagency working group on how best to assist the young migrants.  Go to full article
F-16 in flight. Photo: <a href=" https://www.flickr.com/photos/lockheedmartin/1114903725">Lockheed Martin</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
F-16 in flight. Photo: Lockheed Martin, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

6 F-16s damaged during July 8 storm in Vermont

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) The Vermont National Guard says a total of six F-16 fighter jets were damaged during a severe thunderstorm on July 8.

The Guard says the storm with high winds caused the hangar doors at the Burlington Air National Guard station to collapse inward and damage the aircraft.  Go to full article
Microbeads in hand soaps and facial scrubs can wash into water bodies and be ingested by fish and birds. <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/lulupine/350922765">Lucille Pine</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Microbeads in hand soaps and facial scrubs can wash into water bodies and be ingested by fish and birds. Lucille Pine, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Gillibrand: list microbeads as Great Lakes threat

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand wants the Environmental Protection Agency to list microbeads as Great Lakes contaminants.

Microbeads in personal care products like facial scrubs and hand cleaners can wash into water bodies, where they can be ingested by birds and fish.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href=" https://www.flickr.com/photos/dankdepot/5500915851/">Dank Depot</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: Dank Depot, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Marijuana edibles burgeoning into an industry

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) Move over, pot brownies.
The proliferation of marijuana edibles for both medical and recreational purposes is giving rise to a cottage industry. Cookbooks, classes and vendors are spreading information on ways to make candies, infused olive oils and more.  Go to full article
Kids completing after-school crafts. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/usagrc/6958610188/">US Army Garrison Red Cloud - Casey</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Kids completing after-school crafts. Photo: US Army Garrison Red Cloud - Casey, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY awards $11M to 68 after-school programs

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Sixty-eight after-school programs around New York state are set to get nearly $11 million in new funds from the state and federal government.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office announced the grants Thursday. The programs that received the grants provide three hours of after-school education, recreation and cultural opportunities to some 8,000 students.  Go to full article

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