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Police investigate death of Shelburne toddler — A 2-year-old boy was pronounced dead Tuesday after Shelburne police responded to a report of an unresponsive child . Attempts to resuscitate the boy were unsuccessful, and he was pronounced dead early Tuesday afternoon, Detective Cpl. Ed Fournier said. The Chittenden Unit for Special Investigations (CUSI) is leading the investigation into the child's death.

Burlington mall eliminates 2-hour free parking — The Burlington Town Center mall has eliminated two-hour free parking and started charging new rates. General Manager Mathew Chabot said the new rates took effect Monday morning. One hour of parking now costs $1, and the rates range to a daily maximum of $20.

Boater accused of striking swimmer arraigned — A man accused of striking a swimmer with his boat on Lake Iroquois in late June appeared in Vermont Superior Court in Burlington Tuesday to answer to charges stemming from the incident. Christopher Thompson, 47, of Pine Shore Drive in Hinesburg pleaded not guilty to simple assault with a weapon and operating a vessel carelessly or negligently.
Jul 22, 2014

Boater accused of striking swimmer in Lake Iroquois arraigned. Pleads not guilty via @bfp_news #willistonVT #btv

Jul 22, 2014

Boater accused of striking swimmer on Lake Iroquois arraigned via @bfp_news #vt #btv

Jul 22, 2014

Boater accused of striking swimmer on Lake Iroquois arraigned #btv via @bfp_news #VT

School Board: No conflict of interest in hiring decision — The Burlington School Board decided Monday that two of its members voted properly on a controversial hiring decision earlier this year, rejecting an allegation about conflicts of interest. Liz Curry, a School Board member from Ward 3, said the board voted unanimously to dismiss the charge after a hearing Monday night.
Jul 22, 2014

RT @aprilburbank: #BTV School Board: No conflict of interest in Burlington High School hiring decision #bsdvt

Vt. stays No. 2 in kids’ well-being survey — Vermont kept its No. 2 national ranking in the well-being of the state's children, ranking highly on education, family and community factors, according to statistics compiled by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The Foundation's 2014 Kids Count report released today measures 16 indicators from four groups that measure a child's well-being: economic well-being, education, health, and family and community.

Opponents petition regulators over pipeline cost — Critics of a natural gas pipeline expansion in western Vermont want construction halted while state regulators review a recent 40 percent increase in the project's cost estimate.
Jul 22, 2014

Opponents petition regulators over pipeline cost for natural gas via @bfp_news @vt

Duck decoy preservation among grant winners — Five humanities grants totaling more than $1 million have been awarded to Vermont academics and the Shelburne Museum, the National Endowment for the Humanities has announced. Three of the awards go to projects based at the University of Vermont, and one at Middlebury College.
Jul 22, 2014

Duck decoy preservation win humanities grants. #VT colleges, Shelburne Museum share $1 million. via @bfp_news

Suspect sought in Champlain College dorm fire — The Vermont State Police Fire Investigation Unit is seeking a man they say was involved in setting fire to a Champlain College dormitory on July 10. Monday, police released photos taken by a security camera inside the building at 203 South Willard Street in Burlington.

Elevator outages leaves seniors stuck — Burlington seniors and people with disabilities said Monday they had been stuck in their apartments for days because the only elevator in their building was out of service. Those unable to navigate several flights of stairs at South Square apartment building on College Street canceled appointments and depended on friends and neighbors.

Smugglers Notch confounds motorists — Two vehicles have become stuck on a turn Smugglers Notch within the past week. The most recent mishap occurred Monday. A Vermont State Police dispatcher said Monday that a car was towing a camper along Vermont 108 South in Cambridge when it became stuck for a few minutes on the turn.

One D, one R form economic development PAC — Two legislators - one a Republican who considered running for governor this year and the other a Democrat who has opted against running for re-election - have launched a political action committee to help elect Vermont political candidates of any party who advocate fiscal responsibility and encouraging economic prosperity. Reps.