Suspect pleads not guilty in basketball player slaying

The prosecutor claims there is evidence that Jayveon Caballero was “lying in wait” for the victim, Markus Austin, to return home after the two got into a fight earlier in a Barre bar.

Scott’s three marijuana options

Though Vermont’s marijuana legalization bill has drawn national attention, the political stakes for Scott on the issue are not that high, according to an analyst.

Legislature adjourns facing budget veto by Gov. Scott

Lawmakers left Montpelier without reaching a resolution with the governor over his proposal to change teachers’ health care benefits negotiations. Lawmakers set aside time in late June to return to Montpelier for a special Legislative session.

Countdown begins: Scott has five days to decide on pot

While not “philosophically opposed” to legalization, he is “not sure the time is right now.” Advocates on all sides are making a push to sway him.

Panel finalizes state budget, paving way for adjournment

The plan reflects some of the governor’s priorities, yet he has threatened a veto over teacher benefits. “I don’t see what there is in this budget for him not to like,” said House Appropriations Chair Kitty Toll.

UPDATED: Legislative leaders say they’ve reached an impasse

Top Democrats say the House and Senate will move ahead with remaining legislation even without the governor’s support and adjourn as early as the end of the week.

Speaker introduces new teacher health insurance plan into end-of-session mix

Mitzi Johnson says her plan would address concerns about teacher benefits that are holding up adjournment. The Senate president wouldn’t comment, while unions rejected it.

Legislation creates new fentanyl crime, revises bail rules

The state currently does not have a law specifically criminalizing fentanyl distribution. The legislation also outlaws bestiality and raises the penalty for aggravated animal cruelty.

House due back Wednesday, Senate TBD

Ahead of lawmakers’ return for an unbudgeted 19th week of this session, progress is slow.

With no compromise in sight, Legislature to meet again next week

Lawmakers were unable to reach a deal with Gov. Phil Scott and will return to Montpelier next week to try and complete their work for this year’s legislative session.

Scott, Democrats edge closer to veto showdown

Legislative leaders united behind a new proposal on teacher health care savings while making plans to adjourn even if there’s no break in their impasse with the governor.

Three arrested in central Vermont drug bust

Three Massachusetts men are facing charges in connection with a major drug bust at a Berlin hotel. Vermont State Police arrested Michael Krasin, 19, Augustin Mendoza, 25, and Victor Hernandez-Guzman, 30, on Tuesday. Members of the state’s drug task force were monitoring the Econo Lodge in Montpelier because of suspicions of drug trafficking, and they […]

Medical marijuana expansion bill goes to governor’s desk

With final approval in the Senate on Wednesday, legislation to expand the state’s medical marijuana program is headed to the governor. Lawmakers in both chambers sought to make it easier for patients across the state to access medical dispensaries after hearing from people in areas like Bennington and the Northeast Kingdom that they face lengthy […]

UPDATED: Limited marijuana legalization clears Legislature

This is the first time any state legislature has passed pot legalization; other states did it through ballot measures. Gov. Phil Scott has expressed reservations about legalization.