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Protests call for greater cuts to Burlington police

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Protesters are calling for greater budget cuts to the police department in Vermont's largest city. They gathered outside of Burlington's City Hall and police department late Wednesday. Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger has proposed a 10% cut to the police department ...

Maine teacher resigns after sexual misconduct allegations

CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine (AP) — A Maine music teacher has resigned after school officials learned of allegations of sexual misconduct with a student from another school. The student, who has since graduated, wrote a social media post calling the teacher a "sexual predator" that was later ...

Marches and rallies to mark Juneteenth in Massachusetts

BOSTON (AP) — Rallies, marches and vigils are taking place across Massachusetts on Friday to mark Juneteenth, the traditional commemoration date of the emancipation of enslaved African Americans, which has taken on new gravity this year. Labor union groups will lead an automobile caravan ...

Lawmakers approve plan to close $250M deficit from virus

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's Legislature approved Thursday a plan to close a roughly $250 million deficit caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The General Assembly's House and Senate debated and voted on the plan approved earlier this week by their finance committees. The House ...

RI Supreme Court allows use of forcibly collected DNA

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that DNA collected by pepper spraying a man who's accused of murder can be used in court, striking down a Superior Court judge's ruling. In a 4-to-1 decision, the state Supreme Court ordered the Superior Court to allow ...

Connecticut officials urge more testing as businesses reopen

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — State officials urged Connecticut residents Thursday to get tested for COVID-19 as more businesses reopen and people return to work, noting there's greater availability of tests and they're free. Plainville state Rep. William Petit, a retired endocrinologist, said he ...

Boston mayor blasts police leader for meeting with Barr

BOSTON (AP) — Boston's first black police commissioner is defending his recent meeting with U.S. Attorney General William Barr after the mayor and at least one city councilor raised objections. Commissioner William Gross said Thursday's meeting at police headquarters was an "opportunity to ...

Marches and rallies to mark Juneteenth in Massachusetts

BOSTON (AP) — Rallies, marches and vigils are taking place across Massachusetts on Friday to mark Juneteenth, the traditional commemoration date of the emancipation of enslaved African Americans, which has taken on new gravity this year. Labor union groups will lead an automobile caravan ...

Red Cross to test blood donations for coronavirus antibodies

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The American Red Cross says it will test all blood donations for coronavirus antibodies. Mary Brant, communications manager for the Red Cross Northern New England Region, said the testing is aimed to providing donors "some peace of mind and to know if they have these ...

Bipartisan caucus seeks expanded nursing home virus review

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A bipartisan coalition of state lawmakers gave Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont a long list of issues Tuesday that they want reviewed in an upcoming, independent third-party investigation into the preparation and response to the coronavirus inside nursing homes and assisted ...

Lamont says Connecticut ready for next reopening phase

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut is currently in good shape for the next round of business re-openings scheduled for this week, given the slowing COVID-19 infection and death rates, Gov. Ned Lamont said Monday. The Democrat said the state's rate of infection, about 2%, is among the "best ...

Christopher Columbus statues could be stored or relocated

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut cities are evaluating relocating or storing statues of Christopher Columbus following the defacing of statues in his likeness across the nation. The New London statue at Bank and Blinman streets was moved Sunday to an undisclosed warehouse, the Day ...

Former Vermont man sentenced in embezzlement scheme

RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) — A former Quechee, Vermont, man was sentenced Tuesday to more than four years in prison after pleading guilty to wire fraud in a scheme to embezzle $1.2 million from payroll clients, federal prosecutors said. Ryan Wall, 42, who now lives in Florida, was indicted by a ...

Burlington mayor proposes police department budget cut

Here is a look at developments related to ongoing protests in Vermont and around the country over police violence and racial prejudice following the deaths of Minneapolis resident George Floyd and other black Americans. _____ POLICE BUDGET CUT The mayor of Vermont's largest city has ...

Lawmakers weighing plan to close $235M budget deficit

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island lawmakers will consider on Tuesday a plan to close a projected $235 million deficit caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The General Assembly's House and Senate finance committees are slated to hold hearings and likely vote on the Democratic leadership's ...

Boston gang members, associates face federal charges

BOSTON (AP) — Nearly three dozen members and associates of a Boston-based street gang are facing federal charges for a slew of violent crimes, authorities said Tuesday. Fifteen members and associates of the NOB gang were arrested Tuesday by Boston police and federal authorities and six ...

Rhode Island reports 14 new coronavirus deaths, 72 cases

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island officials on Tuesday reported 14 new coronavirus deaths and 72 new positive cases. That brings the state's virus death toll to 865. The state has has reported more than 16,000 positive cases. Nearly 130 people are hospitalized, according to data ...

Rhode Island wins $65M grant for Route 146 overhaul

Rhode Island has won a $65 million federal grant to fund an overhaul Route 146, the state's congressional delegation said Tuesday. U.S. Sens. Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Reps. Jim Langevin and David Cicilline said the "Infrastructure for Rebuilding America" grant will pay for the ...

Harvard professor pleads not guilty to hiding ties to China

BOSTON (AP) — A Harvard University professor pleaded not guilty Tuesday to lying about his ties to a Chinese-run recruitment program. Charles Lieber appeared via videoconference before a federal court magistrate judge in Boston because of the coronavirus pandemic. He didn't speak, other ...

Black Lives Matter mural in Vermont vandalized with mud, oil

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Here is a look at developments related to ongoing protests throughout New England against police brutality following the May 25 killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis: VERMONT The vandalism of a Black Lives Matter mural that was painted on the street in front of ...