Wildfires in Canada bring smoky skies, ‘unhealthy’ air to Vermont

BURLINGTON, Vt. – If you went outside on Monday, there’s a good chance you noticed a haze on the horizon, or maybe even the smell of smoke in the air. That’s because Vermont and most of the Northeast is experiencing poor air quality due to wildfires raging hundreds of miles away in Northwestern Ontario and … Read more

Mystery in the Mountains: Rita Curran’s murder is Burlington, Vermont’s oldest cold case

It’s Burlington Police Department’s oldest cold case: a young school teacher found brutally murdered in her Brookes Avenue apartment in Burlington Rita Curran was only 24-years-old when her roommate came upon her body. The unsolved murder still has her sister, Mary Campbell, shocked and feeling hopeless. “We don’t know any more today, 50 years later, … Read more

New report details Vermont’s housing affordability gap

MONTPELIER, Vt. (WFFF) — A new national report released Wednesday puts the affordable housing crisis in perspective and details the gap between what Vermonters are earning and how much they’re spending on rent. Minimum-wage workers can’t afford modest rental homes anywhere in the country, report finds “It is absolutely unacceptable to me that someone should … Read more

End to COVID-19 hotel housing for homeless raises worries

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Everyone on the streets knows “Sir Charles,” the skinny guy with the saxophone, sunglasses, felt hat, and megawatt smile. At a gig this week at the iconic Elbo Room beach bar, he danced with a soda in his hand as the bouncers teased him, the ladies applauded and patrons slipped … Read more

Stuck truck blocks Smugglers’ Notch for more than 4 hours

CAMBRIDGE, Vt. (WFFF) — Smugglers’ Notch in Cambridge reopened to traffic Sunday night after a truck got stuck and blocked it for over four hours. Vermont State Police say that Kyle Shepherd, 33, of Revere, Massachusetts was the driver. He apparently tried to maneuver his tractor-trailer rig through the rocks several times before getting stuck … Read more

Vermont State Police need help finding Rutland County car thief

POULTNEY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — State police in Vermont are asking the public for help to find the person who stole and abandoned a vehicle in Rutland County. NYSP recover 3 handguns during Albany traffic stops Just before 8 a.m. Thursday morning, troopers out of Rutland say they received a motor vehicle complaint on Quarterline Road … Read more

How friendly is each state for police officers?

CHARLESTON, W.V. (WOWK) — Being a police officer is one of the most dangerous occupations, and events surrounding the enforcement of COVID-19 and heightened public scrutiny of police brutality incidents have put policing under the spotlight even more. Massachusetts is best state for working moms; Vermont, New York in top 10 Combine the high risk … Read more

Massachusetts is best state for working moms; Vermont, New York in top 10

CHARLESTON, W.V. (WOWK) — Not all states are equal when it comes to opportunities for career moms. A recent study found the best and worst states for working mothers. WalletHub’s study compared states across 17 key metrics in three categories, including child care, professional opportunities, and work-life balance. Mom task force: NY lawmakers push to … Read more

Vermont loosens COVID restrictions, wants young people to ‘step up’ for vaccinations

MONTPELIER, Vt. (WFFF) — On Saturday, Vermont entered the second step of Gov. Phil Scott’s Vermont Forward Plan, and new guidelines on outdoor masking went into effect. Vermont to resume Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccinations this week Capacity was boosted for indoor and outdoor gatherings, and most businesses shifted from sector-specific guidance to a universal … Read more