Tuesday, June 18 2013 7:01 PM EDT2013-06-18 23:01:50 GMT
Vermont is igniting an effort to redevelop businesses on environmentally contaminated sites known as "brownfields" and it's getting some help from the federal government. "It's my pleasure to come hereMore >>
The state is being pumped full of money and committees to bring new businesses to old contaminated areas.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 6:16 PM EDT2013-06-18 22:16:15 GMT
When you hit the road the nearest gas station is seldom far away. But if you have an electric car, it might be hard to locate the nearest charging station Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin and Quebec PremierMore >>
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Tuesday, June 18 2013 6:15 PM EDT2013-06-18 22:15:13 GMT
Talk about a rocky start between two new neighbors. Police say up to 12 shots were fired, all over some trees! No one was hurt, but the neighbor is facing charges. 72 year old David Millson says he wasMore >>
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Tuesday, June 18 2013 3:42 PM EDT2013-06-18 19:42:03 GMT
Gay, lesbian and transgender Vermonters have a new center to serve them. After several years in Winooski the support agency RU12? has moved into a new location at 255 South Champlain Street in Burlington.More >>
RU12?, an advocacy group for gay, lesbian, and transgender Vermonters relocates to Burlington.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 12:26 PM EDT2013-06-18 16:26:58 GMT
When is comes to making the grade, New York's graduation rates are barely passing.For the second year in a row, the rate sits at 74%.The report is based on the entire student body that started 9th gradeMore >>
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Tuesday, June 18 2013 12:07 PM EDT2013-06-18 16:07:17 GMT
Interim Montreal Mayor Michael Applebaum was arrested Monday morning.Applebaum is facing 14 criminal counts for fraud, breach of trust, and conspiracy.Quebec police say the investigation started in MarchMore >>
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Tuesday, June 18 2013 8:38 AM EDT2013-06-18 12:38:42 GMT
If fresh berries are your summer time treat, you've got to wait a little longer. You can blame it on the rain.At Paul Mazza's "Pick Your Own" season is about a week late.They hope to get started this Friday,More >>
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Monday, June 17 2013 10:40 PM EDT2013-06-18 02:40:49 GMT
If you park in Burlington and don't follow the rules, you soon might pay more for it. That's because the city is looking at increasing its parking fines. After searching for a spot and then findingMore >>
If you park in Burlington and don't follow the rules, you soon might pay more for it.
Monday, June 17 2013 10:16 PM EDT2013-06-18 02:16:40 GMT
Right now, only the ducks can enjoy floating along a certain body of water in Berlin, Vermont. That's because Montpelier, which owns much of the land around it, won't let people access it, because itMore >>
In Vermont, people looking to access the Berlin Pond, may finally have a way to legally reach the water. Right now they can't because Montpelier doesn't want people in its drinking water. But Berlin leaders are hoping a piece of land it owns will develop into a launch site for people.More >>
WILLISTON, Vt. -
FBI firearms background checks are way up in Vermont meaning gun dealers are seeing more business.
"I think we're probably up I would say thirty to forty percent," BJ's Hunting and Shooting Supply owner Jay O'Brien said.
Firearm sales at BJ's are reaching unprecedented levels.
"We've seen record sales all through December and well into January," O'Brien said.
That's the case across Vermont where FBI background checks for gun purchasers jumped from 3191 in November to 4845 in December.
"We actually called in to do background checks through the NICS (National Instant Criminal Background Check) System we have to use and they were actually turning people away saying all circuits are busy please call back later," O'Briend said.
That demand has shot prices up by almost thirty percent for some firearms as set by suppliers and has made things out of control for Black Ops Firearms owner Tom Covey.
"I didn't like the mania," Covey said.
"I didn't like the 'I've got to have this now because someone said the word ban'."
Things got so busy and crowded at Black Ops that Covey decided to just shut shop.
"I don't like people standing at my counter getting in a fist to cuffs saying 'I'll pay this for that gun and the next guy saying I'll pay this," Covey said.
Black Ops is open part time now and running many more background checks than usual.
O'Brien said that when he's purchasing guns in advance from suppliers now they're not even naming a price because no one's sure how much it will cost in even just a few days.
He says sales for all guns are up across the board but Covey says that he's seeing the most demand for AR-15's which is an assault rifle at the middle of a heated debate about whether to ban them or not.