Monday June 24, 2013

UVM student crowned Miss Vermont

SOUTH BURLINGTON (AP) -- A 22-year-old University of Vermont student has been crowned Miss Vermont.

Jeanelle Achee of Rochester won the 2013 title Saturday night in a competition at South Burlington High School.

For her win, Achee receives more than $9,000 in scholarships and $12,000 in prizes. She also gets the opportunity to compete for the Miss America title in Atlantic City, N.J., in September.

During her year as Miss Vermont, Achee will travel across the state advocating for victims of sexual violence and promoting healthy relationships.

GMP, four colleges collaborate on energy innovation

RUTLAND (AP) -- Vermont’s largest power company and four colleges have signed an agreement to collaborate on energy innovation projects.

Four schools in Rutland County -- Castleton State, the College of St. Joseph, Community College of Vermont and Green Mountain College -- say they hope the deal will benefit them and the region’s economy.

The program will be centered at Green Mountain Power’s Energy Innovation Center in Rutland.

It will include lectures at the center by professors from the colleges, talks and demonstrations by energy center staff at the colleges, internships, job shadowing and other aspects.

Vermont man accused of choking child

BENNINGTON (AP) -- A Vermont man has been accused of choking an 8-year-old child three times has been arrested on assault and obstruction of justice charges.

Thirty-five-year-old William Borden of North Bennington has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

In an affidavit, police said they spoke with the child on June 3. The child said Borden had choked him on three occasions, at the child’s home, in a car after a baseball game and at the home of an unidentified witness in Shaftsbury.

The obstructing justice charge was filed based on allegations by the witness that Borden had tried to intimidate her while she was trying to describe what happened to police.

It wasn’t immediately known if Borden had a lawyer.

New Hampshire lawmakers voting on medical marijuana bill

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- New Hampshire is poised to become the 19th state to allow seriously ill people to possess and use marijuana for medical reasons.

The Legislature votes Wednesday on compromise legislation that would allow patients diagnosed with cancer, Crohn’s disease and other conditions to possess up to 2 ounces of marijuana obtained from dispensaries.

The dispensaries could have a maximum of 80 marijuana plants, 160 seedlings and 80 ounces of marijuana or 6 ounces per qualifying patient. They also would have a limit of three mature cannabis plants, 12 seedlings and 6 ounces for each patient who designates the dispensary as a treatment center.

The compromise eliminated an option for patients to also grow marijuana at home. Gov. Maggie Hassan said she wouldn’t sign the bill if the home-grow provision remained.

Ohio man wins N.H. sand-sculpting competition

HAMPTON BEACH, N.H. (AP) -- An Ohio man has successfully defended his title by winning a prominent sand sculpting competition in New Hampshire with his sculpture depicting a man’s face with multiple other faces in his hand.

Carl Jara of Lyndhurst, Ohio, was declared the winner of the 13th annual Hampton Beach Sand Sculpting Competition on Saturday night for his work entitled "Infinity."

For the competition, the 13 participants were each given 10 tons of sand to work with and began sculpting their works on Thursday. Voting took place Saturday.

The sculptures will remain on display through July 7th and will be lit for night viewing.

With the win, Jara qualifies for the World Championships of sand sculpting in Atlantic City this summer.

Massachusetts jobless rate up, but more jobs gained in May

BOSTON (AP) -- Preliminary estimates show Massachusetts gained 3,500 jobs in May, but revised figures show a steeper loss of jobs in the previous month than originally thought.

Meanwhile, the state office of Labor and Workforce Development says the Massachusetts unemployment rate ticked up two-tenths of a point in May to 6.6 percent.

Different methods are used to calculate the unemployment rate and monthly job growth.

With the estimated gain of 3,500 jobs in May, the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics says Massachusetts has added 14,500 since the beginning of the year.

But the bureau says the state lost 3,300 jobs in April, a downward revision from the earlier estimate of 1,400 jobs lost.

The May jobless rate is just below the 6.7 percent rate recorded in the same month a year ago.