New England in Brief
Vt. gas prices continuing to decline
MONTPELIER (AP) -- The price of gas is continuing to go down in Vermont.
The website Vermontgasprices.com reports the price averaged $3.68 gallon on Monday, down 7 cents in a week.
Nationally, the average price per gallon was $3.46.
Vermont’s gas prices are still 18 cents higher than they were a year ago, but 25 cents cheaper than a month ago.
The national average stands at 3.1 cents per gallon higher than the same day a year ago, and 32.6 cents per gallon lower than a month ago.
The website reports the lowest gas prices in Vermont are in the Springfield area where prices are about $3.40 a gallon.
College ox meat will not be used for food
POULTNEY (AP) -- The Green Mountain College ox that was put down amid an outcry by animal rights activists over the college’s decision to process the animals into meat will be not used for food.
The college says because the animal was receiving medication for an injury, the meat was not fit for human consumption.
The 11-year-old ox, named Lou, and another ox were retired this summer from the college’s farm. The school planned to turn them into beef products to be served in the college dining hall in keeping with the school’s emphasis on sustainable agriculture.
But some activists wanted the oxen spared and had found a sanctuary for them.
The college said Sunday that the injured ox was euthanized.
The other ox will stay at the school farm.
Fire destroys home
in Sheldon, Vt.
SHELDON (AP) -- Fire officials are investigating a fire at a Vermont home.
Authorities say the fire broke out in the garage of the ranch-style house in Sheldon off Route 105 about 3 a.m. Sunday.
Sheriff’s deputies were the first on the scene and were able to rescue the sleeping family before the fire spread to the home.
No injuries were reported.
Day-long hearing set in death sentence appeal
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- New Hampshire’s only death-row inmate will have his day in court -- all day -- when the state Supreme Court hears arguments in his case.
Michael Addison was sentenced to death for gunning down 35-year-old Manchester Police Officer Michael Briggs in 2006, when Briggs tried to arrest him on robbery charges.
The court will be deliberating the death penalty for the first time in more than 50 years -- deciding whether Addison’s sentence is just or was a product of passion or prejudice
Court observers say the day-long hearing on Michael Addison’s conviction and death sentence is unprecedented. A typical hearing lasts half an hour.
If his sentence is carried out, Addison would be the first convict executed in New Hampshire since 1939.
Arguments begin at 9 a.m. Wednesday.
Lancaster, Mass., dairy farm blaze causes $1.2M in damage
LANCASTER, Mass. (AP) -- Fire officials say a four-alarm blaze at Lancaster dairy farm caused an estimated $1.2 million in damage.
Deputy Chief Michael Hanson says the damage estimate at Manny’s Dairy Farm is the highest he has seen in his 22 years as a firefighter in town.
No one was injured in the barn fire reported early Saturday afternoon. It appears no livestock was lost.
Hanson said firefighters were able to stop the blaze from jumping to the farm’s slaughterhouse, which was connected to the barn.
The cause remains under investigation. The state Fire Marshal’s Office is assisting.
The barn was used for processing animal products.
About 75 firefighters from 21 area departments helped battle the blaze.
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