Vermont briefs

Company launches Bernie Sanders-inspired underwear line

Employees of a Vermont company have launched a side business selling underwear featuring a black-and-white drawing of the face of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.

The underwear, which features the message "Feel the Bern," is available for men and women and costs $15 plus shipping and handling. The three workers with KSE Partners, a strategic communications and government affairs firm, say they created Bernie's Briefs as a fun side business.

The Vermont senator has said recently on late-night TV and talk shows that he prefers briefs over boxers.

The startup's founders called Sanders' passion for serious issues admirable. One founder says the political process has benefited from his campaign.

Ten percent of the proceeds will go toward the Yellow Ribbon Fund, which supports injured service members.

Vermont deploying robotic deer to catch poachers

Vermont is deploying animatronic deer to catch wildlife poachers.

Game wardens with the state's Fish & Wildlife Department posted on Facebook on Oct. 28 that they apprehended two Vermont men last month accused of poaching.

Lt. Justin Stedman, central district supervisor, says wardens processed more than 400 illegal deer kills last year.

Those who hunt big game unlawfully face a one-year revocation of their hunting, fishing and trapping rights, up to 60 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.

The department's 32 wardens have access to about 20 or 25 whitetail deer robots across the state. He says the bogus deer, which move around and cost around $1,400 to $2,000 each, are the state's most effective tool to combat poaching.

GW Plastics expanding in Royalton, creating 70 jobs

GW Plastics says it is expanding its Royalton facility, creating 70 new jobs in Vermont.

The announcement by the company and Gov. Peter Shumlin on Tuesday came after GW was exploring a number of locations outside Vermont for expansion. Shumlin recommended using $500,000 in Vermont Enterprise funds to encourage the expansion and job growth in the state.

The 60-year-old company plans to break ground on the 21,000-square-foot expansion this month. It will be capable of housing an additional 30 thermoplastic and injection molding machines. It will invest nearly $10 million in real estate and equipment over the next three to five years.

The Vermont Enterprise Fund's Emergency Board, which is made up of the Legislature's fiscal committee chairs, approved Shumlin's recommendation for use of funds for GW Plastics in October.

Police try to ID person of interest in KKK flyers

Burlington Police are trying to identify a male who they say is a person of interest in the distribution of Ku Klux Klan fliers in the city.

Police released images of the male on Tuesday and asked for the public's help in identifying him.

Activists say the fliers were placed on the doors of at least two Burlington residents' homes recently.

The discovery of the fliers prompted an anti-racism rally in Burlington over the weekend.


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