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Info sought on Vermont Yankee radiation monitors

RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) -- The Shumlin administration has asked the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for information about malfunctioning radiation monitors at the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant. The plant's owner said radiation monitors produced false signals but did not fail.

Darren Springer, deputy commissioner of the Department of Public Safety, sent a letter to the NRC questioning the 60-day period allowed for Entergy to file a report. Springer said "failure of the radiation monitoring equipment is a serious issue."

Entergy spokesman Robert Williams told the Rutland Herald ( that the radiation monitors performed their proper function in controlling ventilation of the reactor building. Nonetheless, he said Entergy decided as a precaution to replace the four monitors.

The false signals showed high radiation levels in the primary containment isolation system. Workers confirmed that radiation levels were normal.

Historic Proctor mansion to be auctioned

PROCTOR, Vt. (AP) -- The historic Proctor mansion, built by Redfield Proctor Jr. before he served as governor of Vermont, is going up for auction.

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The home, located in the Rutland County town of Proctor, was last auctioned by the Proctor family in 1995. Its current owners, Peg and David Boots, say it will go up for auction again Aug. 6.

Redfield Proctor Sr. founded the Vermont Marble Company. He, his sons Redfield Jr. and Fletcher, as well as a grandson Mortimer Proctor, all served as governors of Vermont at various times.

The stately brick mansion has eight bedrooms and 10 bathrooms. When the current owners bought it at auction in 1995, they paid $500,000.

Some Vt. residents talk wind power with governor

GRAFTON, Vt. (AP) -- Some Grafton residents say they're glad they had an opportunity to voice concerns to Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin about the possibility of an industrial wind power project being built in their community.

Last week, Shumlin met with six members of the public who say they represented more than 100 town citizens while the governor was at the Grafton Inn on other business.

"We're very pleased that we had a chance to voice our concerns," said resident Lisa Kissel. "We don't know if the governor was previously aware of how much concern there is in Grafton about this."

One of the world's largest energy companies received permits to erect three wind test towers -- two in Windham and one in Grafton -- to see if the area would be suitable for a larger wind-power project.

Some area residents are opposed to the possibility of an industrial wind project in their communities.

Shumlin spokeswoman Susan Allen told the Brattleboro Reformer ( that the governor has met with numerous groups but has not formed an opinion on the Windham County project because it's still under review.

Allen said that in general Shumlin is a strong supporter of wind power.

Vermont man dies in culvert crash

JERICHO, Vt. (AP) -- Vermont State Police say a motorist was killed when his van veered off a road, crashed into a metal culvert and slid on its side into a utility pole in the town of Jericho.

Police say emergency crews had to use extrication equipment to free the victim, who was pronounced dead at the scene early Sunday. His name wasn't immediately released.

Police say the van was traveling west on Route 15 in Jericho shortly after midnight when the vehicle left the road while approaching an intersection with Raceway Road. Police say it hit the metal drainage culvert head-on. The impact knocked the van onto its side before it slid roof-first into the utility pole.

Leahy: Email searches should require warrant

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- Sen. Patrick Leahy is pushing for a vote by the end of this coming week on a bill that would require police to get a search warrant before going through someone's emails.

A Leahy aide says the Vermont Democrat who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee is hoping the Senate will vote on the issue before its August recess.

Current law provides a lesser legal standard -- a subpoena that doesn't require a judge's approval -- for such a search.

The bill is co-sponsored by Sen. Mark Lee, a Utah Republican. He and Leahy say they're working to shore up other Republican support for the measure.

Vt Fish & Wildlife: Bird hunters must register

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife is reminding all migratory bird hunters that they must register with the Federal Harvest Information Program.

The requirement includes youth, permanent and lifetime license holders, all of whom must register with the program each year in each state in which they hunt.

Vermont Fish and Wildlife allows those hunters to register online or by phone.

A list of the hunters is provided to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service each year to be used as part of national migratory game bird harvest surveys. The estimates will be used to make decisions about setting hunting season dates, bag limits and population management for ducks, geese, coots, snipe and woodcock.

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