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F-35 DEBATE

MONTPELIER — The U.S. Air Force is admitting giving out wrong information on public support for basing the F-35 fighter jet in Burlington. In a revised draft environmental impact statement, the Air Force said last month it had received 913 public comments on the proposal to base up to 24 of the next-generation fighter jets at the Burlington International Airport, and that 80 percent of them were in support, with 20 percent opposed. The Air Force now says it got those numbers wrong, and that public comments actually ran 65 percent against basing the F-35 in Burlington, with 35 percent in favor. By Dave Gram.

ABDUCTED GRANDMOTHER

RUTLAND — Vermont man suspected of being linked to the killing of a Sheffield grandmother nearly three years ago has been sentenced to more than 15 years in prison in another case. Richard Fletcher, 26, of Sheffield had pleaded guilty to sexual exploitation of a child.

GOVERNOR-LAND DEAL

EAST MONTPELIER — A Vermont man involved in the land deal gone sour with Gov. Peter Shumlin has retained a high-profile lawyer. Jeremy Dodge will be represented by Brady Toensing, who was a lawyer for Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Dubie in a campaign finance lawsuit. Toensing, who lives in Charlotte, is a partner in the Washington, D.C., law firm diGenova & Toensing.

GENETICALLY MODIFIED FOOD

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine food retailers would have to put special labels on products that contain genetically modified ingredients, under a measure advanced by the House on Tuesday. Maine residents have the right to know whether they're eating foods that have been genetically modified, which they say can lead to potential health risks, supporters of the bill say.

JEWELRY STORE THEFTS

SALEM, Mass.— A man described by police as a "one-man crime spree" who has a criminal record that stretches across the country has been charged with a pair of Massachusetts jewelry store robberies, and authorities he may be responsible for about a dozen more.

ALSO GETTING ATTENTION:

— FATAL CHARGES — A Vermont man has been sentenced to five to 15 years in prison for causing a 2011 collision that killed a Texas woman. Police say 20-year-old Carlos Garcia had a blood-alcohol content more than three times the legal limit when he collided with an oncoming car on Route 14 in Sharon.

— FATAL CRASH-ROUTE 4 — A New Hampshire woman involved in a head-on crash in Quechee, Vt., on a dangerous stretch of Route 4 has died. The crash happened last Thursday on Route 4, near exit one on Interstate 89.

— FALSE ALARM-ARREST — Police in Fair Haven, Vt., have accused a 17-year-old boy of setting off a false fire alarm at the high school, causing the building to be evacuated. Police arrested Kyle Stone of Castleton last week. They said the firefighters and police were called to Fair Haven Union High School at 1:45 p.m. on June 5.

— METH LAB — Vermont State Police say they're continuing to investigate a suspected methamphetamine lab discovered at a home in Alburgh. Police say they joined the Vermont Drug Task Force and Grand Isle sheriffs in executing a search warrant at the home on Monday.

— SEWAGE BOAT — A new boat described as one-of-a-kind is set to launch on Vermont's Lake Champlain with the mission of keeping the lake clean by emptying out other boats' waste tanks. Lake Champlain International scheduled a launch of the Champlain's Ark on Tuesday, saying it wants to put stop to the illegal dumping of waste straight into the lake.

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