The first legislation that Sen. Patrick Leahy plans to move in the new Congress is the Violence Against Women Act, and he cites a Thetford woman as a reason why.
In a speech at Georgetown University Wednesday, Leahy highlighted the brutal attack against Carmen Tarleton. She was beat with a baseball bat and doused with industrial strength lye by her estranged husband. While her case is extreme, Leahy says most of us know a victim of domestic or sexual violence.
"Her doctors said that she had suffered 'the most horrific injury a human being could suffer.' It nearly blinded her and today she is disfigured and still in pain. Yet, she is now courageously sharing her experience to help others. Stories like Carmen's remind me of this: Every day that we do not pass the VAWA bill comes at a human cost," said Leahy, D-Vermont.
The bill passed the U.S. Senate last year with bipartisan support, but it stalled in the House over concerns about protections for same-sex couples and Native Americans.
Saturday, March 8 2014 10:09 AM EST2014-03-08 15:09:01 GMT
Armed with just two L rods, 87-year-old John Wayne Blassingame starts looking for water by asking yes or no questions. "Does it go past 20 feet, does it go past 30 feet, yah," he says. The rods crossingMore >>
A national organization based in Danville says it is providing resources to people in desperate need to find water.More >>
Saturday, March 8 2014 9:58 AM EST2014-03-08 14:58:38 GMT
Reporter: "What are some of the most common burn injuries that we see with kids coming into the hospital?" Jim Esdon, Dartmouth Hitchcock Injury Prevention Center: "This time of year, the glass frontedMore >>
We've had another cold week that's left homeowners cranking the heat. But what does that mean for kids' safety?More >>
Saturday, March 8 2014 8:40 AM EST2014-03-08 13:40:47 GMT
Friends are rallying around families who lost everything in an apartment building fire in St. Johnsbury. They immediately took to Facebook after hearing about this fire and started planning to collectMore >>
Friends are rallying around families who lost everything in an apartment building fire in St. Johnsbury.More >>
Saturday, March 8 2014 8:36 AM EST2014-03-08 13:36:58 GMT
Two firefighters are recovering from minor injuries. They were injured while fighting a at the Bennett Farm on Route 15 on the Johnson-Cambridge town line. The fire started in a shed around 7:30 FridayMore >>
Two firefighters are recovering from minor injuries.More >>
Saturday, March 8 2014 8:31 AM EST2014-03-08 13:31:36 GMT
The Governor is traveling to Rhode Island Saturday. His office says Governor Peter Shumlin will be at Brown University in Providence taking part in a forum with the Rhode Island Governor. While theMore >>
The Governor is traveling to Rhode Island Saturday. More >>
Saturday, March 8 2014 8:17 AM EST2014-03-08 13:17:30 GMT
We have some ideas for your Saturday. IRISH FESTIVAL The 19th annual Burlington Irish Heritage Festival kicks off today. There is a lecture about the role of Irish immigrants in the Civil War at theMore >>
Friday, March 7 2014 7:28 PM EST2014-03-08 00:28:44 GMT
Williston Police say, the powder was from a generic prescription medication. They say, the man was from Burlington and had the paperwork in his pocket with his medicine and that's how it got on there. More >>
Williston Police say, the powder was from a generic prescription medication. They say, the man was from Burlington and had the paperwork in his pocket with his medicine and that's how it got on there.More >>