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2nd round of high-level talks on n-plant set

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin, the owners of Vermont Yankee and other officials are set for a second round of high-level talks on decommissioning the Vernon nuclear power plant.

The state and Entergy Corp. have been legal adversaries on issues ranging from a 20-year licensing extension at Vermont Yankee to what taxes the plant should pay. But state officials say they hope they can get an agreement with the company about the terms of decommissioning.

That process of dismantling Vermont Yankee, removing its radioactive components and storing its spent fuel will come sometime after late next year, when the company has announced it will close Vermont Yankee for economic reasons.

The two sides met earlier this month and are set to do so again today.

Car crashes shut icy I-290 in Worcester

WORCESTER — Interstate 290 westbound in Worcester has been closed due to multiple car crashes on icy roads.

State police report that more than 70 cars, two tractor trailers and a box truck were involved in accidents on the highway on Sunday.

A section of Route 9 also has been closed and accidents have been reported on Route 146.

State police are advising area residents to avoid driving if possible.

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