After more than 5 hours of debate, the Vermont House last night gave its approval to the state budget for next year. The proposal increases spending by roughly 5 percent. Governor Peter Shumlin says he generally supports the proposal, but he’s very disappointed that the plan doesn’t allocate more money for child care programs. The St. Johnsbury select board wants to keep the Vermont State Police barracks in town, but a high ranking trooper says it’s likely the office will be moving in several years. The school superintendent in Milton says five fifth graders have been invited to Washington to help First Lady Michelle Obama plant the White House garden this spring. The Hartford Police Department says it’s investigating several suspicious incidents, including several reports of students being followed while they were walking alone.