A Rutland man is expected in court on charges of crashing into a parked car and killing a high school student. A persistent drought struck large swaths of the U-S this summer. And Vermont towns also report concerns about the lack of rain. A Justice Department lawyer has been forced by a federal appeals panel in New York to explain the government’s decision to stop defending the Defense of Marriage Act. The Vermont Department of Education is due to release science test results from the New England Common Assessment Program, better known as the NECAPs.