Rutland Mayor Christopher Louras faces stiff opposition from a well-known challenger for the city’s top job. How to deal with Rutland’s drug problem and related crime has been the top issue in a race that will be decided on Town Meeting Day. The head of a group supporting labeling of genetically modified food says she thinks the chances for passage this year in Vermont are good. A pastor due to be sentenced for helping a woman flee the country rather than share custody of her daughter with her former lesbian partner says he is being judged because of his faith and conscience. The cost of attending Dartmouth College will increase by 3.8 percent for the next academic year.