Another Vermont dies of Covid, death toll now 58 - Bennington Banner

One person died in Vermont of Covid-19 during the 24-hour-period ending noon Thursday, according to the Vermont Dept. of Health website. One Covid-19 patient is hospitalized. The total number of diagnosed Vermont cases is now 1,445. Just over 100,000 people have been tested.

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Man dies after Elmore house fire - Newport Dispatch

68-year-old Francis Hill died after firefighters pulled him to safety from his burning home. Amy Hill was treated for second-degree burns and smoke inhalation. Four pets died.

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Weinberger vetoes ranked-choice voting - Seven Days

For the first time ever, Miro Weinberger has vetoed a City Council decision. Unless the Council overrides him, there will be no vote on instant runoff, ranked-choice voting in Burlington - at least not in November.

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Climate activists plan to plant 100,000 trees - Rutland Herald

350.org, a group known more for its climate marching and lobbyings, says it plans to get its hands dirty planting up to 100,000 carbon-eating trees.

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Selling ‘carbon credits’ from the working Vermont forest - VT Biz

Until now, forest ‘carbon credit’ schemes have all required forests to remain pristine and unworked - and therefore not profitable for the owners. But a new plan would allow Vermont forest landowners to both work the land and profit from its carbon-consuming value. Because a piece of wooden furniture made from Vermont trees is more than just a dresser, a table, or a chair - it’s a “carbon sequestration device.”

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Reduced testing just one problem Burlington mayor has with UVM Covid plan - Seven Days

UVM has backed off its plan to test students weekly and it has no plan at all to deal with off-campus partying, Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger complained yesterday.

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Franklin County’s Maquam Bay clogged with weeds - St. Albans Messenger

A hot dry summer has left the beautiful Maquam Bay a stinky, weed-infested place. Summer home residents are not happy.

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Welch: feds should bail out State and towns - Fox 44

Lawmakers who are hoping and praying for a federal solution to Vermont’s $400 million budget deficit have a friend in Congressman Peter Welch. He voted for a $3 trillion aid package, of which $3 billion would come to the State of Vermont and municipalities.

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Remove cops from public schools, “safe neighborhood” advocate tells lawmakers – VT Digger

Hard to understand how a Legislature so focused on making schools safer from active shooters two years ago now wants to remove school police officers. But that’s just what some legislators and other Vermonters want.

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Grace Potter to hold drive-in concert this weekend - WCAX

Vermont musician Grace Potter will give a two-night, drive-in concert at the Essex Fairgrounds Saturday and Sunday.

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Welch: feds should bail out State and towns - Fox 44

Lawmakers who are hoping and praying for a federal solution to Vermont’s $400 million budget deficit have a friend in Congressman Peter Welch. He voted for a $3 trillion aid package, of which $3 billion would come to the State of Vermont and municipalities.

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Grace Potter to hold drive-in concert this weekend - WCAX

Vermont musician Grace Potter will give a two-night, drive-in concert at the Essex Fairgrounds Saturday and Sunday.

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Social workers ride with cops - VT Digger

Social workers riding along with police? It’s being tried in the Northeast Kingdom.

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ACLU, VPIRG call for ending cop immunity, defunding, school resource officers - VT Daily

A day before major police reform hearings, powerful Vermont lobbyists issue a call to weaken the power of Vermont police to enforce the law. Will Vermonters respond?

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Number of infected VT inmates in Mississippi rises to 147 - VT Digger

In what’s shaping up to be a big black eye for the Scott administration, almost 150 inmates kept out-of-state have contracted the Covid-19 virus. Is the alternative to build more Vermont prisons?

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Attack on Gray residency ruled out by fellow Dem opponents, but not by Republicans - VT Digger

Molly Gray, the political wunderkind and the LG candidate anointed by the Dem establishment, has more than her non-voting record to defend. She’s also being called out for her residency record. And GOP candidate Scott Milne is wondering why someone who hasn’t voted in 10 years and not lived enough years in Vermont to hold office should even be considered.

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UVM students, profs call for disbanding campus police - True North Reports

UVM should be a campus police free zone, students and profs demand.

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Vergennes mayor quits after crude remarks about cops made public - Seven Days

Big upheaval in the Smallest City in the U.S.A. after the mayor says he doesn’t “give two s---s” about police department morale.

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Feds loans Winooski $57 million for new school campus - VT Business Magazine

The United States Dept. of Agriculture (?) has loaned $57 million for school building improvements to one-mile-square Winooski - probably the most heavily populated urban community in Vermont.

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Suspect in BLM defacing died in car crash - Fox 44

His name was Fred Seavey, and before he died July 1 following a June 30 car crash, he defaced the BLM painting on State Street in Montpelier.

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