Rural hospitals losing $$ - VT Digger

Not only are twice as many VT hospitals losing money as the year before, but they are increasingly dependent on disparate sources of revenue.

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VT House advances commercial cannabis bill - AP

The Vermont House passed S54, commercial cannabis, yesterday by a 90-54 vote. If it gets final approval today, then it will go to a House/Senate conference committee to iron out differences between the two versions - such as local option taxes and prevention spending. There’s still no provision for an adequate roadside test for impairment. If Gov. Scott vetos S54, it’s uncertain whether the House can muster the 100 votes it needs. 13 Democrats voted no yesterday, and four Republicans voted yes.

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High school ‘KKK’ mascot abandoned - Seven Days

To some people, the Randolph Union High School ‘Galloping Ghost’ looks like a Klansman on a midnight ride. When the Black Lives Matter flag went up, it was a matter of time before there would be calls for the hooded night rider to come down.

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Bernie’s opponents are ‘weaponizing’ his past - Seven Days

We Vermonters know Bernie and his quirks - but does the rest of the country? Answer: they will soon…..

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Pre-K kids taking long rides on Vermont schoolbuses - is that a good thing? - True North Reports

If their parents aren’t there, bus drivers can’t just leave pre-K kids at the bus stop. What to do?

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Bernie keeping medical records secret, and Jon Margolis wonders why - VT Digger

Bernie’s never been particularly welcoming of the press. But now he’s getting even tougher on requests about his health. VT Digger columnist Jon Margolis raises questions about how long he will remain “coherent”.

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Vermont “Green New Deal” not happening this year - VT Digger

Taxing the wealthy to pay for climate change programs is dead in the Senate - this year. Sorry, kids.

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History, not religion is substance of Bernie’s pitch to black voters - WFFF

Bernie Sanders invoked his 60’s support for Martin Luther King Jr. as he spoke to black leaders in South Carolina.
 

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How to protect your home from Coronavirus - VPR

Just in case - are you ready? VPR helps us think about the unthinkable - if coronavirus becomes a pandemic in Vermont.

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Got the winter blues? You may have SAD - WCAX

As March beckons but winter hangs, some of us are getting SAD. What can be done? Besides going to Florida….

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Water Cooler Releases Presidential Primary Survey Results

With Vermont's presidential primary fast approaching, we thought it was an excellent time to revisit our presidential primary survey from September. Boy were we right...

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Residents scrutinize Slate Valley bond – Rutland Herald

"Deferred maintenance" may be to blame for the huge $60 million price tag.

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Kingdom lawmaker outspoken on flag, prostitution, carbon $$ - Vermont Daily Chronicle

Brian Smith, legislator from Derby, calls ‘em the way he sees ‘em. He's gotten the attention of the PC language police.

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GOP supports pro-Trump chair - Seven Days

A lightning rod for never-Trumper criticism, GOP chair Deb Billado of Essex Junction seems to be winning their grudging acceptance. And no wonder- Trump's popularity in Vermont is high, a recent VPR poll shows.

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Vermont higher ed ranked 17th - VT Biz

Does it pay to attend college in Vermont? Both ROI and tuition are downers, but there are significant pluses.

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Marijuana bill heads to House vote amid concerns from some growers and advocates- VT Digger

The House stands poised to vote for commercial cannabis today. But the Senate will weigh in on changes to S54.

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Girl Scout Cookie weekend coming - Fox 44

Chase away the winter blahs and add some winter calories- this weekend is Girl Scout Cookie Weekend.

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South Bristol keeps ice harvesting alive- VPR

Before refrigeration, Vermont ice was a hot commodity.

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Newport prison hostage incident resolved- WCAX

Quick action by prison guards prevented escalation.

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Man charged with stalking, knife attack - WCAX

He followed victim home and stabbed him in the stomach.

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