CHECK OUT PHOTO - Replica of Wright-brothers style airplane that flew over Lake Champlain installed at Burlington airport – WCAX

It looks a little like the Wright Flyer, a biplane with skids and backwards-facing ‘pusher’ engine. It’s a replica of the first airplane that crossed Lake Champlain and then flew loop-the-loops for an astonished crowd in Burlington.

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Natural gas utility targets elimination of its greenhouse gases by 2050 – Vermont Gas Systems

The company that makes its money selling fossil-fuel natural gas says it wants to eliminate all of its GHG emissions by 2050. How’s that, again?

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Sec State Condos falls for Costco internet scam – briefly – VPO

Vermont Secretary of State James Condos reposted that fake Costco coupon that’s been making its way around Facebook – the one that says you’ll get $75 if you repost. After just a few minutes it came down, but the oopsie did not go unnoticed.

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Opinion: VT GOP still stuck in the you-know-what – Vermont Political Observer

VPO’s John Walters took some heat from Democratic insiders who feel like he’s been picking on them. Today’s column shows he’s an equal-opportunity shin-cracker. (Can’t wait for the column on the Progs!)

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‘Okay Boomer’ makes viral comeback, thanks to Champlain College student – VPR

For something that’s a big deal for Generation Z and mystifying to older folks, a hit song is making a comeback thanks to the online advocacy of a Champlain College student. Cross-generation translation of meaning of song: ‘don’t trust anyone over 30.’

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All construction workers on Montpelier city jobs now ‘employees’ – Fox 44

The City of Montpelier City Council this week passed a “responsible contractor” ordinance that requires that all contractors doing business with the city must classify all workers – even independent contractors – as employees, pay the prevailing wage, and offer benefits.

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Former St. Albans cop arrested for punching handcuffed woman jail – St. Albans Messenger

Jason Lawton, cop who allegedly punched a handcuffed woman in jail in March, has been arrested for the offense by Vermont State Police.

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Feds nab 16 in NEK drug bust – WCAX

The irrepressible Christina Nolan, U.S. Attorney for Vermont, yesterday announced a multi-agency drug bust St. Johnsbury and Newport that arrested 16 people and seized large quantities of hard drugs. At least two of those arrested have out-of-state addresses – suggesting a possible link with out-of-state drug gangs.

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Rep. Peter Welch gets AOC shout-out after he gets two cents in at impeachment hearing – Burlington Free Press

Peter Welch got snickers from the crowd and headlines from the media yesterday when he invited Pres. Donald Trump to testify at the impeachment hearings. He also got a gushing tweet from AOC.

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Scott: wean solar industry from price supports – Vermont Daily Chronicle

Gov. Phil Scott says Vermont’s solar power industry needed price supports when it was young, but it has matured now and must stand more on its own two feet. But will Mama Legislature agree?

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Thetford farm grows saffron for second year – Daybreak

An online publication in Norwich covers a Valley News story about a Thetford farm that is growing saffron, a spice better known for its Asian heritage.

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78 jobs cut at Global Foundries – Essex Reporter

New owners of the Global Foundries (formerly IBM) plant have informed the State of Vermont about their plans to cut staff.

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Cold weather hits all-time low for November 13 – WPTZ

Caitlin Napolitano reported on WPTZ this morning that the mercury had already hit an all-time low for the day.

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Edmunds Middle School in Burlington to raise Black Lives Matter flag – WCAX

One of Burlington’s two middle schools will raise the Black Lives Matter flag this February.

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Bike, pedestrian lane for Williston Road coming by 2022 – WCAX

The City of South Burlington plans to make Williston Road, perhaps the busiest commuter highway in Vermont, safer and more accessible for bicycles and pedestrians.

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Vermonters get help expunging criminal convictions from their record – VT Digger

A new law allows Vermonters to get drug possession and other crimes expunged from their criminal records. VT Legal Aid is holding clinics to walk people through the process.

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Casella, Coventry landfill expansion opponents make deal – Newport Dispatch

The developer of an expansion of Vermont’s largest landfill and a local environmental group have come to terms. DUMP will drop its lawsuit and a subsidiary of Casella’s will address concerns about runoff and odor.

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REI bike, ski, board retailer opens first VT shop Friday – Vermont Business Magazine

Sears may be leaving, but REI is moving to Williston. One less big-box department store, and one more outdoor

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Comedian Steven Wright to play the Flynn Friday night – Times Argus

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Deadpan comedian Steven Wright grew up in Burlington – Burlington, Massachusetts. Growing up he used to wonder about the B-town in the state to the north. Besides once having a girlfriend from Rutland, that’s his only connection to Vermont. But he loves doing shows here because they’re always fun.

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Do mobile billboards violate VT billboard law? – Burlington Free Press

Vermont banned billboards 50 years ago. Do trucks running the roads specifically for the purpose of advertising violate that law? Christine Hallquist and others on Twitter think so.

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