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Home confinement no longer an option - Rutland Herald

The Legislature is trying to reduce the prison population. But home confinement just isn’t working, lawmakers heard this week.

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Suffrage Centennial to be celebrated Feb. 8 - Stowe Reporter

The 100th anniversary of women's suffrage will be discussed on Across The Fence February 8.

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High-risk sex offender to be released in Milton - WCAX

Officials say Kenneth Bailey Jr.,54, served a maximum sentence after he was convicted in 2010 of grooming a 14-year-old girl for sexual acts over the phone while in jail. 

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Reporter blocked from Scott press conference - VT Digger

Steve Merrill of NEKTV frequently asks Gov. Phil Scott and Health Commissioner Mark Levine probing questions about Black Lives Matter, Covid-19, and the state’s vaccination program. But now “asked” might be a more appropriate verb tense. He’s been cancelled. Not because of anything he said about Elizabeth Warren’s cheekbones, after he proved that his statement came from the Massachusetts senator herself; now, the Scott administration has decided that Merrill isn’t a real reporter.

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Vermont man dies in Mt. Washington avalanche - WCAX

A backcountry skier from Vermont died in a Mt. Washington, NH avalanche Tuesday.

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Ban pets from Zoom meetings? One lawmaker isn’t happy - Fox 44

Legislating via Zoom is hard enough. But to do it without Fluffy? Live free or die!

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Hospitality industry seeks silver lining - Valley Reporter

Let's face it, the pandemic has been hell for Vermont's tourism industry. But there are silver linings, Sugarbush valley businesses say. They swapped horror stories, too.

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Avoid Super Spreader parties this weekend - VT Business Magazine

The Vermont Dept. of Health reports the Super Bowl party game plan from Coach Fauci: “You don’t want parties with people that you haven’t had much contact with. You just don’t know if they’re infected. So as difficult as that is, at least this time around, just lay low and cool it.”

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Hinesburg raises BLM flag - Shelburne News

The Chittenden County suburban town of Hinesburg is raising the BLM flag.

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Agency of Transportation consultant fired after using ‘n-word’ on hot mic - VT Digger

While taking a short break from testifying before the Senate Transportation Committee, a consultant to Vermont’s Agency of Transportation used the ‘n-word.’ He’s been fired.

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Guv steps in on 1099 goof - VT Digger

The Department of Labor has long been known as a difficult work environment. But the latest snafu of sending scads of 1099’s has really gotten the governor’s and Legislature’s attention.

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Gamestop Redditer ‘riding it to the moon’ - VPR

A Thetford day trader tells how he got in on the ground floor of the Gamestop Revolution/Bonanza.

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City of Burlington official joins Biden White House - VT Digger

An economic development official for Burlington (pop. 43,000) will bring his skillset to a much bigger stage - the office of the President of the United States of America (pop. 331,000,000).

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Vermont has one (1) entry on national ‘hate map’ - VT Digger podcast

Vermont is home to one ‘hate group,’ as defined by the Southern Poverty Law Center. No radical Catholic groups, no Family Research Institute, no Chick Publications - ‘hate groups’ all according to the SPLC. But someone keeps sticking posters for the Patriot Front on streetlamps.

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VIDEO: Voices on left, right want Phil Scott to leave GOP - Ericka Redic Show

Conservative activist Jim Sexton and Progressive columnist John Walters don’t agree on much. But both think it would be swell if Gov. Phil Scott left the Republican Party, video news host Ericka Redic reports.

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105-year-old 1918 flu survivor gets vaccine - AP

A survivor of the Great Influenza of 1918 received a Covid-19 vaccination Wednesday. 105-year-old Sophie Connors of Colchester was among the 160 people vaccinated at the Champlain Valley Exposition in Essex as part of the next phase of vaccinations, the University of Vermont Medical Center said.

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Burlington - Rutland rail service clears hurdle - Times Argus

Amtrak could be running a train from Burlington to Rutland within a year.

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Vermont sues OneCare for hiding payroll - Seven Days

The organization charged with bringing cost reduction and transparency to Vermont’s health care insurance system has been sued by the State of Vermont because it won’t provide its own payroll records.

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Fairfield woman named Mother of the Year - St. Albans Messenger

Her semesters at Trinity College in Burlington are the only years in Mary Schreindorfer’s life in which she didn’t live in her tiny Franklin County hometown of Fairfield. But what a difference she has made there, as a mom, wife and volunteer.

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Black Lives Matter nominated for Nobel Peace Prize - WCAX

A Winooski man who raises money for BLM agrees with the Norwegian who nominated BLM for the Nobel Peace Prize that it is the “largest and strongest social movement in the world today, fighting racial injustice.”

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