Big bill coming due soon for Vermont school infrastructure – VPR

True, school enrollment is declining. True, school districts are merging and thus leaving many buildings unused and unoccupied. But constant financial pressures have forced school districts to put off much-needed (and in some cases, mandated) maintenance and improvements. Tick, tick, tick goes yet another financial time bomb for Vermont state government. But is anyone listening?

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Newport high school students want more condom access – Caledonian-Record

A pair of North Country Union High School seniors want the school’s wellness center to offer condoms and information about safe sex. A panel of school officials say they’ll bring the idea to the school board.

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Jennifers now hold two top Orleans County law enforcement posts – Vermont Business Magazine

Jennifer Harlow, a Johnson State College graduate who served as a cop in the Newport Police Department has been named sheriff for Orleans County by Gov. Phil Scott. Orleans County now has women serving as both sheriff and state’s attorney (Jennifer Barrett).

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TCI carbon tax imploding as states desert – Ethan Allen Institute

Don’t look now – at least its supporters hope you won’t – but the Transportation & Climate Initiative is becoming more less and less popular in the ‘member’ states in the northeastern U.S. Seems the idea of taxing our way out of climate change is less than popular.

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Lawmaker warns other D’s about retail marijuana: “We will rue the day” – Vermont Daily Chronicle

Zeal for the deal to sell and tax marijuana is ignoring important health issues and unintended consequences, a Democrat lawmaker from Chester told his party caucus Tuesday. Many other questions about S54 to legalize pot followed Bock’s statement. Confident, unanimous support from House Democrats? It’s not there yet. And there’s plenty of pushback from towns who want more say and more money than most legalization supporters want to give them.

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Video: Bernie field organizer says cities will burn if Trump elected – News Done Right (opinion)

News Done Right strikes again! A field organizer for the Bernie Sanders campaign in Iowa says fascist Americans like Trump only respect force and that cities will (expletive deleted) burn if he is elected. American Dream, or Antifa Nightmare?

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Guv: eliminate income tax for Vermonters age 18-26 – WPTZ

Make no mistake, Gov. Phil Scott is ‘all-in’ on attracting workers to Vermont and keeping young Vermonters here. Add to 1) paying out-of-state workers to move here, 2) asking Pres. Trump to send us as many refugees as he can, and 3) inviting Great Britain’s Prince Harry and his wife to move to the Northeast Kingdom, his latest idea: don’t tax the earnings of working young adult Vermonters.

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Supreme Court hears pro-and-con forced school mergers before packed house in Middlebury – WPTZ

It’s not often the Vermont Supreme Court hears a case in a college hall before hundreds of people. But then, not too many issues have stirred up Addison County like the forced school mergers. A decision is expected this spring.

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New gun bill would let cops seize guns from accused domestic abusers – WPTZ

A bill discussed in House Judiciary yesterday would give police and judges the right to take away the guns of people accused of domestic abuse. Problems of constitutionality and enforcement were raised.

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Just 20 arrests for prostitution since 2014, Vermont police say – WCAX

Despite just a handful of arrests every year for prostitution – and even fewer convictions – some lawmakers want to make the Oldest Profession a non-criminal livelihood. “Vermont is not a place where it’s not happening,” the bill’s chief sponsor argues.

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Opinion: Addy Indy says Gov. Scott afterschool plan ‘collaboration lite’ – Addison Independent

Publisher Angelo Lynn liked what he heard about afterschool programs in Gov. Scott’s State of the State address last week. What he didn’t hear was how it would be funded.

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Vermont NOT a hard place to do business, Darn Tough boss says - VPR

Vermont gets a bum rap as a ‘hard place to do business,’ says the CEO of rapidly expanding Darn Tough Socks.

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Ingram in, Copeland-Hanzas out for Dem nomination for lieutenant-governor - VT Digger

Sen. Debbie Ingram (D-Chittenden) announced she plans to run for lieutenant governor. Rep. Sarah Copeland-Hanzas said she won’t. Ingram joins Sen. Tim Ashe in the race for the Dem nomination for LG.

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Sanders denies saying ‘woman can’t win’ presidency - VT Digger

What happened during a private convo between Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren? She said, He said.

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Tiny House project celebrated in Barre - Times Argus

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Norwich University students built a 360 sq. ft. ‘tiny home’ in Barre that is being heralded as prototype solution for homelessness.

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State trying to reverse trend of Immigrant exodus from Vermont - Seven Days

Immigrants come to Vermont but, like 80% of Vermont-born college students, eventually leave. The State of Vermont likes what they contribute and wants them to stay.

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VT settles suit about selling immigrant driver info to ICE - Rutland Herald

The Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will stop telling the federal government about immigrants applying for ID cards, according to a suit settled recently.

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Bill would shift wildlife management emphasis from hunting to conservation - Eagle-Times

A bill sponsored by Rep. Jim McCullough (D-Williston) would have the Vermont Dept. of Fish and Wildlife spend less time helping hunters and more time preserving wildlife.

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Newport votes to keep ATV traffic - AP

The voters of Newport have spoken - they like the idea of ATVs traveling on city streets. Yesterday’s repeal vote failed.

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State colleges want $5 million more to keep tuition frozen, programs in place - Vermont Daily Chronicle

Vermont’s four state colleges - Castleton University, Community College of Vermont, Vermont Technical College, and Northern Vermont University - need another $5 million in state funding to offset the historically low state funding that has VSC parents and students paying almost the highest tuition rates in the nation, college officials told lawmakers this morning.

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