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“Defund police” Montpelier council praises cop readiness for Jan. 17 rally - Times Argus

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At the beginning of the meeting, a Montpelier city councilor was praising a resident calling for them to “Defund the Police” At the end of the meeting, the same city councilor said she’s sure glad the police are ready for the presumed Jan. 17 pro-Trump armed rally.

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White men dominate list of cannabis commission applicants - Seven Days

Want a great-paying fulltime job setting up Vermont’s commercial cannabis system? So do 94 other people. White, male Vermonters dominate the list. Hey - wasn’t this legalization supposed to promote diversity?

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Out-of-state buyers help boost post-riot gun sales - VT Digger

A perfect storm of $600 recovery checks, an incoming gun-control president, and last week’s riot and predicted unrest have resulted in huge sales in Vermont gun shops. And not all of the customers are Vermonters.

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GOP won’t show at Jan. 17 rally, but AFL-CIO will - True North Reports

Republican leaders and candidates are distancing themselves as far as possible from the expected “armed rally” Jan. 17 in Montpelier. But the VT AFL-CIO says it will be there - and asks people to keep the kids at home.

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Stay home, Montpelier mayor tells counter-protesters - VPR

Thanks but no thanks, Montpelier Mayor Anne Watson is telling counter-protesters to the presumably planned armed rally at the State House. Let’s make it another day.

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Vermont National Guard to keep Biden inauguration secure - Seven Days

The Green Mountain Boys will be making sure there’s not a repeat on the January 6 security fiasco at the Capitol.

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In Biden, Bernie sees “light at end of the tunnel” - Fox 44

Where others see only an oncoming train, Bernie Sanders sees light at the end of the tunnel as the nation prepares to inaugurate Joe Biden as president.

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Neighbor seeks stalking order against Slate Ridge owner Banyai - VT Digger

Citing examples from the Slate Ridge Facebook page, neighbor Mandy Hulett asked a judge to issue a stalking order against owner Daniel Banyai. But is posting on social media stalking? A decision is expected in a few days.

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With fed $$, State of VT to buy more wetland, ag land - VT Business Magazine

Vermont Fish & Wildlife will spend federal money to buy more agricultural and wetlands for conservation and pollution reduction.

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Phish founder’s home for sale - Burlington Free Press

For a mere $895,000, you can own the Bixby Hill, Essex home of Phish drummer Mike Gordon.

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Why I voted no on Trump resolution - Sen. Russ Ingalls

As many of you are aware, there was a Resolution passed by the House and Senate this week to which I voted no, the only one in the Senate to do so.

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Antifa admits Antifa infiltrated Capitol riot - The Commons

Northeast Antifa, the group organizing in Brattleboro, says Antifa did infiltrate the Capitol riot - but only to monitor, not to instigate violence.

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Coventry man had “great time” at invasion of Capitol building - VT Digger

Sabens wouldn’t talk to VT Digger because of its slanted coverage of the Slate Ridge firearms facility. But his Facebook page had a lot to say. 

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Vermont’s first cannabis cafe opens in Essex Junction - Fox 44

Vermont’s first cannabis cafe opens in Essex Junction - Fox 44

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Newbury voters decide to stay in merged school district - Journal-Opinion

By a 140-169 margin, Newbury voters decided to remain in a controversial merged school district.

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Increase number of police, Burlington police commission says - WPTZ

Even if the City Council agrees, the lengthy hiring and training process will mean Burlington police may not be able to cover early morning shifts with active patrols.

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Women who OD’d in Corrections transition home had same source - AP

Two women overdosed Tuesday while staying at a transition home run by the Vermont Department of Corrections. Now police say they acquired their drugs from the same source.

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Unleashed dogs threaten use of Williston trail - Williston Observer

Unleashed dogs under ‘voice control?’ It’s not working, town residents say. Cry havoc and let slip the dogs of Williston.

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Stowe firebug admits to eight arsons - Stowe Reporter

A Stowe man has admitted to setting a series of fires over the last two years.

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Campion of Bennington to lead Senate Education Committee - Manchester Journal

The junior senator from Bennington County will lead the Senate Education Committee - one of a few Senate committee leadership changes.

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