Fauci: Vermont is #1 - The Hill

Coronavirus presidential adviser Anthony Fauci and Vermont are getting positive national press for his press conference appearance this Tuesday.

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After urging from Scott, Trump reverses tariff on aluminum- VT Digger

The reversal of a 10% tariff on Canadian aluminum came just hours before Canada planned to retaliate with its own taxes on imports from its southern neighbor.

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Health Department lectures about Covid "stigma" - VT Business Magazine

What stigma are you talking about, Commissioner? And what ‘group of people’ is being stigmatized?

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State Ed Board allows Act 46 breakup- VPR

The school mergers of tiny Halifax and Readsboro, neighbors divided by a steep mountain road, was just a shotgun marriage that neither wanted. But it hasn’t worked out - and the shotgun-totin’ State Board of Education is letting the divorce go through.

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House overrides veto of Global warming solutions act- VT Digger

If the Senate also overrides the veto - which it is likely to do - Vermont will have a new law that gives broad authority to reduce carbon emissions to an unelected board, and also gives advocacy groups unprecedented powers to sue the State for non-compliance to carbon reduction goals.

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Senate passes 2021 budget similar to House version - VT Digger

The $7.15 billion budget approved by the Senate yesterday adds money for essential workers and funding for schools to cover pandemic expenses.

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Jewish High Holy Day celebrations during pandemic - VPR

Christians might compare the Jewish High Holy Days to Christmas - the one time of year the house of worship is packed. But not this year.

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Farm, racial justice groups oppose commercial cannabis- WCAX

Racial justice and small farm concerns are being left out of the picture as the Vermont Legislature pushes for commercial cannabis. Their advocates want Gov. Scott to veto the bill.

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Protesters, govt leaders ponder possible post-election conflict - True North

Burlington protesters are getting training in tear gas management from Seattle protest leaders. The National Guard is outlining its role in the event of riots. And the president of the VT AFL-CIO says force will be a moral imperative if the president tries to steal the election.

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Commentary: Bernie’s not wrong about Biden’s weaknesses - Addison Independent

Joe Biden is making the same mistake Hillary Clinton made in 2016 - focusing too much criticism on Trump and not enough on how the Democrats will do more for Americans, editor/publisher Angelo Lynn says.

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Judge nixes challenge to universal mailed ballots- Associated Press

Federal judge Geoffrey Crawford yesterday dismissed a Republican challenge to Vermont’s universal mailed ballots election plan.

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General outlines National Guard role if Vermont riots - VT Digger

Vermont National Guard Adjutant General Greg Knight said the National Guard will only answer mobilize for riot control if called by Gov. Phil Scott.

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Armed cop returns to Winooski schools - Seven Days

Actually, we do want an armed cop in school, officials in Winooski, Vermont’s only minority-majority school district, have decided.

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New city regs could tighten housing crunch- WCAX

Landlords fear having to walk away from properties if proposed rent control and eviction regulations take effect.

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BHS flunks VT air quality test, students sent home for semester - WCAX

It’s not Covid, but poor air quality that has Burlington High School students learning from home through 2020. The school met federal standards but flunked the Vermont Health Dept. test. Fortunately, the cafeteria can still operate.

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Public hearing on automated car testing rules - Rutland Herald

The State of Vermont is developing plans to road test automated cars. An online public hearing will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 15, hosted by the Vermont Traffic Committee. Go to bit.ly/AVinfo2020 to find the link to join the meeting as well as documents related to the matter.

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Anti-forest fragmentation piece of Act 250 passes Senate - Seven Days

Trying to pass all of Act 250 is like trying to pull matter out of a black hole, a Vermont senator recently suggested. Instead, the Senate is taking a more lightweight approach - this year.

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As Vermont battled pandemic, its opioid crisis worsened - Seven Days

When the pandemic hit, the Health Department turned its attention from opioids to Covid-19. Now opioid deaths are up 50% this year.

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“Wag It Forward” benefit for animals to look different this year – St. Albans Messenger

For the usual 19 reasons, a 2020 fundraiser will look different this year. There will be no “Wag It Forward” event at the Champlain Valley Expo. Pet lovers are encouraged to support animal rescue organizations by adding a dime when they buy pet food.

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Commentary: Dem candidates from “away,” don’t know trades - Times Argus

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The three Washington County Senate incumbents - all Democrats - are “out of staters” who don’t work with their hands for a living - unlike the Republican candidates, a Middlesex reader Andy Leader says.

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