Windsor principal sues over BLM-related dismissal - VT Digger

Brittany Riley, principal of Windsor School, is not going quietly into that good night like the school board hoped when it placed her on administrative leave after she questioned some of the methods and motives of Black Lives Matter.

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College students, other young people trash Burlington’s North Beach - WCAX

What city workers are calling an unprecedented amount of trash was left on Burlington’s popular North Beach this weekend, most of it deposited by large numbers of young people.

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Driver escapes Swanton police after high speed chase - Fox 44

A silver Audi doing 80 in a 40 MPH zone was asked to pull over by police. Nothing doing! The car and the driver’s wallet were found a short while later, but police are still looking for the speeder.

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Dems knock Scott for no masking order - VT Digger

The politicization of the pandemic continues, as Democratic candidates for governor say incumbent Phil Scott is placing Vermonters in deadly peril by not requiring all Vermonters to wear masks in public. Will the winner of the August 11 primary still insist on masks?

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Rutland police chief opposes defunding - Rutland Herald

The Rutland chapter of the NAACP supports “defunding the police.” The city police chief doesn’t like the sound of that, but he’s willing to have the discussion.

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Abuse allegations surface at Kurn Hattin school for deaf - Brattleboro Reformer

Decades after the alleged events occurred, accusations of abuse of students have been leveled at Kurn Hattin, a Windham County school for deaf children.

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More than 1000 march on July 4 in Burlington to “rebuild” America - Seven Days

Progressives and Black Lives Matter protesters in Burlington say July 4 was a perfect day to oppose tyranny and work for a more perfect union - by rebuilding it from the ground up.

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Opinion: the Nation Makers I met this morning - True North Reports

Some people see the problem and volunteer to march in the front line. They are the Nation Makers.

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Fish & Wildlife offers tips to keep bears out of compost bins - AP

The Chittenden County lawmakers who zealously pushed the food scraps law don’t have to worry (as much) about hungry bears. But the State of Vermont recognizes the threat and has issued an advisory on how to make your compost as unappetizing as possible. Carbon-emissions trip to the local food scrap drop-off center, anyone?

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Morrisville bear destroys composting bin on first day of operation - Vermont Daily

A Morrisville decided she would try her earthy best to compost her food scraps, in keeping with Vermont’s new law - especially after she learned the local transfer station wasn’t ready to accept scraps yet. A bear was, though.

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Fed furloughs to hit more than 1,100 in Vermont - Seven Days

1100 of Vermont’s 1700 US Immigrations and Customs workers will be furloughed August 3, Sen. Patrick Leahy said.

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Blue Cross/BS pension loses 58% of value - VT Digger

What’s going on here?! Maybe it’s that when workers don’t draw paychecks, they also don’t contribute to pension funds. Maybe it’s a general loss of pension fund value. Or something else…..anyway, suddenly one of Vermont’s big non-governmental pension funds is $40 million in the hole.

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SCOTUS decision could deliver ed funding to VT religious schools - AP

A US Supreme Court decision has opened the door for some public funding of religious education. Should public money funding private education be extended to religious private education?

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Plastic bag ban, composting law take effect - WCAX

Today, two new laws requiring Vermonters to reduce their plastic and food waste take effect. Is what’s good for the environment also good for the people living in it?

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Burlington councilors bicker over budget - WCAX

The dissension got so bad Tuesday night that Mayor Miro Weinberger said he worries about the future of the city. And as councilor Joan Shannon said, this time they can’t even blame the disgruntled Republicans.

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Johnson residents busted for fentanyl possession after Putney car crash - Brattleboro Reformer

Two Johnson residents were arrested for possession of the deadly drug fentanyl after their car crashed on I-91 in Putney. The investigation is ongoing - was this a case of personal possession - or were they bringing death from out-of-state dealers?

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Vermont businesses can apply for federal stimulus $$ Monday - WCAX

Vermont businesses have been told to get in line Monday for federal stimulus money - and there probably won’t be enough for all applicants.

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Scott OK with “Liberty and Justice for All” street mural, but not with current GWSA - Vermont Daily

Gov. Phil Scott thinks painting “Liberty and Justice for All” on State Street next to the Black Lives Matter street mural is patriotic. But he doesn’t like the latest version of the Global Warming Solutions Act.

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MSJ - Rutland grad writes book about Vietnam War experience - Rutland Herald

An Mt. St. Joseph graduate who served as an infantryman in the Vietnam War has written a novel based on his experience.

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All lives matter,” niece of MLK tells Vermont radio audience - Vermont Daily

Dr. Alveda King has the same message for Vermonters and Americans today that her uncle preached 60 years ago: “the answer to violence is not more violence,” she told Heather Sheppard of the Light Radio yesterday.

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