Body cam footage tells all about BPD/Kilburn fracas

Body cam footage released by Burlington Police Department union shows who threw the first punch in the altercation that may have led to the death, two days later, of Douglas Kilburn. Another key takeaway: it's never a good idea to get out of your car and punch a police officer in the face. Warning: this video presents some violence and plenty of f-bombs. 

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Report describes big $$ winners, losers in VT transportation spending


In the FY 2020 transportation budget, bike paths, rail and public transit were the three biggest winners by percentage increase in spending over 2019. Maintenance - i.e. road salt - also went up big. Losers were rest areas, park & rides (sort of), aviation, and transportation buildings. 

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Op-ed by dedicated volunteer asks: why protest?

Retired nurse and longtime Vermont volunteer Mary Daly of Peacham questions (pointedly) those who merely 'protest' what's happening on the southern border. 

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National study: VT bad state to start a business

Vermont ranks 43rd in nation overall as a place to start a business. Cost of loving, availability of workers, length of work week - all bummers for start-ups, according to the WalletHub survey reported by Vermont Business Magazine. 

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Christine Hallquist starts Quebec energy company

Former manager of Vermont Electric Co-operative and 2018 candidate for governor Christine Hallquist has started a Quebec energy company specializing in battery power storage.  

 

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Footbridge over I-89 beats out gondola over Williston Road

The City of South Burlington wants federal money to build a pedestrian bridge from the Staples Plaza to the University Mall, over I-89. The plan was chosen over a scheme to construct a gondola over busy Williston Road. 

 

 

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After three private colleges close, Vermont State Colleges seek change

Vermont's low birthrate, declining faith in higher education, and uncompetitive tuition all spell trouble for the Vermont State College system. But, VSCS leaders have a plan, and a "white paper" to explain it. 

 

 

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Laws creating new Climate board, heavy e-cigarette tax, Indigenous People's Day, etc. took effect July 1

Even though the Vermont Legislature didn't pass a $15 minimum wage, commercial marijuana, or paid family leave, there are still plenty of changes on the books as of July 1. 

 

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Phish play Fenway Park this weekend

Vermont-native megaband Phish will play at Fenway Park this Friday and Saturday

 

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Vermont State Police can have tats now - just cover 'em up

Vermont State Police can now have tats on their lower arms - provided they are covered with VSP-issue sleeves. The new policy is designed to attract ex-military recruits, many of whom sport colorful tattoos. 

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40 Days of Futility on Vermont Health Connect

One Vermonter's tale of being lost for 40 days, without health care insurance, in the deadly Bureaucra Sea. 

 

 

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New birth certificate law fights fraud by identity thieves, immigration rings

As recently as 2015 a certified Vermont birth certificate was worth up to $20,000 on the black market. The new law only allows family and court-appointed representatives to acquire certified birth and death certificates. 

 

 

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"10th Power" author says 10th Amendment empowers VT to purse Green New Deal, single payer

The 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution reserves to the states all powers not expressly conferred on the federal government. Vermont and other states therefore are free to pursue their own "Green New Deal" and universal health care, says "Vermont to the 10th Power" author SP Kiernan. 

 

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GMTA bus fare up 25 cents, new ride apps rolled out

A typical Green Mountain Transit Authority bus ride now costs $1.50, up a quarter. Ridership has risen slightly this year after a steady drop in recent years. 

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Drugstore pulls vaping products after 92% tax takes effect

Kinney Drugs press release cites 38% increase of vaping products by youth. Also, a new state law taxing vaping products 92% took effect July 1. 

 

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Judge tosses out gun magazine challenge brought by Kiah Morris cyber-stalker

Max Misch is the white nationalist cyber troll who harrassed former Bennington Rep. Kiah Morris and her family. Last week, a Vermont Superior Court judge dismissed his request to dismiss charges against him of violating Vermont's gun magazine laws. 

 

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Gear from banned Chinese spy company Huawei part of Vermont e911

The Scott administration banned use of equipment from the Chinese telecom giant Huawei, citing security concerns. Nevertheless Huawei gear soon will be part of the equipment carrying Vermonters' 9-1-1 calls. 

 

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Supreme Court denies delay for school mergers

The Vermont Supreme Court Monday told 33 school districts it would permit no delay in forced mergers into about a dozen new school districts

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Dumping 33 gallon trash bag now costs over $5

The cost of dumping a 33 gallon bag of trash at a Chittenden Solid Waste District transfer station on July 1 went from $4.75 to $5.25. 

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Trump: what's he done?

Analysis: In his first two and a half years, Trump presidency has added 1.2 million African-American jobs, kept us out of new wars, reduced dependency on foreign oil, and reinvigorated an independent, Constitution-based judiciary. 

 

 

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