Vermont Water Cooler aggregates top news headlines from all over Vermont in one easy-to-find place.

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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Border Patrol arrest immigrant workers

Three Mexican men were arrested after leaving the Newport Walmart, where they had wired money home to their families. Migrant Justice, a pro-illegal immigrant activist group, has pledged to protest. At least one of the men has been involved in Migrant Justice demonstrations at the Vermont State House. 

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Man fleeing sex crime arrest injures five cops

A Burlington man who allegedly committed a sex crime injured five police officers while fleeing arrest

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# of electric cars must grow 54% per year to meet 2025 VT goal

To meet the goal of 60,000 electric cars on the road by 2025, purchases must rise  by 54% every year. The Vermont Public Utilities Commission announced incentives to encourage Vermonter car owners to reach those goals. 

 

 

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One in five 2018 VT opioid victims died in Windham County

Brattleboro, surrounding towns grapple with causes, solutions to high rate of opioid deaths

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Montpelier city councilor explains support for 'sanctuary city'

Anti-immigration movement is all about fear, former "immigrant" to Italy writes in Montpelier community newspaper, The Bridge

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State offers towns, cities zoning 'help' to reduce parking, create multi-family housing

State of Vermont offers local zoning templates to make housing more dense and cities/towns more walkable. It's meant to encourage new home construction and discourage cars. The program is voluntary - at least for now. 

 

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Lyndonville nursing home makes national 'poor performer' list


Pines Rehab on national list for nursing homes with "pattern of health and safety violations" - and five other VT nursing homes in Colchester, St. Johnsbury, Ludlow, Newport and Burlington were candidates for the list

 

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New pregnancy clinic opens in Rutland

The First Step Pregnancy Clinic, which offers pregnant women immediate help and choices for their babies other than abortion, will have its grand opening and open house tonight.

 

 

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