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

Burlington converts parking spaces to al fresco dining

The City of Burlington and restaurant owners are making it harder to park your car but easier to eat outside

 

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Police informant busted for coke in buttocks

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Kinda gives new meaning to "crack cocaine" -

Police informant busted for butt crack possession

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Sanders, Omar would tax Wall Street to wipe out student debt

Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Ilhan Omar would eliminate $1.6 trillion of student debt with 'a small tax on Wall Street speculation'

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State of VT: health insurers can't deny sex-change surgery due to patient's age

State insurance regulators says "Vermont insurers are prohibited from making coverage determinations for medically necessary gender-affirming care based solely on age" including gender-change surgery

 

 

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Editorial: Flying the Finger of Freedom

Westford man builds six foot tall middle digit because town won't give him permission to develop his business there

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Feds bust Springfield, MA man carrying 164 bags of fentanyl-laced heroin

Federal authorities have charged a Springfield/Holyoke area man with intent to sell 164 bags of fentanyl-laced heroin to a suspected Brattleboro dealer

 

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Montpelier lobby firm sells services to Big Marijuana

Leonine Public Affairs, one of Montpelier's heavy-hitting lobbying firms, is marketing itself to Big Marijuana companies 

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Average 2BR apartment in Vermont: $1,184

Average two bedroom apartment in Vermont takes big cut out of average renter's $13.40/hour take home pay

 

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Since '04, VT has issued driver's licenses to illegal immigrants

When it comes to allowing illegal immigrants to drive legally, NY Gov. Mario Cuomo is playing catch-up with Vermont. Ever since Vermont's Freedom of Movement law took effect Jan. 1 2014, illegal immigrants have been applying for and receiving driver's licenses. 

 

 

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As cost of making electricity drops 33%, NE still pays thru nose

Between 2014-2018, the cost of making electricity in New England dropped 33%, thanks mostly to ultra-cheap natural gas-fired power. But increased transmission and "capacity" costs have added billions to the consumers' bill, making New England power the most expensive in the continental U.S..

 

 

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Buzz-free beer brewed

an IPA for the teetotalers

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State to pay $50,000 to settle ACLU racial profiling suit

A Vermont state trooper in 2014 stopped a car driven by an African-American man, saying snow was obscuring his license plate. The ACLU filed suit for racial profiling. 

 

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Fish & Wildlife Board rejects anti-coyote hunt petition

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Board Wednesday refused to consider a petition, brought by students of Vermont Law School, to limit coyote hunting

 

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Legal weed dangerous to dogs

Dogs will get into everything - including legal marijuana, yours or someone else's. THC is toxic for dogs

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US Attorney charges Montpelier man with producing child porn

 Tip from a SnapChat user alerted law enforcement that an individual was sharing images of the sexual abuse of a 9-year-old girl. 

 

 

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Domestic violence charge more likely to be a felony, VT Judiciary finds

Prosecutors and cops are getting tougher on domestic violence, in part due to a 2010 law, a Vermont Judiciary report finds

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Guv signs $6.1 billion budget, nixes medical monitoring bill

Gov. Phil Scott says budget tracks with wage growth, meets major priorities

Medical monitoring bill as passed would discourage business in VT, guv says

 

 

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Alleged Westford shooter of firearms instructor will stay in federal custody

Veronica Lewis, whose attempted murder charge in connection with a 2015 Westford shooting was dismissed by Chittenden County prosecutor Sarah George, will remain in custody on federal firearms violation charges.  

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Veto 'medical monitoring' bill, business groups urge Scott

Some Vermont business groups want Gov. Phil Scott to veto S.37, the medical monitoring bill that will make it easier to sue for exposure to toxic substances and require substance users and manufacturers to pay for medical testing for people who can demonstrate they have been exposed.

 

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VPR 'gunshot database' finds 85% of 2018 gunshot deaths were suicides

A 'gunshot database' derived from Vermont Dept. of Health information and compiled by Vermont Public Radio found that 85% of Vermont gunshot deaths were suicides....All 10 gunshot victims who served in the armed forces died as a result of suicide. 

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