Scott extends State of Emergency into October - Seven Days

The pandemic State of Emergency must continue so that Vermont can continue to see low numbers of cases. Prudent decision making or mission creep?

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Video shows upset cop BLM wants fired was punched first - Vermont Daily

Body cam video shows that Burlington police officer Corey Campbell dropped the F-bomb on Douglas Kilburn March 11, 2019 before the latter got out of his car and punched Campbell in the face. Kilburn died a few days later, injuries sustained in the scuffle contributing to his death. Does Campbell deserve to be fired, as BLM says? Look at the video and decide.

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Newspaper files open meeting complaint against Burlington City Council - Seven Days

BLM protesters had no special information to add to a closed-door meeting of the Burlington City Council and should not have been allowed to attend, Seven Days says in complaint filed against the council. The press and all other members of the interested public were kept out.

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Winooski starts school year without school cop - Seven Days

The Winooski School District - the only minority-majority school in Vermont - doesn’t have a cop on the beat for the first time in 20 years. The head of the PTO isn’t happy about this move pressed by a group of students of color.

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Four rivers to be treated for sea lamprey infestation - Associated Press

The disgusting eel-like creatures that literally suck the life out of game fish in Vermont waters are being targeted for “control” by state and federal wildlife workers.

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School withdraws plan for parental opt-out on controversial issues - Eagle-Times

The Springfield School Board has withdrawn a proposal saying teachers “do not have a right to use the school setting as a forum to promote their personal views” and giving parental opt-out when the classroom gets too controversial.

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Slaves of Ethan Allen’s daughter remembered with stones in Burlington - WCAX

A married Burlington couple “belonging” to the daughter of Ethan Allen 20 years before the outbreak of the Civil War were remembered with Stopping Stones in Burlington.

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Vermont ‘bear whisperer’ has raised 300 orphan cubs - Rutland Herald

Ben Kilham and sister Phoebe are caring for 25 orphaned bear cubs this summer. It’s what they do - they are ursine caregivers.

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Land Rovers trek through National Forest - Vermont Eagle

A handful of hardy vintage 4x4s led by British Land Rovers of Churchill Classic and Vintage Automotive trekked through the muddy back roads of the Green Mountain National Forest over Labor Day. Never give up! Never, never, never!

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Commentary: Helping teen suicidal anxiety over Covid - Times Argus

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The Times Argus hopes a $3.8 million federal grant will help Vermont turn around the state suicide rate, up 150% this year. In particular, the State of Vermont must help youth isolated by Covid.

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Lawsuit would force State to pay parochial school tuition - WCAX

A recent U.S. Supreme Court decision requires the State of Vermont to pay tuition of students whose families want to send them to private or religious schools.

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Grant program seeks to improve Vermont shooting ranges - WCAX

The State of Vermont is offering money to improve the safety and noise impact of local shooting ranges.

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Protesters won’t give in - can Burlington remove cops? - VT Digger

The City of Burlington pleads inability to meet BLM’s demands that three police officers be fired. So the protesters continue to occupy City Hall Park. Should the City cave? Or should the protesters be sent home?

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Montpelier residents can’t wait year for public restrooms - Times Argus

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A Montpelier city councilor wants to build a new facility with restrooms - next year. People who need a restroom now can’t wait that long, a citizen gadfly says.

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34 GOP women run for state office - Vermont Daily

As Vermont Republican women prepare to rally Sept. 12 at the State House to celebrate 100 years of Vermont suffrage, a large percentage of GOP candidates for state office are women.

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House approves 2021, allocates $200 mil+ for higher ed - Bennington Banner

Leveraging as much one-time federal Covid-19 funding as possible, the Vermont House gave preliminary approval to a $7.15 billion state budget Thursday. It doesn’t raise taxes or use the reserve fund, which legislators say must be used for the highly challenging 2022 budget.

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Quebec to fine karaoke, failure to mask in public places - WCAX

Starting tomorrow, the Province of Quebec will issue fines to people not wearing masks in indoor public places. Will Vermont follow suit?

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Middlebury College boots students for Covid infractions - Fox 44

Several students have been asked to leave the tony “Little Ivy” college campus in Addison County. Zero tolerance for Covid-breaking at Middlebury College.

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Killington accentuates the positive, will open November 14 - Mountain Times

Spread-out Killington is positioning itself as a great place to ski in socially-distanced conditions. But like other resorts, it will still require masks virtually everywhere except while eating. Ski lifts will run at 50% capacity.

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Commentary: Shoutdowns place democracy in peril - True North

A WCAX camera crew recently reported that BLM protesters physically and verbally intervened when they sought to interview counter-protesters. Shouting down the opposition can’t be good for decision-making in America, Dave Flemming of the Ethan Allen Institute argues.

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