The Senate “will fail George Floyd” if it passes GOP policing bill, Leahy says - VT Biz

The GOP policing bill in the U.S. Senate doesn’t do enough to make those who enforce the law subject to it, Sen. Patrick Leahy said on the floor of the Senate.

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How close are VT movie theaters to opening? - Fox 44

Ready to see “Mulan” or a spy film? The theaters will be reopening next month.

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Unlike other states, Vermont proceeds with disposable bag ban - Associated Press

The disposal paper cup was invented as a solution to germ transmission. But now the disposable plastic bag is being eliminated in the middle of a pandemic, per fiat of the Vermont Legislature and the executive branch.

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Man with swastika tattoo on neck commits assault with hatchet - Shelburne News

A man with tattoos on his face and neck - including a prominent swastika - struck another man with a hatchet, causing serious injuries, at a Shelburne Road hotel.

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Rutland cluster grows from two cases to 11 - Rutland Herald

The Rutland Covid-19 cluster started at a worksite (unnamed) and has spread to households, the Health Department says.

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When Zoom stops working, so will the Senate - Seven Days

After multiple “glitches” in the Zoom/YouTube platform resulting in lost connections, transparency, and accountability, Senate leader Tim Ashe (D-Chittenden) says that from now on, when Zoom stops working, the Senate will stop working.

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LG candidate - spend less on prisons, more on child care - Fox 44

Mollie Gray - assistant AG who wants to be lieutenant governor - says Vermont should spend less money incarcerating people and more money providing childcare.

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Only fireworks show in NW Vermont cancelled - Williston Observer

The only municipal fireworks show scheduled in northwestern Vermont has been cancelled due to crowd control concerns and the need for FAA approval, Williston selectboard decided.

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Vermont newspapers in race against the clock - Vermont Standard

Newspapers are on a losing end of a numbers game, says the publisher of a popular Vermont weekly newspaper.

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Ticks down 30% this spring - WCAX

You think the spring of 2020 was bad, with pandemic, lockdown, police brutality, race riots, no major league baseball? Don’t expect any sympathy from the ticks.

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Would-be crow-killer is caws of social media uproar - Stowe Reporter

A mob of social media allies of Vermont’s ubiquitous crow screamed bloody murder when a songbird aficionado sought ways to kill cawwing crows.

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Opinion: Interracial couple says police are their protection, not danger - The Commons

An interracial couple living in Brattleboro say ‘anyone who wants to defund the police had better have a plan to keep us safe.’

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Sword taken from General Stark statue - Bennington Banner

Not only has the sword been taken from the statue of the hero of the Battle of Bennington - but a state of Vermont officials want to make sure the statue “is not perceived negatively” before restoring it. Hardly inspiring support for the man who rallied his troops facing the British by yelling, “They are ours, or this night Molly Stark sleeps a widow!”

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Odor from van was dead body - WCAX

Police aren’t saying yet what killed the person found dead in the back of a van in the Williston Wal-Mart. The out-of-state plates and the bike hanging from the back suggests a tourist getting out of town for a weekend in Vermont. But right now it’s a mystery.

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State police lieutenant caught speeding, no ticket issued - Brattleboro Reformer

A Vermont State Police lieutenant was driving a pickup truck when a county sheriff saw him speeding. The Smokey flashed his blues, eventually pulled over, didn’t get a ticket, and spun his tires when allowed to leave.

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Legislature on federal recovery $$: spend now, or spend later? - Associated Press

As the Legislature prepares to adjourn this week and return in August, the last big job is passing the three-month budget. Gov. Scott and the Legislature can’t agree on how quickly to dispense the $1.25 billion in federal recovery money, and who should get it.

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Complaints about procedure tie up Senate Act 250 bill - Seven Days

An attempt to pass an Act 250 revision bill that makes it harder to build out in the country but easier to build in the city has run into procedural opposition as the Senate tries to wrap up business this week before adjourning until August.

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Sen. Rodgers apologizes for “snippy” remark but demands apologies from critics - Seven Days

A state senator who lost an election after voting for gay marriage in 2009 is now being pilloried by some fellow senators who say a recent comment was homophobic. John Rodgers says it isn’t so and he’s tired of the name-calling by senators and the threat of being demoted from a committee assignment.

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State offers $146 mil to towns to improve water infrastructure - VT Business Magazine

A very generous state “loan” program will help towns and cities clean up their water supplies.

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Darn Tough cuts 50 manufacturing jobs - VT Digger

The pandemic has been darn tough on Vermont’s famous sock maker.

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