State teachers give school opening a D+ - WCAX

Gov. Scott is contesting the grade given by the VT NEA. “It’s not as though we’ve taken a hands-off approach.”

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Pandemic partly to blame for doubling of fatal crash rate - Times Argus

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So far, there have been 43 deaths as a result of crashes in the state. Anthony Facos, former police chief in Montpelier and current head of enforcement at the state Department of Motor Vehicles, said at this time last year there were only 21 deaths.

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Vermont women buying handguns, learning to shoot – Vermont Daily

TV host and former lawmaker and public official Pat McDonald was standing at a microphone at a pro-police rally, being drowned out by loud, aggressive, profane demonstrators. That’s when it struck her: she needed to learn how to protect herself.

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Youth, adult recreational team sports must wear masks - Burlington Free Press

11 man tackle football - out. And most of the sports that remain will require participants to wear masks, according to tough new State of Vermont guidelines.

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David Zuckerman out-fundraises Scott 3-1, gets PR boost from “Ben’s Best” ice cream – Seven Days

Vermont is a beautiful state for a Dem/Prog candidate for governor - you even get an ice-cream flavor named after you! But will it be enough to defeat popular centrist Republican Phil Scott?

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Burlington police union response to cop firing demand: fuggedaboutit - Fox 44

BLM demands that three disciplined Burlington cops be fired. Forget it, case closed, the police union says.

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Swanton’s Maquam Bay stinks! - St. Albans Messenger

It’s been a dry summer and the phosphorus continues to pour into Franklin County’s Maquam Bay. Result - a bad odor that has summer residents upset.

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Town should cap on renter security deposits - Brattleboro Reformer

Brattleboro has a “tenants union.” Big surprise! And it wants the town elders to follow Burlington’s lead and adopt an ordinance capping the amount of security deposits. Good move towards affordable housing - or excessive government meddling?

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Grant to help New Americans raise food locally - Seven Days

The pandemic has taught us that the Vermont food supply chain is vulnerable. A federal grant will help new American families grow food for themselves and others. Investment in vital food infrastructure, or unnecessary government spending?

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Peregrine falcon, mockingbird get protection from courts, Audubon Society says - VT Business Magazine

A recent court decision has empowered the protection of Vermont species of the Hermit Thrush, the Peregrine Falcon, and yes, the Mockingbird.

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Commentary: Renewable power will lead to California-style blackouts - News & Citizen

Vermonters have been warned by blackouts in California this summer and their own state energy report in 2020: moving from fossil fuel power to electricity and building more renewable energy generation is a recipe for blackouts during times of high demand.

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Riding bus to school gets complex; officials suggest walking, biking, getting ride - Burlington Free Press

Until the risk of COVID-19 abates, adults should strongly consider driving their student to school, or nudging them to walk or bike if conditions are safe, state officials say. (And people wonder why homeschooling applications are over 4,000 this year.)

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Canadian pot smuggler caught trying to bring 226 pounds into Vermont - Associated Press

The US Border Patrol in North Troy apprehended a suspected smuggler of 226 lbs. of marijuana.

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Burlington police arrest man carrying AR-15 near Burlington BLM protests - Seven Days

A man barred by court order from carrying firearms was arrested for violating this order.

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Burlington mayor supports AR-15 arrest, chastises rock-throwing protesters - VT Business Magazine

A BLM protester tossed a rock at a Burlington police officer, and the crowd blocked emergency response vehicles. A man was carrying an AR-15 illegally near the protests. Mayor Miro Weinberger wants everyone to know he opposes both.

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State places homeless families in Richford; now State Police want community’s help - St. Albans Messenger

The crime rate in the Franklin County border town of Richford - already affected by endemic drug abuse - rose after the State of Vermont located several homeless families there. Now the Vermont State Police are turning to the community for help.

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Health Commissioner contests “armchair” reading of “6%” CDC report - Vermont Daily

People who think a CDC report reduces the number of Covid-19 fatalities just don’t understand medicine, Vermont Health Commissioner Mark Levine says.

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Zuckerman blasts Scott on school reopenings - VT Digger

Dem gube candidate David Zuckerman says Gov. Phil Scott didn’t give enough guidance or money to school districts facing reopening during the pandemic.

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Legislature should have voted “no” on these business bills, NFIB says - VT Digger

Both the Vermont House and the Vermont Senate had the opportunity to help small businesses survive and even thrive in Vermont’s challenging business climate. Regrettably, they didn’t, Shawn Shouldice of the National Federation of Independent Businesses says. And she’s got the scorecard to prove it.

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VT disc golf tournament will follow Covid guidelines to a “T” - WCAX

If you don’t know or care about disc golf, you won’t care about this story...but if you are one of Vermont’s countless enthusiasts, it’s a big deal indeed. The Tournament will go on!

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