Dartmouth to replace ‘Indian’ weathervane - VT Business Magazine

The college founded by a white minister to educate Indians is now eliminating a weathervane depicting an Indian sitting at the feet of Rev. Eleazar Wheelock.

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Burlington mayor, under pressure, to announce cop cuts tonight - VPR

The fiscal guillotine is being dropped on the Burlington Police Department - details to be announced today. Which services will be cut? What work won’t get done?

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Windsor principal put on leave for questioning BLM - VT Digger

A Woodstock native and Castleton grad who has been principal of the Windsor School has been placed on leave by her school board for expressing a teensy bit of skepticism about some of the methods of Black Lives Matter.

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Police seek perp who defaced anti-police brutality street art - Seven Days

The police are on the lookout for the man who allegedly scribbled nonsensical graffiti and also tried to cover up the V in the Black Lives Matter street mural in front of the State House.

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Pandemic clouds prospects for climate change legislation - VT Digger

Senate Natural Resources and Energy Chair Chris Bray says he hopes his committee will pass both Act 250 and the Global Warming Solutions Act this month. But will there be time to pass either bill - not to mention both - this year?

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Vermont gets federal $$ for more electric mass-transit vans - Associated Press

With a big bucks boost from Uncle Sam, Vermont’s public transportation fleet continues to “go electric.” Vermont now has 12 all-electric large vans.

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No penalty for unemployment fraudsters - VT Digger

A key Senate committee is moving forward with removing the penalty, during the State of Emergency, for people who have committed unemployment fraud in the past. Sen. Randy Brock (R-Franklin) objected.

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More bears venturing into cities - Rutland Herald

So, it’s not just moose wandering into downtown, anymore. Now it’s the bears.

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Federal Immigration to furlough 75% of workers - St. Albans Messenger

A federal agency that employs about 1700 Vermonters is poised to furlough up to 75% of its workers.

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106-year-old WWII Navy vet enjoys birthday party - WPTZ

Lenny Roberge was four years old when the Spanish flu killed millions of people worldwide.

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Opinion: Turner advises Legislature, don’t hold your breath waiting for Congress - VT Biz

Former House Minority Leader Don Turner of Milton says the Legislature cannot afford to wait for Congress to let it use federal recovery money to backfill the budget - because needy Vermonters can’t afford to wait, either.

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Montpelier City proposes, Scott okays painting Black Lives Matter on State Street - VT Digger

The phrase “Black Lives Matter” will be painted on State Street in front of the Vermont State Capitol building to, in the words of a Montpelier City Councilor and former executive director of the Vermont Democratic Party, “keep the momentum going.”

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AG, Public Safety Commissioner promote police oversight, use-of-force standards - Fox 44

Vermont Public Safety Commissioner Michael Schirling and Vermont Attorney General TJ Donovan Thursday presented to lawmakers a list of 10 recommendations to remove systemic racism from policing statewide.

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City officials take ‘marijuana’ bribe money in California - Justice.Gov

City officials took bribes from an FBI agent they thought was representing a legal marijuana dispensary. In Massachusetts, officials from several cities have been accused of taking money for Big Marijuana favors.

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Bethel woman dies in road construction crash- AP

Speed was a factor in the death of a Bethel woman whose Subaru crashed at a road construction site.

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Police nab armed, dangerous fugitive in NEK - Newport Dispatch

A man who was New Hampshire’s “Fugitive of the Week” and wanted for violent crimes and voter fraud was apprehended in West Charlestown, a small town in Essex County. (No reports, yet, of any protest against this police action.)

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Castleton to start early, end at Thanksgiving - Rutland Herald

Castleton’s president resigned after the plan to close three other state college campuses collapsed. Now the interim prez says first semester classes will begin August 18 and proceed without an October break, ending November 24.

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Prog legislators want to cut VT State Police budget by 20% - Seven Days

Apparently some of our Progressive Vermont legislators believe the Vermont State Police are perpetuating systemic racism. Like defunders nationwide, they want to cut the VSP budget by 20% and allocate the funds elsewhere.

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City of Montpelier urged to defund police- Times Argus

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It’s simply not enough to paint Black Lives Matter on State Street, the Montpelier City Council was told. If it is really serious about systemic racism, it will kick police out of schools. Hmmm….wonder what Montpelier’s one-week-on-the-job African-American police thinks about this?

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Lawmaker admits ballot harvesting is legal - True North

As VPIRG is poised to exploit voting-by-mail with massive ballot harvesting during the 2020 General Election, a key House chair confirmed that the practice is legal.

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