Sanders mocks McConnell as worse than Nero - VT Business Magazine

Sen. Bernie Sanders said the Republican Senate leadership has done nothing to solve the crises of 2020. Fortunately, he has a plan.

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Have you seen this Prius? Police looking for BLM poster vandal - WCAX

A vandal approached South Burlington’s middle school in a silver Prius and then damaged a Black Lives Matter poster. School and police officials have declared their opposition to racism and their determination to find the vandal.

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Legislature voting on vote-by-mail fraud; homeless bill dead - Vermont Daily

Consumed with pandemic legislation for months, the Vermont Legislature is returning its attention to pre-pandemic bills. Is that a good thing?

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Transgender candidates seeking Dem nominations in House primaries - WCAX

Winooski, Milton and Manchester voters will have the opportunity to vote for openly transgender candidates running for the Vermont House.

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Kennedy takes second run at Washington Senate nomination - Times Argus

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Theo Kennedy, the likable lawyer and owner of the Gelato ice cream shop on State Street in Montpelier, will once again try to unseat one of the three Democratic incumbents for Washington County Senate.

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House leaders outlines 2019-20 racial justice legislation - VT Business Magazine

The Vermont Legislature has already approved cutting-edge racial justice legislation and is poised to pass more, said House Majority Leader Jill Krowinski (D-Burlington).

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State colleges will need $30 million to operate next year - VT Digger

Deficits of up to $46 million are staring Vermont state colleges - and legislators - in the face. Where will the money come from? No-one knows.

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How Global Foundries makes microchips during pandemic - Seven Days

Anyone who has ever donned the booties, gown and mask at Global Foundries (formerly IBM) knows that making microchips has always been an uber-clean process. Now the Essex Junction manufacturer is taking ‘clean’ to new heights.

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Newspaper receives 1,500 donations totaling $155,000 - Valley News

In mid-April the Valley News, a daily for Windsor County and the Lebanon, NH area, asked readers to dig deep and give more. 1,535 readers responded.

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Zoom congestion, variety of opinions delay Burlington use-of-force decision - Seven Days

Hundreds of interested citizens have been wanting to be heard as Burlington city boards ponder tightening restrictions on police use of force. Ah, democracy.

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Vermonting in Barre, a day trip close to home

Especially as its outstanding restaurants begin to re-open, the historic, multi-ethnic Granite City of Barre has a diversity of destinations for the Vermont ‘stay-cation.’

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Analysis: union crushers gunning for Vermont police - True North Reports

The “Defund the Police” folks are talking about getting rid of current police departments and starting over. That’s a common tactic of union busters, and one that has been practiced by the Vermont Legislature before.

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Virus breakout in Winooski spikes to 62 cases, including 24 children - AP

Only one in five of the people who tested positive are symptomatic.

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Police arrest Swanton man for shooting father of three over dog incident - St. Albans Messenger

Man pets dog. Dog’s owner complains. Dog-petter pulls out gun and fires 11 times. Police arrest shooter. Dog owner dies.

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Keeping the buses rolling - Bennington Banner

A small not-for-profit operates Green Mountain Express, with 15 buses and six minivans in Bennington County. GME lost half of its ridership during the worst of the pandemic, but still was able to offer innovative services for health care providers and the 16% of Bennington County that lives under the poverty line.

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Police brutality activists take aim at federal funding - VPR

Defunding police doesn’t just need to happen locally - it must happen at the federal level too. There’s even a federal grant for bullet-proof vests named after Senator Patrick Leahy.

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LG candidate chastises influential Senate chair for racial ‘tokenism’ - VT Digger

Senator Deb Ingram (D-Chittenden), who is running for lieutenant governor, said Judiciary Chair Sen. Dick Sears (D-Bennington) appearing to rely on input for race-related legislation from just one, young African-American intern “smacks of tokenism.” Justified criticism or strategic shaming?  

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Police looking for thief who stole puppy, left ashes - Newport Dispatch

Police in Glover are seeking the public’s help in finding a puppy stolen from a woman’s home.

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Man who police say dumped boiling food on woman arrested on gun charge - Rutland Herald

A 25-year-old man who inflicted severe burns on a woman when he dumped boiling food on her has now been arrested by police on federal gun charges.

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Despite deficit, passes ‘level funded’ three-month budget - Seven Days

Facing a likely $430 million revenue deficit, the Vermont House of Representatives passed a level-funded three-month, July-September budget. It rejected Gov. Phil Scott’s call for eight percent budget cuts. House leaders say they will make the really tough cuts in the nine-month, October-June budget - if they still have to.

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