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A measure to bring ranked choice voting to Burlington will not be on November’s ballot.

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Vermonters are going to the polls today to vote in statewide primary contests.  This year the number of people physically at polling places may be lower because a record number of mail-in and absentee ballots were requested.

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In-person voting for Vermont’s statewide primary is Tuesday. The state’s top election official says there have been a record-breaking number of requests for mail in and absentee ballots.

University of Vermont Waterman Administration building
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After Burlington’s mayor expressed concerns about the University of Vermont’s plans for returning students to campus this fall, the college’s president responded Monday — expressing confidence that students’ return to campus will not lead to a surge in cases of COVID-19.

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Norwich University, a private military college in Vermont, says as the first group of students arrived on campus this past weekend some failed to follow the coronavirus-related safety guidelines.

Vermont Congressman Peter Welch held a virtual meeting with municipal leaders across the state this week to discuss concerns about the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and what actions Congress should take to help.

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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation confirmed this week that an invasive beetle that kills ash trees has been found in the southern Adirondacks for the first time.

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As the fall semester approaches, school districts across the region are under scrutiny as they release re-opening plans. But the districts are also raising concerns as they work to integrate state mandates into their plans.

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Burlington, Vermont Mayor Miro Weinberger took a brief break from his regular COVID-19 updates in July but returned on Wednesday. He covered several issues including concerns about college students returning to the city for in-person classes during the pandemic.

Plattsburgh Mayor Colin Read proposes annexation of town land in August 2018
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The Plattsburgh Common Council recently approved a measure authorizing the mayor to formally petition the adjacent town annex over 200 acres of land.  The plan has been pending for two years.

SUNY Plattsburgh President Alexander Enyedi
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SUNY Plattsburgh has issued its Fall 2020 Restart Plan. The 68-page document outlines physical and procedural changes the college has implemented to make the campus safer for students, faculty and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The plan says the college is working toward a “blended academic delivery model.” College President Dr. Alexander Enyedi tells WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley when college officials began working on the plan, they knew having a regular face to face semester would be impossible.

Vermont Governor Phil Scott delivered his latest update on the state’s progress during the pandemic today. Funding for a hazard pay program was announced and officials were questioned about the state’s contract with an out of state prison where Vermont inmates tested positive for COVID-19.

Campus leaders have been working for months to plan the fall semester in the midst of a global pandemic. Northern New York Congresswoman Elise Stefanik has been holding conference calls with various sectors of the economy to discuss COVID-19. On Monday she met virtually with higher education officials from across the district.

The annual review of Vermont’s non-profit hospital budget requests has begun.

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Secretary of State Jim Condos says Vermonters who are voting by mail in the Aug. 11 statewide primary should get their ballots in the mailbox by Tuesday, at the very latest.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is surrounded by regional officials as she discusses the need for local government aid
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New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was in Plattsburgh Friday afternoon to make the case for the Senate to pass legislation that provides direct financial relief to local governments struggling with the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Burlington Police Department has released an arrest data report that shows racial disparities continuing. Black people were arrested in Vermont’s largest city nearly four times more often than white people last year.

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When the coronavirus pandemic forced colleges to close and send students home, the University of Vermont asked:  Who would take care of the school’s herd of dairy cows that had been tended to by students?

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A new report finds that Black people were arrested in Burlington nearly four times more often than white people last year.

COVID-19 was first identified in December 2019 in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and has now been detected in 37 locations across the globe, including in the U.S., according to the CDC.
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Vermont is reporting its first new death from the coronavirus in 43 days.

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The Vermont State College system faces a budget shortfall that could run between $30 and $46 million dollars in fiscal year 2021.  The Vermont Senate Pro Tem met this week with officials of the college system, which has 20 locations in 13 of the state’s 14 counties, for an update on actions being taken to address its future.

Snowplow with salt/sand (file)
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The New York state Legislature has passed a measure that will create a pilot program to reduce the use of road salt in the Adirondacks.

Aerial photo of the Trudeau Institute in Saranac Lake (file)
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The Saranac Lake Chamber of Commerce recently named Adirondack Health and the Trudeau Institute joint businesses of the year due to their work to help the regional community during the COVID-19 pandemic.  As the award was presented, the conversation included a look at what role the Institute plays in global pandemic vaccine research.

Adirondack Park sign
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The Adirondack Common Ground Alliance is a diverse group representing advocates, educators, government and residents of the park.  It meets once a year to craft strategies to communicate key priorities for the Adirondacks in one voice.  This year’s forum was held virtually due to the pandemic and focused on the demographics of the Park.

A Vermont skydiver who lost his prosthetic leg during a jump has it back, thanks to a farmer who spotted it in a soybean field.

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During Vermont’s regular COVID-19 update today, Governor Phil Scott announced that he will delay the opening of schools to September 8th so that school districts have time to implement fall plans.

Burlington's CityPlace remains undeveloped in this September 2019 photo
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Mayor Miro Weinberger has sent a default letter to the developers of a stalled redevelopment project in the center of downtown Burlington, threatening legal action.

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The Vermont court system is studying ways to resume jury trials safely during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The company that was providing health care to Vermont inmates when a Black inmate died in November of what the interim head of the Corrections Department said was an undiagnosed tumor in his airway said it stands by its “record of service” in Vermont.

A Vermont town is considering renaming a street that honors a prominent former resident who illegally owned a slave.