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Vermont Statehouse
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State officials say Vermont will start vaccinating residents ages 75 and older on Wednesday and
will begin taking registrations for appointments on Monday.

Vermont Treasurer Beth Pearce (file)
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The Vermont treasurer says the state is facing difficult choices to help resolve shortages in the pension system for state employees and teachers.

Plattsburgh City Hall
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The Plattsburgh Common Council met Thursday evening for its second full meeting under a new mayor and there were some procedural differences evident.

A bill introduced in the Vermont House would restrict which flags can be flown at public schools.

A Vermont Senate committee is considering a bill that would ban the possession of guns in government buildings, hospitals and child care centers.

Vermont officials are expected to release more plans about how people age 75 and over can get vaccinated against the virus that causes COVID-19. against the virus that causes COVID-19.

Vermont National Guard logo
U.S. Air Force

The Vermont National Guard has become the first combat arms battalion in the country authorized to recruit women.

The Black Lives Matter flag flies in front of Burlington City Hall
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Burlington voters will elect a mayor on Town Meeting Day, March 2nd.  The incumbent Democrat and his challengers met recently for a virtual forum hosted by one of the city’s neighborhood planning assemblies.

Vermont Governor Phil Scott  (file photo)
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Twenty-one people may have been exposed to the coronavirus, including at least six Vermont state officials, during two of Vermont Governor Phil Scott’s recent virus briefings.

The Black Lives Matter flag flies in front of Burlington City Hall
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The Burlington City Council meeting Tuesday evening included a review of items that will be placed on the Town Meeting Day ballot in March.

Congressman Peter Welch

On the eve of a sea change in Washington, Vermont Congressman Peter Welch held a telephone town hall with his constituents Tuesday evening.  Most of the questions centered on accountability following the January 6th mob attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Photo of Vermont Statehouse in winter
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Vermont Governor Phil Scott delivered his latest COVID-19 update today.  Among the topics was a review of economic aid available to businesses in the latest federal relief bill and a response to concerns about less supply of the vaccine than originally anticipated.

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A new coalition in Vermont aims to unify grassroots work on racial, economic and environmental justice policies.

Shaftsbury land protected by David and Cheryl Mance
Vermont Land Trust

Nearly 1,200 acres of land in the area of West Mountain in Shaftsbury is now protected.

School bus
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Vermont is facing at least its second lawsuit in four months over a voucher program that allows students in communities that don’t have schools or are not part of supervisory unions to attend schools of their choice.

The Clinton County Health Department is warning residents who were at a local diner they may have been exposed to COVID-19.

Martin Luther King Jr at the White House, January 1964
LBJ Library photo by Yoichi Okamoto / US Department of State GPA Photo Archive/Public Domain

The commemoration in Plattsburgh honoring Dr. Martin Luther King is normally held at the SUNY Plattsburgh Newman Center.  But this year due to COVID-19 organizers had to find a different way to hold the event, turning to the local public television station to create an hour-long virtual program.

Plattsburgh drive-through vaccination site opens
NYS Office of General Services – Media Services

The New York state Health Department opened a drive-through COVID-19 vaccination site in Plattsburgh Monday.

Assemblyman D. Billy Jones at SPARCC meeting
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New York state Assemblyman D. Billy Jones of the 115th district represents Clinton and Franklin counties and the St. Lawrence county towns of Piercefield, Lawrence, Hopkinton, and Brasher.  First elected in 2016, the Democrat tells WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley that along with the COVID pandemic, the state budget must be the overriding priority during the new legislative session.

Vermont Congressman Peter Welch (file)
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Vermont’s at-large congressman has been meeting virtually with different industry sectors in the state this week to discuss how the latest COVID-19 relief bill will affect businesses.

Former Burlington Mayor Peter Clavelle (file)
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A former Progressive mayor of Burlington, Vermont is endorsing Democratic incumbent Miro Weinberger for re-election ahead of Town Meeting Day in March.

Vermont Statehouse
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Montpelier, Vermont is the smallest capital city in the country but it is not immune to the passions and controversies swirling over the departure of President Donald Trump and the inauguration of President-elect Joseph Biden. The police department is working with federal and state agencies to secure the city and Statehouse in the wake of FBI warnings of potential violent protests at state capitols across the country.

Old Mill Building on the University  of Vermont campus (file)
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The University of Vermont is hoping to give students more room when they return to campus for the spring session.

Clinton Correctional Facility
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State and local officials, union leaders and employees are hoping to stop a state decision to close the Clinton Annex prison in Dannemora, New York. WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley was at a rally Saturday as closure by the end of March looms.

Vermont Congressman Peter Welch (file)
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Vermont’s at-large Congressman spoke on the floor of the U.S. House Wednesday morning as the second impeachment hearing against President Donald Trump began.

Chris Rosenquest
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Plattsburgh Mayor Chris Rosenquest was ceremonially sworn into office to his first term on January 4th and held his first full Common Council meeting three days later. This week, the Democrat talked about his first full week in office with WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley and described some of the changes implemented during his first council meeting.

Vermont Statehouse
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Vermont Governor Phil Scott held his regular COVID-19 briefing today.  Officials said they are tracking concerning trends in the disease and have been briefed about FBI warnings over possible armed protests as the presidential inauguration looms.

All of the Vermont State Police troopers who work the night shift at the Rutland barracks are back at work after being exposed to the coronavirus.

Ben & Jerry's logo
Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream

Vermont ice cream company Ben & Jerry’s is introducing a line of frozen dog treats, its first foray into the lucrative pet food market.

Middlebury College (file)
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Middlebury College is considering revoking the honorary degree awarded to Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump’s attorney, saying he played a role in the violent uprising against the nation’s capital last week.