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Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos outlined the voting process Monday and told members of the Vermont Chamber that voters are setting turnout records during early voting.

University of Vermont Waterman Administration building
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The president of the University of Vermont wants to freeze tuition and other student costs in the next academic year.

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A pest that has killed millions of the country’s ash trees is spreading in Vermont and has been detected for the first time in Chittenden County.

Vermont's health commissioner says a coronavirus outbreak connected to recreational hockey and broomball at an indoor ice rink in Montpelier has grown to 43 cases, including cases at seven schools, seven workplaces, two colleges and two hospitals.

In northern New York this week, the Clinton County Health Department reported nearly three dozen new COVID-19 cases. While the numbers compared to other areas of the state are low, it reflects an upward trend that concerns local officials.

Republican Dan Stec (left) and Democrat Kimberly Davis
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The two candidates running to replace retiring long-time state Senator Betty Little in New York’s 45th district debated at Mountain Lake PBS this week.

Guidance issued by U.S. health officials on Wednesday that redefines what it means to have close contact with someone with COVID-19 is based on research done in Vermont.

The New York state Department of Transportation has broken ground on a rail-trail project in the Adirondacks.

The Black Lives Matter flag flies in front of Burlington City Hall
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The Burlington City Council meeting earlier this week featured a report on the stalled downtown development project and an update from Burlington school officials on plans to address PCB contamination in the high school building.

Republican Elise Stefanik (left) and Democrat Tedra Cobb
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The two candidates running in New York’s 21st District Congressional race met for their second and final televised debate Wednesday evening.  The animosity between Republican Rep. Elise Stefanik and Democratic challenger Tedra Cobb was apparent throughout the hour-long exchange.

Vermont’s top election official is urging voters to return their ballots to town clerks soon.

Vermont Statehouse
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During Vermont Governor Phil Scott’s regular COVID-19 briefing on Tuesday, a new round of grants for businesses impacted by the pandemic was announced, and officials provided an overview of infection predictions for the fall.

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Vermont has one representative in the U.S. House, and the seat is has been held by Democrat Peter Welch since 2007. In the state’s August primary, Republican Miriam Berry won a four-way race to advance to next month’s general election.
Berry grew up in a Democratic family and when she first started voting in her teens supported Democrats.  Berry tells WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley she soon found that her beliefs were more in line with conservative Republican values. Berry says she is undaunted as she challenges a popular long-time incumbent.

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Vermont State Police say a Burlington police officer has been cited to appear in court on suspicion of trespassing in a woman’s home while off-duty.

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Vermont State Police say a fugitive wanted for questioning in the killing of a Connecticut woman was caught trying to cross the U.S.-Canadian border on foot in Vermont.

The Clinton County Health Department is reporting an uptick in COVID-19 in the northeast New York county.

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The Empire State Winter Games are off due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Compared to the rest of the country, Vermont is a rare bright spot when it comes to controlling the spread of COVID-19. But its economy is facing challenges related to the pandemic, as Congressman Peter Welch discussed on Monday.

Republican Elise Stefanik (left) and Democrat Tedra Cobb
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Both candidates running for New York’s 21st Congressional district seat are declaring victory following a tempestuous debate on WWNY in Watertown Monday night.

A federal judge has ruled in favor of states that filed a lawsuit seeking to block the Trump Administration from eliminating food assistance under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

Flags of the U.S. and Canada
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Canada is keeping its border with the U.S. closed to non-essential travel until at least November 21st due to the coronavirus pandemic.  Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the extension Monday on Twitter.

The Vermont Department of Health is investigating an outbreak of COVID-19 cases among members of youth and adult recreational hockey and broomball teams.

The city of Burlington is celebrating the reopening of a park adjacent to city hall.

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Plattsburgh’s mayor presented his 2021 budget to the common council in June. The panel then requested another 10 percent in reductions.  An emotional public hearing was held Thursday afternoon on the revised 2021 fiscal plan that was roundly criticized by the public for its cuts to public safety.

Plattsburgh City Hall
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Emotions flared during a public hearing Thursday on a revised budget that Plattsburgh’s mayor is presenting to the city council.

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In September the Burlington City Council invited protesters who had camped out, calling for police reforms, to an executive session. Two days later, the weekly newspaper Seven Days filed a formal complaint claiming the council had violated the state’s Open Meeting law.  The council subsequently agreed and part of the recommended cure for the violation included educating councilors about the law.  During its most recent meeting the council heard from experts about open meeting requirements.

Burlington City Hall
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Police departments across the country have come under increasing scrutiny this year. In Burlington, Vermont, a month-long encampment at a park adjacent to the city police department and nightly marches to City Hall emphasized activists’ demands for changes. While the camp has disbanded, city officials are working on policing issues.  At the most recent Burlington City Council meeting, the panel heard reports on racial equity and policing issues.

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New York’s 21st Congressional district is nearly 15,000 square miles and extends from Watertown to Plattsburgh and Syracuse to the Canadian border. With less than three weeks to the election, the two candidates vying for the seat are attending rallies and forums across the region, including recent events in Plattsburgh.

Democrat Mike Kelly is running for re-election in Ward 2
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The annual Champlain Valley Business and Professional Women’s Meet the Candidates Forum was held last night in Plattsburgh.  All of the candidates appearing on ballots across the county were invited to introduce themselves and then answer questions.  Among those attending were five of the six people running for three Plattsburgh Common Council seats.

Vermont Statehouse
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Vermont Governor Phil Scott and members of his administration gave an update on the state’s COVID-19 response this morning.

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