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Pat Bradley

North Country Bureau Chief

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President Donald Trump has canceled a weekend rally in New Hampshire because a tropical storm is threatening the area.

Statistics show that the average age of people becoming infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 is declining in Vermont.

Vermont Governor Phil Scott and administration officials today announced a series of housing assistance programs to help landlords, renters and low-income homeowners who have been negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Vermont Statehouse
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The Vermont Legislature adjourned on June 26th and plans to return at the end of August.  The leader of the Senate and its finance committee chairs recently discussed the Legislature’s distribution of federal Coronavirus Relief Funds allocated to the state, and the work to be completed when they return.

Champlain Centre mall logo on a podium
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Many malls in New York state will be reopening on Friday.  Governor Andrew Cuomo gave the go-ahead as long as an enhanced air filtering system is installed.

Champlain College
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A new partnership agreement has been announced between the city of Burlington, Vermont and Champlain College that will allow city residents to take online courses at reduced cost.

Wedding rings
By Jeff Belmonte from Cuiabá, Brazil (Flickr) via Wikimedia Commons

For many couples during the pandemic, “I do” has become “let’s wait.” Businesses associated with Vermont’s wedding industry have taken a substantial loss in bookings and finances due to the coronavirus. Representative Peter Welch held an e-meeting with dozens of professionals to discuss the challenges they face and update them on the Congressional response.

Phil Scott
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Vermont officials have announced the guidelines that colleges and universities must follow this fall to allow students back on campus for in-person classroom learning.

Vermont has developed mandatory guidance and health protocols for colleges and universities to follow as they reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Burlington School District Superintendent Tom Flanagan
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The new superintendent of the Burlington, Vermont School District laid out his “100 Day Entry Plan” this morning. It includes his initial plan for the district and pandemic reopening for this fall.

The Vermont Department of Labor says it’s taking steps to monitor unemployment insurance fraud activity and is warning residents to be vigilant about such threats.

Warden Matt Thiel with an unidentified participant of a past "Fish With a Warden"
Vermont Fish and Wildlife

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is offering anglers a chance to fish with a game warden in order to get fishing tips or questions answered about the sport.

A black bear
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

Campsites and lean-tos that were temporarily closed in some areas of the Adirondacks have been re-opened.

Burlington street sign
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Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger says four city bars have been issued warnings for not following rules intended to limit the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19.

Burlington City Hall
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Burlington, Vermont city councilors approved the 2021 budget Tuesday night with less than two hours to spare before the new fiscal year.

From left: Garry Douglas, Jim Malatras and Ray DiPasquale hold partnership agreements
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The president of Empire State College was in Plattsburgh today to sign separate partnership agreements with the local chamber of commerce and the community college.

Absentee ballots from a ward's district stacked and ready to be processed
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Seeking a second term, the mayor of Plattsburgh has lost the Democratic primary. The Clinton County Board of Elections counted absentee and mail-in ballots for last Tuesday’s primary this morning.

Brian Peete
City of Montpelier

Vermont is getting what's believed to be its first Black police chief at a time of protests in Vermont and nationwide over racial injustice and police brutality.

The New York state Department of Health is investigating possible exposure to COVID-19 during a church service in Ticonderoga.

Vermont Statehouse
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The Vermont Legislature adjourned late last Friday night until August. This week, the House Speaker and finance committee chairs discussed how federal COVID-19 recovery funds have been appropriated and what work remains.

Champlain Centre mall logo on a podium
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Although New York’s North Country region is in Phase 4 of re-opening from coronavirus shutdowns, indoor malls remain closed. Officials gathered in front of the Champlain Centre mall in Plattsburgh Monday to call on the Cuomo administration to issue guidance to reopen malls.

Vermont Statehouse
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The Vermont Legislature has adjourned the first of two 2020 legislative sessions. As WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports, lawmakers will return to Montpelier in August.

Former Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin
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Four Democrats and five Republicans are running for their party’s nomination for Vermont Lieutenant Governor. A Progressive candidate, Cris Ericson, is also running.

Vermont is expanding it trusted traveler program that allows some people to visit the state without a two week quarantine.

The Burlington, Vermont School Board has voted to recommend that police officers continue to be in public schools for the upcoming academic year, amid some demands to remove them and defund police.

The Business Council of New York state coordinated with chambers of commerce and other groups to offer a recent seminar on Racial Inclusion, Diversity and Equality in Business.

Vermont House Chamber
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The Vermont House deliberated and eventually passed a transitional budget for the first quarter of 2021.  But there was some confusion over a number of amendments that had been added to the bill.

Burlington City Hall

After members and supporters of a racial justice group spent three days filibustering, the Burlington city council has begun its review of the proposed 2021 city budget.

The candidates for Vermont governor, with the exception of the incumbent, recently participated in a forum that focused on climate and social justice issues.

The Vermont Senate has passed a bill that would implement new police use-of-force guidelines, ban chokeholds by police and require other officers to intervene if they witness colleagues using a prohibited restraint.