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Elective surgeries are ramping back up at Vermont's largest hospital.

Plattsburgh Mayor Colin Read (left) and City Council budget officer Mike Kelly discuss COVID-19 issues
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The budget officer for the Plattsburgh City Council says furloughs and layoffs planned when the coronavirus pandemic began to impact city finances are going into effect.

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The Burlington City Council had transportation issues on the agenda this week as it reviewed upcoming construction projects planned for the summer — and how the COVID-19 pandemic may affect them.

Vermont Governor Phil Scott began his latest COVID-19 briefing Wednesday by telling Vermonters that he will not tolerate any hate, bigotry or bias in the state as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Garry Douglas
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Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that the North Country region has met all metrics to begin the first phase of reopening after the New York State PAUSE order expires Friday.

Governor Phil Scott began his Wednesday COVID-19 briefing telling Vermonters that he will not tolerate any hate, bigotry or bias in the state as a result of the pandemic.

Burlington’s mayor hosted a tele-town hall Tuesday evening to discuss the public health implications of the COVID-19 pandemic and how Vermont’s largest city should respond to the crisis.

Odinn (left) is among the sailboats racing in the 2018 Mayor's Cup Regatta
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The largest summer festival in New York’s North Country has been scaled back and many of its events canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Vermont Governor Phil Scott is planning a further easing of pandemic lockdown rules to begin next week. Retailers will be able to open but must follow strict guidelines.

A small outbreak of coronavirus has been reported at the Bennington School for Girls in Vermont, a residential treatment center for girls with special needs.

Governor Phil Scott says retail stores in Vermont will be allowed to open next week at 25% capacity and must abide by health and safety requirements.

Some of the boats racing in the 2019 Mayor's Cup Regatta
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The largest summer festival in New York’s North Country has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Plattsburgh Mayor Colin Read discusses the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic
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Citing budget shortfalls from the COVID-19 pandemic, the city of Plattsburgh has already furloughed or laid off about two dozen employees.  The mayor says city officials will make budget concerns a focus of their weekly meetings.

Beta Technologies' Kyle Clark (bottom) discusses plans during e-meeting with Mayor Miro Weinberger (top left) and Burlington Airport Manager Gene Richards (top right)
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As many businesses struggle during the coronavirus pandemic, one aviation company in Burlington went before the city council this week seeking approval of a building lease at the Burlington International Airport.  Beta Technologies expects significant expansion of its work designing and building EV aircraft.

Following an aborted campus consolidation plan, the Vermont State Colleges Board of Trustees met late into the night Wednesday and accepted the resignation of the system’s chancellor.

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Many sectors in agriculture were struggling before the coronavirus pandemic and in its wake some are reaching crisis points, including dairy producers. This afternoon, Vermont at-large Democratic Congressman Peter Welch held an online meeting with the state Farm Bureau to discuss the situation and what federal help is needed.

Burlington City Council meets virtually to hear budget projections from Mayor Miro Weinberger
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The requirement that people stay at home and businesses close or reduce hours is effecting finances for business, government and individuals alike. Municipalities face a loss of sales tax, parking fees, tourism income and other revenues. Burlington, Vermont Mayor Miro Weinberger provided a “bad case” budget scenario to the city council this week.

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Vermonters with chickens and other birds on their property are being advised to take precautions against predators.

Vermont officials are urging interested businesses to sign up quickly for the relief fund Congress created to help small businesses through the coronavirus pandemic.

The state of Vermont is taking deliberate steps to reopen businesses.

Dr. Benjamin Ola. Akande
Champlain College

Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont recently announced the selection of Dr. Benjamin Ola. Akande as its ninth president. An economist originally from Nigeria, Akande is currently the Assistant Vice Chancellor for International Affairs-Africa and the Associate Director of the Global Health Center at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.  He previously served as president of Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri.  Dr. Akande tells WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley he is impressed by Champlain College’s commitment to student success.

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After submitting a controversial plan to consolidate and close campuses that was subsequently withdrawn, the Chancellor of the Vermont State Colleges System has announced he will resign.

A limited number of Vermonters are returning to work this week but must abide by safety precautions set when Republican Gov. Phil Scott eased some of the restrictions intended to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Burlington, Vermont police say a 38-year-old man is dead and police are searching for two men who fled the scene after a Sunday night shooting.

Dr. Benjamin Ola. Akande
Champlain College

This past week Vermont's Champlain College announced the selection of its ninth president.

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Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger appointed Jennifer Morrison the city’s interim police chief in January. But she is temporarily leaving the post because her husband must undergo a stem cell transplant in Boston.

The state of Vermont is taking another small step toward reopening the state's economy by expanding the number of people who may work in certain jobs from two to five as long as the workers stay at least 6-feet apart.

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Just Green Partnership

This week was the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Some environmental advocates in New York took the opportunity to praise the progress that has been made in New York state.  But others took a broader assessment and fear any progress over the past five decades is being dismantled by the Trump Administration.

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Senator Patrick Leahy's office

Vermont’s Congressional delegation has been sponsoring periodic telephone town halls so constituents can question state leaders or express concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic. On Thursday evening, senior U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy brought together the entire delegation and state officials to hear from Vermonters.

The North Country Chamber has been holding periodic tele-town halls featuring business, community and legislative leaders answering questions regarding COVID-19 and its impact on the region.  Thursday morning the presidents of three northern New York hospitals discussed the fiscal stress the pandemic is putting on rural health care providers.