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Vermont Governor Phil Scott’s latest coronavirus update focused on the status of K through 12 education while in-person teaching is suspended. Another topic that came under scrutiny was projected budget deficits due to the pandemic.

About a dozen people protested on the Vermont Statehouse lawn against Vermont Gov. Phil Scott’s stay-at-home order Wednesday.

Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger provides an update on pandemic response on April 22
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Burlington, Vermont’s mayor and the head of the largest hospital in the state say the coronavirus pandemic may be moving toward a new phase.

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A report from the International Association of Chiefs of Police says the Bennington Police Department’s practices have created deep mistrust in parts of the community, undermining its “law enforcement legitimacy."

Vermont Governor Phil Scott says the state has hit an apparent plateau in the number of cases of COVID-19, and is working to clear a backlog of unemployment claims due to the pandemic.

Vermont State Colleges trustees meet on April 20th to discuss consolidation plan
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On Friday, the chancellor of the Vermont State Colleges system announced a plan to close and consolidate campuses. The system’s Board of Trustees initially planned to vote on the plan Monday.  But the idea has been met with considerable criticism and the board instead took hours of scathing public comment.

Zachary Pigeon (left) and Allen Pigeon mugshots
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Vermont State Police say a St. Albans police officer has been arrested on charges of repeatedly sexually assaulting a woman in the past and recently kidnapping and assaulting her to keep her from reporting it.

The Plattsburgh Common Council and its finance committee spent most of their meeting Thursday evening discussing options the city has to deal with an estimated $3.1 million decline in the budget due to the coronavirus pandemic. The panel passed a resolution that will impact dozens of city employees.

Plattsburgh Mayor Colin Read wears a mask as he discusses the impact of the coronavirus pandemic
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The mayor of the largest city in northern New York discussed the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the Plattsburgh region Thursday and praised Governor Andrew Cuomo’s most recent actions to curb its spread.

During a special meeting Monday the Vermont State Colleges Board of Trustees discussed a controversial proposal to close several of the system’s campuses.

A Vermont village has voted to eliminate the position of a K-9 officer due to budgetary concerns.

UVM Medical Center main entrance
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Testing individuals will be a key component to determining the level of COVID-19 infection within the population. But there aren’t enough tests available and only people that are symptomatic are being tested at restricted locations. The University of Vermont Medical Center announced Wednesday it is now doing its own coronavirus testing.

With most businesses shuttered and unemployment claims rising, the North County Chamber coordinated a virtual town hall this morning with the leaders of four northern New York counties to discuss the response to and impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

A cinder block has fallen through the ice on Joe’s Pond in West Danville, an official sign of spring in northeastern Vermont.

Vermont Air Guard F-35 does a fly-over before landing at Burlington
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The Burlington City Council passed a resolution this week asking Vermont’s governor to stop Air National Guard training flights and divert all Guard resources toward the COVID-19 epidemic.

This week New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the creation of a multi-state council of Northeast states that will study approaches to fighting the coronavirus pandemic and find coordinated ways to restore the regional economy.  Vermont was not included.  During his regular update Wednesday, Governor Phil Scott was asked about the state’s involvement.

UVM Medical Center main entrance
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The University of Vermont Medical Center is now doing its own coronavirus testing.

The University of Vermont Health Network will continue to postpone elective surgeries until at least May 15th.

A Vermont hospital has furloughed 150 employees through June 20.

A Vermont inmate who contracted COVID-19 while awaiting trial is asking a federal judge to order his release or hold an emergency hearing on his case.

Screenshot from Sanders' announcement endorsing Joe Biden on Facebook Live
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Vermont Independent Senator and former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders endorsed former vice president Joe Biden for the presidential nomination on Monday. The question now for Democrats eager to defeat President Trump is whether Sanders’ supporters will follow his lead.

Vermont Governor Phil Scott says COVID-19 cases in the state appear to be leveling off, but it’s still too soon to lift social and economic restrictions.

It was a month ago today that Vermont Governor Phil Scott issued his original State of Emergency to respond to the coronavirus pandemic. During his regular briefing Monday, Scott praised Vermonters for their patience but said it is too soon to back away from mitigation measures to stem the spread of the coronavirus.

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Apr 13, 2020
Screenshot from Sanders' announcement endorsing Joe Biden on Facebook Live
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Vermont Independent Senator Bernie Sanders, who ended his presidential campaign last week, is endorsing Joe Biden for the Democratic nomination.

Vermont Governor Phil Scott has extended his State of Emergency mandating state residents stay home and non-essential businesses remain closed through mid-May.

A Vermont selectboard has voted to amend its immigration policing policy to add protections for undocumented people.

Russell Barnard Senior Living Apartments
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On Thursday evening a senior living apartment building in Plattsburgh was quarantined after several residents tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.

Area 8 Clinton County Republican Legislator Mark Dame (file)
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A longtime North Country politician is resigning his seat on the Clinton County Legislature effective at the end of business today and moving to South Carolina.  Area 8 Republican Mark Dame has planned the move for some time since his wife is now teaching there.  Dame began his political career in Plattsburgh in the late 1980’s. He tells WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley he’s not really sure how he first got into politics.

dairy cow
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Agriculture is being hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic as markets for all products tighten.  Dairy farmers in particular have been hurt. Vermont Congressman Peter Welch discussed the situation with farmers and co-ops Thursday afternoon.

Ten Vermont Senators observe remotely as a quorum meets at the Statehouse to pass a measure to allow remote voting
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A quorum of the Vermont Senate met at the Statehouse in Montpelier this week to vote on a measure that will allow them to vote electronically during the pandemic.  Vermont Governor Phil Scott also said he plans to extend his Stay at Home order.

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