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Pat Bradley

North Country Bureau Chief

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Health Care Group Sued

Feb 3, 2021

Vermont’s Attorney General has filed a lawsuit against an accountable care organization, alleging breach of contract.

Vermont Governor Phil Scott
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Vermont Governor Phil Scott is taking action to address thousands of tax forms mailed in error by the state Labor Department.

The Vermont Racial Justice Alliance recently announced the legislative agenda it plans to advocate for in Montpelier.

North Country Chamber President Garry Douglas discusses 2020 Business Confidence Index and issues survey
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The North Country Chamber has released the results of its annual survey of businesses assessing which issues are of greatest importance.

Vermont Statehouse
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Vermont Governor Phil Scott arrived late to his COVID briefing today after finishing a call with other governors and federal officials on vaccine distribution. Scott says he got good news on the call.

Burlington Electric headquarters
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Burlington, Vermont has sourced 100% of its energy from renewables since 2014.  In 2018, the city implemented a Net Zero Energy Plan to eliminate all fossil fuel use in its heating and ground transportation by 2030.  A program that provides incentives for residents and businesses to switch to such renewable energy technologies has been extended.

Vermont officials say vaccination sites will be open on Tuesday even though most of the state is expected to get a half- to a foot of snow.

New Hampshire National Guard logo
New Hampshire National Guard

New Hampshire National Guard members, who have helped manage food banks and administer COVID-19 tests and vaccines during the pandemic, are preparing for at least a nine-month deployment to the Middle East in support of Operation Spartan Shield.

North Country Chamber President Garry Douglas (file)
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The U.S.-Canada border has been closed to non-essential travelers since late March 2020.
One of the first executive orders signed by President Joe Biden directs the Secretaries of State, Homeland Security, Transportation, and Health and Human Services to work with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to begin discussions with their Mexican and Canadian counterparts and submit a plan that determines what public health measures and operational considerations are necessary to reopen travel across the border.

Leydi Lopez
Vermont State Police

Updated at 5:40 p.m. on Jan. 29, 2021: Vermont State Police say an Underhill woman last seen Wednesday has been found safe out of state. Police say 18-year-old Leydi Lopez talked with investigators and said she left Vermont voluntarily and wanted to remain out of state. Police say members of the federal Homeland Security Investigations located her and that no criminal behavior is associated with her disappearance.

U.S. Representative Peter Welch
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Vermont Congressman Peter Welch recently met virtually with leaders from the state’s Northeast Kingdom to discuss a recovery plan for that region.

Burlington City Hall
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Burlington, Vermont voters will be asked on Town Meeting Day March 2nd whether Ranked Choice Voting should be used to select city councilors. The charter change question is controversial as advocates say it’s a fairer way to choose city leaders.  But opponents point out the system has been used in the city in the past and discarded.

farm tractor in field
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The New York Farm Bureau has identified its priorities for the state legislative session, saying lawmakers must support the agricultural sector in 2021.

The Black Lives Matter flag flies in front of Burlington City Hall
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The Burlington, Vermont City Council met this week and delayed action on one item regarding police department restructuring and voted down another related item.

One of the executive orders signed by President Biden this week calls on federal agencies to begin discussions with Canada and Mexico on reopening the land borders from months of COVID-19 shutdowns. The North Country Chamber is praising the action.

Screenshot of Vermont Governor Phil Scott delivering his virtual budget address
Vermont Legislature / Zoom

A virtual joint session of the Vermont legislature was held this afternoon to hear Governor Phil Scott’s budget address.

The Black Lives Matter flag flies in front of Burlington City Hall
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Burlington, Vermont voters will choose a mayor on Town Meeting Day March 2nd. Several of the candidates gathered recently for another forum.

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.

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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.