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Officials will begin a phased-in reopening of operating rooms in a satellite campus of Vermont’s largest hospital.  They were closed because of an odor that made some people sick.

Just a few months ago, Tom Inglesby helped gather top officials from governments, businesses and health organizations around the world to play a kind of war game.

"It was a scenario looking at global consequences of a major new epidemic," says Inglesby, who directs the Center for Health Security at Johns Hopkins University.

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A Middlebury College student organization has invited a guest speaker back three years after his appearance sparked a rowdy protest during which a professor was injured.

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And now to politics - the impeachment trial of President Trump continues today in Washington.

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JOHN ROBERTS: The Senate will convene as a court of impeachment.

CHANG: Chief Justice John Roberts there kicking off the second day of Democrats presenting their opening arguments after eight hours yesterday and another 16 hours and 42 minutes until the president's lawyers would get their turn.

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Not that anyone's counting.

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And now to politics - the impeachment trial of President Trump continues today in Washington.

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JOHN ROBERTS: The Senate will convene as a court of impeachment.

CHANG: Chief Justice John Roberts there kicking off the second day of Democrats presenting their opening arguments after eight hours yesterday and another 16 hours and 42 minutes until the president's lawyers would get their turn.

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Not that anyone's counting.

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And now to politics - the impeachment trial of President Trump continues today in Washington.

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JOHN ROBERTS: The Senate will convene as a court of impeachment.

CHANG: Chief Justice John Roberts there kicking off the second day of Democrats presenting their opening arguments after eight hours yesterday and another 16 hours and 42 minutes until the president's lawyers would get their turn.

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Not that anyone's counting.

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Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg will be in Vermont on Monday.

Amtrak will dump a policy that led to two people who use wheelchairs being told they'd have to pay $25,000 for a train ticket that usually costs just $16, the rail service announced Wednesday.

"After further review, Amtrak has determined to suspend the policy in question," said Amtrak spokesperson Marc Magliari. "It was never meant to be applied to this situation. And we apologize for the mistake."

He spoke shortly after a group of people with disabilities demonstrated outside an Amtrak station in Illinois, chanting: "We will ride."

Music is a kind of family inheritance for Georgia Barnes. The stories she tells of her relatives usually come back to music or dancing some way or another. Her dad used to play in an electronic group called Leftfield.

"My bedroom was actually Leftfield's studio," she says. "It was keyboards, drum machines, wires, bits of percussion, microphones."

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As the U.S. Senate solemnly considers the fate of a president, Twitter has been somewhat less solemn, considering another question. Can you drink milk on the Senate floor?

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Amtrak has announced that it will change a policy that brought it a lot of criticism. It's dumping a new rule that led to two people who use wheelchairs being told they would have to pay $25,000 for a train ticket that usually costs just 16. NPR broke this story last week. Here's Joseph Shapiro from the NPR Investigations Unit with an update.

JOSEPH SHAPIRO, BYLINE: A spokesman, Marc Magliari, said Amtrak will end the policy that led to that big bill.

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Twenty-four hours over three days - that's how long each side gets to make its case in the Senate impeachment trial.

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The Senate impeachment trial kicked off today with arguments about the rules for the hours of arguments and debate to come in the days ahead. Today we got our first preview of President Trump's defense from White House counsel Pat Cipollone.

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Shortly after noon on this cold and bright Tuesday in Washington, President Trump's impeachment trial began. First, some tradition and ceremony - Senate Chaplain Barry Black opened the trial with a prayer.

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Voices for Vermont’s Children, a group that has been advocating for the state to pass and implement a paid family leave bill, announced on Monday it will not support the bill currently in the legislature.

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Vermont State Police say a stolen vehicle's OnStar system was used to end a pursuit by disabling the vehicle, forcing the operator to flee on foot before being arrested.

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Women And The Legal Bounds Of Self-Defense

Jan 20, 2020

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Updated 3:30 p.m. Sunday

A quiet New England community west of Hartford, Conn., has found itself roped into the impeachment saga with the emergence of an improbable character in the ongoing Ukraine scandal: Robert Hyde.

Hyde is a 40-year-old congressional candidate and former landscaper in Simsbury, Conn., who is known for being brash, foul-mouthed and for hitching his candidacy on his fervent support for President Trump.

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U.S.-China Trade Deal Implications

Jan 18, 2020

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A lawyer for a New Hampshire woman awaiting re-sentencing with her husband for holding U.S. marshals at bay from their fortress-like home in 2007 says she is ashamed of her actions and is seeking a divorce.

The Vermont Department of Health says the level of flu activity in the state has risen from “regional” to "widespread."

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