Bernie Sanders Talks COVID-19

VERMONT - Senator Bernie Sanders held a COVID-19 Town hall meeting Thursday evening to answer questions from the public over the phone on April 9th.  Sanders was accompanied by Governor Phil Scott, Senator Patrick Leahy, and representative Peter Welch. Dr. Mark Levine also attended the call to answer any questions.

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Rundown of Yesterday's Covid-19 Update

VERMONT- In yesterday's press conference, Govorner Phil Scott gave an update regarding Covid-19 testing and correctional facilities in Vermont.

Scott also confirmed again that an extension to his "Stay Home Stay Safe" order will arrive tomorrow, with details being given out then.

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PBS To Provide Educational Programming to Vermont Students

VERMONT - On Monday the Scott Administration announced it's partnership with Vermont PBS so the station could help provide education for students stuck at home. Governor Phil scott recognizes that this will not replace in person learning, but still feels that this option will help students get the education they need, but through broadcast and online content.

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Gov. Scott Requesting Disaster Declaration

VERMONT- Governor Phil Scott has sent a letter to the United States of America President Donald Trump requesting a Major Disaster Declaration. Due to the extent of COVID-19, Scott requested that "Vermont National Guard be authorized to perform their duties".

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Vermont COVID-19 Peak Expected As Early As This Week

GovBriefing040620VERMONT - Governor Phil Scott and his COVID-19 task force held their daily press briefing this morning to update the public on the latest concerns for COVID-19. 

With Vermont now at 461 cases and a total of 22 deaths, Governor Scott says we should prepare for the worst.  

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Cases Spike as Vermont Approaches 400

GovBriefingFriVERMONT - On Friday, Governor Phil Scott along with his COVID-19 task force held a press briefing to update Vermonters on the growing concerns for COVID-19.

With 51 new positive results and no confirmed deaths in the last 24 hours, this brings Vermont's total of confirmed positive cases to 389.

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Mild Winter Leads to Lower Flood Risk

VERMONT - After a mild winter here in the Northeast Kingdom, the risk for flooding due to ice jams is below normal. The National Weather Service issued a Winter/Spring Flood Outlook from March 16th to April 2nd, 2020.

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State Officials Give Update On Covid-19

VERMONT- State officials explained Wednesday where Vermont is at currently during the pandemic, in terms of resources needed and gave an estimate on the trajectory of the virus.

Questions asked during these briefings were taken by reporters calling in, to comply with social distancing protocols.

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McIndoe Academy Restorations Voted Down

McIndoe ThumbnailBARNET - Article 2 to renovate and restore the existing McIndoe Academy was voted down on town meeting day Monday, but the town voted yes on something new and fresh. 

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Hemp in Vermont

HempHARDWICK- Back in 2018, the Hemp Farming Act was passed, ending the prohibition of Hemp across the nation. Since then, many states across the country have been getting their feet wet in the industry. Here in Vermont, we dove in head first, and haven’t looked back since.

 

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Vaping Epidemic Linked to Illegitimate THC Carts

VapesVERMONT-In the end of August, the health department issued a health advisory on the multi state outbreak of lung disease associated with e-cigarette use. Since then, authorities have been trying to get to the bottom of it.  

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Peacham Christmas Guild

thumbnail peacham PEACHAM-This past friday and saturday Peacham hosted their annual Corners Christmas above the town hall. The Peacham Corners Guild has been going on for a little over twenty five years.

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Chasing Checks Across Vermont

Stolen CheckSAINT JOHNSBURY- Authorities in Saint Johnsbury are asking for the public’s help in locating a suspect, who attempted to deposit a stolen check at the Community National Bank in St. J.

 

Two females can be seen driving in a white mini-van up to the window. Police inform us that the van has stolen license plates on the vehicle.

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Governor swears in superior court judge

swearing inSaint Johnsbury - Governor Phil Scott visited Saint Johnsbury on the 25th of October to swear in Lisa Warren as a new superior court judge.

When Warren became a lawyer 20 years ago, her record as Vermont's previous state attourney showed she had a history of focusing on "restorative" justice, according to Scott.

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Less Than 1 Year Until Real ID's Necessary

REAL IDVERMONT- With a little under a year until it becomes a federal mandate, more and more states ahem been jumping on the bandwagon with Real ID compliant drivers licenses. Once October 1st 2020 rolls around, people will be required to use these new ID’s as a way to not only board airlines, but gain entry into federal buildings, like court houses or even to head to the bank.

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Behind The Scenes of Productions and Fairbanks Museum Programs

Untitled-1VERMONT- A theater production takes a lot of work to be able to make possible for the public. Gianna Fregosi, the advisor for the Twilight Player at the Northern Vermont University Lyndon campus and President of the Saint Johnsbury Players, explains more. As well as Drew Bush from the Fairbanks Museum.

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VSC Faces System Wide Tuition Hike And New Degree Programs


Board of TrusteesFAIRLEE- The Vermont State Colleges Board of Trustees held annual retreat at the Lake Morey Resort beginning Tuesday, September 17th. During Tuesdays general board meeting, the Board of Trustees unanimously approved an average of a 2.8% overall tuition hike for all schools across the VSC system.

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Indigenous People's Day in Vermont

Statehouse ShotVERMONT - The State Legislature has approved a bill that would allow the legal renaming of Columbus Day in the state of Vermont to Indigenous People's Day. The change in holiday names is to bring a better focus to American history and celebrate American history rather than celebrate Christopher Colombus finding America and colonizing the "New World".

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NVU Lyndon Represented at State House

symposium MONTPELIER- Students from Northern Vermont University-Lyndon traveled to the State House yesterday for the 2nd annual Vermont State College Student Symposium. Students from NVU Johnson, Castleton University, Vermont Technical College, and Community College of Vermont were also in attendance.The concept of this event was for students from all Vermont State Colleges to be able to share the projects and research they've done through their departments with Vermont legislators.

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Single-Use Plastics Ban Proposed in Vermont

WhitesVERMONT- Practice makes perfect and you may want to start remebering to bring your reusable bags to shopping centers here in Vermont. As soon as 2020, the use of plastic bags may become a thing of the past.

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Understanding Addiction: Zach Rhoads

ZachRhoadsBURLINGTON- For most, seeing the term addiction in media headlines has become a common occurrence. We know it exists and we know many are struggling. Yet despite our efforts to combat this "crisis", do we truly understand the meaning of addiction itself? In Human Behavior Specialist, Zach Rhoads' opinion, we don't. At least not to the full extent that we potentially could.

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H. Brooke Paige Seeks To Hold Public Office

H Brooke PaigeBURLINGTON - H. Brooke Paige ran for six different state positions in the 2018 Vermont Election, and he was nominated to run on the Republican Ballot for all six offices. This being said Paige turned down five of these positions and began his campaign for the only office that he wanted all along, the position of Secretary of State.

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Tynio Down but not Out of the Running

anya tinyoBURLINGTON - The GOP headquarters was a quieter place than years past on election night in 2018. Due to the fact that many of the seats in both House and Senate were vacated by Republicans and filled by Democrats on the state level. One Vermont Republican, however, had much larger aspirations than being elected to a state office. Anya Tynio ran her very first campaign in this years election, and she ran for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. 

When asked at the GOP headquarters prior to the poll results how Tynio felt she did in this years election, she had no expression other than that of pride in herself and her team, as well as a sunny outlook on the future regardless of if she won her election or not. "This is my first time running for office, and while I am one of the youngest politicians running for office, I feel that I have a lot to offer and many opinions that have not been explored before due to my age and how I have been brought up in our modern times." Tynio explained, "regardless of how the polls turn out I am happy with what I and my team have accomplished, I did what I wanted to do and I said what I needed to say, ultimately it's up to the voters."

Sadly for Tynio, she lost her election to Peter Welch by a deficit of 117,788 votes. This did not discourage her however, in fact if anything it only strengthened her drive to run again in the next election. "regardless of the poll numbers I believe that I have found my true calling in politics, and even though I may have lost this year, voters can expect to see my name on the ballot in 2020."

Phil Scott: Our Re-Elected Governor

phil scott GOPBURLINGTON - The GOP Headquarters in Burlington sprung alive after 10:30 PM on election night when it was announced that Phil Scott had entered the building. Not very soon after was it announced that he had crossed the threshold that ensured that he would remain our Governor for an additional two-year term. Once Scott entered the ballroom at the DoubleTree Hotel, there were thunderous applause from the members of the republican party present at the function. 

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Mark MacDonald Runs for Senator Again

macVERMONT -With elections just a week away, Senator Mark MacDonald who represents Orange County is running for re-election.

During his previous term as a Senator, he saught changes in climate, the environment, and worked to find new ways of creating a broadband co-op. Now, one of his main efforts will target finding new ways to change the education system in Vermont. Another will be working to negotiate dairy prices so people can have better access to jobs closer to home.

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