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New COVID Emergency Order Allows Vermont Towns To Close Bars, Restrict Public Gatherings

Gov. Phil Scott said Friday he's concerned about a spike in COVID-19 cases when college students return, so he's given cities and towns strengthened authority to close bars and restrict public gatherings.

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How To Support Vermonters Of Color: 'Listen To Us'

How can a state that is 94% white do better? Vermonters of color weigh in to answer this listener question.

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The challenges of remote learning when not everyone can get online. Plus, the state’s budget, former candidates’ support for Democratic nominee David Zuckerman, and COVID-19 numbers.

Live Coverage: Coronavirus In Vermont

Daily updates from the VPR newsroom on the coronavirus pandemic

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President Trump stoked an untrue conspiracy theory being promoted by supporters — and his campaign — that Sen. Kamala Harris of California is not eligible for the vice presidency.

The Democrat was born in California and therefore qualifies for the job.

There's a lot riding on a kickoff set for 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12.

The Sterling College Warriors are scheduled to take on the McPherson College Bulldogs at home. If that familiar thud of shoe against football and cheer from the stands doesn't happen, the college that keeps the central Kansas town's economy humming, that gives it cultural vitality, and that separates Sterling from the hollowing out that defines so many other small Midwestern towns, might not survive.

Democrat Joe Biden's lead has expanded to double-digits against President Trump in the presidential election, an NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll finds. Biden now leads Trump 53% to 42%, up from an 8-point advantage at the end of June.

The change comes as 71% of Americans now see the coronavirus as a real threat, up significantly over the last several months, as more than 167,000 Americans have died and more than 5 million have become infected with the virus, as of Friday.

Vermont News Updates For Thursday, August 13

Aug 13, 2020
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Vermont reporters provide a roundup of ongoing local coverage of the coronavirus, approval to complete the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail and more for Thursday, August 13.

Breonna Taylor's mother says she hopes investigators will "come out with the right answer" about her daughter's death as Taylor's family renews their call for criminal charges against the Louisville police officers who shot and killed Taylor five months ago.

"One hundred and fifty days," Tamika Palmer, Taylor's mother, said Thursday at a news conference in front of Louisville City Hall.

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When Vermont students start the next school year in four weeks, many won’t have full access to the internet they need for remote learning.

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As warm weather and nutrient pollution trigger algae blooms in Lake Champlain and other water bodies this summer, a new report says there’s a measure of progress in cleaning up Franklin County’s troubled Lake Carmi.

Google, Facebook, Twitter and other major tech companies met with U.S. government officials on Wednesday to discuss their plans to counter disinformation on social media in the run-up to the November election.

Colin Pate was toiling away at his North Philadelphia recording studio in late June when he received an unbelievable text message: "Secret show at Johnny Brenda's tonight, 6:30."

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An outbreak of COVID-19 that began in the city of Winooski is now over, according to the state health department.


VPR - Vermont PBS 2020 Polls

VPR - Vermont PBS 2020 Polls

From July 15 to July 28, the VPR - Vermont PBS 2020 Poll asked hundreds of Vermonters how they felt about COVID-19, racial inequality and other issues. Explore the full results here.

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Vermont Public Radio Wins Four 2020 National Journalism Awards

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Masks or cloth face-coverings are one important tool in helping to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.
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In this installment, we follow up on our March episode about the novel coronavirus now that we know more about COVID-19 and how it spreads. Dr. Krutika Kuppalli, assistant clinical professor of infectious diseases at the Medical University of South Carolina, returns to answer questions about the things we can do to keep ourselves and those around us safe. And we'll learn about what vaccines are, how they're developed and the accelerated process for developing a coronavirus vaccine.

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