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Amid National Protests, Vermont State Police Don't Expect Body Cameras This Year

Protests against police brutality have swept the country over the last week after a white police officer in Minneapolis was seen on video pressing his knee into the neck of George Floyd, a black man who then died. The incident has reinvigorated calls for law enforcement accountability measures, including the use of body cameras.

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Vermont State Police isn’t planning to get body cameras for all troopers this year. Plus: a jump in COVID-19 case numbers and two sixteen-year-old boys interview their moms.

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Vermont Public Radio is asking the Legislature for nearly $900,000 in coronavirus relief funds, according to written testimony submitted on Thursday by President and CEO Scott Finn.

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The U.S economy rebounded with surprising strength last month as businesses began to reopen from the coronavirus lockdown. U.S. employers added 2.5 million jobs in May, and the unemployment rate fell to 13.3%.


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A memorial was held Thursday for George Floyd, who died last week after a police officer pressed a knee into his neck while detaining him in Minneapolis, triggering protests across the country.

In front of a golden casket and flower bouquets, and against a backdrop of artwork depicting Floyd saying, "I can breathe now," his brother Philonise shared memories of growing up together, eating banana mayonnaise sandwiches and sleeping in the same bed as kids.

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Amalie Pratt is 10 years old and lives on a gravel back road near the Elmore-Morristown line. Since she's been learning from home, she and her dad have been talking daily treks through the neighborhood. Those walks have turned into a hunt for friendship rocks.

Updated at 3:15 p.m. ET

U.S. Attorney General William Barr on Thursday defended the decision to order that protesters be driven back from a park near the White House this week and said extremist groups were involved in sometimes violent demonstrations in the aftermath of George Floyd's death.

As the number of confirmed coronavirus cases globally approaches 6.5 million, scientists are racing to develop a vaccine. Currently, there are 10 vaccine candidates in development around the world that are in the beginnings of human trials.

Retired Marine Gen. Jim Mattis, who resigned as President Trump's defense secretary nearly a year and a half ago over policy differences, has issued an extraordinary critique of the White House's handling of nationwide unrest, saying Trump has sought to divide Americans and warning against "militarizing our response" to the protests.

Since a Minneapolis police officer killed George Floyd on Memorial Day, NPR has faced ethical challenges every hour of every day, including how to describe the killing, how to use the audio of Floyd's last words, how to document Floyd's life and how to describe the mass demonstrations.

The best answer to every one of these questions is: embrace precision, be descriptive, use more words. The more this happens, the better the journalism. When news organizations, including NPR, sometimes fall short, it's usually because of an attempt to economize words.

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Our nation is struggling with questions of race, political ideology, social class and identity. This hour, we pose the question: Can Vermont be welcoming to all? We talk about how Vermont has or hasn't been welcoming for those coming from far places and those who were born and raised right here in the Green Mountain State. 

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Vermont News Updates For Wednesday, June 3

Jun 3, 2020
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Vermont reporters provide a round-up of ongoing local coverage of coronavirus, protests against systematic racism and more for Wednesday, June 3.


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End-Of-Life Wishes In A Pandemic

If people — particularly elderly people — don't want doctors to take extreme measures to potentially save their lives, does that increase Vermont's COVID-19 death rate?

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Deep, Timely, Reliable: Support Public Journalism During VPR's One-Day Membership Drive

At VPR, your access to accurate information is our priority - especially right now. We’ve shortened our spring on-air fundraiser to just one day to bring you more of the news you’re counting on.

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But Why Live: Kid Press Conference with Governor Phil Scott

On Friday, June 5th at 1:00 p.m. Vermont Governor Phil Scott will join But Why Live on Vermont Public Radio for a special kid press conference. First, VPR reporter Peter Hirschfeld will guide us through what a press conference is and how journalists think about what questions to ask. Then Governor Scott will join us for the rest of the hour to field questions from cub reporters.

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