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Racism — And Anti-Racism — In Vermont

Live 1 p.m. discussion: Protests erupted across the country over the killing of George Floyd in police custody one week ago. Calls for justice and the overthrowing of systemic racism in the U.S. echoed from Burlington to Seattle . In this hour, we talk about race, racism and anti-racism in Vermont, and ways Vermonters can support change amid a national crisis.

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High schoolers graduating in a global pandemic and conversations with new Americans about racism. Plus: learner’s permits, COVID-19 case numbers, and deer teeth.

Live Coverage: Coronavirus In Vermont

Daily updates from the VPR newsroom on the coronavirus pandemic

Updated at 8:13 p.m. ET

The U.S. Department of Justice is siding with campground and restaurant owners in Maine who sued the state over a two-week self-quarantine policy for out-of-state visitors.

Democratic Gov. Janet Mills imposed the restriction as part the state's response to the ongoing pandemic. Several other states have imposed similar measures.

Updated at 1:42 p.m. ET Saturday

Angry protests nationwide on Friday followed the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis. Clashes erupted between activists and law enforcement in many locations, and at least two people were dead by Saturday morning.

Eight states and the District of Columbia are holding primary elections next week amid the coronavirus pandemic, and voters are expected to cast their ballots by mail in record numbers.

It is likely to be a preview of what's to come in the fall, and some worry whether the U.S. Postal Service is up to the challenge.

A lot of people like the Postal Service; according to a recent Pew poll, 91% of Americans had a positive view, higher than any other branch of government. But it's an agency with some big problems.

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This week, VPR catches up with Lindsey Hollenbaugh, managing editor of features for The Bennington Banner and its family of local papers, as well as its newsletter, The Eat.

Hollenbaugh spoke to VPR's Mary Engisch and shared summertime recipes from The Eat's staff writers. These sweet treats come together quickly and are perfect for socially-distanced, smallish gatherings and just right for when it's too hot out to turn on the oven.

Vermont Coronavirus Updates For Friday, May 29

May 29, 2020
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Vermont reporters provide a round-up of ongoing local coverage of coronavirus for Friday, May 29.

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In his first public comments after filing for his reelection candidacy Thursday, Gov. Phil Scott said his participation in political debates this year will be hinge on how well Vermont is battling the coronavirus pandemic.

Updated at 10:56 p.m. ET

Derek Chauvin, a former Minneapolis police officer involved in George Floyd's death on Monday, has been charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter.

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced the charges Friday, shortly after Chauvin was taken into custody by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

The announcement comes days after the release of a video that shows Chauvin's knee pressed firmly on the black man's neck for at least seven minutes.

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Gov. Phil Scott Friday resisted mounting calls from Vermont’s tourism industry to ease restrictions on out-of-state visitors, but said a “pilot program” for overnight camps this summer may provide a blueprint for more expansive travel allowances.

Updated at 4 a.m. ET Friday

Fire ravaged the 3rd Precinct police building in Minneapolis on Thursday night as thousands of people jammed downtown streets on the third night of furious protests over the death of a black man after an encounter with police. A police spokesman said personnel at the precinct were safe.

It has become a political and cultural flashpoint, drawing a clear divide between the "masked" and the "masked-nots." The disdain runs between the consciously unmasked president of the United States and his deliberately mask-donning Democratic rival, all the way on down to those crossing paths — and often crossing each other — in the cereal aisle of the grocery store.

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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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