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How Bennington's Insular Mennonite Community Weathered Pandemic Isolation

Just south of where Shaftsbury gives way to Bennington, a low, wood-paneled building sits along a gentle curve on Route 7A. Out front is the sign that says Market Wagon, painted with a picture of an old-fashioned cart and the motto, “Food for the Multitude.”

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Vermont reporters provide a roundup of top news takeaways about the coronavirus, a new homeless shelter in Burlington and more for Tuesday, Oct. 27.

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On Friday, Governor Phil Scott and Health Commissioner Mark Levine outlined a framework for the distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine in Vermont. The plan is expected to evolve as new federal guidance becomes available. This hour, we talk more about what this means for Vermont as part of our weekly COVID-19 update, and we answer your questions.

President Trump has tried to get rid of the Affordable Care Act since the first day of his presidency, but there's one part of Obamacare that he wants to preserve.

"We will always protect patients with preexisting conditions — always," Trump told a campaign crowd on Sunday in Londonderry, N.H. It's a message he has shared repeatedly in the final days and weeks before the presidential election.

Foreign interference is a very old problem, but most Americans didn't used to worry much about it and the security of elections.

Now, lessons learned about the Russian attack on the 2016 presidential election have brought the most intense focus ever on the U.S. information environment, elections practices, voter databases and other parts of the infrastructure of democracy.

Judge Amy Coney Barrett's Supreme Court confirmation could open the door to a world that many anti-abortion-rights activists have been envisioning for decades.

"I hope and pray that we will be in a world post-Roe v. Wade," said Carrie Murray Nellis, 41, an adoption attorney based in Georgia.

When Tiffany Qiu heard how much her surgery was going to cost her, she was sure the hospital's financial department had made a mistake. Qiu already knew from a breast cancer scare earlier that year that her plan required a 30% coinsurance payment on operations, so she pressed the person on the phone several times to make sure she had heard correctly: Her coinsurance payment would be only 20% if she had the procedure at Palomar Medical Center in Poway, Calif., about 38 miles south of where Qiu lives.

The Senate has voted 52-48 to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, just about a week before Election Day and 30 days after she was nominated by President Trump to fill the seat of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

In a White House ceremony following the vote Monday evening, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas administered the constitutional oath to Coney Barrett.

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Last week, the closure of the U.S.-Canada border to nonessential travel was extended once again. The border will remain shut until at least Nov. 21.

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Vermont reporters provide a roundup of top news takeaways about the coronavirus, the expected length of the U.S.-Canada border closure and more for Monday, Oct. 26.

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Millions of dollars from the federal CARES Act has helped Vermonters hurt by the pandemic with mortgage relief, renter subsidies and other assistance.  But in Rutland alone, the number of households seeking services for homelessness has tripled this year to more than 150.

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