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Vermont Reports 102 New COVID-19 Cases

17 hours ago
Two coffee drinkers sit outside, with masks, in front of a brick building
Shanta Lee Gander / For VPR

Vermont reporters provide a roundup of top news takeaways about the coronavirus, Gov. Phil Scott entering quarantine and newly protected land in the Taconics and more for Tuesday, Jan. 19.

Attorney General TJ Donovan at a podium
Peter Hirschfeld / VPR File

State attorneys general, especially Democratic ones, have repeatedly challenged executive orders issued by the Trump administration in court. As President-elect Joe Biden prepares to take office, those top law enforcement officials, including Vermont Attorney General TJ Donovan, will likely see their work change.

barbed wire and steel fencing in front of the U.S. Capitol building
Rebecca Blackwell / Associated Press

Following the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, extreme security measures are in place ahead of Wednesday's inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden. One Dartmouth security expert who normally studies election-related violence and extremism outside the U.S. is now using that knowledge to frame what's happening here.

A snowman sports a mask, hat, sunglasses and tropical button-down in Winooski, Vermont.
Matthew Smith / VPR

Vermont has surpassed 10,000 official cases of COVID-19 -- the last state in the nation to reach this milestone. So far, more than 34,000 Vermonters have received the COVID-19 vaccine in Vermont, with the next phase of rollout -- for those 75 and older -- scheduled to begin next week. In our weekly update, we check in with state health officials and answer your COVID-19 questions.

Vermont Reaches, Surpasses 10,000 COVID Cases

Jan 18, 2021
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Shanta Lee Gander / For VPR

Vermont reporters provide a roundup of top news takeaways about the coronavirus, a study documenting racial disparities in traffic stops and more for Monday, Jan. 18.

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Associated Press File

Today on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we’re revisiting a lecture the influential civil rights leader gave in the spring of 1962 at Dartmouth College.

A Please Complete Act 46 Survey ASAP sign outside of Putney Central School
Howard Weiss-Tisman / VPR

Over the last few weeks, five towns in Vermont have held special elections to determine whether or not they want to leave their recently merged school districts.

Orange cones and a black chain lead to four law enforcement officers on the snowy steps of the Vermont Statehouse
Elodie Reed / VPR

Updated 6 p.m.

Sunday was a mostly quiet day in Montpelier, and the armed protests that law enforcement officials had been preparing for did not materialize.

A green truck with supplies sits in front of the Statehouse in the snow
John Dillon / VPR

After extremists stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, the FBI has warned of similar efforts at state capitols in the coming days.

A large black bear stands on all fours in a wooded area.
Jacob Zorn, Courtesy

More hunters in the woods, plus more readily-available food sources thanks to a new composting law, equaled a record number of bears taken during hunting seasons in Vermont and New Hampshire. The Valley News news editor John Gregg joined VPR  to share statistics.

Two women, both wearing masks, on either side of a plexiglass barrier with a basket of groceries
Elodie Reed / VPR

Vermont reporters provide a roundup of top news takeaways about the coronavirus, proposed federal stimulus, the Everyone Eats program, bear hunting and more for Friday, Jan. 15.

State Treasurer Beth Pearce says Vermont's pension system will become insolvent if the state doesn't reduce retirement benefits for public workers.
Angela Evancie / VPR file

State Treasurer Beth Pearce says Vermont will need to make “extraordinarily painful” cuts to retirement benefits for teachers and state employees in order to keep the state’s pension fund solvent.

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John Minchillo / Associated Press

Are Vermonters treating the Capitol riot as an act of white supremacy? And is there a shift from how this predominantly white state has handled structural racism in the past?

The Vermont State House covered in snow amid a snow storm.
Matthew Smith / VPR File

Vermont law enforcement is monitoring calls and plans for armed gatherings at state capitols, including the Vermont Statehouse in Montpelier, on Sunday, Jan. 17 and Inauguration Day on Jan. 20. Groups have also started to organize counter-protests. But the mayor of Montpelier is asking counter-protestors to stay home, because she says the risk of violence is too great.

Vermont Reports 197 New COVID-19 Cases, 4 Deaths

Jan 14, 2021
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Shanta Lee Gander / For VPR

Vermont reporters provide a roundup of top news takeaways about the coronavirus and more for Thursday, Jan. 14.

The White House is seen in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019.
J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press

The U.S. House has voted to impeach President Trump for "inciting an insurrection" on Capitol Hill. This hour, we talk with Congressman Peter Welch about the vote, and we ask government experts: What happens next?

A gray sign with blue letters reads Brattleboro Police Department against a snowy background
Howard Weiss-Tisman / VPR

Two communities at opposite ends of Vermont are pushing forward with efforts to reform their police departments. The moves come in the wake of last year's national reckoning with racial equity and policing, following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis last summer.

Today, we're checking in on where things stand in these efforts – in Brattleboro and in Burlington.

Packed snow on a tree reads LOVE with a heart against a frozen river
Matthew Smith / VPR

Vermont reporters provide a roundup of top news takeaways about the coronavirus, impeachment and more for Wednesday, Jan. 13.

A gate across a narrow dirt road
Peter Hirschfeld / VPR

Imagine you’re a resident of a quiet, rural community in southern Vermont, and a guy from New York moves to town and starts operating a tactical shooting range without a permit.

Peter Welch in a dark suit and light blue shirt and darker blue tie, with a blue face mask on
Screenshot / C-SPAN

House Democrats are voting today to impeach President Donald Trump on a charge of “incitement of insurrection” for last Wednesday’s storming of the U.S. Capitol by a pro-Trump mob. If the vote succeeds, Trump will be the only U.S. president in history to be impeached twice. But a constitutional scholar says impeachment isn’t the only way Trump could be punished by Congress.

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