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About 26,000 Vermonters have gotten the Omicron booster, putting the state on a slower pace than previous booster campaigns, according to data from the state Department of Health. Vermont pharmacies, health providers and walk-in clinics began offering the booster, also called the bivalent vaccine, to the general population three weeks...
The Democratic nominee criticized the Republican incumbent’s vetoes and relationship with the state Legislature, describing his administration as an impediment to reform. Scott argued that the state’s current approach to housing, substance use and workforce challenges is effective but needs more time. Read the story on VTDigger here: Brenda Siegel challenges Phil Scott’s record at VTDigger gubernatorial debate.
During the pandemic, Vermont officials have seen a “different level of violence” in juveniles in the justice system. What can the state do with them? Read the story on VTDigger here: ‘This is an immediate need’: Vermont doesn’t have enough beds for juveniles involved in violence.
No one can truthfully guarantee that there will never be any challenge to reproductive freedom here. Look how quickly the national landscape changed. Read the story on VTDigger here: Judi Daly: Reproductive liberty is fundamental to a free society.
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Around 70 people attended the “Hate-Free Vermont Forum” in Bennington this week, designed to inform officials how they can better respond to such incidents. Read the story on VTDigger here: Community members discuss solutions to bias, discrimination and hate crimes with officials.
While the lesser level of fluoride in the town’s water will not cause immediate harm, community water fluoridation is “an important foundational preventive measure” that has benefits over a long period of time, according to a state official. Read the story on VTDigger here: Richmond residents ‘gobsmacked’ after town employee lowers fluoride levels with no oversight.
The candidates vying to lead Vermont for the next two years are set to face off next Wednesday in Burlington at the latest VTDigger debate. Read the story on VTDigger here: Watch Phil Scott and Brenda Siegel go head-to-head at VTDigger’s gubernatorial debate in Burlington.
If the Vermont Public Interest Research Group, Vermont Natural Resources Council, Conservation Law Foundation and their allies have their way, you’ll only have one choice if you want to buy a new car or truck: a California-compliant electric car. Read the story on VTDigger here: John McClaughry: No gasoline-powered car ban until 2035.
LYNDONVILLE, Vt. -- Some 400 7th and 8th-grade students from more than a dozen schools around the Northeast Kingdom will have a chance to explore career possibilities through a series of hands-on workshops on Oct. 4. Kingdom Career Connect at Northern Vermont University-Lyndon will provide students an opportunity to explore potential careers and connect those jobs to courses they should take during high school and beyond.
A cannabis business owner purchased a four-unit apartment in Middlebury. As employers buy property to house their workers, others in need of workforce housing are out of luck. Read the story on VTDigger here: In a tight rental market, workforce housing can be a zero-sum game.
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Vermont Recovery Network d/b/a Recovery Partners of Vermont. On Tuesday, October 18 the Recovery is the Answer! Peer Support is the Way Conference will be held at the Killington Grand Hotel. Recovery Organizations from around the state will be offering workshops and presentations related to exemplary practices that they provide within their recovery organizations. Attendees are staff, board members, community partners and funders from recovery organizations. “The idea is that who better to learn best practices than from your peers who are actually doing the work” stated Michael Johnson, Board President of the Recovery Partners of Vermont. 16 workshops in all will be presented in one hour time slots.
The batteries act like generators, providing a backup when the grid goes down and kicking in during periods of high energy usage, which lowers prices for ratepayers. Read the story on VTDigger here: Green Mountain Power expands battery storage to avoid buying energy from the grid.
The Puppet Journey 1982-2022: Vermont Family Network's Puppets in Education program is celebrating 40 years!
A few big things happened in 1982: The Commodore 64 was released, prompting Time magazine to name “the computer” as Person of the Year; the Vietnam Veterans Memorial was dedicated; and Prince William was born. E.T. was the big movie of the year and Michael Jackson released Thriller. But the biggest thing of all to come out of 1982 was Vermont Family Network’s Puppets in Education.
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