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Gov. Phil Scott, seen here at a press conference in Montpelier in late May, says he didn't ask House Republicans to support a rules suspension during the veto session that would have allowed a new marijuana legalization bill to be debated on the floor.
Bob Kinzel / VPR file

Gov. Phil Scott says he didn't encourage lawmakers to support the marijuana legalization bill during this week's veto session because passage of the legislation was not a high priority for him.

 In much of New England, heat advisories from the National Weather Service will now be isssued when an area experiences two or more consecutive days above 95 degrees – a lower threshold than was previously the case.
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When there are two or more consecutive days above 95 degrees, heat advisories – warnings to residents to take precautions to avoid heat exhaustion or other illnesses – will now be issued in most of New England and southern New York by the National Weather Service.

A legislative panel has deferred action on a proposal that could have significant impacts on the future of ridgeline wind energy in Vermont.

In J-Unit at Camp Hill prison in Pennsylvania there are 252 units, which doesn't leave enough room for the 269 Vermont inmates housed at Camp Hill. Advocates say 17 inmates being separated from the rest could put them in harm's way.
Marc Levy / Associated Press

Earlier in June, 269 Vermont inmates moved from a private prison in Michigan to a Pennsylvania prison called Camp Hill, but the unit they were placed in can only hold 252 inmates. Advocates say that could be bad news for the 17 Vermont inmates who are now separated from the rest.

Districts that have already negotiated employee health care plans, like the one that includes Stowe Middle and High School, will face some tough financial choices as a result of the budget compromise in Montpelier.
Ian Noyes / For VPR

Democratic lawmakers and Republican Gov. Phil Scott finally got a budget compromise on Wednesday, but in doing so, they’ve created a whole new set of financial dilemmas for school districts across Vermont.

VPR Newscast for 6/22/2017 at 12:10 p.m.

Jun 22, 2017

VPR Newscast for 6/22/2017 at 12:10 p.m.

The Muslim holy month of Ramadan comes to a close this weekend. The final days of the holiday are meant to be a sacred culmination of weeks of prayer and daily fasting from sunrise to sunset.

But in the wake of recent violent acts against Muslims, many in the Boston-area Islamic community are coming together not only to pray, but also to seek comfort and safety.

VPR Newscast for 6/22/2017 at 6:30 a.m.

Jun 22, 2017

VPR Newscast for 6/22/2017 at 6:30 a.m.

Many House Republicans and some Democrats voted to block consideration of a new marijuana bill.
Ted S. Warren / AP

Backers of a new marijuana legalization bill say they’re very disappointed that many members of the House Republican caucus and a number of Democrats voted to block consideration of the legislation in Wednesday’s veto session.

Gov. Phil Scott and legislative leaders announced details of a compromise Wednesday that will require school districts across Vermont to cut spending by $13 million over the next two years.
Jeb Wallace-Brodeur / Times Argus

School districts across Vermont will be forced to reduce spending by $13 million over the next two years as part of a compromise in Montpelier that has cleared the political logjam holding up passage of the state budget.

VPR Newscast for 6/21/2017 at 5 p.m.

Jun 21, 2017

VPR Newscast for 6/21/2017 at 5 p.m.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Christina Nolan has been recommended by Sen. Patrick Leahy and Gov. Phil Scott to be the next U.S. attorney for Vermont, according to a release from Scott’s office.

VPR Newscast for 6/21/2017 at 12:30 p.m.

Jun 21, 2017

VPR Newscast for 6/21/2017 at 12:30 p.m.

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Gathered in Burlington Tuesday, public officials and private sector leaders announced a new coalition to address climate change, but critics say the coalition will only work if state leaders "walk the walk" in making policy decisions that address climate change.

VPR Newscast for 6/21/2017 at 6:25 a.m.

Jun 21, 2017

VPR Newscast for 6/21/2017 at 6:25 a.m.

A deal between Democratic lawmakers and the Scott administration has paved the way for passage of critical budget and tax bills.
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A tentative compromise between Democratic lawmakers and Republican Gov. Phil Scott over the issue of teacher health benefits appears to have resolved a weeks-long political standoff that had threatened passage of the budget and a key tax bill.

VPR Newscast for 6/20/2017 at 5 p.m.

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