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COTS is using 'trauma-informed design' in how they setup their program spaces. The concept is meant to create and maintain healing environments for people who have experienced trauma.
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Organizations who serve the homeless are working to be more thoughtful in the design of their spaces.

The Burlington City Council passed a resolution Monday night that asked the U.S. Air Force to cancel the basing of the F-35 at the Burlington International Airport and instead send a quieter plane.
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The Burlington City Council voted to request that the U.S. Air Force cancel the basing of F-35 fighter jets at the airport and send a quieter plane instead. The resolution passed nine to three.

Allie Brown, a senior at Burlington High School, spoke at the rally. She urged her peers to call their state representatives about supporting a bill that would requre background checks for all gun purchases.
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While a number of planned walkouts were rescheduled Wednesday due to weather, rallies did take place across the state as part of a nationwide protest. 

The 'Everyone Loves A Parade' mural in downtown Burlington has been criticized for not being inclusive. The city council voted Monday night to create a task force to come up with a plan make the mural more representative of Vermont’s diversity.
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The Burlington City Council voted Monday night to create a task force to figure out how to make a downtown mural more inclusive.

Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger won reelection for a third-term. He got about 48 percent of the votes on Town Meeting Day.
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Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger was elected to lead Vermont's largest city for a third-term on Tuesday.

The Democratic mayor won a tough contest against two independent challengers who ran to his left.

(left to right) Chief Amy Akerlind, Colchester Rescue, Chief Steven Locke, Burlington Fire Department, Aaron Frank, Deputy Town Manager in Colchester, and South Burlington Police Chief Trevor Whipple, present the plan for a consolidated dispatch center.
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Towns in Chittenden County are hoping to improve how fast emergency services respond to calls by pooling resources for dispatching those services. 

An item on seven town meeting ballots would set the stage for the creation of one consolidated center to handle 911 calls from member towns.

The Vermont Air National Guard is preparing to base F-35 fighters jets in Vermont in the fall of 2019. A non-binding ballot item in Burlington this town meeting day aims to stop that action.
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A non-binding ballot item in Burlington this Town Meeting Day would advise the City Council to request that F-35 fighter jets not be based at Burlington International Airport — but the Vermont Air National Guard says they're still getting ready for the arrival of the aircraft.

Protesters put up a banner in from of UVM's Waterman building. They say they're occupying the space until protest leaders meet with UVM President Tom Sullivan.
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Hundreds of University of Vermont students assembled in the main administration building Monday afternoon to push the school and its president, Tom Sullivan, to do more to address issues of racial justice and diversity of campus.

Burlington City Hall on a winter afternoon with the U.S. and city flags blowing in wind.
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On Town Meeting Day, residents in Burlington will cast their ballot on a number of issues, as well as select ward representatives for City Council.

The University of Vermont, Burlington Campus.
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Three colleges around Burlington report that stickers and posters promoting white nationalist views were left on their campuses. The University of Vermont, St. Michael’s College and Champlain College have denounced  the signs and removed them.

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Burlington voters will go to the polls on Town Meeting Day to pick the next mayor of Vermont's largest city.

Provided by Sen. Patrick Leahy

One of Vermont's best-known entrepreneurs, Antonio Pomerleau, has died at the age of 100.

Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger at podium in April 2017.
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About a month before Town Meeting Day, Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger has raked in $80,773.69 for his re-election bid — and spent $57,164.01.

Department of Liquor Control Deputy Commissioner Gary Kessler looks through some of the fake IDs the state collected using a new high-tech scanner.
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The Department of Liquor Control has collected more than 800 fake IDs since introducing a new high-tech detection scanner at bars and stores, mostly around the Burlington area.

A meeting of the CommunityStat group at city hall in Burlington. The monthly meeting brings together police, public health, social services and city and state officials to coordinate their response to opioid addicition.
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The city of Burlington is implementing a team to reach out to people who overdose on opioids within 60 hours of the incident.

Image of downtown Burlington, Vermont from above.
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The U.S. Department of Justice is demanding the city of Burlington hand over documents about how local law enforcement communicate with federal immigration authorities.

A federal investigation into a land deal made by Jane O'Meara Sanders while she was president of Burlington College is ongoing as of a month ago according to reporting this week by Seven Days.
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The federal investigation of a land deal made by Jane O’Meara Sanders while she was president of Burlington College was back in the news this week.

The Macy's store in Burlington will close in March, the company announced this week.
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This week, Macy’s announced it will close its downtown Burlington store in March. It’s one of 100 locations the department store chain plans to close around the country.

Burlington city officials hope that 2018 will be the year they'll be able to develop plans to restore Memorial Auditorium as a public space. The auditorium has been vacant for over a year.

A new federal grant received by a family support agency in South Burlington will be used to help families affected by substance use disorders stay together. Lund will use the $3 million grant to develop and implement the Vermont Family Recovery Project.

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