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Students at the University of Vermont in a lab in Discovery Hall, a new building part of the university’s expansion of its STEM complex.
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The University of Vermont recently completed the first phase of an expansion of its science, technology, engineering and math complex. The $104 million dollar project is the largest in the university's history.

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Vermont is on the verge of its second major teacher strike of the young school year after the South Burlington Educators' Association voted Friday to walk off the job Oct. 4 if they don't have a new contract in place before then.

The Burlington Telecom building. The City of Burlington hopes to have a buyer for Burlington Telecom lined up by the fall. The City Council will vote to eliminate one of three bids from the sale process.
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The city of Burlington has released the names of the three groups making bids to buy Burlington Telecom, the city's telecommunications service.

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After four school days on strike, Burlington teachers and the city's school board announced Tuesday evening they had reached a "tentative" deal that would allow classes to resume Wednesday.

Fran Brock, president of the Burlington Education Association, center, stands with picketing teachers outside Hunt Middle School Monday. Brock says elementary teachers need more time during the day to work with students, and develop lesson plans.
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A teacher strike that began last Thursday has emptied school classrooms in Vermont’s largest city, but the head of the Burlington teachers’ union says the walk-out isn’t about money or benefits.

Burlington schools were closed Friday for the second day in a row due to a teachers strike, but the district is trying to make a plan to allow some extracurricular activities to continue during the strike.

Keep BT Local is a co-op and one of three potential bidders in the sale of Burlington Telecom.
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The four potential buyers of Burlington Telecom will be revealed next week, according to a statement from Burlington City Council president Jane Knodell.

Teachers picketed outside the Sustainability Academy at Lawrence Barnes in Burlington on Sept. 14. A new bill to be considered during the 2018 session would prohibit teachers from striking in Vermont.
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Teachers in Burlington are on strike this morning after the union and school board were unable to reach a contract agreement.

For teachers in some school districts around the state, these last few weeks have been not just back-to-school time but back-to-the-bargaining-table time.

In two of the state's largest communities - Burlington and South Burlington - negotiations between teachers and the school boards have hit snags. In Burlington, teachers have set a strike date for this Wednesday.

Burlington Education Association President Fran Brock, who teaches at Burlington High School, announced the union's decision to strike as teachers looked on after the union vote on Thursday, Sept. 7.
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Burlington’s teachers’ union voted overwhelmingly to begin a strike next week if the school board doesn’t return to the bargaining table to negotiate a contract for the current school year.

Burlington's police chief is calling on the city council to pass a new ordinance that would create criminal penalties for people who repeatedly commit civil offenses, such as disorderly conduct or public urination. Critics say the plan would have the effect of criminalizing people who struggle with homelessness or mental illness.

A fight in Burlington's City Hall Park led to a man being stabbed in the neck in August. We're talking about whether criminal penalties for repeated civil violations could stem this type of violence.
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Incidents of violence in downtown Burlington - including two recent stabbings - have led the police chief and others to call for criminal penalties for racking up too many civil violations, like public drunkenness. On Monday, the city council passed a resolution taking a step in that direction.

Critics say it's a step along the path to criminalizing poverty and homelessness. We're hearing the debate.

Rutland is one of more than a dozen Vermont municipalities with a combined sewer system. When the city's water treatment system is overloaded, untreated sewage and runoff flows out of this pipe into a local creek.
Taylor Dobbs / VPR File

Since the beginning of August, hundreds of thousands of gallons of untreated sewage and stormwater have flowed into Lake Champlain and creeks that flow into it, according to public reports.

Dozens of employees at Dealer.com in Burlington were laid off Tuesday according to a statement from Dealer.com’s parent company, Cox Automotive.

After this past weekend's protests by white nationalist and neo-nazi groups in Charlottesville, Virginia, attention has turned to whether those groups exist here in Vermont.

The Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitors hate groups in the country, lists one group in Burlington: The Daily Stormer, a neo-Nazi website, that encouraged users to start regional forums for planning real life meet-ups.

Some Burlington residents who live in buildings served by Burlington Telecom could be getting high speed internet service for less than a dollar per month under a new program, officials announced Wednesday.

Henry Epp / VPR

A fire Thursday morning caused significant damage to the top floor of Torrey Hall at the University of Vermont in Burlington.

The Champlain Housing Trust announced Monday they have purchased what used to be the St. Joseph School in Burlington's Old North End.

With funding from the University of Vermont Medical Center, the Champlain Housing Trust purchased and renovated a motel for use as housing for people who are chronically homeless.
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A repurposed motel in Burlington will soon be home to a dozen or more people struggling with chronic homelessness, the Champlain Housing Trust announced Tuesday.

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