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The shooting death of an elderly man in Burlington Monday night is raising questions about how police deal with people with mental illness. A Burlington cop shot 76-year-old Ralph Grenon, who was holed up in his downtown apartment.

A state police account says he was shot after behaving violently toward officers. But before the situation escalated, a crisis worker with Burlington's Street Outreach Team was called to the scene to try to calm things down. 

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A Burlington man was shot and killed by police Monday night at the conclusion of an hours-long standoff in downtown, according to Vermont State Police. The circumstances of that shooting is among the topics we cover in wide-ranging interview with Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger.

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If you frequent any of the transfer stations in Chittenden County, you may have noticed some changes to the big metal containers you throw your recyclables into. The Chittenden Solid Waste District has initiated a new public art project — "The Art Of Recycling" — in collaboration with and funded by Dealer.com. Eight of the district's big receptacles have been turned over to local artists to beautify. And they're pretty striking.

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Anyone who has brought a Wi-Fi-enabled device to Church Street in Burlington recently has helped with market research for businesses along the pedestrian mall, according to the top official in charge of the Church Street Marketplace.

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As Burlington officials plan for the city’s Mardi Gras celebration this weekend, they decided to announce that its anti-mask ordinance – which prohibits people over 21 from wearing masks in public - will not be enforced during the festivities. But after a controversial police incident and lobbying efforts by a group of artists and entertainers known as "furries," the city's decades-old anti-mask ordinance may be in its final days.  

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Fans of comedy in Vermont now have a dedicated space to get their laugh on. Vermont Comedy Club opened its downtown Burlington doors late last year to a sold-out weekend and has been booking national comedy talent ever since.

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  According to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, among the nation’s cities, Vermont’s lone metropolitan area has the third lowest unemployment rate in the country.

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The University of Vermont Vaccine Testing Center has been selected to help test a potential vaccine that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is developing against the Zika virus.

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When the Internet-based car service Uber began operating in Burlington in 2014, officials said it had violated the city's vehicle-for-hire ordinance. The service continued to operate under an interim agreement while the City Council promised to revise the ordinance by November of that year.

It's taken a bit longer than planned, but a new ordinance might be headed to the Burlington City Council very soon.

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Following a deadly drug raid in December, members of Burlington's Police Commission questioned police about how the raid was executed.

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As public officials and local communities prepare to roll out the state's new water quality policies, a group of programmers and educators is working to grow public interest and understanding of what data from the lake can tell us.

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The vice-chairman of the Vermont Republican Party says Bernie Sanders’ wife has exacted a severe financial toll on the Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington. But the bishop who oversees the Catholic Church in Vermont says the accusation is without merit.

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is scheduled to speak in Burlington at 7 p.m. this evening, and VPR has reporters both inside and outside the Flynn Center to bring you coverage of the supporters, the protestors and Trump himself. 

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Burlington Police say demand for tickets to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s Burlington event far exceeds the space available in the Flynn Theater, where Trump is scheduled to speak.

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Vermonters across the political spectrum are planning ahead for a Thursday evening visit from Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

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Donald Trump campaigning in Bernie Sanders' backyard? The Trump campaign has reserved the Flynn Theater in Burlington Thursday evening Jan. 7 for a free event, Flynn executive director John Killacky confirmed.

The campaign contacted the Flynn Wednesday about booking the space. Killacky said the theater will charge its normal $3,300 facility rental fee for a Thursday night event on the main stage. “We don’t endorse views of any particular candidate. We welcome the discourse,” Killacky said.

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Police arrested Vermont native Chavis Murphy in Springfield, Mass. Tuesday night in connection with the weekend murder of a New York City man on Church Street in Burlington.

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Burlington police have identified the man shot and killed early Sunday on Church Street as Odafemi Adedapo, 28, of New York City.  Police say Adedapo is known to the New York City Police Department as a member of the Cashford Crips, a criminal gang operating out of East New York, Brooklyn.

Burlington Mayor Miro  Weinberger says he has concerns about a drug raid on Tuesday that sent bullets flying into a neighboring home.

Since it first opened its doors earlier this year, the Champlain Area National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has received a slew of discrimination complaints.

Many of those complaints involve discrimination when it comes to renting or buying a house.