Vermont lawmakers face a number of critical decisions in 2018, related to clean water funding, property tax reform, and whether to raise the minimum wage.
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Journalists in Vermont – including those at VPR News – are cheering the state Senate's passage of a so-called "shield" bill that would protect reporters from having to choose between betraying the trust of a source and potential jail time.

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For the first time, traffic stop information for Vermont's local police and sheriff’s departments has been collected and posted online.

The State Police Committee for Fair and Impartial Policing and Community Affairs is releasing their data on traffic stops from 2016.

House lawmakers say a proposed overhaul to education funding  would lessen reliance on the property tax, and discourage higher-spending districts from increasing their school budgets.
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There have been no snow days for elected officials this week, and that’s probably because they have some big legislative deadlines to hit in the next few days.

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Government and academic leaders met with representatives from Vermont businesses and non-profits on Friday to help improve cybersecurity awareness, and a big part of that effort was reframing cybersecurity as something that everyone at an organization is responsible for.

The Chittenden County State’s Attorney will dismiss 14 pending cases after a Burlington police officer resigned amid allegations of perjury. The county prosecutor says she can no longer rely on that officer as a witness.

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As Vermont’s governor and Legislature fast-track legislation designed to limit the scale of cooperation between local law enforcement and federal immigration authorities, state officials are seeking federal funding designated to “strengthen partnerships [that U.S. Border Patrol has] with local law enforcement agencies while increasing border awareness and intelligence.”

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A Burlington Police officer resigned Monday after allegations that he committed perjury, and Vermont State Police are investigating more than 30 previous arrests that the officer made, according to a news release from the police department.

A report analyzing nearly 1,000 fatal police shootings that happened in 2015 claims evidence of racial bias. Researchers hope the study will strengthen a call for a national database on police use of force.

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VTDigger, the non-profit news organization based in Montpelier, has dropped its legal campaign to force state officials to disclose records about how the state managed its oversight of the federal EB-5 foreign investment program.

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Quebec's far-right groups may not have played a direct role in a mosque shooting late last month, but some worry that extremist language is heating up and may be pushing some people to action.

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Eric Miller, the U.S. Attorney for the district of Vermont, is resigning his post on Friday, Feb. 10, according to a news release from his office.

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A new state report shows that police in Vermont are changing the way they use automatic license plate readers.

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This week, the Burlington Police Department released data showing how officers used force for the last six years. The department's analysis showed that overall use of force is going down, but the data also showed some cases of racial disparity.

Sarah George was sworn in last week as the new Chittenden County state's attorney – a seat that had been left vacant by the election of TJ Donovan as Vermont attorney general.

Police say 33-year-old Markus Austin was shot dead in Montpelier early Sunday morning.

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A newly-elected state representative from New Hampshire is getting a lot of pushback after introducing a bill that would increase the burden of proof needed to find someone guilty of sexual assault.

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The second trial of former Franklin County state senator Norm McAllister came to an unexpected halt Wednesday when McAllister struck a plea deal with prosecutors. McAllister is charged with soliciting sex acts from a woman in exchange for rent.

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A few Burlington car owners have returned to their vehicles in the past week only to find that a substantial chunk of their exhaust system is missing.

Vermont Attorney General TJ Donovan has been in office for nearly a year.
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Vermont’s first new attorney general since 1997, TJ Dovovan, was sworn into office last week.