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Democratic candidate for attorney general TJ Donovan says he wants to ban the practice of sending Vermont inmates to out-of-state prison in the first 100 days of the next legislative session. Some veteran policymakers say it’s easier said than done.

A new collaboration between Porter Medical Center and Middlebury College is seeking to simplify the process for victims of sexual assault to get immediate care from local medical professionals who have special training in work with survivors of trauma.

The Department of Corrections will provide more mental health care to some of its inmates, under an agreement reached this week with a former prisoner.

The Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles has agreed to a $40,000 settlement and a new set of policies after department staff collaborated with federal officials to arrest a resident on immigration charges.

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Is there a gender bias when it comes to sentencing women convicted of murder as opposed to men? Norwich University professor Elizabeth Gurian studies this issue and recently got a grant from the American Association of University Women Fellowship for her work.

Professor Gurian spoke to VPR about her findings and how she handles doing this research.

Daily hearings have been underway and will continue to be until July 22 in Rutland federal court on the constitutionality of the death penalty, and the testimony could make a difference in whether a man facing a second trial for murdering a North Clarendon woman in 2000 is once again sentenced to death.

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The Burlington Police Department has suspended solo officer patrols in response to “the pre-meditated murder of numerous Dallas Police officers by one or more snipers,” Chief Brandon del Pozo announced Friday morning.

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Officials say a gunman shot and killed five police officers Thursday at a Dallas protest against police shootings of black men, in a bout of violence that didn't end until the suspected gunman was killed by police using explosives delivered by a robot. Seven other officers and two civilians were also injured.

A sting operation by the Lebanon Police ended in the arrest of five alleged prostitutes and nine of their customers. They have all been charged with misdemeanors.

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New Hampshire Rep. Ann Kuster is one of several lawmakers that have spoken out against sexual violence in the past few weeks. Kuster has publicly shared her stories of sexual assault, the first of which took place at a Dartmouth College fraternity party nearly 40 years ago. 

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It was after 10 p.m. last July 31. The Connecticut couple driving west on Route 4 never saw the 1,800-pound Scottish Highland bull that was standing in their lane.

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There was apparently something fishy about the first-place catch in the Walleye category in last year’s Lake Champlain International Father’s Day Derby, and it wasn’t the smell.

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State senator Norm McAllister's rape trial ended abruptly this morning as prosecutors dismissed two counts of sexual assault against him.

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The methods used by stalkers to harass and intimidate their victims have evolved over the years. Vermont’s criminal statutes have not. That’s about to change, and new legislation will strengthen legal protections for victims of stalking.

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Prosecutors have dropped their demand to have two news reporters testify in a sexual assault case against Franklin County Sen. Norm McAllister.

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The deadly shootings at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla. on Sunday morning have rattled the nation, including the Vermont community. We want to create a space for listeners to connect with each other and we will be joined by multiple guests to help facilitate that discussion.

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In Rutland, a survey of residents in a troubled part of the city indicate efforts over the past three years to reduce drug-related crime and revitalize the neighborhood are making a difference.

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The Pride Center of Vermont is organizing a Monday vigil in Burlington response to the mass shootings at a gay nightclub early Sunday morning in Orlando, Florida. Vermonters are also planning vigils in Montpelier Monday evening and in Middlebury on Tuesday.

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A year ago, Richard Matt and David Sweat broke out of Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York. The escape was like something out of a movie. The two convicted murders dug a tunnel with stolen tools, left a dummy in their cot to fool the guards and were on the run for three weeks.

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Burlington Police Chief Brandon del Pozo says the recent beating death of a transgender man living in a homeless camp near Burlington's Barge Canal may have been the result of "petty" fighting between camp factions rather than motivated by bias.

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