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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.

Incarceration’s original purpose - to punish crime, ensure public safety, and rehabilitate - is still with us, but doesn’t come close to explaining the seven million Americans currently under the care and oversight of corrections. Key metrics of a healthy society are levels of employment, food security, graduation rates, longevity and, negatively: incidences of chronic disease, discrimination, addiction, and homelessness.

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A small group of people is gathering in the chambers of U.S. Magistrate Judge John Conroy at the federal courthouse building in Burlington at 9 a.m. on a Wednesday. They're here as part of a program called re-entry court, a program for people coming out of prison with a history of drug addiction.

Four people accused of murder in the beating death of a transgender man in Burlington were arrested late last night in San Diego, according to the Burlington Free Press.

The transgender man found badly beaten near the Barge Canal in Burlington Monday morning has died from his injuries, according to Burlington Police.

Burlington Police are searching for suspects in the beating of a transgender man who was found unconscious near a homeless encampment on Sunday.

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A five-and-a-half year study of Vermont State Police has found disparities in traffic stops that officials say point to racial bias.

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When you think of drug use in Vermont, you probably think about the opioid epidemic. Back in 2014, Gov. Peter Shumlin dedicated his entire State of the State address to it. And the problem become a top priority for treatment professionals and law enforcement.

But sometimes, a crackdown on one drug makes the illegal drug market shift toward another, and Vermont authorities have noticed a surge in crack cocaine use and related violence.

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You might have noticed a few more police officers out patrolling Burlington streets this month. While foot patrols aren't new, Burlington's police Chief Brandon del Pozo increased the number of them at the beginning of May.

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Chittenden County State's Attorney TJ Donovan announced Tuesday that prosecutors will not file charges against the Burlington police officer who shot and killed a man with a history of mental health issues.

Burlington police have charged a man with a hate crime after what they said was a racially motivated incident in the city’s North End.

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A new analysis by the University of Vermont and Cornell University faculty shows a pattern of racial disparities in the discretionary actions of Burlington police officers conducting traffic stops.

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One of the women accusing Franklin County State Sen. Norman McAllister of sexual assault now claims he shut off her water and cut her utilities in order to evict her from a dilapidated trailer in which she’d been living on his property, according to court documents made public on Monday.

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The Vermont Supreme Court is considering whether a prison inmate who helped other prisoners with their court cases was practicing law without a license. The state thinks so and is pursuing criminal charges against the inmate.

A 76-year-old Burlington man is dead after police shot him at the conclusion of an hours-long standoff in downtown Burlington Monday evening, according to Vermont State Police.

According to a release from Major Glenn Hall of the Vermont State Police Major Crimes Unit, the deceased is Ralph “Phil” Grenon. Police say Grenon, armed with “two large knives,” charged at officers inside his apartment before one officer shot him.