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Officials in Vermont say that their policing policies don't violate federal law. The Justice Department sent letters this week to the state of Vermont and Burlington saying that some of their policies could lead to a loss of federal grants.
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The Justice Department sent letters to 29 jurisdictions Wednesday — including Vermont and the city of Burlington — saying that their "sanctuary policies" might violate federal law. Officials in Vermont say their policies comply with the law.

The DOJ sent letters to the state of Vermont and Burlington on Wednesday citing local laws they say might violate a federal statue related to how these jurisdictions share information with federal immigration enforcement.
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The Department of Justice says “sanctuary policies” in Vermont and the city of Burlington may violate federal statutes and put them at risk of losing federal money.

Toby Talbot / Times Argus Pool/AP

The Vermont woman convicted of killing three of her family members and a state social worker in 2015 was sentenced to life in prison without parole Wednesday.

Fred Bashara announces his family plans to open a new Hampton Inn & Suites behind the Capitol Plaza.
Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR

The family that owns Montpelier’s Capitol Plaza hopes to open another hotel right behind its existing hotel on State Street.

The FBI released hate crime statistics for 2016 which showed that nationally and in Vermont, the number of reported hate crimes rose. In Vermont, there 25 reported hate crimes last year, up from eight in 2015.
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Reported hate crimes increased across the country and in Vermont last year, according to data released Monday by the FBI.

In statewide elections last week, voters in New York approved a measure that will create a land bank that will allow communities in the Adirondack Park and Catskill Parks to undertake some high way and utility projects. We speak with North Country Public Radio’s Adirondack Bureau Chief Brian Mann.

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Speaking at the University of Vermont Friday, Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota was asked by a student how the party can move forward after the divisive 2016 primary between former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

The spent nuclear fuel at Vermont Yankee is being stored in dry casks on the property in Vernon.
Courtesy Vermont Yankee

The owner of Vermont Yankee says the Public Utility Commission should not be able to hire a special consultant as it considers the proposed sale of the shuttered nuclear power plant in Vernon.

Penro Specialty Compounding sign outside the building in Colchester.
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The state suspended the license of a compounding pharmacy in Colchester this week, after an inspection revealed pharmacists at the facility gave their drugs expiration dates far beyond industry standards.

courtesy, Avangrid Renewables

The Public Utility Commission has opened an investigation into blasting that was conducted at the Deerfield Wind project.

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An outdoor clothing company based in White River Junction has laid off a dozen employees, and more changes could be coming.

Voters have rejected two of the three Act 46 school district consolidation plans up for consideration Tuesday.

A 21-year-old Vermont inmate is facing assault charges after he allegedly kicked a correctional officer who was intervening during a suicide attempt.

Striking workers have reached an agreement with Fairbanks Scales in St. Johnsbury and will return to work.

President Trump has appointed Rutland City Treasurer Wendy Wilton to lead Vermont’s office of the Farm Service Agency.

New Jersey last week set its safe drinking water standard for the chemical PFOA at 14 parts per trillion, which is lower than Vermont's standard.

Burlington City Councilor Karen Paul is quitting her job as a staff accountant so she can participate in the vote to select a buyer for the city’s telecom company.

Montreal City Hall. This weekend residents in Quebec head to the polls for municipal elections. In Montreal, incumbent Mayor Denis Coderre faces a change from City Councillor Valerie Plante.
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On Sunday, residents of Quebec head to the polls for municipal elections. In the province's largest city - Montreal - incumbent Mayor Denis Coderre is running for re-election, and he's facing a challenge from City Councilor Valerie Plante.

A coalition of environmentalists and power generators is calling for the creation of a regional cap-and-trade market for carbon emissions from the transportation sector. They’re modeling the market on a successful effort to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from electricity generation.

One northern Vermont newspaper has accused another of stealing a news wire password subscription and fraudulently inflating its subscription numbers.

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