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Green Mountain Power officials say its now official: Rutland is the solar generation capital of New England.

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Rutland’s Paramount Theatre will broadcast the second Republican primary debate live Wednesday evening, with two political analysts who’ll take part in discussions before and afterwards.

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The 170th Vermont State Fair got underway Friday in Rutland. After nearly two years of internal upheaval, debt, and last minute scramble to find a midway, organizers say just being able to open the gates was a huge accomplishment.

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Rutland Mayor Christopher Louras has called for a special joint meeting Thursday to bring local leaders up to speed on a 2013 civil suit involving the city that alleges racial profiling and cover-ups among former and current members of the Rutland City Police Department.

The mayor called together the Rutland Board of Aldermen, the city’s attorney and police commission, the panel that oversees the city's police department.

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Even as state and federal officials direct new money and staffing to water quality efforts across the state, the networks of pipes that bring water to and from Vermont homes and businesses are crumbling beneath their feet.

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An innovative program first launched by the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps in Richmond is expanding to other parts of Vermont to make it easier for needy families to get locally grown fruits and vegetables.

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The public is invited to a panel discussion on Wednesday evening at Rutland’s Paramount Theatre to brainstorm ways to turn the challenges of climate change into economic opportunities.

Earlier this month, it was announced that Vermont will receive a $3 million federal grant to expand treatment for opioid dependency in the state.

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The recent murder of DCF caseworker Lara Sobel has focused attention on the safety of counselors, social workers and others who deal with families in potentially volatile situations. 

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The Trust for Public Land, a national non-profit organization that creates parks and protects land for public use, says they are closing in on their goal to create a new state forest named in honor of former Vermont Senator Jim Jeffords.

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This week, Bedlam – recently named one of the best young theater companies in New York City by Backstage.com – will perform two nights at the Paramount Theatre, offering early glimpses of Pygmalion and a brand new play called New York Animals.

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Rip Jackson, long time music director at Rutland’s Grace Congregational Church, leaves Vermont next week for a new job outside Boston.

Efficiency upgrades can save homeowners a lot of money. But nonprofits can benefit from tightening up as well.

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Rutland Mental Health has come under intense scrutiny in recent months amid allegations of poor management, long wait times for services and substandard care.  

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Rutland’s College of St. Joseph enrolled 350 students last year. Officials at the small school have several new programs planned to broaden the college’s appeal, boost enrollment and fill important educational needs.

The plans include locally-focused tracks, such as continuing education for adults, as well as programs that are in high demand nationwide, such as a two-year Physician Assistant program.

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Three communities — Newport, Rutland and Barre — are facing big budget cuts for services aimed at helping at-risk youth. Federal funds for a grant program called Youth In Transition have been reduced, so the state is making some tough decisions about how to spend what remains of the grant.

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It’s been nearly two years since state officials first identified patient care problems at Rutland Mental Health Services. But serious shortcomings at the organization persist. And lawmakers are worried that neither Rutland Mental Health nor the state has done enough to bring the agency back into compliance. 

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The Rutland City Police Department is participating in a nationwide initiative to make more data about police activity available to the public.

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Vermont’s Complete Streets Bill was signed into law four years ago to make roadways safer and more user-friendly for cyclists, pedestrians and drivers.

While many applaud the concept, some city leaders in Rutland say the costs of compliance are too high. At the same time, bicycle advocates say more needs to be done to ensure the law is being followed.

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Green Mountain Power officials were in downtown Rutland Tuesday to unveil the first of 12 high-speed electric vehicle chargers they plan to install across the state. 

GMP hopes the new charging stations will encourage more Vermonters to drive electric cars and help ease what’s known as range anxiety for those who already do.

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