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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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Beginning July 1, Vermont law enforcement agencies will operate under a new bias-free policing policy. Those involved in writing it say it represents a step forward in the effort to reduce ethnic and racial bias in policing.

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The Vermont Agency of Transportation has decided to yank a new seat belt safety ad from the airwaves after critics of the spot say it reinforced negative stereotypes about people who use wheelchairs to move about the world.

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For anyone near Rutland Southern Vermont Regional Airport Saturday morning, don’t worry: What may look like a disaster is just a drill.

The airport and Rutland Regional Medical Center are sponsoring a mock plane crash that will include about 150 people.  Everyone from fire fighters and emergency medical technicians to actors, law enforcement, airport and hospital personnel will be taking part.

A judge has rejected a motion by a group of Vermont gasoline retailers and wholesalers to dismiss a price-fixing lawsuit against them.

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Federal, state and local officials gathered in Burlington Friday to congratulate each other on a $10 million federal railway grant announced last year.

The funding is expected to connect Burlington to Rutland with passenger rail service within four years.

The issue of whether to levy a tax on carbon pollution hasn't gained much traction yet in Montpelier. Vermont Businesses for Social Responsiblity is trying to broaden support for the concept.
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The House has given its final approval to legislation that allows law enforcement officials to use a saliva test to determine if a driver is impaired with a combination of alcohol and marijuana.

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Law enforcement officials are urging lawmakers to establish a roadside system to determine if a driver is operating a car under the influence of drugs. The system uses a saliva test that can measure levels of marijuana and seven other commonly used drugs. But the potential testing raises civil liberties concerns.

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It's been more than four and a half years since Tropical Storm Irene, and across Vermont, there are still more than two dozen infrastructure projects that haven't been completed.

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The Senate has given its unanimous approval to legislation that's designed to make it easier for people to register to vote.

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Can a bike path help you sell your house? Can making a downtown more pedestrian and bike friendly attract more business? A growing number of transportation planners, real estate agents and community developers say yes. 

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Starting Thursday afternoon people in Montpelier will be able to use the ride-sharing service Uber to request rides. 

When Uber began operating in Burlington in 2014, the city deemed the company in violation of the Burlington taxi ordinance. Now, Uber's operation in Montpelier may be facing similar questions.

The House passed a bill Wednesday that would help many Vermonters with suspended licenses get back on the road.

The bill would repeal suspended licenses for many non-traffic violations like underage tobacco or alcohol use. Traffic tickets that are more than 26 years old would be wiped clean as well.

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Montpelier now has enough money to move forward with its planned transit center at One Taylor Street, to be located on the former Carr parking lot. But there are still a handful of rights-of-way issues to be cleared up before construction can begin.

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Hundreds of Vermont state police cruisers are on the road every day – and it’s someone’s job to make sure they’re in good running order.  

Lawrence Kaminski, a 75-year-old traffic flagger from Wallingford, was killed Friday morning while working along Route 7 just south of Middlebury. 

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It was the Fourth of July in 2011 when Regina-Anne and David Cooper got the news that would change their lives forever. Their 21-year-old son Derek had committed suicide by jumping from the Quechee Gorge Bridge. Now, the family is asking lawmakers to prevent similar deaths in the future. 

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The Town of Shelburne and Vermont Railway issued two very different press releases Monday about the same court decision. Both sides claimed victory on what was essentially a non-decision. And in an email to the press, the chairman of the Shelburne Select Board accused Vermont Railway of lying.

Voters in the city of Vergennes say they want the Agency of Transportation to consider a change to the truck route to reduce traffic in the historic downtown.

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A growing threat to airline safety is the illegal use of lasers to damage pilots’ eyes. Now an international company Revision, with offices in Essex, Vermont, has developed a protective eyewear that blocks the damaging effects of lasers.  

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