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Vermont's biggest and wealthiest nonprofit media organizations are merging. Officials at Vermont Public Radio and Vermont PBS say the goal is to provide stronger public service programming through a combined radio, TV, digital news and entertainment network.

A pop-up testing site for the new coronavirus was set up in Manchester Wednesday. This comes after more than 40 people tested positive for COVID-19 at the local urgent care clinic earlier this week.

18 Attorneys General File Suit Over ICE Rule

Jul 13, 2020
Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey.
Jesse Costa / WBUR

A coalition of 18 attorneys general — including those representing Massachusetts, Vermont, Connecticut and Rhode Island — is suing the Trump administration to block a new federal rule that bars international higher education students from studying in the United States if they are taking online-only courses this fall. 

Gov. Phil Scott on announced Wednesday that gatherings of 10 or fewer people will now be allowed in Vermont for the first time since March 21.

Citing the risks posed by the coronavirus, the Scott administration has joined with waste haulers around Vermont to press for flexibility with the state’s recycling laws.

Green Mountain Power and Vermont Gas Systems have withdrawn their requests for $12.5 million in federal small business loans after new guidance said large, well-capitalized companies should not qualify.

Laini Fondiller describes the scene in her Westfield barn as "organized mayhem." An excited goat chorus reverberates through her barn as the 30 or so Alpine and Saanen dairy goats – her “ladies” as she calls them – assemble for the morning milking.

Health Commissioner Mark Levine said Monday that the COVID-19 outbreak in Vermont could be "approaching a plateau," and that transmission of the virus in the general public has remained relatively low.

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders has dropped out of the running for the Democratic presidential nomination, but his decision Wednesday to remain on the ballot could force Connecticut to nevertheless hold a primary under the threat of COVID-19.

As the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 continues to rise, Gov. Phil Scott has activated the Vermont National Guard to boost health care capacity across the state.

A health care worker hands a mask to someone wanting to be tested for COVID-19 at a testing tent at Brigham and Women's Hospital.
Jesse Costa / WBUR

Updated at 10:17 p.m.

More than 1,000 new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed by testing, Massachusetts officials said Saturday in their daily update on the new coronavirus — the largest single-day increase yet.

The state also said the number of deaths attributable to the disease climbed by nine, adding up to 44. 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention activated its emergency operations center to assist public health partners in responding to the COVID-19 outbreak.
James Gathany / CDC

Updated at 10:10 p.m.

Officials in New England have identified the deaths of seven people testing positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus. Four deaths have taken place in Connecticut — including one announced Fridaytwo in Vermont, and now one in Massachusetts.

The total number of people testing positive for the disease has grown to more than 800 across New England. 

Two Vermonters who tested positive for COVID-19 have died. Gov. Phil Scott and Health Commissioner Mark Levine announced the first coronavirus-related deaths in the state at a hastily arranged press conference Thursday night.

Reported cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts as of March 17, 2020.
Chris Lisinski / State House News Service / Massachusetts DPH

Updated at 5:27 p.m.

Reported cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts increased on Tuesday to 218, up from 197 a day earlier.

Updated 10:30 p.m.

Hours after Gov. Phil Scott ordered the dismissal of all Vermont schools by Wednesday to slow the spread of coronavirus, the Champlain Valley School District announced it was closing Shelburne Community School Monday and Tuesday after being notified of a community member with connections to the school who has tested positive for COVID-19.

Town Meeting voters in Proctor will weigh in Monday night on a controversial land sale. A Florida man is offering $1.5 million for 1,650 acres of town land that’s surrounded by national forest.

Hunters, snowmobilers, skiers and hikers worry the deal will threaten the access they’ve had for years. But Proctor officials say the deal could help pay down the cost of the town’s new water system.

William Weld in the Massachsuetts Statehouse in 2016.
File Photo / State House News Service

With Super Tuesday just days away, former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld is campaigning in his home state, as well as Vermont. Weld is running a longshot bid in the Republican primary, against President Donald Trump.

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Vermont's minimum wage is set to rise over the next two years after the House voted Tuesday to override Gov. Phil Scott's veto.

Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, at left, with Connecticut artist George-Ann Gowan at the U.S. embassy in Kyiv in 2017.
U.S. Embassy, Kyiv, Ukraine / U.S. Department of State

New England art is well represented in U.S. embassies around the world. And at least until recently, art from the region was hanging in the embassy at the center of President Trump's impeachment.

Monday night, Iowans will head to schools, gyms, and church basements to make their choices for the next Democratic presidential nominee. For Sen. Bernie Sanders, victory in Iowa – where he’s led several recent polls – could create significant momentum for his presidential bid.

Voting in the Democratic presidential nominating contest is about to kick off Monday with the Iowa caucuses.

The stakes are high in Iowa — the last four Democratic nominees have all won the Hawkeye State. But after about a year of campaigning and $50 million spent here by the candidates, the outcome is unclear.

The pressure is on Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who led in the polls coming in, has drawn the biggest crowds on the ground, and does incredibly well with younger voters.

Many Vermonters support a pending ban on food waste from landfills. But a new University of Vermont study found few people want to pay for curbside pick-up of their food scraps.

With the New Hampshire presidential primary less than three weeks away, a new WBUR poll suggests Bernie Sanders might be peaking at just the right time. The survey of more than 426 likely Democratic primary voters finds Sanders in the lead, running well ahead of his three closest competitors: Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, and Elizabeth Warren.

In an interview Sunday with NHPR, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders declined to elaborate on a dispute with Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren that kicked off a broader debate this week over gender and electability. But Sanders did weigh in on the obstacles facing female candidates.

Towns and cities across northern Vermont are trying to increase traffic from all-terrain vehicles, commonly called ATVs, to boost business in a region suffering from declining population and a sluggish economy. But proposals to open public roads to ATVs frequently spark debates and divide communities.

When the town of Brattleboro put up a Civil War monument more than a hundred years ago, it didn’t include the black soldiers who served in that war. Now some local students want to change that.

With the Iowa Caucus less than three weeks away, and the New Hampshire Primary a week after that, Bernie Sanders is surging. He is raising more money than any of his Democratic competitors, and is at or near the top in several recent polls.

“I just feel that he is the one who can beat Trump by a wide margin,” said Diane St. Germain, of Bedford, New Hampshire, who supported Sanders in 2016 and has been knocking on doors for him over the past three months.

There was tension heading into the final Democratic debate before the first voters go cast their votes in Iowa.

It came on the heels of Elizabeth Warren confirming a report that Bernie Sanders told her a woman could not win the presidency in 2020 — a report Sanders denied Tuesday night, saying in fact, he had made room for Warren to run five years ago.

Warren and Sanders, as well as the other candidates on the stage, largely held their fire toward each other and focused instead on trying to make the case to voters that they can beat President Trump.

The Brattleboro Retreat says it doesn't have enough money to finish a 12-bed expansion that's underway. The recent announcement that the state won't add any more funding to the project is putting more pressure on the financially-strapped hospital.

Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin in 2017.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

Massachusetts is among 42 states that had fewer births recorded in 2019 than the year before.