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A group working to resettle international refugees in the United States says it has won approval from the U.S. State Department to bring 100 people fleeing war-torn Syria to Rutland, Vermont.

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The Rutland Board of Aldermen has approved releasing a report by the city attorney that reviews whether the mayor acted within his powers under the city charter when he made plans to resettle Syrian refugees.

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Rutland’s mayor is proposing forming a "Resettlement Cabinet" to advise him on the process of bringing 100 Syrian and Iraqi refugees to the city.  It’s a move that many hope will bridge a city increasingly divided over the issue.

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Rutland's Board of Aldermen has voted to launch an investigation into whether Mayor Christopher Louras broke any laws when he proposed that the Vermont city become a refugee resettlement site.

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The mayor of Rutland, Vermont, says he's confident that the city will win federal approval to host Syrian refugees, despite the city board of aldermen's misgivings.

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Some residents in the city of Rutland were blindsided when the mayor and the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program announced in April that 100 Syrian and Iraqi refugees would be coming to the city in October. Now, a petition seeking to put the issue before voters has been validated.

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In April, Rutland Mayor Christopher Louras announced plans, coordinated with the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program, to bring up to 100 Syrians to the city in October.  But the proposal is dividing the community.

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Castleton University has announced plans to develop a downtown Rutland building as housing for students.

The city of Rutland has settled a racial discrimination lawsuit filed by a former police officer for $975,000.

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Rutland Mayor Christopher Louras has brought a proposal before the city Board of Aldermen to bring an outside consultant to analyze the pay rates of city department heads.

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Vermonters participated in an annual tradition Tuesday, discussing and voting on community issues on Town Meeting Day. WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reviews some of the key results.

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The harsh winter has strained Rutland's winter road maintenance budget and that means there isn't going to be as much money for spring paving in the Vermont city.

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A Vermont community of 16,000 is trying to break the national single day blood donation record today.

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Vermont's largest electric utility wants to turn the city of Rutland into a national example of energy efficiency while helping the community revitalize itself.

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Rutland, Vermont’s city council has asked a city committee to study the idea of placing security cameras in private neighborhoods.

Rutland landlord Cam Johnston asked  the Board of Aldermen to consider putting up surveillance cameras after one of his properties was the site of a home invasion. Alderman Christopher Robinson is not thrilled with the idea, but moved that the Public Safety Committee research the matter.

The former head of the Vermont State Police has been chosen to be Rutland's new police chief.

James Baker had been serving as interim chief in Rutland when a committee charged with finding a permanent chief for the city recommended him for the job.

The Rutland Herald says the 13-member committee was unanimous in choosing Baker. The decision must be ratified by the Rutland Police Commission, but no opposition is expected.

Officials at the Rutland Regional Medical Center have narrowly voted to close the hospital's inpatient rehabilitation unit, one of only three in Vermont.  WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports…

Hospital President Tom Huebner said the vote was 8-to-7 on Wednesday. The board had to choose between closing the hospital's unit or finding another way to cut $3.5 million out of next year's budget.

Officials at the Rutland Regional Medical Center are considering a plan to close the hospital's inpatient rehabilitation unit, one of only three in Vermont.  WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports…

If the Rutland hospital decides to close its unit, the remaining inpatient units would be at Mount Ascutney Hospital in Windsor or Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington.

Rutland's 12-patient inpatient rehab unit helps patients recover from strokes, head or spinal injuries, joint replacements and some long-term ailments.