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David Wolk
Castleton University

Nearly 800,000 people who illegally entered the U.S. as children years ago have been protected by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, in recent years.  But last week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the program would be eliminated in six months and the so-called Dreamers would be subject to deportation. President Trump gave Congress six months to address the issue.  
The move to eliminate the program angered many, including education officials.  Castleton University President David Wolk won’t say how many Dreamers are enrolled at the Vermont college.  And he says it’s stunning that DACA is now a public policy issue.

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The state of Vermont is asking a court to approve a settlement it reached with a company over contamination of some private water wells with the chemical PFOA.

The Vermont attorney general's office says more 240,000 Vermonters had their personal information exposed in a nationwide data breach of credit reporting company Equifax.

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Burlington School District

Burlington, Vermont teachers rejected a school board-imposed contract Thursday and voted to go on strike next week.

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Vermont Governor Phil Scott signed an Executive Order Thursday creating a Marijuana Advisory Commission.  The members are tasked with crafting recommendations to address the health, public safety and regulatory issues surrounding the possible legalization of recreational marijuana in the state.

Smith Quantum ski and snowboard helmet
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A manufacturer of ski helmets is voluntarily recalling thousands of the product sold during the last two years.

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The federal court in Brattleboro will close at the end of the month when one of Vermont's federal court judges goes on inactive status.

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Vermont Governor Phil Scott has established a Marijuana Advisory Commission that will study the best way to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in the state.

The Vermont League of Cities and Towns is considering ending the town of Victory’s insurance coverage.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture has issued its 2016 Household Food Security report.  It finds about 12.3 percent of American households were food insecure at some point during 2016, down from 12.7 percent in 2015.  The report indicates Vermont and New York followed that national trend.

Moran Plant from east
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In 1957, the Moran Municipal Generating Station began generating electricity for the city of Burlington. In 1982, it shut down and ownership was transferred to the city in 1986.  Since then a number of unsuccessful proposals have been made to redevelop the building. Three years ago, voters approved a ballot measure that authorized city officials to work with developers New Moran Incorporated on a final attempt to create a redevelopment plan. But Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger felt it was time to make a final decision on the building.

A group in Vermont is working to purchase land in order to preserve a collection of prehistoric Native American rock carvings.

Vermont Supreme Court
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The Vermont Supreme Court has vacated a man's 16 burglary convictions because of the wording involved in a plea change.

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More than $2.7 million in state tax incentives is going to support 22 downtown and village center revitalization projects around Vermont.

One of the largest annual events in Plattsburgh begins Thursday. The Battle of Plattsburgh Commemoration starts with memorial ceremonies and features a number of reenactments.

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Reaction from many advocates in our region to President Trump’s decision to abolish DACA — the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals — was swift and negative.

McGruff the Crime Dog
National Crime Prevention Council

The advertising executive who led the team that created McGruff the Crime Dog and who voiced the character has died.

Vermont officials are criticizing the Trump administration's decision to phase out a government program that protects hundreds of thousands of young immigrants who were brought into the United States as children.

Ray Buckley
New Hampshire Democratic Party

The chairman of New Hampshire's Democratic Party has come under fire for comments suggesting some unregistered voters in the state are white supremacists after responding over the weekend to news a group with links to President Donald Trump's campaign was planning on reaching out to thousands of the state's unregistered voters.

Moran Plant from south
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Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger has announced that the city is ceasing redevelopment discussions for an obsolete power plant on the waterfront and will now look at demolition.  The decision comes more than three years after voters approved financing to create a plan for the site.

Lake Placid sign with snow
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Since last November, Lake Placid officials have been investigating the possibility of hosting the 2023 Winter World University Games.  Last month, a delegation made an initial presentation to international sports officials and is now working on a formal bid.

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The Burlington School Board has voted to impose terms and working conditions on teachers after officials in the Vermont city failed to reach an agreement with the teacher's union.

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The University of Vermont and several groups are investigating who farms in Vermont and plan to update the image of the Vermont farmer.

Moran Plant from south
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The city of Burlington is abandoning plans to redevelop a long-unused power plant on the shores of Lake Champlain and will now move forward with plans to demolish it.

Senator Charles Schumer examines parts manufactured at Norsk Titanium
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Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer was in Plattsburgh, New York to tour Norsk Titanium today. The Democrat believes there is great potential for the Defense Department to contract with the airplane part manufacturer.

Fort Ticonderoga
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Fort Ticonderoga has released the results of a study that shows the historic landmark at the southern tip of Lake Champlain generates $12.1 million annually in economic impact.

Don Boyajian
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So far, six Democrats are running in hopes of challenging second-term Republican Congresswoman Elise Stefanik in New York’s 21st Congressional district.  Among them is third-generation Saratoga County native Don Boyajian. The municipal and environmental attorney feels the region has gotten the “short end of the stick” for far too long.

Lake Bomoseen
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A Vermont neighborhood association is testing two new weed harvesters that help remove an invasive species from Lake Bomoseen.

The head of the Rutland Regional Medical Center is retiring.

Racial Disparities in the Criminal and Juvenile Justice System Advisory Panel meets for the first time in Montpelier
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The first meeting of Vermont’s Racial Disparities in the Criminal and Juvenile Justice System Advisory Panel was Tuesday in Montpelier.  The Legislature has tasked its members with providing recommendations to address systemic racial disparities across the state.

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