Vermont’s two U.S. senators, Sanders and Patrick Leahy, voted for the Inflation Reduction Act on Sunday. The bill would invest nearly $400 billion in fighting climate change, lower the price of prescription drugs and extend health care subsidies.
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Sen. Patrick Leahy recovering from hip surgery after falling at home
Leahy, who was born blind in one eye, has struggled with depth perception throughout his life, according to his Senate office. In a statement, his office said the senator was expected to make a full recovery.
Vermonters rally throughout the state as Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade
Close to 1,000 Vermonters turned out at protests Friday afternoon and evening in Bennington, Brattleboro, Burlington, Montpelier and Rutland — denouncing the decision and calling for Vermont to further protect abortion rights.
Kesha Ram Hinsdale exits Vermont’s US House race, endorses Becca Balint
The shakeup comes the morning after the filing deadline to appear on the ballot. It leaves Senate President Pro Tempore Becca Balint, D-Windham, Lt. Gov. Molly Gray, former congressional staffer Sianay Chase Clifford and physician Louis Meyers on the Democratic ballot.
Citing health challenges, state Treasurer Beth Pearce to retire
The 68-year-old Barre Democrat had been planning to seek reelection but changed her mind last month after she was diagnosed with cancer.
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State police retract claim about suspect in Fern Feather investigation
A Vermont State Police spokesperson said the agency was still investigating whether the suspect in Fern’s slaying, Seth Brunell, may have mistakenly believed that Fern had been in an altercation with his son.
‘Just between you and me’: FBI records reveal an EB-5 fraudster’s direct line to Gov. Peter Shumlin
Shumlin took gifts, campaign contributions and apartment stays from Jay Peak owner Ariel Quiros while he helped the Miami developer troubleshoot problems, the records show. A top regulator threatened to resign from Shumlin’s cabinet if he failed to protect investors.
Sen. Joe Benning, a moderate Republican from the Northeast Kingdom, launches bid for lieutenant governor
The 65-year-old attorney said he would bring to the job “a desire to treat people with respect and civility and to try to get away from the tri-partisan bickering that goes on.”
State investigating death of 34-year-old Newport prisoner
Michael Cornell was pronounced dead Saturday afternoon at North Country Hospital. Officials said his death did not appear suspicious.
State Police say Leonard Forte, ex-cop accused of child sexual assault, is dead
Forte had for nearly 35 years evaded resolution of the case. He was accused of assaulting a 12-year-old girl at his Landgrove vacation home.
Alleging racism and negligence, estate sues state over death of incarcerated Black man
Kenneth Johnson died by asphyxiation in a northern Vermont prison infirmary in December 2019. His estate says the Department of Corrections and its medical contractor should have prevented his death.
State to begin scheduling Pfizer booster shots for older Vermonters on Friday
Those age 80 and older may sign up for a third dose of the Covid-19 vaccine starting Friday morning. Over the following week, eligibility will gradually be extended to those age 65 and older, state officials said.
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