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STOWE — Lt. Gov. Molly Gray and Senate President Pro Tempore Becca Balint are the leading candidates in Tuesday’s Democratic U.S. House primary that could make either of them the first female member of Vermont’s congressional delegation.

BRATTLEBORO — Canoes, kayaks, paddleboards and surf skis lined up in front of the Route 119 bridge at 10:30 on Sunday to kick off the last day…

BRATTLEBORO — Volunteers from New Chapter helped others from the Connecticut River Conservancy to clear away brush on Depot Street on Thursday…

As temperatures rose into the mid- to upper 90s this week, people headed out to Harriman Reservoir in Wilmington to cool down. Friday is expec…

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The Reformer-Ukraine connection

Vermont News & Media's three newspapers have a direct connection to people there who continue to work in Ukraine while under siege: Owner Paul Belogour has information technology teams based in Dnepr and Kyiv, Ukraine, which support the online operations of his other businesses, such as Vermont Innovation Box, Vermont Beer Makers and Vermont Real Estate and Development. Send your photos, videos and English-language reports from Ukraine to news@reformer.com to share them with Vermonters and other American readers.

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Rick Morton, a Republican candidate for the Windham County Vermont State Senate seat, helps …

BRATTLEBORO — Between Friday night and early Saturday morning, Epsilon Spires was burglarized.

BRATTLEBORO — At its July 13 breakfast meeting, the Brattleboro Sunrise Rotary Club officially welcomed Brattleboro resident Nick DuBois as it…

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Health officials on Tuesday encouraged Vermonters to get COVID-19 booster shots right up through Wednesday to protect themselves and others as they travel and visit friends and family for the Thanksgiving holiday. Testing for the virus is also recommended, Health Commissioner Mark Levine sai…

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ARLINGTON — The ventilators helping severely ill COVID-19 patients breathe have been a focus of health care responses to the disease, with states and hospitals clamoring for them. Mack …

BENNINGTON — Abacus Automation has donated more than two dozen face shields made with the company's 3D printer to the Vermont Veterans' Home amid a widespread shortage of personal protective …

BOSTON — More than 74,000 University of Massachusetts students will be required to take all of their classes online beginning as soon as Thursday as the state's largest public university system …

Authorities have identified the fourth victim in a series of killings of Muslim men in Albuquerque, New Mexico, as the deaths sent ripples of fear through Islamic communities nationwide. Three of the slayings happened in the past week. Now law enforcement officials are seeking help finding a vehicle believed to be connected to the killings in New Mexico’s largest city. The common elements were the victims’ race and religion. Naeem Hussain was killed Friday night, and ambush shootings killed three other Muslim men over the past nine months. Police are trying to determine if the homicides are linked.

The white father and son convicted of murder in Ahmaud Arbery’s fatal shooting after they chased the 25-year-old Black man through a Georgia neighborhood have been sentenced to life in prison for committing a federal hate crime. A U.S. District Court judge sentenced Travis McMichael and his father Greg McMichael on Monday in Brunswick. Both were previously sentenced to life without parole in a state court for Arbery’s murder. The McMichaels armed themselves with guns and used a pickup truck to chase Arbery after he ran past their home on Feb. 23, 2020. Neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan, who recorded cellphone video of the slaying, was sentenced to 35 years in prison.

The Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers are central arms of California's water system. But they are becoming too salty to use for some farmers and cities that rely on them as the state's punishing drought drags on. In dry times, less fresh water flows from the mountains through California's rivers and into an estuary known as the Delta. That means saltier water from the Pacific Ocean is able to push further into the system, which supplies water to millions of people and acres of farmland. The Delta's challenges foreshadow the risks to come for key water supplies from drought and sea level rise made worse by climate change.

Father, son get life for hate crime in Ahmaud Arbery’s death

Stocks are closing flat on Wall Street as investors prepare for a busy week of updates on inflation. The S&P 500 gave up early gains and closed down 0.1% Monday, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average edged higher and the Nasdaq fell slightly. Small-company stocks outpaced the broader market in a sign of investors' confidence in the economy. Retailers and communications stocks were among the biggest winners. Clean energy companies, including First Solar, rose following Senate approval of Democrats’ big election-year economic package. The government will release its July reports for consumer prices and wholesale prices later this week.

BRATTLEBORO — Mitchell-Giddings Fine Arts presents "Larry Simons: Live It Up," an exhibition of found and salvaged wood and mixed media assemblages and sculpture, with an opening and Artist Reception during Gallery Walk Friday, from 5 to 8 p.m. An Artist Talk is scheduled for 5 p.m. Aug. 20,…

BURLINGTON — William Clarence Matthews, who broke several color barriers in baseball in the early 20th century including playing professionally in Burlington, will be honored at historic Centennial Field prior to the Vermont Lake Monsters game on Thursday. Jeff Schulman, UVM director of athl…

MANCHESTER — On what was just about a perfect night to be outside at Judy McCormick Taylor Field, the Burr and Burton Bulldogs were nearly perfect, as well. The BBA girls raced out to an early lead and never looked back, overwhelming Brattleboro for a 20-4 victory at home.

As we watch new information emerge from the Jan. 6 congressional hearings, one truth has been made crystal clear. Whether it’s insurrection at the Capitol or violent threats against election officials, these acts are a consequence of a single insidious lie: that voter fraud altered the outco…

In true Vermont fashion we have come together, regardless of political party, on the top threats facing our state. From the Statehouse to the kitchen table, Vermonters agree that something must be done to fix the workforce and housing crises.

We bring our big water bottle in from the truck, and the nice waitress goes off to fill it up. We are sitting in a corner booth, and I am fidgeting with an LAX parking receipt, watching my 12-year-old son demolish a short stack of pancakes from his plate, at a place called the Blue Dolphin Diner.

As health care and other living costs spiral ever further out of people’s reach, our legislators and the State’s Green Mountain Care Board have a unique opportunity to protect Vermont residents from rising health care prices once and for all. Vermont’s Act 48, passed in 2011, makes Vermont t…

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