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WASHINGTON (AP) — A person in California who had been vaccinated against COVID-19 became the first in the U.S. to have an identified case of the omicron variant, the White House announced Wednesday as scientists continue to study the risks posed by the new virus strain.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden called the new coronavirus variant omicron a cause for concern but "not a cause for panic" Monday and said he was not considering any widespread U.S. lockdown. He urged Americans anew to get fully vaccinated, including booster shots, and return to face m…

DERBY CENTER- Prior to the onset of the pandemic, school districts faced shortages of nurses, para-educators, and teachers in the fields of math and science. Those shortages have been exacerbated by the Covid crisis and has spread to other jobs.

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With their bellies full of Thanksgiving dinner, shoppers across the country took to the stores on Black Friday and Small Saturday. That includes Newport City, where merchants had been greeting customers even before the weekend.

Six new cases of COVID-19 were detected at Northern State Correctional Facility (NSCF) in Newport. Three of the cases were identified in the incarcerated population and two among staff in outbreak testing conducted on November 22. One additional staff member tested positive in outside testing.

The Vermont State Police became aware of a missing persons report. Investigation has revealed that Michael Carkin, 62, has not been seen or heard from since the evening of NOV 15, 2021. Carkin's last known whereabouts were in the Barton area. The incident is not considered suspicious but the…

On Saturday CDC Director Rochelle P. Walensky, M.D., M.P.H., endorsed the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ (ACIP) expanded recommendations for booster shots to include all adults ages 18 years and older who received a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine at least six months af…

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WESTFIELD - A 30-year-old Troy man died in a two vehicle crash Friday morning. Police identified the man as Corey Pion.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden signed his hard-fought $1 trillion infrastructure deal into law Monday before a bipartisan, celebratory crowd on the White House lawn, declaring that the new infusion of cash for roads, bridges, ports and more is going to make life "change for the better…

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont said Monday he won't seek reelection next year to the seat he's held since 1975, signaling an end to a career that has given him major roles on issues from civil liberties to financing the government and that began before four o…

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — The murder case against Kyle Rittenhouse was thrown into jeopardy Wednesday when his lawyers asked for a mistrial over what appeared to be out-of-bounds questions asked of Rittenhouse by the chief prosecutor. The judge did not immediately rule on the request.

BARTON- The Barton Select Board will coordinate ATV/UTV traffic regulations with the Villages of Barton and Orleans. The board is developing a parking ordinance for all motorized vehicles and would like to streamline the town ordinance to be consistent with the villages.

CHARLESTON- The Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Chapter 22 are donating 10 flags to area schools. On Thursday Ronald Lavoie and Harmon and Pauline Whitcomb presented a flag to the Charleston Elementary School.

JAY–On the cusp of the winter season, Jay Peak Resort’s management team received good news. President Joe Biden’s administration announced the Canadian/US border will be open for Canadians visiting by vehicle. Prior to the new directive, only air travelers and industries were allowed to cross.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump's extraordinary effort to overturn his 2020 election defeat brought the Justice Department to the brink of chaos, and prompted top officials there and at the White House to threaten to resign, a Senate Judiciary Committee report found.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump intends to assert executive privilege in a congressional investigation into the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol, a move that could prevent the testimony of onetime aides, according to a letter sent by lawyers for the former president.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former Facebook data scientist told Congress on Tuesday that the social network giant's products harm children and fuel polarization in the U.S. while its executives refuse to change because they elevate profits over safety. And she laid responsibility with the company's …

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DERBY –The Creative Workforce Solutions (CWS) presented the 2021 Summer Career Exploration Program Award of Excellence last week. The first-time award issued in corporation with Vermont Association of Business, Industry, and Rehabilitation (VABIR) as well as Vocational Rehabilitation recogni…

The Department of Health and Agency of Education have adopted a "Test To Stay" policy as a strategy to keep kids in school. Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic 18 months ago schools throughout Vermont have adopted protocols to keep the virus at bay.

Associated Press (AP) — Facebook and its Instagram and WhatsApp platforms suffered a worldwide outage that has lasted more than three hours on Monday. Facebook's internal systems used by employees also went down. Service has not yet been restored at the time of this posting.

CHARLOTTE, Vt. (AP) — A $6 million gift is going to the Vermont Land Trust to help diversify farm ownership, make farming more economically viable and promote farming practices that contribute to clean water, healthy soil, and climate resilience, the High Meadows Fund, Vermont Land Trust and…

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ERBY – Northeast Kingdom Human Services (NKHS) continues to move forward to meet the Department of Mental Health (DMH) requirements to get their division of Adult and Children Mental Health off of provisional status.

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NEWPORT CITY – Just in time for the cold weather, North Country Hospital patients receiving outpatient care have something warm to cuddle with while receiving treatment, and it’s all thanks to members of the North Country Quilters Guild.

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By the narrow margin of a 3-2 decision, the Vermont Supreme Court upheld the state constitution's Article 11. The article protects a person against unlawful search and seizure.   Evidence taken by a federal border patrol agent in August of 2018 was used to convict Brandi-Lena Butterfield and…