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Covid-19 Roundup: 5 new cases; Auditor tracks state spending of federal funds

Free food is given away at a distribution point run by the Vermont National Guard, the Vermont Foodbank and Vermont Emergency Management in Burlington on Tuesday, May 26, 2020. Drivers queued up on the Beltline for a selection of non-perishable and fresh foods. Photo by Glenn Russell/VTDigger

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Throughout the state, the long lines of cars waiting to pick up boxes of food underscore the toll pandemic-induced shutdowns have taken on Vermonters, with the number of people experiencing food insecurity increasing by 50% some estimate. See VTDigger’s story

The issue of voting by mail has turned partisan, with Gov. Phil Scott, a Republican, dragging his heels, Democrats in the General Assembly crying foul, and a prominent GOP House representative raising the specter of unfair elections. See VTDigger’s story Meantime, the state Senate is seeking to sideline the governor from the decision. See VTDigger’s story

Realtors statewide say interest in Vermont real estate is high, and some properties, especially in Southern Vermont, viewed virtually are selling in days with bids well over the asking price. See VTDigger/s story

A lawsuit brought on behalf of a Vermont inmate has ended with additional Covid-19 precautions to prevent the spread of the virus at the privately run prison in Mississippi where he is currently serving his sentence. See VTDigger’s story

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Cate Chant

About Cate

Cate Chant is a news editor at VTDigger. Her professional life has included various aspects of publishing, including graphic arts, writing and editing. She has lived off and on in Vermont; her latest return was in 2002 after 11 years in western Massachusetts. She had her start in journalism as a reporter at the Daily Hampshire Gazette in Northampton, Mass., and was a copy editor there for many years. She was a western Massachusetts stringer for The Boston Globe for 4½ years. Most recently, she was a copy editor for the Barre-Montpelier Times Argus. She has a B.A. in journalism from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She lives in East Montpelier with her husband, Steve Belitsos, and their twins, Luke and Libby.

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