On this week’s podcast, civil liberties advocates and law enforcement officials discuss the rising number of fatal police encounters — and what might be done to curb the trend.
The most-recent fatal police shooting rounded out the deadliest decade in Vermont history for police killings with 17. And like every police-involved death since 1977, the officers were cleared of wrongdoing by the Attorney General’s Office.
The House passed two of Democrats’ top priority bills last week, but neither had sufficient support to guarantee an override of an anticipated veto.
A report recommends increasing support for parents and caregivers in order to improve mental health care for children.
Policymakers say Vermont should look at attracting new residents, expanding housing and cutting state spending in the face of changing demographic trends.
On this week’s podcast, advocates for elderly Vermonters discuss the challenges of connecting seniors with their communities.
Many Vermonters, especially older people, struggle with social isolation.
Vermont’s homeless population has decreased by almost a third since 2015. But homeless shelters are still turning away many into the cold weather.
Dollar stores can be cheaper and more convenient options for food shopping. But their offerings are limited, and their low prices put pressure on other businesses with wider selections.
Police departments have started reporting traffic stop race data but advocates are fighting for more.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency will visit Vermont this week to determine which counties qualify for disaster aid.
The most dangerous flooding has passed, but large regions remain under a flood warning and wind advisory.
The rise parallels a national trend, with gun shop owners and researchers saying that in the wake of mass shootings, firearm sales typically spike in anticipation of proposed restrictions.
Difficulty in finding and affording healthy food options is a major contributor to the problem in the state, according to a Department of Health nutritionist.