VTDigger Minute is a weekly news digest from Vermont PBS. Tune in every Wednesday at 6 p.m. and Thursday at 6:30 a.m. to hear about the week’s top stories.
This week on the Minute:
Vermont is one of two states known to have allowed Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials search its DMV’s photographic database, new research has found. DMV conducted searches with facial recognition technology for ICE and other federal agencies including the FBI between 2013 and and 2017. The practice raised concerns from privacy and civil rights activists, and in 2017, Gov. Phil Scott called on the DMV to end the practice.
Vermont hemp processors and growers are expecting prices for the crop to drop this year. Hemp industry experts say the number of growers in the state and the supply of the crop have increased dramatically. At the same time they don’t think there are enough processors to turn the hemp into CBD oil or other products.
And Burlington police are denying allegations that they used excessive force during an altercation with three black men last September. The men filed a lawsuit against the department, and videos show police used physical force against them outside a Burlington bar.