Newscast: Tuesday, February 6, 2013, 7:34 a.m.

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The Shumlin Administration says it won’t support legislation that’s designed to deal with an outbreak of pertussis in Vermont. Health Commissioner Harry Chen says his department can make solid progress on the issue without engaging in a legislative battle that it’s likely to lose. As cities and towns debate whether to rebuild in a smarter, safer way or buyback properties and leave them undeveloped in the wake of Tropical Storm Irene, a bill moving through the Vermont House would require that local governments plan for future flood resiliency. Sterling College says it’s going to divest its endowment of stocks in fossil fuel companies as a way to help combat global warming.

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