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Vermont Edition brings you news and conversation about issues affecting your life. Hosts Jane Lindholm and Bob Kinzel consider the context of current events through interviews with news makers and people who make our region buzz.

Last Build Date: Sat, 20 Jan 2018 21:56:38 +0000


With Session Underway, Senate President Tim Ashe Outlines Priorities

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 17:00:00 +0000

Raising the state minimum wage to $15 an hour over a period of years is one of Senate President Tim Ashe's top priorities for this legislative session. Sen. Ashe joins Vermont Edition to discuss this and other key issues.

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Vt. Attorney General Joins 22-State Lawsuit Challenging Net Neutrality Repeal

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 17:45:00 +0000

Vermont Attorney General TJ Donovan has joined a lawsuit challenging the Federal Communications Commission's rollback of so-called “net neutrality” regulations.

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Enforcing Health And Safety In Vermont's Aging Rentals

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 14:31:21 +0000

A third of Vermonters rent their homes, but a new report on substandard housing shows Vermont's aging rental stock and tight rental market can lead to poor health and few options for those facing health or safety violations in their rentals. Vermont Edition looks at what happens when a rental problem becomes a health hazard, and why it can be so difficult to get it fixed.

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A New Plan Could Reshape Both Mental Health And Corrections In Vermont

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 17:00:00 +0000

The Agency of Human Services has released a plan for a massive new “campus-style” facility in northwestern Vermont that could reshape the state’s mental health and corrections systems. We’re talking about the proposal and how it would work.

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For Those With Physical Mobility Issues, Winter Weather Brings Icy Challenges

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 22:10:57 +0000

Winter weather can be a drag for anyone in Vermont. Now, imagine the added challenge of using a wheelchair or having other physical mobility issues and having to navigate icy and snowy parking lots, ramps and sidewalks.

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Are Safe Injection Sites Key To Curtailing Vermont's Opioid Crisis?

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 17:00:00 +0000

It may sound counterintuitive, but a Committee headed by Chittenden County State's Attorney Sarah George recently came to the conclusion that a safe injection facility for drug users in Chittenden County would be an effective tool in addressing Vermont's opioid crisis.

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'Llama Llama' Author's Legacy Shines In New Netflix Series And Posthumous Books

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 20:53:00 +0000

A new animated series based on the popular Llama Llama children's books series debuts Jan. 26 on Netflix. Anna Dewdney, a southern Vermont author and illustrator and the series' creator, died in 2016 at the age of 50. Her longtime partner, Reed Duncan, spoke with Vermont Edition about how her work continues to find new audiences.

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Vermont's End-Of-Life Law, 4 Years On

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 17:00:00 +0000

It's been four years since Vermont started allowing terminally ill patients to seek the help of a doctor to end their own lives. We're looking at how patient choice at the end of life is working in our state, and how Vermonters have used the program since it began in 2013.

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Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman On Education, Property Taxes and The Tax-And-Regulate Push

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 17:00:00 +0000

Gov. Phil Scott has made education spending one of his top priorities, and he's vowed to oppose any plan to raise the statewide property tax rate to meet new budget pressures. Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman joins Vermont Edition to talk about property tax reform, and what he thinks of the governor's hard line. We also talk about health care, minimum wage and paid family leave — and the lieutenant governor's continuing push for a tax-and-regulate plan on marijuana.

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Conversation Continues At Middlebury Over Free Speech On Campus

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 14:44:22 +0000

Middlebury College has been at the center of some fierce debates over speech and diversity on campus this past year. Back in March, Charles Murray - a social scientist whose ideas are viewed by many as racist - was shouted down on campus, and a violent confrontation followed his talk. The incident focused national attention on the college.

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Permission To Grow Your Own: The Specifics On Vermont's Marijuana Bill

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 17:00:00 +0000

The Legislature is sending a marijuana bill (H.511) to Gov. Phil Scott for his signature, which would make Vermont the first state to legalize marijuana through the legislative process. Now exactly what does the bill allow you to do?

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Using Policy To Combat Poverty In Vermont

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 17:00:00 +0000

Poverty is on the rise in Vermont, with roughly one in nine Vermonters struggling to make ends meet. It's a trend that's steadily increased over the last decade. A new report shows more Vermonters are struggling to pay for basics like food, housing, and child care. What policies will best help those who are struggling the most?

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How 'Barn Quilts' Came To Blanket Franklin County

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 15:27:20 +0000

More than 200 barn quilts—painted pieces of plywood that use the simple geometric patterns common to quilting on a barn-sized canvas​—now blanket Franklin County. But the colorful landmarks that now make up the Franklin County Barn Quilt Trail have their genesis with one woman and her summer road trip through the midwest.

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Trying To Get Central Vermont Wired

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 14:25:40 +0000

One often-cited barrier that gets in the way of young professionals moving to Vermont is the lack of high-speed internet in many communities around the state. And where something doesn't exist, it is incumbent upon someone to create it.

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'Emotional Disturbance' Among Vt. Students: What It Means And How The State Helps

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 17:00:00 +0000

Vermont has the highest rate in the country of students identified as having an "emotional disturbance." We're talking about what is actually covered by that term, and what's being done inside and out of the state's special education system to help the kids who need it most.

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A Big, Hot Rock Bubbles Beneath Vermont

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 21:32:49 +0000

Vermont is seismically and geologically a very stable place, but new data gleaned from a vast array of seismic sensors has uncovered a massive hot rock located just beneath our surface.

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Gov. Scott's Proposed Benefits For Vermont Veterans And Guard Members

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 17:00:00 +0000

Several of the proposals Gov. Phil Scott made in his State of the State address Thursday involved Vermont's veterans and National Guard members. These include free tuition for guard members and removing the state income tax on military pensions.

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A Look Back At The First Week Of The 2018 Legislative Session

Fri, 05 Jan 2018 17:00:00 +0000

Lawmakers began the 2018 legislative session by putting landmark votes like legalizing marijuana at the top of their docket. Gov. Phil Scott outlined his own goals for the new year in his Thursday State of the State address.

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The Big Chill: How Vermonters Cope With Dangerous Cold

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 13:32:41 +0000

The state is getting a very slight reprieve from the bitter cold snap we've been fighting, but we'll sink back into the intense deep freeze this weekend. We're talking about this dangerous spell of cold weather and how Vermonters are coping.

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Live From Montpelier: Life Behind The Scenes At The Statehouse

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 17:00:00 +0000

While the weather outside has been frightfully cold, things are heating back up at the Statehouse with the start of the second year of the Legislature's biennium. And Vermont Edition will be there for the opening day.

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