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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.

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Mental Health Week: The View From Montpelier

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 16:00:00 +0000

We've been discussing the many challenges that the state mental health system and those experiencing mental illness are facing. Now we hear about some of the ideas that the Legislature has for fixing the problems.

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Mental Health Week: How Family Members Manage

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 16:00:00 +0000

The effects of a mental illness almost always stretch beyond just one person. Being the family member of someone with a mental health condition comes with unique challenges, and providing support to a struggling loved one can be both draining and heartbreaking.

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Mental Health Week: How Are Our Kids Coping?

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 16:00:00 +0000

It's not easy to watch anyone struggle with mental health issues, but it might be even more difficult to see children battle mental illness. According the National Institute of Mental Health, half of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14.

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Mental Health Week: Fighting Stigma And Discrimination

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 16:00:00 +0000

Why is mental health so hard to talk about? If conditions like depression, anxiety, or even schizophrenia can have such massive impacts on people's lives, why can it feel like weakness to get help? We're continuing our week of mental health coverage by focusing in on the stigma around mental health, and how to move past it.

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Mental Health Week: Psychiatric Crisis In Hospital ERs

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 16:00:00 +0000

People who are suffering psychiatric episodes can end up in the emergency rooms of community hospitals, where doctors and nurses say they are not equipped to provide the treatment these patients need. As Vermont Edition begins a week-long exploration of mental health care in Vermont, we look at the problem of emergency psychiatric care.

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Can The State Step Up Its IT Game?

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 16:00:00 +0000

Vermont has had some well-documented challenges with big IT projects over the years. But these digital infrastructure projects are important to a functioning and efficient state government, and Governor Phil Scott has formed a team to tackle the issue.

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Bernie Sanders: A Vermont Senator With A National Constituency

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 16:00:00 +0000

Sen. Bernie Sanders has a packed two-day schedule Thursday and Friday as he travels around his home state to meet-and-greet with Vermonters and hold two town hall sessions. This kind of face-time with citizens in Vermont has become rarer in the last two years since Sanders ramped up a run for president and rose to prominence in national politics.

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Paying For Clean Water

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 16:00:00 +0000

When it comes to bodies of water, your big boys in Vermont are Lake Champlain, Lake Memphremagog, and the Connecticut River. The rest of the state is pretty much in the watershed of these three. So when it comes to clean water, all of our waterways are interconnected.

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Education Funding: How It Works, Where The Money Goes

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 16:00:00 +0000

Across the state on Town Meeting Day last week, voters signed off on - or rejected - their local school budgets. We're looking at the level of education spending in Vermont, and where that money goes.

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Considering Paid Family And Medical Leave

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 17:00:00 +0000

Four states – California, Rhode Island, New Jersey and New York – have approved state-run paid family and medical leave programs. Vermont currently has bills in both the House and Senate that would legislate it here.

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Racial Justice In A White State

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 17:00:00 +0000

Racial discrimination in Vermont can be an isolating experience — partly because the state has such a small percentage of people of color, and also because the problem often goes unnoticed by Vermont's overwhelmingly white majority.

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A Middlebury Protest Sparks A National Controversy Over Campus Speech

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 17:00:00 +0000

Conservative author Charles Murray has faced heavy criticism for his controversial theories about race, economics, and intelligence. Last week, Murray was shouted down by protesters as he attempted to give a guest lecture at Middlebury College.

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Vermont Edition: Town Meeting Day Wrap-Up

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 17:00:00 +0000

In Vermont's 251 towns, citizens are casting votes in an annual exercise of truly local self-government: Town Meeting Day. By Wednesday, Vermont Edition will have a statewide picture of how towns across Vermont weighed in on critical issues.

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Reporters' Roundtable: Town Meeting Day Issues And Legislative Session Update

Tue, 07 Mar 2017 17:00:00 +0000

A panel of reporters joins Vermont Edition on this year's Town Meeting Day for an overview of issues being considered around the state.

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Shortage Of Primary Care Doctors Looms For Vermont

Mon, 06 Mar 2017 17:00:00 +0000

A shortage of primary care doctors in most parts of Vermont has the medical community concerned, with nearly 30 percent of primary care physicians over age 60 and nearing retirement.

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Gov. Scott Discusses State Budget, Education Funding, Marijuana

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 17:00:00 +0000

Vermont's state budget tops one billion dollars, and the balance of raising revenue and controlling costs is a contentious issue between the governor and the Democratic leadership in the Legislature.

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That's How We Roast: Vermont's Coffee Culture

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 17:00:00 +0000

Vermont is rife with cozy coffee shops, skilled baristas, and experienced coffee roasters. Coffee is truly engrained in the culture of Vermont.

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Vermonters React To President Trump's Congressional Address

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 21:01:28 +0000

President Trump spoke to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday night, and we'll hear reactions to what he said on Wednesday's Vermont Edition .

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Having The Talk...With Your Aging Parents

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 17:00:00 +0000

It might be the most difficult ride of your life. You're in the car with your aging parent at the wheel and it becomes glaringly obvious that their driving skills have diminished. Possibly to the point of being dangerous to them and to others on the road.

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GOP Lawmakers Differ On Governor's Immigration Bill

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 17:00:00 +0000

Vermont's Republican governor asked the Legislature to deliver a state law that blunts some of federal law enforcement's ability to identify undocumented people for deportation. The state Senate unanimously agreed, and now the House will weigh in. So where do Republican legislators stand on the question?

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