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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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Less-Lethal Tools Central To Vermont State Police Updated Use-Of-Force Policy

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 20:09:43 +0000

Vermont State Police are emphasizing less-lethal weapons and tactics as they review their use-of-force procedures, as well as the policies that dictate when and how officers return to the job after critical incidents. But while some new weapons, tools and administrative changes have already been adopted, the policies surrounding use of force are still being reviewed.

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Voices Of Addiction And Recovery

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 18:31:09 +0000

In his 2014 State of the State address , Gov. Peter Shumlin highlighted the severity and far-reaching impact of Vermont's opioid crisis. Four years later, the state is still struggling with the deadly effects of that crisis. We're talking to Vermonters who have lived with addiction and are now in recovery, to hear their thoughts on the topic.

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Pass, Fail Or 'Advisory': New Rules Coming For Vt. Vehicle Inspections

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 20:15:39 +0000

Vermont vehicle inspections went electronic last year, and while the rules for road-worthiness never changed, many reported headaches and failed inspections. Now the DMV's rules are getting an update. We're talking about the new inspection rules and what it means for Vermont drivers.

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Lizards And Malaria: Norwich Senior Recognized For Research

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 20:06:39 +0000

Joshua Sassi is a senior biology major at Norwich University whose thesis work explores how the malaria parasite affects the Western Fence Lizard. His findings could shed light on how the parasite spreads in humans, which earn him a spot at Posters on the Hill, a Washington, D.C. event where the nation's top undergraduate researchers share their findings with Congress.

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Low Trust In Media And What It Means For Democracy

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 13:05:20 +0000

As charges of "fake news" keep flying, and many local newsrooms continue to dwindle, how much do Americans trust media outlets as sources of information and analysis? We're talking about the state of trust in the news media - both national and local - and how it affects how we form opinions and participate in our democracy.

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Welch: Firing Special Counsel Mueller 'Would Be A Catastrophe'

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 20:43:22 +0000

Rep. Peter Welch has joined a bipartisan effort of House members who want to protect Special Counsel Robert Mueller from being fired by President Donald Trump.

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How Are You Reacting To Vermont's New Gun Laws?

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 19:52:44 +0000

Gov. Phil Scott has signed three gun control measures into law, the first such rules for Vermont. We want to hear your thoughts on these laws and how you think they'll shape Vermont.

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GOP Legislative Leaders On Education Funding, Water Quality And Other Issues

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 20:39:50 +0000

The end of the Legislative session looms, but there is still time for movement on a number of key issues. We get input on education funding, financing clean water efforts, the state minimum wage and paid family leave from the Republican legislative leadership.

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Herp Walk: Reptiles And Amphibians Are On The Move!

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 13:36:20 +0000

As the temperatures slowly climb northward, you're about to see a lot of movement outside. Especially if you look really closely at the spring migration of reptiles and amphibians.

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The 'Orphan Trains' That Brought Over One Hundred Children To Vermont

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 20:35:11 +0000

How did you or your family first come to Vermont? Maybe your family traces its history beyond memory. Perhaps you’re a transplant who remembers the first footstep in the Green Mountain State. St. Michael's College professor emeritus Daniel Bean has researched the unique history of a small group of Vermonters: orphans and foundlings rounded up in major cities and brought here on what he calls "orphan trains."

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Trump's 'Most Influential White Nationalist Troll' Has Vermont Roots

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 19:23:48 +0000

Twitter user Ricky Vaughn has been called " Trump’s most influential white nationalist troll. " The account drew attention during the 2016 presidential election for political (and often white nationalist and anti-Semitic) posts. Huffington Post reporter Luke O'Brien found the man behind the handle is Waterbury native and Middlebury graduate Douglass Mackey.

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What The Heck Is Blockchain? Why Vermont Lawmakers Are Betting On New Tech As A Future Moneymaker

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 17:59:30 +0000

Bitcoin. Cryptocurrency. These and other buzzwords make headlines in the world of finance, but underlying it all is a new piece of financial technology called blockchain. And state lawmakers are betting this new technology could be Vermont's next moneymaker, much like the state's captive insurance market.

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The Shift: Collecting School Taxes From Paychecks Instead Of Property

Mon, 09 Apr 2018 18:47:36 +0000

Ask any legislator in Montpelier and they'll probably agree that getting the state's education funding model right could be their most difficult task. Now a bill passed by the House sets about shifting some of the burden of paying for our schools from property taxes to income taxes.

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Long Wait Times, Limited Access: The Impact Of Vermont's Psychiatrist Shortage

Mon, 09 Apr 2018 13:54:26 +0000

Vermont's shortage of psychiatrists means it can be incredibly difficult for people to get the mental health care they need. We're talking about the problem, the impact and possible solutions.

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Burnishing The Golden Dome: What's Involved In The $2 Million Capitol Renovation

Thu, 05 Apr 2018 20:16:54 +0000

The golden dome that crowns Vermont's capitol building is undergoing a $2 million renovation. We're looking at what the project will accomplish with Statehouse Curator David Schutz.

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Remembering Greg Sharrow Of The Vermont Folklife Center

Thu, 05 Apr 2018 18:51:10 +0000

The idea of “folklore” may conjure stories we tell children about mythical creatures, explanations of unique family traditions, or even mysteries of the natural world. But for Greg Sharrow, folklore was how people forged a sense of who they are. Sharrow dedicated three decades of work with the Vermont Folklife Center to documenting, celebrating, and illuminating folklore and folk arts in Vermont. He died Monday, April 2.

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Progressive Leaders On School Taxes, Health Care And Minimum Wage

Thu, 05 Apr 2018 18:24:37 +0000

Progressive leaders in Montpelier began the legislative session with a plan for Vermonters to pay their school taxes based on their income, rather than the value of their property. The plan failed to gain traction in both the House and Senate. We're talking with Progressive leaders about how their agenda has been received in the Statehouse this year.

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The Stars of 'Super Troopers 2'

Wed, 04 Apr 2018 20:30:21 +0000

What may be the best-known movie set in our state features syrup-chugging Vermont state troopers and several mustaches. Now, after 17 years, it has a sequel. We're talking to three members of the Broken Lizard comedy troupe, the stars of Super Troopers, and now, Super Troopers 2 .

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Vermont's Disputatious Statesman Matthew Lyon Will Be Focus Of New Musical

Wed, 04 Apr 2018 18:15:54 +0000

Vermont history buffs may know the name Matthew Lyon, but a Burlington singer-songwriter hopes to make the rowdy Vermont statesman more of a household name by making him the focus of a full-length musical.

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How Vermont's Small Colleges Are Dealing With Falling Enrollment

Wed, 04 Apr 2018 16:00:00 +0000

College enrollment is down across New England . We're looking at how Vermont's small private and state colleges are adjusting to fewer students, rising costs, and growing competition for tuition dollars.

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