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A sign saying the beach is closed due to blue green algae.
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High Heat + Precipitation = Blue-Green Algae Blooms In Vermont

Temperatures boiled above 90 degrees Fahrenheit Friday afternoon, so sisters Margaret and Rosemary Mannix fancied a swim. The pair — visiting their mother from Alaska and Oregon, respectively — took a drive over to Oakledge Park's Cove Beach in Burlington. That's where they saw the red signs staked into the ground: "Beach Closed Due To Blue Green Algae."

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Young At Art

A man in a pink shirt stands by a pond.
Elodie Reed / VPR

'Unhinged Rhythms And Unbridled Expression': Composer Matthew Evan Taylor

For as long as he can remember, Matthew Evan Taylor has been intrigued by sound.

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This Past Week On 'Vermont Edition'

The transgender flag behind the caduceus staff of Hermes.
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The Evolution Of Gender-Affirming Health Care For Trans And Nonbinary Vermonters

Vermont's health care rules could soon make it easier for trans and nonbinary youth under the age of 21 to get gender-affirming surgery. But for many, surgery may only come after months or even years of other treatments and therapies. Vermont Edition talks about health care options for trans and nonbinary Vermonters and what changes to state rules could mean for those seeking surgery.

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Janelle Sing

What role does storytelling play in addiction and recovery? 

Updated at 12:45 p.m. ET

Members of Congress likely won't confine themselves to former special counsel Robert Mueller's report when they question him next week in two open hearings, staffers said.

Mueller, who is reluctant to appear, has said he would confine himself to what he's already written — but the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence won't.

The lineup is now set for the second series of Democratic presidential primary debates, at the end of the month.

On the first night, progressive favorites Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren will be on stage together for the first time, while upstart South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg will be trying to continue his improbable rise.

Children in red baseball uniforms hug each other
Phil Lux, Courtesy

Big dreams for Little Leaguers are within reach in Vermont.

Interior of the Vermont Salt Cave in Montgomery Center
Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR

The rural Franklin County town of Montgomery is earning a reputation as a destination for people seeking alternative wellness options. It all started nearly three years ago with the opening of the Vermont Salt Cave.

Envisioning what Vermont's transportation needs will be like in 2030 is what the Agency of Transportation is working on now.
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Live call-in discussion: To meet Vermont's transportation needs for 2030, we have to start planning today. The Agency of Transportation is conducting a public survey to help determine how public transportation should be expanded in the next decade. We'll hear about that on Vermont Edition.  

Quesadillas served in the Summer Meals Program at Mt. Abraham Union High School
Vermont Agency of Education, courtesy

During the school year, nearly 37,000 children in Vermont qualify for free or reduced-price meals. But when the school year ends, students from low-income households lose access to nutritional meals. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Summer Food Service program helps remedy this issue by serving food to students at no charge.

The exterior of Springfield Hospital, with a person walking toward the entrance carrying bags
Howard Weiss-Tisman / VPR

The federal government wants to appoint a patient care ombudsman to make sure healthcare services at Springfield Hospital and at the hospital’s 13 clinics are maintained while the organization works through the Chapter 11 bankruptcy process.

Updated at 6:12 p.m. ET

Homeland Security acting Secretary Kevin McAleenan says the U.S. has apprehended more than 800,000 migrants attempting to enter the country since last October, calling the numbers staggering and unprecedented, and that the influx has "challenged and overwhelmed every aspect of our border and immigration enforcement system."

Still, McAleenan said DHS "made significant strides in its effort to secure the border and help and protect migrants in our custody."

Congressman Peter Welch poses for a portrait outside his office at the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C.
Eman Mohammed for VPR

Vermont Rep. Peter Welch is calling for President Donald Trump's impeachment.


Brave Little State

Chain-link fence surrounds an overgrown area in downtown Newport where buildings once stood.
Liam Elder-Connors / VPR

What's The Plan For The 'Pit' In The Middle Of Newport?

A development project gone wrong. A community living with the fallout. And an uncertain path forward.

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Gunshots Series

A pistol on a whit background.
Taylor Dobbs, Emily Alfin Johnson / VPR

Gunshots Project Update: Takeaways From 2018 Gun Death Data

More people died from gunshots in Vermont in 2018 than any year since at least 2011, according to the most recent update to the Vermont Public Radio gunshot database.

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Starting June 24, 2019, 'All Things Considered' host Henry Epp will be reading two extra local newscasts at 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Daria Bishop / For VPR

More Local News Coming To All Things Considered

Beginning Monday, June 24, you will notice some changes to All Things Considered on VPR as we make room for more local news.

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A Beginner's Guide To Podcasts

A Beginner's Guide To Podcasts

Not sure how the whole podcasting thing works? We're here to help.

Eye On The Sky

But Why: A Podcast For Curious Kids

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What Is Electricity?

Where does electricity come from? What is electricity made of? Who invented it? How does electricity work? What are electrons made of? Where does static electricity come from? How is it generated? Why don't we use lightning as a power source? How does electricity power things? Electrical Engineer Paul Hines answers our questions, in part one of our live call-in program. Hines is a professor at the University of Vermont and co-founder of Packetized Energy.

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2019 Summer Music Festival Guide

Your go-to resource for music events across the region this summer.

VPR Wins National Murrow Award For Overall Excellence

This award recognizes the full scope and impact of what a news organization produces — including breaking news, newscasts, features, continuing coverage and digital presence.