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Despite Pandemic, Enosburg Falls' Revitalization Offers Lessons On Hope, Resilience

A multi-year, volunteer-driven revitalization project in Enosburg Falls village was starting to bear fruit this year. Then the COVID-19 pandemic hit. But the community has not given up, and its story of resilience offers hope and lessons for others around Vermont.

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Resilience in a Franklin County town. Plus: housing aid, COVID-19 numbers, and testing at pharmacies.

Live Coverage: Coronavirus In Vermont

Daily updates from the VPR newsroom on the coronavirus pandemic

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Since the beginning of COVID-19, we've received many questions about masks. This hour: We heard about how a facial covering mandate is panning out in neighboring Massachusetts.

Florida reported 15,299 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, marking the largest single-day increase of any state since the start of the pandemic.

Sunday's number exceeds New York's peak of more than 12,200 new cases in one day back in April, when it was the epicenter of the outbreak.

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To take control of the U.S. Senate, Democrats need to net three seats in November if former Vice President Joe Biden wins, and four if President Trump is reelected.

That once looked like a near impossibility, but it's becoming a real possibility.

Republicans hold a 53-to-47 majority in the Senate, with the Democrats' side including two independents who caucus with them.

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When you think of this certain flower, you might recall a scene when Dorothy from "The Wizard of Oz" begins to feel very sleepy or perhaps you learned to recite this poem of remembrance.

The delicate, papery-petaled Flanders or Iceland poppies are in bloom right now and Charlie Nardozzi has tips for their care.

President Trump on Saturday was photographed wearing a mask during a visit to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, after months of refusing to don the medical expert-recommended face coverings meant to help slow the spread of the coronavirus.

"I love masks in the appropriate locations," Trump said, speaking to reporters at the White House before his visit.

Lots of people, especially many Native Americans, loathe the name of the Washington, D.C., NFL team, the Redskins.

"The origin of that name is rooted in murder and violence and genocide and hate," says Crystal Echo Hawk, the founder and CEO of the advocacy group IllumiNative. "It's a dictionary-defined racial slur, full-stop."

This week, the U.S. Supreme Court settled an important question about the function of the Electoral College that elects the U.S. president. But it did not address the question about the Electoral College.

The high court decided not only that states can require electors to follow the will of the popular vote within their states — but also that they can penalize or replace electors who fail to do so. The court's vote was unanimous.

I'm hearing a lot of talk about the coronavirus spreading through aerosols — is wearing a mask in a grocery store enough protection? What else should I do to stay safe?

Quick answer first: Going to the grocery store where you and everyone else is wearing a mask and keeping a distance from each other is still considered a low-risk activity. Go get your summer strawberries!

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Live call-in discussion: Vermont's state government has issued guidelines college campuses will have to follow in order to reopen on campus this fall. They include: mandatory health checks, a compressed academic calendar, and codes of conduct students pledge to follow. We're talking with Vermont colleges about what's happening on their individual campuses, and the concerns many still have for the fall.

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As the economic toll of COVID-19 intensifies longstanding concerns about housing insecurity in Vermont, the state is poised to disburse $25 million to renters and homeowners that might otherwise face eviction or foreclosure.

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From open air to on the air, Free Shakespeare in the Park comes to VPR this week. WNYC and The Public Theater present William Shakespeare's Richard II in a serialized radio broadcast over four nights. Listen Monday through Thursday at 8 p.m. as the last of the divinely anointed monarchs descends and loses it all.

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Why Do Ladybugs Have Spots? Do Dragonflies Bite?

This week, we're getting out our bug nets and talking about dragonflies and ladybugs! Why do ladybugs have spots? How many different types of ladybugs are there? How do ladybugs crawl on the ceiling without falling down? Where do flies and ladybugs sleep? Why are dragonflies called dragonflies? Do dragonflies bite? We're joined by Kent McFarland a research biologist at the Vermont Center for Ecostudies and co-host of the VPR podcast Outdoor Radio.

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