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Neighbors Object As Farm Facing Environmental Violations Seeks To Expand

Neighbors of a large Addison County dairy farm want to stop its expansion. But the farm — which faces state fines for environmental violations that date back to 2016 — argues adding more cows won't increase water pollution into Lake Champlain.

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The 2020 elections ran well and were largely free from foreign interference, U.S. officials say.

That doesn't mean the story is over.

Improving elections practices is a "race without a finish line," as Pennsylvania's secretary of state told NPR in 2019, and big questions remain about what's to become of the fast maturing but still partly formed discipline of election security.

Hospitals in much of the country are trying to cope with unprecedented numbers of COVID-19 patients. As of Sunday, 93,238 were hospitalized, an alarming record that far exceeds the two previous peaks in April and July, of just under 60,000 inpatients.

The number of hospitalizations from the coronavirus set yet another record on Saturday, as cases continue to surge and public health officials warn of a worsening outlook with the holiday season just weeks away.

More than 91,500 people were hospitalized with the virus on Saturday, with 18,000 in intensive care units. That's according to data compiled by the COVID Tracking Project, which collects and analyzes data from across the United States. Over 6,000 patients were on ventilators.

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With 'stick season' upon us, we won’t be seeing green leaves on trees for another six months. Why not plant some trees and shrubs in your lawn and landscape that boast beautiful-looking bark?

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This year, as we try to protect ourselves and those we love against COVID-19 by practicing social distancing, the holidays will take on a different look and feel. While we are apart, we can lean on the memories of holidays past! In this episode, Safe & Sound offers up an hour of Vermont music celebrating celebrations themselves. We'll play Vermont artists singing songs about food and drink and celebrations, plus plenty of tunes focusing on gratitude and a positive attitude.

Photographer Eric Lee spent a large part of his childhood struggling to find his place as an Asian American — the constant to and fro between, he says, feeling "too Asian" and "not Asian enough" inspired him to visually deconstruct the complexities of his identity.

Black Friday, traditionally the busiest shopping day of the year, fell during one of the gravest surges in the coronavirus pandemic in the United States: Thanksgiving Day saw more than 100,000 new confirmed cases and more than 1,000 coronavirus deaths.

As a toddler, Kenley Gupta stopped speaking after her mom died. Over the years, she recovered from the anxiety disorder, called mutism, but in March the 8-year-old went silent again.

The change occurred soon after her school shut down. Kenley was shocked when her school closed.

"I was really sad I couldn't see my friends," she said.

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Vermont reporters provide a roundup of top news takeaways about the coronavirus, rising food insecurity and more for Friday, Nov. 27.

President Trump this week acknowledged that the transition for President-elect Joe Biden to take office is going ahead. But on Thursday, he made clear he's in no mood to concede the election, even after the Electoral College formally votes this month.

"It's going to be a very hard thing to concede because we know there was massive fraud," Trump said, without evidence, complaining that the U.S. election was "like a Third World country."


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What's Vermont Doing To Improve Broadband Access?

The pandemic has shifted even more of our lives online. So what's being done to address Vermont's internet inequities? That's what Maggie Eppstein of Hinesburg asked Brave Little State , VPR's people-powered journalism project.

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Celebrate 250 Years Of Beethoven With VPR Classical

Classical music lovers around the world celebrate the 250th anniversary of Beethoven's birth this December. Join VPR Classical for an on-air celebration of this historic milestone.

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Why Are We Still Talking About The Election?

A few weeks ago we talked about why kids can't vote and we also answered some questions about the U.S. Presidential Election. It's been two weeks since the November 3rd election, but we're still getting questions about it! We get answers from NPR political reporter Ayesha Rascoe. TRANSCRIPT

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