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When Vermont Towns Should Expect Ballots In The Mail

The general election is just over a month away, and some Vermonters are starting to get their ballots in the mail, while others haven't received anything. We'll check in with the Secretary of State's office about who will recieve ballots when, and how this process is working.

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VPR - Vermont PBS 2020 Polls

From Sept. 3 to Sept. 15, the VPR - Vermont PBS 2020 Poll asked hundreds of Vermonters how they felt about political candidates, a COVID-19 vaccine and other issues. Explore the full results here.

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Election 2020

Check out our voter guide, debate schedule and ongoing election coverage from VPR, NPR and our collaborative partners.

President Trump attempted to clarify his position on white supremacists after a litany of members of his own party urged him to more clearly condemn the right wing group known as The Proud Boys, whom he told to "stand back and stand by" in Tuesday night's first presidential debate.

The president told reporters at the White House that he doesn't know who the Proud Boys are, but said they should "stand down" and let law enforcement do their work.

"I don't know who the Proud Boys are, you'll have to give me a definition," he said.

A new generation of faster, cheaper coronavirus tests is starting to hit the market. And some experts say these technologies could finally give the U.S. the ability to adopt a new, more effective testing strategy.

"On the horizon — the not too distant horizon — there are a whole series of testing modalities coming on line," says Dr. Ashish Jha, dean of the Brown School of Public Health. "And that gives us hope we can really expand our testing capacity in the nation."

At the end of a dirt road in New York's Adirondack Mountains, endurance athlete Alyssa Godesky switches on her headlamp. It's 4 a.m. when Godesky begins what will be the first of three and a half days of scrambling up rocky trails and bushwhacking through thick forests.

Godesky is one of thousands of runners chasing down speed records in the mountains since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. With all the major races canceled this year, more athletes are measuring themselves against the clock, attempting to set what are known as Fastest Known Times.

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Vermont reporters provide a roundup of top news takeaways about coronavirus, dry wells, highspeed internet and more for Wednesday, September 30.

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After finding high levels of PCB, a hazardous chemical, in the air, Burlington High School announced this month it will be closed for the remainder of the school year. We'll talk to a mom who has three students at BHS about how she and her kids are handling the closure. 

Back in early spring, Khristan Yates worked as a quality assurance analyst at a marketing company and loved her job. "I had one of the best jobs of my career," recalls Yates, 31, a resident of Chicago.

Yates, who's a mother of two children, had moved into a bigger apartment just before the pandemic hit because she wanted to give her kids more space. At the time, she felt like she was "at the top of her world."

But as the economic effects of the pandemic hit the marketing industry among others, she lost her job in May.

President Trump's hesitation, once again, to denounce white supremacy during Tuesday's presidential debate is drawing quick condemnation from anti-racism activists — as are his unusual comments directed at a white supremacist group called the Proud Boys.

During an exchange on the debate stage, moderator Chris Wallace repeatedly asked Trump if he would condemn white supremacists. Trump initially sidestepped that question, claiming that he mostly sees violence "from the left wing."

This was maybe the worst presidential debate in American history.

If this was supposed to be a boxing match, it instead turned into President Trump jumping on the ropes, refusing to come down, the referee trying to coax him off, and Joe Biden standing in the middle of the ring with his gloves on and a confused look on his face.

Trump doesn't play by anyone's rules, even those he's agreed to beforehand. He's prided himself on that. But even by his standards, what Trump did Tuesday night crossed many lines.

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Tuesday, in a debate presented on radio and TV by VPR and Vermont PBS, lieutenant governor candidates Molly Gray and Scott Milne clashed over the role of government, how they’re raising money, and who they’re voting for (other than themselves, presumably). Neither candidate has held statewide office — or any elected office for that matter — and the candidates’ strategies seemed aimed more at point-scoring than illuminating their specific policy priorities.

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National Drought Monitor

Vermont, and much of New England, is heading into the fall experiencing moderate-to-extreme drought. The dry conditions are leading to increased threats of northeast forest fires and water conservation efforts in New Hampshire. But what does the drought mean for Vermont's groundwater? We speak to Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation to find out.

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Brave Little State

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What's The State Of Religion In Vermont?

What is the state of religion in Vermont? How do Vermonters characterize their beliefs?

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As a media organization and cultural influencer in Vermont, we want to be especially clear about our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. We've outlined several steps over the next year to improve.
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Our Commitment To Diversity, Equity And Inclusion: A Statement From VPR

It’s been three months since police killed George Floyd in Minneapolis and just weeks since law enforcement shot Jacob Blake in the back in Wisconsin. VPR has been processing these tragedies, plus COVID-19’s disproportionate impact on communities of color, and the resounding calls for all—but especially those in positions of power—to stand up against, and dismantle, white supremacy.

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But Why is here to help as we start an unusual school year. We've created learning guides to complement our recent episodes.

But Why: A Podcast For Curious Kids

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Why Do Dogs Have Tails?

Why do dogs have whiskers? Why are dogs' eyesight black and white? Why do dogs have so many babies? Why do dogs have tails and we don't? Why are dogs thumbs so high on their paw? Why don't dogs sweat? Why do dogs roll in the grass? Why aren't dogs and cats friends? Veterinarian and dog scientist Jessica Hekman has answers. Download our learning guides: PDF | Google Slides | Transcript | Coloring Page | Dog Breed Quiz | Answer Key

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A Beginner's Guide To Podcasts

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