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Reporter Debrief: Barre Electronics Company, Once A Top Vt. Employer, Shuts Down

A Vermont company that once showed promise of being a key supplier to the electric vehicle industry is no more: SB Electronics, based in Barre, shut its doors earlier this week. It manufactured capacitors, used in electric cars, solar and wind power systems, and other technologies.

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Brave Little State

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How Can Vermonters Drive Less?

For a state that calls itself green, Vermont sure has a lot of drivers. So what can be done?

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A Joint Investigation From VPR & Seven Days

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A New American Finds Purpose, And 'Family,' In Caregiving

After 12 years in caregiving, Malinga Mukunda still works long days. The Burlington resident starts most mornings at Community Health Centers , where she acts as a health coach for refugees, before switching into scrubs for her full-time job in the memory care unit at the Converse Home , an assisted living facility in Burlington. Her shift ends at 11 p.m.

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Live call-in discussion: Calling all musical minds! Vermont Edition is going all out this year with our annual 2-hour music show on Friday, Dec. 13. We're looking for your input on music—any music—that was important to you in 2019, and the songs that captured moments of joy, provided solace in times of need or felt special to you in any way.

VPR's John Dillon joined'Vermont Edition' to discuss his recent report detailing communication between a utility and its regulators.
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Documents recently obtained by Vermont Public Radio show frequent contact between members of the Public Utility Commission and top executives at Green Mountain Power, the largest company they oversee.

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There's a lot of bingo in grange halls across Vermont, particularly in winter. Bingo starts at 6 p.m. on Saturday nights at the Blue Mountain Grange, in Ryegate Corner.

After decades of progress against one of the most contagious human viruses, the world is seeing measles stage a slow, steady comeback.

The World Health Organization and the CDC say in a new report that there were nearly 10 million cases of measles last year, with outbreaks on every continent.

An estimated 140,000 people died from measles in 2018, WHO says, up from an all-time low of 90,000 in 2016.

And so far 2019 has been even worse.

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Three Vermont newsrooms — including VPR — are getting Report for America grants to help support an additional reporter in their newsrooms. In VPR's case, that reporter will focus on the Northeast Kingdom.

VPR Assistant News Director Mark Davis joined Vermont Edition to discuss the grant program and what it means for newsrooms in Vermont, including VPR's.

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Matthew Smith / VPR File

Gov. Phil Scott has appointed a superior court judge from Rutland to serve as the next associate justice of the Vermont Supreme Court.

In light of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's announcement that her chamber is moving ahead to draft Articles of Impeachment, Congressman Peter Welch joins the program to share his perspective.
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After several rounds of witness testimony and this week’s hearing with four constitutional scholars, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Thursday her chamber is moving forward with drafting Articles of Impeachment against President Donald Trump. The full House is expected to consider and vote on these Articles in the next two weeks.

Updated at 12:43 p.m. ET

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., announced Thursday morning that House Democrats will move ahead with drafting articles of impeachment against President Trump, though she did not define the scope of those articles.

"His wrongdoing strikes at the very heart of our Constitution," Pelosi said, referring to Trump's efforts to pressure Ukraine to investigate political rivals while hundreds of millions of dollars in military aid were on hold earlier this year.

A few weeks ago, Elizabeth Warren made huge news with her plan to finance "Medicare for All." But as part of it, the Massachusetts senator made a big change to one of her other major policy goals: she boosted the size of the wealth tax she wants to impose on the very rich: The top rate went from 3% to 6%, giving her trillions more dollars in theoretical revenue to fund the sweeping program.

David Pierce was never someone who sat around watching life go by. He worked as a chef and had a catering business on the side. He sang in his church choir and did community theater, where he met his wife.

Then, in his mid-50s, doctors removed part of Pierce's foot, a complication of diabetes.

"My health just went, kind of really downhill. It really took a turn for the worse," says Pierce, sitting at his dining room table in his tidy home in Apalachin, N.Y. "I couldn't maintain even a part-time schedule."

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Why Are Some Words 'Bad'?

In this episode, we tackle why some words are considered bad. Plus: Why do people say bad words? Why aren't kids allowed to say cuss words? Why is the middle finger bad? Adults, don't worry: we won't actually be using any bad words in this episode!

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