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The Vermont Legislature didn't technically adjourn the legislative session Friday. But House Speaker Mitzi Johnson said her chamber won't be returning to the Statehouse again until 2020, which means paid leave and minimum wage bills are dead for 2019.
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Compromise Eludes House and Senate Democrats On Paid Leave, Minimum Wage

After winning supermajorities in both chambers of the Vermont Legislature last fall, House and Senate Democrats have failed to deliver on the two issues that many voters in their party elected them to pass.

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Sen. Bernie Sanders speaking at his first campaign rally in Vermont since annoucing his second presidential bid.
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Months after announcing his second presidential bid, Sen. Bernie Sanders held his first Vermont rally on the steps of the state capitol on Saturday.

City officials estimated that between 1,500 and 2,000 people attended the rally.

A tri-panel picture, from left the Vermont Senate chamber, center is Gov. Phil Scott, and right is an empty Vermont House chamber.
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Vermont's 2019 legislative session has (sort of) come to a close. We look back on what ultimately happened to a number of bills that generated conversation over these past months — as well as ones you may not have heard as much about.

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Criminal fraud charges filed this week against four defendants over their involvement in an EB-5 investment scheme in the Northeast Kingdom are a step toward closure, according to Vermont Commissioner of Financial Regulation Michael Pieciak.

Vermont has 45 species of mosquitoes and all of them are pretty pesky.
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Live call-in discussion: They're annoying and they're headed our way. At any moment, you'll be outside and will hear the fateful buzzing of mosquitoes. Vermont Edition will get you prepared for the onslaught of this annoying insect. And maybe even find a reason to appreciate them.

More than 130 people in the U.S. die of an opioid overdose every day. One of the most effective ways to save lives is to get those struggling with addiction treated with medication to stop their cravings. But a loophole in federal law might block at least one new opioid-addiction drug from coming to market for years.

Many patients have to try several medications before finding one that works for them and that they can stick with.

Four years after implementing a policy to allow undocumented immigrants to obtain driver's licenses, Connecticut has seen a reduction in hit-and-run crashes and a steep decline in the number of people found guilty of unlicensed driving.

More than 50,000 undocumented immigrants in the state have taken written exams, vision tests and road tests to obtain driver's licenses, funneling several million dollars into the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles.

Looking up at the front of the Vermont Statehouse.
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Things got a bit chaotic at the Vermont Statehouse Friday as House and Senate leaders took differing plans of action in moving toward the conclusion of the legislative session.

Sam Koslowsky carries a mattress at Landmark College.
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College graduates with a condition like autism or ADHD have often faced limited options when looking for work, but now there's a movement for businesses to recognize the benefits of neurodiversity and appreciate people who think differently.

Bill McKibben at a podium in front of lawmakers gathered in the House chamber of the Vermont Statehouse
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Bill McKibben has been sounding the alarm on human activity adversely affecting the world's climate and ecosystems for a long time. Now the Vermont-based author has a new book titled Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?

As the first year of the biennium comes to a close, "Vermont Edition" looks at what was accomplished at the Statehouse.
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As Vermont's legislative session comes to a close, the House and Senate have negotiated and modified bills in the hopes of getting them to the governor's desk. We’ll hear from some of the state's top political reporters on the last-minute maneuvering that took place in Montpelier.


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