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Burlington Police Chief Brandon del Pozo speaks to reporters at the police station. Del Pozo created a fake Twitter account to mock a critic in July.
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Burlington Police Chief Created Anonymous Social Media Account To Heckle Critic

Burlington Police Chief Brandon del Pozo used an anonymous Twitter account to mock a critic in July. After the incident, del Pozo was placed on administrative leave and then medical leave when a city investigation determined a medical condition contributed to his actions.

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A Joint Investigation From VPR & Seven Days

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'Worse For Care': When Eldercare Homes Flout The Rules, Managers Aren't Held Responsible

In early 2014, a caller to the Vermont Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living reported that at Owen House, a residential care home in Fair Haven, a resident's foot was "rotting from the inside out" due to neuropathy and poor care.

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The Federal Communications Commission has scrapped a grant program aimed at boosting cell coverage in underserved areas. The news is disappointing for Vermont officials, who spent months last year proving that the carriers' claims of coverage were false.

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Each week, VPR touches base with a local newspaper reporter about a top story from their community. This time, we hear from Gregory Lamoureux, who writes for The County Courier in Franklin County.

A plaque raised to commemoratating the Baker decision stands in front of the Vermont Statehouse.
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Live call-in discussion: Dec. 20 marks the 20th anniversary of the Vermont Supreme Court decision known as Baker v. Vermont. The court's ruling ultimately found that couples of the same gender must be afforded the same legal rights as opposite-gender couples. How that would happen would be the work of a contentious legislative session, which ultimately led to same-sex civil unions, and both celebration and anger throughout Vermont. We're talking about the Baker anniversary and its impact today. 

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Organizers of the Marlboro Music Festival say the festival will remain on the Marlboro College campus even if the school closes at the end of this academic year.

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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.

Updated at 12:12 p.m. ET

The House Judiciary Committee on Friday approved two articles of impeachment against President Trump, making him the fourth president in American history to face impeachment.

In contrast to Thursday's contentious back-and-forth between the two parties, Friday's session was devoid of rancor, or even any debate. Immediately after calling the session to order, Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., ordered two votes, one for each article. Both were approved 23-17 along party lines.

Tucked inside a must-pass defense bill expected to make its way through the Republican-controlled Senate next week is a sweeping policy change: 12 weeks of paid parental leave for all 2.1 million federal employees.

It's not a surprise that Carolyn Maloney, a Democratic congresswoman from New York, would be celebrating the move. She's been working to get it passed for two decades, after her own experience in the workplace.

As the impeachment inquiry against President Trump has unfolded, one name in particular has surfaced over and over again in both private hearing transcripts and public testimony: the president's personal lawyer, Rudolph Giuliani.

Congressional testimony has placed Giuliani at the center of the Ukraine affair, with multiple witnesses telling House investigators that he helped spearhead an irregular diplomatic channel between the U.S. and Ukraine.

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Elodie Reed / VPR

One of the first things students embarking on a college search learn is just how expensive college tuition can be. The sticker price for a single year's tuition at private colleges and universities can top $50,000, not including costs such as books and on-campus room and board.

But what students also quickly learn is that, between grants, scholarships and need-based financial aid, many students don't pay the sticker price. In fact, there are some schools where almost no students pay the advertised price.

So how is a potential college student supposed to know what a school will charge them before they apply?

Updated at 2:40 p.m. ET

Practically everyone is frustrated by high prescription drug prices. Voters have made clear they want Congress to do something about them.

On Thursday, the House of Representatives passed a bill that tries to deliver on that. It was a mostly party line vote — all Democrats voted to pass it, along with two Republicans.


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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Thirsty? Check Out The New VPR Stainless Canteen

Show your support for VPR while keeping your cocoa hot or your water cold! Our new 22 oz. double wall vacuum construction stainless steel canteen is available for a gift of $125 or $10/month!

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Now More Than Ever, Your Support Is Essential

Now more than ever, our community needs access to trustworthy news and information. And now more than ever, VPR needs your investment to keep this essential service strong. Be one of 5,000 listeners to join us with a gift during our December membership drive and add your voice to civil dialogue in our community.

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But Why: A Podcast For Curious Kids

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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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A Beginner's Guide To Podcasts

Not sure how the whole podcasting thing works? We're here to help.