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After Win In Primary, Zuckerman Faces Incumbent Battle-Tested By COVID-19

David Zuckerman cleared the first big hurdle Tuesday in his bid to become Vermont’s next governor. But now he faces a much taller task in the general election: He has to convince voters to oust a Republican incumbent who’s won high marks for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

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How To Support Vermonters Of Color: 'Listen To Us'

How can a state that is 94% white do better? Vermonters of color weigh in to answer this listener question.

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Democratic nominee David Zuckerman now faces Republican incumbent Phil Scott in the race for governor of Vermont. Plus, record voter turnout in the primary, phosphorus pollution, and COVID-19 numbers.

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Daily updates from the VPR newsroom on the coronavirus pandemic

Vermont Primary 2020

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Vermont's 2020 Primary Election Is Like No Other. Here's What You Need To Know

Vermont’s 2020 primary election is on Aug. 11, and early voting has already begun. Wondering how to vote by mail? Who the candidates are? Here's a last-minute guide.

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Live call-in discussion: The Scott administration has issued updated guidance on the reopening of public schools in Vermont. Now, for instance, it's okay for young students to practice three-to-six feet of physical distancing in school rather than the previously recommended six feet. This hour, Agency of Education Secretary Dan French joins us to provide more details on this guidance and answer your back-to-school questions.

Google, Facebook, Twitter and other major tech companies met with U.S. government officials on Wednesday to discuss their plans to counter disinformation on social media in the run-up to the November election.

Colin Pate was toiling away at his North Philadelphia recording studio in late June when he received an unbelievable text message: "Secret show at Johnny Brenda's tonight, 6:30."

Updated at 7:38 p.m. ET

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his newly named running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris of California, made their first joint appearance Wednesday following Biden's announcement of the selection a day earlier.

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Last night Lieutenant Gov. David Zuckerman won the Democratic primary for governor, defeating three other candidates for the nomination. In the General Election in November, he’ll be facing sitting Gov. Phil Scott, who won the GOP nomination yesterday.

Joe Biden picked California Sen. Kamala Harris to be his vice presidential running mate.

It's a historic pick. But there's a lot more to it than that.

Here are five takeaways:

1. Biden picking Harris is a statement on what it means to be American.

Biden picking Harris as his running mate is historic. No Black or South Asian American woman has ever been on a major-party ticket in U.S. history. Black voters, especially Black women, are pillars of the Democratic Party and were key to Biden's victory in the contest for the nomination.

President Trump wants to give a $100 billion boost to the U.S. economy by hitting the "pause" button on workers' payroll taxes.

That would leave more money in people's paychecks. But the move — which Trump ordered over the weekend — is only temporary. And that could produce headaches down the road for workers, employers and the Social Security system.

Vermont News Updates For Tuesday, Aug. 11

Aug 11, 2020
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Vermont reporters provide a roundup of ongoing local coverage of the coronavirus, a lawsuit against Customs and Border Protection and more for Tuesday, August 11.

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VPR has 2020 Vermont Primary results from the Associated Press.

Updated at 7 p.m. ET

Former Vice President Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, has picked Sen. Kamala Harris of California as his running mate.

The selection will make Harris the third woman and first Black and first Asian American candidate to be nominated for vice president by a major political party.


VPR - Vermont PBS 2020 Polls

VPR - Vermont PBS 2020 Polls

From July 15 to July 28, the VPR - Vermont PBS 2020 Poll asked hundreds of Vermonters how they felt about COVID-19, racial inequality and other issues. Explore the full results here.

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Inside VPR

Vermont Public Radio Wins Four 2020 National Journalism Awards

Vermont Public Radio has won four national awards for its news coverage in 2019 from the Public Media Journalists Association (formerly Public Radio News Directors Incorporated). The winning pieces included an episode of VPR’s people-powered journalism project Brave Little State , and This Land , VPR’s collaboration with Vermont PBS about the changing story of rural Vermont:

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Family Fun At Home

Download our But Why coloring pages, designed by Vermont artists, and get creative while listening to But Why this summer!

But Why: A Podcast For Curious Kids

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How Do You Make Ice Cream?

How is ice cream made? Why does ice cream melt? Why does some ice cream melt faster than others? We'll answer your questions about this summery concoction with Rabia Kamara of Ruby Scoops in Richmond, Virginia. It's going to be sweet.

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A Beginner's Guide To Podcasts

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