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Vermont Hopes To Avert Evictions, Foreclosures With $25 Million In Housing Aid

As the economic toll of COVID-19 intensifies longstanding concerns about housing insecurity in Vermont, the state is poised to disburse $25 million to renters and homeowners that might otherwise face eviction or foreclosure.

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A Master Class In Finding The Bright Side

Michael and Stacy Lee have had a really tough year. So why do they feel so positive?

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The new chancellor of the Vermont State Colleges is not starting an easy job. Plus: face masks, Shelburne Museum reopens, and COVID-19 cases.

Live Coverage: Coronavirus In Vermont

Daily updates from the VPR newsroom on the coronavirus pandemic

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Vermont colleges will be required to follow a series of guidelines in order to hold in-person classes this fall, including mandatory COVID-19 testing for all students.

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When Jim Baker stepped down after 30 years with the Vermont State Police in 2009, he became the guy state and local officials call when they’ve got a high-profile problem.

The hyperbolic descriptions President Trump has used to describe his political opponents — “the radical left, the Marxists, the anarchists” — come straight out of the playbook of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.


Long before the coronavirus pandemic, one of the worst epidemics in the U.S. was opioid abuse. 

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This story was updated on July 7 at 1:54 p.m. to include WHO's response to the letter.

By now, it's common knowledge that the coronavirus can be spread by being in close contact with someone who's infected and then breathing in their respiratory droplets. Or by touching a contaminated surface and rubbing your eyes, nose or mouth.

Foreign students attending U.S. colleges that will operate entirely online this fall semester cannot remain in the country to do so, according to new regulations released Monday by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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Vermont recorded more than a dozen new COVID-19 cases over the weekend. Testing continues statewide; more than 70,000 people have been tested so far. This hour, Deputy Health Commissioner Tracy Dolan offers an update on the virus and answers your questions on how to stay safe and healthy this summer.

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We're going to talk about beetles, specifically lady beetles, in an effort to uncover the truth about 14 lost lady beetle species in Vermont. That effort is being done through the Vermont Atlas of Life project committed to mapping and monitoring Vermont's biodiversity.

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Vermont lost one of its first ladies last week. Shelburne resident Joan Brower Hoff, wife of Gov. Phil Hoff, passed away at the age of 95 on Monday, June 29. Her husband died in 2018.


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Accurate, timely information is more essential than ever. In order to fulfill our responsibility to you as a trusted news source and strengthen other ways of building community, we will discontinue comments on VPR.org on July 8.

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

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Why Do Ladybugs Have Spots? Do Dragonflies Bite?

This week, we're getting out our bug nets and talking about dragonflies and ladybugs! Why do ladybugs have spots? How many different types of ladybugs are there? How do ladybugs crawl on the ceiling without falling down? Where do flies and ladybugs sleep? Why are dragonflies called dragonflies? Do dragonflies bite? We're joined by Kent McFarland a research biologist at the Vermont Center for Ecostudies and co-host of the VPR podcast Outdoor Radio.

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