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As Vermont Hospitals Lose Money, Rural Clinics Could Suffer

Lauren LaMorte’s family has owned its stone tool business, Trow and Holden Co., in downtown Barre for more than a hundred years. She’s witnessed this working class city try to claw its way back from years of poverty, crime and businesses closing, so when she heard that Central Vermont Medical Center was closing Barre’s only downtown clinic, she wasn’t happy.

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Young At Art

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'I Want To Have A Part In The Process': Craftsbury Potter, Teacher Averill McDowell

Ceramic artist Averill McDowell first caught the pottery bug as a student at Peoples Academy, in Morrisville. "Pottery sort of just fell perfectly in my lap," she said. "I learned a little bit in high school how to work with pottery on the wheel. But there wasn’t, like, too much direct instruction. It was more like messing around."

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Poet, writer and musician Joy Harjo — a member of the Muscogee Creek Nation — often draws on Native American stories, languages and myths. But she says that she's not self-consciously trying to bring that material into her work. If anything, it's the other way around.

A view of baseball being played at Centennial Field in Burlington, Vermont.
Paul Stanfield / Vermont Lake Monsters

Vermont's professional baseball team is off to a good start in 2019. But when it comes to single-A pro-baseball the measure of success is less about wins and losses than it is about developing the individual players in the squad to find out which of them are potential candidates to go to the show with the club's parent team, the Oakland A's. 

The painting of Lone Rock Point by Burlington artist Raymond Pease, created in the 1930s and sealed behind a wall in the 1990s, was re-discovered during renovations at UVM in May.
Sally McCay / UVM, courtesy

The mural captures one of those most intriguing geological formations of Lake Champlain. It was created during the New Deal era as part of a program to put Vermonters, including artists, to work. And it stood hidden behind a wall for nearly three decades, until last month. Now the 1930s painting of Lone Rock Point by Burlington artist Raymond Pease will soon be on public view once again after being re-discovered.

The brick exterior of Woodstock Unsion High School and Middle School, with a green sign out front.
Howard Weiss-Tisman / VPR

Vermont put a moratorium on school building construction aid in 2007, but now some people want to change course.

Hiking to the summit of Mount Greylock is one of the adventures not to be missed in the Berkshires.
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The Berkshires stretch from the Vermont border to the Connecticut state line. Within it you'll find a rich trove of cultural opportunities, stunning mansions from the Gilded Age and beautiful woodlands and waterfalls. Vermont Edition schedules a close-to-home vacation for you in the Berkshires.

Updated at 10:40 a.m. ET

On the day of his self-declared presidential campaign kickoff, President Trump is threatening to deport "millions" of immigrants in the United States illegally beginning "next week."

But what's known is far less definitive.

Nearly half the people admitted to state prisons in the U.S. are there because of violations of probation or parole, according to a new nationwide study that highlights the personal and economic costs of the practice.

The Council of State Governments Justice Center said the majority of these violations are for "minor infractions," such as failing a drug test or missing a curfew. Those so-called technical violations cost states $2.8 billion every year, the report says.

A man sits at a table surrounded by people.
John Dillon / VPR

The city of Newport and a Northeast Kingdom trash hauler have raised concerns that the glass they paid to recycle was dumped instead.

A timeline showing the rollout of the new Vermont Judiciary case management system. It begins in 2019 and doesn't complete until 2021.
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The Vermont Judiciary has begun rolling out its new electronic records system. It will provide court employees, plaintiffs, defendants and other parties access to Vermont court records through an online interface.

An image of bales of processed paper recycleables and an image of food being added to a compost pile.
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Vermonters recycle about a third of their waste and composting efforts last year collected more food scraps than ever before. But a review of the state's recycling efforts found an 11% spike in how much Vermonters threw away. Recycling costs have also increased dramatically as the U.S. can no longer send many recyclables to China. We're talking about the realities — and economics — of recycling and composting.


Gunshots Series

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Gunshots Project Update: Takeaways From 2018 Gun Death Data

More people died from gunshots in Vermont in 2018 than any year since at least 2011, according to the most recent update to the Vermont Public Radio gunshot database.

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More than 50 commentators provide perspective and opinion about current events, topics of interest, and often showcase the work of writers and storytellers.

Brave Little State

Ecologist Bob Zaino measures the diameter of a sugar maple in Gifford Woods State Park.
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Does Vermont Have Any Patches Of Old Growth Forest?

This month on Brave Little State, a question from listener Andrew Wild about Vermont’s most elderly woods.

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VPR Blog

Starting June 24, 2019, 'All Things Considered' host Henry Epp will be reading two extra local newscasts at 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
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More Local News Coming To All Things Considered

Beginning Monday, June 24, you will notice some changes to All Things Considered on VPR as we make room for more local news.

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VPR Wins National Murrow Award For Overall Excellence

This award recognizes the full scope and impact of what a news organization produces — including breaking news, newscasts, features, continuing coverage and digital presence.

Eye On The Sky

But Why: A Podcast For Curious Kids

An Amtrak passenger train pulls into a station on a rainy evening.
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Why Do Trains Run On Tracks?

How do trains work? We're traveling to Union Station in Washington, DC and answering all of your questions with Amtrak's Patrick Kidd.

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2019 Summer Music Festival Guide

Your go-to resource for music events across the region this summer.

My Heart Still Beats

A six-part series featuring conversation and original writing from Vermont's recovery community.

A 5-part podcast about a school shooting that didn't happen, and the surprising things that did.