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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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Elodie Reed / VPR

'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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With less than two weeks left in the U.S. Supreme Court's term, the justices handed down four decisions on Monday. Defying predictions, three were decided by shifting liberal-conservative coalitions.

Here, in a nutshell, are the results, as well as the fascinating shifting votes:

Dual sovereignty upheld, with Ginsburg, Gorsuch dissenting

photographs of the three murder victims
New Hampshire Attorney General's Office, courtesy

In 1985 and 2000, two barrels containing four bodies were found just outside of Bear Brook State Park in Allenstown, New Hampshire. In 2019, the identities of three of those victims were finally revealed. Vermont Edition spoke with Jason Moon, a reporter for New Hampshire Public Radio and host of the podcast Bear Brook, about the latest findings in the gruesome murders and the decades-long effort to identify the victims.

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Emily Corwin / Vermont Public Radio

A report from the Vermont Judiciary suggests that more domestic violence cases are being charged as felonies, and fewer are being charged as misdemeanors. 

If civilizations are remembered for what they leave behind, our time might be labeled the Plastic Age. Plastic can endure for centuries. It's everywhere, even in our clothes, from polyester leisure suits to fleece jackets.

A Silicon Valley startup is trying to get the plastic out of clothing and put something else in: biopolymers.

Our curation game is strong at NPR Music, from All Songs Considered to Alt.Latino, to memorials that pay tribute to beloved musicians, to roséwave's sommelier-level summer bops.

The Chittenden County State's Attorney Office, located at the Costello Courthouse on Cherry Street in Burlington, recently dismissed three cases, prompting Gov. Phil Scott to voice his concerns in a letter to Attorney General TJ Donovan.
Emily Corwin / VPR

After three high-profile cases were dismissed in Chittenden County over planned insanity defenses, some — including Gov. Phil Scott — have questioned whether those dismissals were the right choice. We're talking about the legal and health issues behind this debate.

Potential partners look at plans for a new venue in Burlington.
Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR

Burton – a worldwide pioneer in snowboarding – is joining forces with other well-known Vermont businesses, in hopes of bringing something new to its own neighborhood in Burlington’s South End. If the city approves, the Burton campus will be the new home of Higher Ground and other attractions.

Sen. Patrick Leahy, pictured on May 2 on Capitol Hill, talked to VPR's 'Vermont Edition' about the debate over impeachment, as well as proposals related to Cuban travel.
Patrick Semansky / Associated Press

There's debate in Washington — and across the country — about whether House Democrats should begin impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump.

Sen. Patrick Leahy, the senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, brings a unique perspective to the issue, as he was first elected during the Watergate era and served in the Senate during the impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton.

Numerous chickens stand behind a fence.
Elodie Reed / VPR

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is encouraging poultry owners to use electric fencing to protect their birds.

Sap bucket on a maple tree
Bakinbitz / iStock

Vermont continues to lead the nation in maple syrup production, with this year's yield up 7% from last season.


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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Brave Little State

Ecologist Bob Zaino measures the diameter of a sugar maple in Gifford Woods State Park.
Angela Evancie / VPR

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.
Daria Bishop / For VPR

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.
Courtesy / Amtrak

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.