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Coronavirus FAQ: How Do I Protect Myself If The Coronavirus Can Linger In The Air?

I'm hearing a lot of talk about the coronavirus spreading through aerosols — is wearing a mask in a grocery store enough protection? What else should I do to stay safe? Quick answer first: Going to the grocery store where you and everyone else is wearing a mask and keeping a distance from each other is still considered a low-risk activity. Go get your summer strawberries! For background, aerosols are tiny microdroplets containing the virus that can be expelled when we talk or breathe and can...

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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

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.

Vermont News Updates For Monday, July 6

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Vermont reporters provide a roundup of ongoing local coverage of the coronavirus, a march against racial injustice in Burlington, and more for Monday, July 6.

Updated at 9:26 p.m. ET on Monday

More than two months after Spc. Vanessa Guillen was last seen at Fort Hood in Texas, Army investigators identified her remains, her family's lawyer Natalie Khawam told NPR on Sunday.

"On July 3rd, the Army called me to confirm that the bones, hair and other remains found belong to Vanessa Guillen," Khawam said in an email. "We are at a loss for words. This should never have happened. Our country has lost a beautiful young soldier because the system is broken."

Updated 10:45 a.m. ET

In an unusually divisive speech for a president on the Fourth of July holiday weekend, President Trump on Friday decried a "growing danger that threatens every blessing our ancestors fought so hard for."

What is it? Terrorism? Polarization? A lack of trust in institutions?

Add dental visits to the list of services you can book now or shortly as cities, counties and states continue to modify their months-long stay-at-home orders aimed at reducing COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations.

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July is here, and with it comes mandatory composting for all Vermonters. This hour: we’re talking about the new mandatory composting law that went into effect July 1st. We’ll check in with the department of environmental conservation, answer your questions about how to start composting, whether it's through a third party or in your backyard, and learn why composting is important to begin with.

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During the COVID-19 pandemic, the use of telemedicine services has skyrocketed in Vermont. The services are being used to help protect the health and safety of both patients and health care providers.


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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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