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A lone feral swine tracked by trail cameras was shot and killed in Lyndonville in March. It tested positive for pseudorabies, a virus that's harmless to humans but potentially deadline to livestock and pets.
Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets

A lone feral swine shot and killed near Lyndonville in March tested positive for the pseudorabies virus, or PRV. The virus is harmless to humans but can be lethal to domestic pigs, other livestock and pets. And once a pig is infected with PRV, it can continue to spread the virus for the rest of its life. 

We're talking about the Dr. Dynasaur health care program and how it has evolved over the years.
Julianna Funk / iStock

Live call-in discussion: The "Dr. Dynasaur" program has been providing healthcare for children and pregnant women for thirty years, and it's gone through a number of expansions and iterations. We're talking about how Dr. Dynasaur works, who is covered, how the program has changed since its introduction and how it might evolve going forward.

Toby Talbot / AP/file

Tesla’s solar energy company is again in trouble with the state of Vermont.

Bike riders
Will Freihofer

Vermont has expanded its mountain biking trails over the last couple of decades, as a way to boost tourism. Now, a growing trend in cycling is bringing people to the state to ride its already-existing infrastructure: gravel roads.

Vermont's only native lizard, a five-lined skink, on the move in June 2018. The species is considered endangered in Vermont.
Will Brown / Wikimedia Commons

Vermont's small-bodied snakes are moving, some turtles are basking and vernal pools are beginning to teem with new life. But amid a cool, wet spring, some reptiles and amphibians are still sluggish and vernal pools in higher elevations are still waiting to warm up. We're talking about where Vermont's "herps" are this year and the challenges they face in the near- and long-term.

Voters in Montpelier cast ballots at City Hall. Senate lawmakers have decided to defer action on a proposed charter change in Montpelier that would give non-citzens the right to vote in city elections.
John Odum, courtesy

State lawmakers are tapping the brakes on legislation that would expand voting rights in Montpelier and Brattleboro.

A Chevy Bolt that's green and white and has the Burlington Electric logo on it.
Henry Epp / VPR

In 2017, officials gathered in Burlington to announce new incentives and rebates aimed at getting Vermonters to buy electric cars. The idea was to make electric vehicles more affordable for more people. But since then, how many low- or middle-income customers actually bought electric cars with those rebates?

Vermont State Police say officers shot and killed a man Saturday who was holding a hostage in Tunbridge.

Elaine Thompson / AP

A bill that would put Vermont in the vanguard of states trying to restrict plastic pollution awaits final action in Montpelier.

Allen Douglas

Amanda Pelkey is one of 200 professional hockey players protesting inadequate compensation by refusing to play in any pro leagues in North America this season.

"Unfolding Humanity," a structure created by University of San Diego students, faculty, alumni and community members, stands at Burning Man in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada.
Gilles Bonugli Kali

Math is much more than memorizing multiplication and division tables and converting fractions into decimals. There are incredible applications for math in the real world. We'll hear from mathematicians about someone of the ways they're using it practically.

An aerial shot of the House floor on the opening day of the Vermont Legislature in 2019.
Oliver Parini / For VPR

The 2019 legislative session is entering its final days, but the outcome of many key bills remain up in the air. We’re hosting a reporters roundtable looking at these issues, including raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour, paid family leave, water quality funding and a tax-and-regulate marijuana plan.

A splitscreen of the Statehouse at left in winter and at right in spring
Taylor Dobbs (left), Emily Alfin Johnson (right) / VPR File

We're getting down to the final weeks of the 2019 Vermont legislative session, which got us wondering: How long do sessions usually last? What controls the length of a session? Are sessions longer today than they were in 1860s, or the even the 1960s?

Two reporters published a lengthy story in "The Globe And Mail" newspaper revealing an online network of 180 far right white supremacists across Canada.
Jorge Villalba / iStock

They were white, mostly young, and all men. They met online, ostensibly to chat about video games. They called themselves the Canadian Super Players. But what they really discussed was far more sinister: an ideology of hate and white supremacy, and ways to spread those beliefs and bring them into Canadian politics and society.

An aerial shot of the House floor on the opening day of the Vermont Legislature in 2019.
Oliver Parini / For VPR

House lawmakers have finally landed on a proposal to fund water quality efforts in Vermont, but leaders in the state's technology industry say the plan could put a damper on a growing sector of the Vermont economy.

Chelsea is one of the towns 251 Club members visit on their trek to every city and town in Vermont.
Ric Cengeri / VPR

People join the 251 Club of Vermont as they take on a quest to visit all of the state's 251 cities and towns. One person who has been to all of them is Mike Leonard. He joined Vermont Edition to talk about the documentary he made of his journey.

David Reinert holds a Q sign while waiting in line at a campaign rally for President Donald Trump in Wilkes-Barre, PA in August 2018. The "QAnon" conspiracy is an example of what a new book calls the "new conspiracism."
Matt Rourke / AP

Conspiracy theories are about as old as governments themselves. But "the new conspiracism" is something new and different; it's conspiracy without the theory, say the authors of a new book on conspiracy thinking. We're talking about the new conspiracism and how it disorients our conversations and affects democracy, institutions and daily life.

Howard Weiss-Tisman / VPR

More than half the rural counties in the United States no longer have hospitals where women can give birth, according to a 2017 study by the University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center.

New England’s doing better than the rest of the country, but the decision by Springfield Hospital to close its child birth center has some people worried about the future of obstetric medical care in the region.

The golden dome of the Vermont Statehouse against blue sky
Ric Cengeri / VPR File

As leaders in the Vermont House of Representatives struggle to galvanize support for legislation that would raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, some lawmakers have begun pushing for a less aggressive alternative.

Ford's Crown Victoria Interceptor was the car of choice for Vermont State Police and many local and state law enforcement agencies. VSP took their last Crown Vic out of service in November and will auction off the last one to come off the road this month.
Vermont State Police

It was pretty easy to spot a police car in Vermont in the years around the turn of the century. Local or state officers were likely behind the wheel of a singularly iconic car: the Ford Crown Victoria Interceptor. But no longer.

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