Vermont Edition

A sheep pokes its head through a green metal fence at the 2020 Vermont Farm Show.
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Live at noon: What do new national trade deals mean for Vermont's dairy industry? Was last year's hemp harvest a boom or bust for Vermont growers? Vermont Edition broadcasts live from the Champlain Valley Expo Center and brings you the sounds and voices of the 2020 Vermont Farm Show

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Vermont health officials have declared a statewide outbreak of hepatitis A. The number of hepatitis B cases has also risen in the state.

We check in with State Epidemiologist Patsy Kelso for a closer look at what is happening.

Bottles with blue caps and labels that say "pasteurized human milk."
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At the newly opened Vermont Donor Milk Center in Essex Junction, there is a bar.

"We offer hot beverages, cold beverages," said the nonprofit's co-executive director Rachel Foxx. "And donor human milk."

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This month, Vermont child care provider Loveworks announced it will close its centers in Montpelier, Williston, and Milton.

In a letter to families, President Lisa Zengilowski said these locations "have proven too difficult to make financially sustainable" and will close on Friday, March 13.

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Vermont schools have been undergoing a major shift in recent years toward proficiency-based learning. Now Vermont’s high school class of 2020 is sending off transcripts and grades based on this new system.

We're talking with educators about grading under Vermont's proficiency-based system. And how schools make these student assessment work not only for college admissions, but for scholarship applications, military enlistments and employers.

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Gov. Phil Scott delivered his 2020 budget address to lawmakers Tuesday. We're diving into the details of those proposals with a roundtable of Vermont political reporters.

A man and his dog outside a camping tent.
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Vermont's annual Point-in-Time count takes place this week, surveying the state's homeless population over a 24-hour period between Wednesday, January 22 and Thursday, January 23. Last year's count reported a decline in homelessness in the state. But shelters remain in high demand. On this episode of Vermont Edition: a look at homelessness in Vermont. We talk trends and consider what's being done to make affordable housing a reality for more people.

A tall yellow sign reading "Dollar General" in front of a parking lot.
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Vermont has a lot of Dollar Generals. Thirty-seven to be exact. And Danielle Drogalis of Swanton wanted to know why.

Sen. Patrick Leahy walks down a hallway.
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On the first day of the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, Vermont Edition spoke with Sen. Patrick Leahy for his take on the trial, and a sense of the Senate on the historic day.

The Iran and U.S. flags wave in fromt of a blue sky.
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U.S.-Iran relations have been tense for years, but tensions only tightened after an American drone strike killed a top Iranian commander earlier this month. For Iranian-Americans in Vermont, the conflict affects not only their lives, but the lives of family members both here and abroad. We're talking to a Vermonter with Iranian roots about his experiences and insight into US-Iran relations.

Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks as fellow candidates (from left) Tom Steyer, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, former Vice President Joe Biden, South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Amy Klobuchar listen at Tuesday's primary debate.
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The Democratic presidential race is in high gear, with the Iowa caucuses less than three weeks away. Sen. Bernie Sanders has made "Medicare For All" a major issue and is seeing strong support in both Iowa and New Hampshire.

Vermont Edition hosts a roundtable of political analysts to take a close look at the Democratic race.

A two-photo collage with the cover of "Whistleblowers" on the left and a profile picture of Stanger on the right.
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The U.S. House officially voted to send articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump to the Senate Wednesday, and an impeachment trial could begin as early as Tuesday.

But you might be forgiven if you forgot this all started back in August with a whistleblower's complaint about a phone call between Trump and Ukraine's president, Volodymyr Zelensky. The complaint was major news, but speaking out against government impropriety isn't new in American politics. 

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In his State of the State address, Gov. Phil Scott outlined his 2020 legislative agenda, including a proposal to make K-12 after-school programming more accessible to Vermonters. On this Vermont Edition: universal after-school. We dive into the research, and consider what it would take to make Governor Scott's proposal a reality for Vermont.

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Middlebury College is expanding its language school offerings this summer with a pilot School of Abenaki. The two-week-long immersion program will be taught by Jesse Bowman Bruchac, a member of the Nulhegan Abenaki and a teacher of the Abenaki language for more than 25 years.

Officials at the Brattleboro Retreat, seen here in this February 2005 file photo
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The Brattleboro Retreat is in financial crisis. The state’s largest psychiatric facility, and the only inpatient option for children, told state officials last week it would have to close, sell or dramatically scale back without emergency funding. State officials now say an immediate closure is no longer imminent, but much remains uncertain. We're talking about what the Retreat’s financial woes mean for Vermont's mental health system, and how the Retreat—and the state—are moving forward. 

A woman stands against a wall mural.
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Vermont Edition Presents brings you a collection of interesting public talks, lectures, and events from different communities.

Madelyn Linsenmeir became addicted to Oxycontin at the age of 16. Her older sister, Kate O'Neill, witnessed her adored younger sibling struggle with opioid-use disorder, get sober, struggle again, get on top of her disease again, and eventually die because of complications with the disease.

Capitol Police Chief Matthew Romei speaks with Jane Lindholm.
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Capitol Police Chief Matthew Romei is in charge of one of the smallest deputized police forces in the state. At just four full-time officers, his job is to keep the Vermont Statehouse safe and open to the public — while also providing security for state lawmakers.

An upward view of the statehouse dome.
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Gov. Phil Scott delivered his State of the State address Thursday and detailed key elements of his legislative agenda. Two administration officials join Vermont Edition to discuss Gov. Scott's top priorities for the 2020 session.

A splitscreen of the Statehouse at left in winter and at right in spring
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Activists are rallying on the Statehouse steps at noon today to demand action on climate change ahead of Gov. Phil Scott's State of the State address. Many lawmakers say addressing a changing climate is a top priority this session. We're talking about what activists want and what lawmakers are pursuing when it comes to fighting climate change in this legislative session.

A spilt image, one of the red chairs in the Vermont House chamber, the other of the green carpeted Senate chamber.
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The hustle and bustle of opening day has settled, leaving a legislature ready to get down to business in this second half of Vermont's biennium. So what exactly are legislative leaders hoping to accomplish this time around? On Vermont Edition, we return with a second round of coverage live from the Statehouse. We talk with  House and Senate leadership, and we also hear from you.