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Gov. Phil Scott, at the podium, joined elected officials from Bennington Wednesday to announce a financial settlement with the company linked to PFOA contamination in the Bennington area.
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The state has reached a settlement with the owners of a manufacturing facility that may be linked to the contamination of hundreds of private drinking wells in the Bennington area.

Lawmakers face some tough choices to identify a long term funding source for the state's Clean Water Fund
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As the legislative session enters the home stretch, lawmakers still have not figured out how to pay for what most insist is a top priority — cleaning up Lake Champlain and other waterways.

The exterior of the Vermont Statehouse
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House lawmakers Thursday advanced legislation that would create a statewide paid family and medical leave program in Vermont, but the bill faces some of the same political hurdles that derailed a similar proposal last year.

House lawmakers Wednesday approved a doubling of the tax on heating fuels Wednesday to raise revenue for a low-income weatherization program.
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The Vermont House of Representatives has approved legislation that would boost funding for home weatherization programs. But opponents of the bill say the tax on heating fuel used to pay for it will drive up the cost of living for the people who can least afford it.

Marijuana plants.
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By a vote of 23 to 5, the Vermont Senate gave its preliminary approval to a so-called tax-and-regulate marijuana bill Thursday. Under the bill, pot could be legally sold in retail outlets beginning in 2021.

Alyssa and Rob Black, whose 23-year-old son died by suicide in December, asked lawmakers Thursday to create a waiting period for gun purchases in Vermont.
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The parents of a 23-year-old man who committed suicide last December are asking lawmakers to create a waiting period for gun purchases in Vermont.

Lawmakers elected Col. Greg Knight, of Huntington, to serve as the next adjutant general of the Vermont National Guard.
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The next leader of the Vermont National Guard said he plans to reform an organization that came under fire last year after a series of stories alleging sexual harassment and other misconduct.

A view from a boat on Lake Champlain, looking at a piece of tree-covered land jutting out.
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Gov. Phil Scott’s long-term plan for clean water funding may have gotten a chilly reception in Montpelier, but the administration’s proposal has received a tentative stamp of approval from the federal agency overseeing Vermont’s pollution-reduction efforts.

House lawmakers approved an amendment Thursday that would give some school districts an extra year to comply with a district consolidation mandate.
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House lawmakers have decided that some Vermont school districts need more time to comply with a merger mandate, but they’ve left a fast-approaching deadline in place for others.

A piggy bank straddling the line of two different color backgrounds.
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Key lawmakers are questioning Gov. Phil Scott's plan to finance a $7-million increase in child care funds, saying the proposal is akin to "raiding" the state's education fund.

Gov. Phil Scott has proposed closing the Salisbury Fish Culture Station, seen here, to save money in next year's budget. But angling industry experts say the closure could severely reduce the number of fish available for stocking.
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Vermont's angling community is fighting a proposal to close one of the Department of Fish & Wildlife's five fish hatcheries.

Will Lambek, Jose Luis Cordova Herrera, and woman who identified herself as Olga, from left, testified in the Legisalture last week. They say migrant farmworkers fear that local police will out them to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
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Civil rights groups say Vermont isn’t doing enough to prevent local police agencies from helping federal authorities identify and detain immigrants who are in the country illegally.

Marijuana plants.
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The Senate Judiciary Committee is quickly moving ahead with a tax-and-regulate marijuana bill, but the plan could face an uncertain future with the Scott administration because it doesn't include the driver impairment measures that the governor says must be part of the bill.

Gov. Phil Scott stands with House Speaker Mitzi Johnson behind him on the day of the budget address.
Jeb Wallace-Brodeur / Times Argus

In his budget address, Gov. Phil Scott outlined his key spending initiatives for the coming year. This includes a proposal to finance a long-term plan to clean up Lake Champlain - and the state's other major lakes and streams - with existing revenues. We're taking a closer look at the Governor's budget priorities.

Gov. Phil Scott stands at a podium in the Vermont House chamber at the Statehouse delivering his budget address.
Jeb Wallace-Brodeur / Times Argus

Gov. Phil Scott used his budget address Thursday to call for the first proposed tax increases of his tenure, but simultaneously backed a plan to dramatically lower the estate tax paid by wealthy Vermonters.

A snow-covered Vermont Statehouse, with an American and Vermont flag flying in front.
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Gov. Phil Scott delivered his budget address Thursday afternoon at the Vermont Statehouse. 

A view of the US Capitol dome as seen through a window from the Russell Senate building.
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Vermont’s Republican governor and Democratically controlled Legislature have managed to do what elected officials in Washington, D.C., so far have not: provide financial relief to the federal workers forced to work without pay during the partial government shutdown.

Lawmakers such as Putney Rep. Michael Mrowicki, at the podium, are pushing for legislation that would give school districts more time to comply with a law that requires many districts to merge. About 30 districts are challenging the merger law in court.
Peter Hirschfeld / VPR

A tri-partisan group of lawmakers want to postpone a legal deadline that will otherwise force Vermont school districts into involuntary mergers by July 1.

Vermont Gov. Phil Scott at a podium with New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu, flanked by signs that laid out their paid family leave proposal.
Robert Garrova / NHPR

Vermont Gov. Phil Scott and New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu have announced plans to create a bi-state voluntary paid family leave program. Scott said the proposal will help attract new workers to both states without the need to implement a state-mandated program.

Sen. Dick Sears, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, standing and speaking to people gathered.
Angela Evancie / VPR File

Senate leaders say they hope to quickly pass a bill that would create a retail marijuana market that the state would tax and regulate.

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