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It’s been a tough year for thousands of Vermont tenants. Many renters lost income due to the pandemic. Unpaid bills and missing rent payments have piled up and when the state and federal eviction moratoriums end, thousands could be at risk of losing their apartment.

That’s why Congress allocated billions of dollars to programs to help tenants pay back-rent. In Vermont, a new rental assistance program launched in early April could be a lifeline for struggling residents.

A rental assistance program launched last month could help thousands of struggling tenants. Plus, the potential for COVID restrictions to ease sooner, school-based vaccine clinics, and greenhouse gas emissions.

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In a year that’s taken us for an uncertain ride, public transportation services in Vermont have remained accessible, reliable, and most of all, safe.

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Vermont reporters provide a roundup of top news takeaways about the coronavirus and more for Friday, May 14.

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Young-adult author Jo Knowles works closely with students at the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction. That may be surprising, given that Knowles is not a visual artist and has no experience in cartooning. But she draws on her experience as a writer to help others tell good stories, whether through prose or a good cartoon.

Former Governor Madeleine Kunin is out with a new book of poetry. Plus, a potential task force to address sexual violence on college campuses, Medicaid funds used for police in schools, and the world’s largest marble exhibit.

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Vermont reporters provide a roundup of top news takeaways about the coronavirus and more for Thursday, May 13.

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Lawmakers are coming down the homestretch of the 2021 session and there seem to be some significant budget issues dividing legislative leaders and Gov. Phil Scott. This hour, we talk with Vermont's legislative leaders about this and other issues. 

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Hey, c'mere a second. Have you heard about this new research out of Dartmouth that shows gossip may actually be beneficial? Word is, a postdoctoral researcher worked with a psychology and brain science professor to find out if gossip gets an undeserved bad rap.

Starting a business after a job loss (in a pandemic). Plus, vaccines for 12-15 year olds, a formal apology for state-sanctioned eugenics, and the possible decriminalization of buprenorphine.

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Vermont reporters provide a roundup of top news takeaways about the coronavirus and more for Wednesday, May 12.

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New reporting from VPR's Abagael Giles examines the critical role community organizers have played in helping shrink the vaccination gap between BIPOC and white Vermonters. In our weekly health update, we talk with Giles. We also hear from two of the visionaries behind Burlington's BIPOC clinics and consider how their recent efforts might serve as a model for building health equity in Vermont.

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Vermont has one of the highest vaccination rates in the country. But in early April, the vaccination rate for BIPOC – people who identify as Black, Indigenous or people of color – lagged 13% behind white Vermonters.

Now, that gap has closed by half. And it appears to be shrinking even further, thanks to clinics across the state, led and designed by leaders who are people of color, with funding and support from the Vermont Department of Health.

BIPOC vaccine clinics are bridging a gap in ways that could help mend a racist health care system. Plus, an investigation finds Bennington police discriminated against former legislator Kiah Morris on the basis of race.

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This spring, we're reporting a series of stories about business owners who've started something new or substantially changed their operation over the course of the pandemic. Up next: Starting a business after a job loss.

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A nearly two-year investigation into the Bennington Police Department has found that officers failed to adequately investigate alleged threats against former state legislator Kiah Morris because of its racism and prejudice.

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Vermont reporters provide a roundup of top news takeaways about the coronavirus and more for Tuesday, May 11.

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After 20 years at Vermont Public Radio and 40-some years of working in news, VPR senior reporter John Dillon is retiring. When he started, he was VPR’s first full-time reporter. Over the years, he’s served as news director and worked for the New England News Collaborative, and covered agriculture, energy and the environment – as well as the Legislature.

A lawyer and a retired teacher have been locked in a legal battle over a solar development for over half a decade. And we bid adieu to our colleague John Dillon.

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Vermont reporters provide a roundup of top news takeaways about the coronavirus and more for Monday, May 10.