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An update on COVID-19 numbers and the Central Vermont outbreak. Plus, a pumpkin patch, an officer charged, and unemployment.

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Live noon discussion: Publishing a book is always challenging, but it's been even more so during the pandemic. This hour, we want to celebrate local authors, booksellers and readers. Tell us if you've written or published a book recently, and what local authors you've been reading! Plus, how are you helping to keep local bookstores and libraries going during this strange time?

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Vermont reporters provide a roundup of top news takeaways about the coronavirus, a drop in unemployment and more for Tuesday, Oct. 20.

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The health department continues to track 30 people as part of a COVID-19 outbreak associated with hockey and broomball leagues in central Vermont. This hour, we get the latest from deputy health commissioner Tracy Dolan. We also find out what researchers at the University of Vermont have learned about the body’s immune response to COVID-19.

How arts classes in school have adapted to the pandemic. Plus, a check-in with Canada, a healthcare van, and COVID-19 numbers.

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The province of Quebec is experiencing a second wave of COVID-19 infections.

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Vermont schools have moved to Phase III of reopening, which means an increase in in-person learning. And while some subject areas have received specific guidance, the arts have had to be creative.

A man loads pumpkins into the trunk of his car.
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Despite hot, dry growing conditions and a pandemic, Winslow Farms, a popular pick-your-own pumpkin patch in Pittsford, has been enjoying brisk business.

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Vermont reporters provide a roundup of top news takeaways about the coronavirus, homelessness and more for Monday, Oct. 19.

How Vermont’s composting law is changing food waste. Plus, indoor farmers markets, campaign finances, and COVID-19 numbers.

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The state's new law that bans household food scraps in landfills went into effect on July 1. Vermonters are getting on board with the new system, which means transfer stations are struggling to keep up and new businesses are popping up to haul the food scraps to composting facilities.

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Vermont reporters provide a roundup of top news takeaways about the coronavirus, trick-or-treating and more for Friday, Oct. 16.

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The lieutenant governor's race has been one of the closest in Vermont's 2020 election. Amid record-setting early voting, the two major party candidates — Democrat Molly Gray and Republican Scott Milne — are making final appeals to undecided Vermonters. This hour, Vermont Edition continues its series of one-on-one interviews with candidates for top offices continues with Democratic nominee Molly Gray. 

100 years since women first voted in Vermont. Plus, remembering VPR host Peter Fox Smith, even more ballots returned, and COVID-19 numbers.

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Vermont reporters provide a roundup of top news takeaways about the coronavirus, 82 people arrested and charged with drug and gun trafficking and more for Thursday, Oct. 15.

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Last week, a familiar voice to VPR listeners passed away. Peter Fox Smith, who hosted weekly opera programs on VPR for 40 years, died on Oct. 5 at the age of 85 at his home in North Pomfret, Vt.

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The Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction has been working on creating comics that present complicated information in clear and accessible ways. Last year, they put out a graphic guide to Democracy and Government. Now they've collaborated with a mental health organization in Ohio and with Mass. cartoonist Cara Bean to produce a new comic called Let's Talk About It, a graphic guide to mental health.

Vermont’s middle and high schools will give out free condoms. Plus, another day of SCOTUS hearings, record early voting, COVID numbers and bird tracking.

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Vermont reporters provide a roundup of top news takeaways about coronavirus, demand for mental health care and more for Wednesday, Oct. 14.

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Over the course of six months in 2020, the idea of home went from one of refuge to what was required of all of us in order to navigate COVID-19.