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Vt. Legislature Kicks Off Session

The Vermont Legislature is getting ready to kick off its 2014 session.

The Senate is due to convene at 10 a.m. Tuesday.

Later, Gov. Peter Shumlin is scheduled to brief the health care committees from the House and Senate about the progress of Vermont Health Connect, the office helping to implement the health overhaul efforts in the state.

Legislative leaders have said the two top issues they expect to be grappling with in this year's session include closing an expected $70 million budget shortfall and helping combat the abuse of opiate drugs, which police say is driving crime and ruining lives across the state.

You can listen to the House and Senate when in session on VPR's streams from the Legislature.

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