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Looking Back At 2015: Surprising Politics, Tragedy In Barre, Progress On Pollution

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Jody Herring, Sen. Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign kickoff, Gov. Peter Shumlin, heritage Randall cattle.

On this final day of 2015 we're taking a look back at some of the year's most significant news stories, some of which will no doubt influence events in 2016.

The rocket rise of Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign, the surprising announcement that Gov. Peter Shumlinwould not be seeking re-election – and that a leading contender to replace him would be dropping out of the race for personal reasons – highlighted political news. 

In a big economic story, there was a sense of relief after a major private employer in Vermont would be staying put following its sale to a multi-billion dollar out-of-state company.

The state mourned the horrific shooting death of a Department for Children and Families social worker. And Vermont small farmers prepared for a seismic shift in their daily lives with the advent of new Clean Water Act regulations. 

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