Justice Antonin Scalia, Known For Biting Dissents, Dies At 79

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, perhaps the leading voice of uncompromising conservatism on the nation's highest court, was found dead Saturday, Chief Justice John Roberts has confirmed. Scalia, who had been staying at a luxury ranch in West Texas, was 79 years old."On behalf of the Court and retired Justices, I am saddened to report that our colleague Justice Antonin Scalia has passed away," Roberts said in a statement. "He was an extraordinary individual and jurist, admired and treasu...
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Ever seen a "George Washington slept here" sign? It turns out there's a reason that they're so common. Our first President covered a lot of ground. In the first years of his presidency, he took a series of trips to all 13 states - braving occasionally shoddy accommodation and lousy food to sell the new country on  his vision for a unified nation. 

Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy, the senior Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, says President Barack Obama should act “without delay” to nominate a replacement for Justin Antonin Scalia.

Scalia's death Saturday at age 79 leaves the high court without its conservative majority and sets up an ideological confrontation over his successor in the maelstrom of a presidential election year. 

When Vermont’s large farms file their permits on Feb. 15 they’ll be required to pay a fee for the first time.

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In just a couple of weeks, Vermonters across the state will gather in town halls and schools to have a voice in local government. Many of those town meeting discussions will center on taxes. In some municipalities, the focus will be on whether to adopt a local option tax as an additional source of revenue.

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According to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, among the nation’s cities, Vermont’s lone metropolitan area has the third lowest unemployment rate in the country.

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Rutland’s Chloe Levins is fierce on the golf course. She’s won the state high school championship twice. But the 17-year old also competes on snow.

The Rutland High School senior is what you’d call an uber athlete. She’s good at sports that require intense concentration like golf, but also has the explosive physical conditioning needed for Nordic skiing. Biathlon, a sport that combines Nordic racing with target shooting, harnesses both her skill sets.

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State officials say they're hopeful that a new health care payment system can be in place at the beginning of next year. The proposal is designed to reimburse providers to keep their patients healthy and to encourage the expansion of primary care practices.

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Governor Shumlin's proposal to switch to an all-payer model for health care would overhaul how care is paid for in Vermont. We're talking about how it would work, and what the change would mean for patients and providers.

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New Hampshire native Peter Jennison has been composing music for piano since he was 10 years old. When he joined the military as an adult and was deployed overseas as a medevac helicopter pilot, Jennison often listened to soothing music from other composers like Will Ackerman and, in his downtime, began to write his own contemporary pieces.

Residents have been told by the Environmental Protection Agency that their water is unsafe to drink. People are outraged, are asking tough questions of local officials, and wondering how things got to this point. The story has drawn the attention of a high-profile environmental public advocate and celebrity.

And we're not talking about Flint, Michigan.

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Kevin Pearce: Learning To Love Your Brain

Vermont's Kevin Pearce was one of the bright young stars of professional snowboarding when tragedy struck. During half-pipe training in Park City, Utah, Kevin hit the ground head first while attempting a cab double cork.
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Compositions With A Mission: A Soldier's Songs Tell Stories Of War

New Hampshire native Peter Jennison has been composing music for piano since he was 10 years old. When he joined the military as an adult and was deployed overseas as a medevac helicopter pilot, Jennison often listened to soothing music from other composers like Will Ackerman and, in his downtime, began to write his own contemporary pieces.
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The early life story of author and illustrator Cece Bell unfolds across the pages of El Deafo in comic book style panels. We first meet Cece as an energetic preschooler who loves to wear her poka-dotted bathing suit everywhere. Then we watch her get sick and lose her hearing as speech bubbles fade to blank.
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Narcan Saves Lives, But With Some Unintended Consequences

Naloxone, or Narcan, is a prescription drug designed to reverse respiratory depression caused by opioid overdose. The drug has become widely accessible in Vermont, with various police agencies and first responders gaining access to the drug.
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