Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has exceeded his fundraising goals for the first few months of his campaign. 

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A new filing shows that Sanders raised almost $15 million from more than 250 thousand people. The average contribution was $33.

At the end of April, Sanders said the fundraising goal for his presidential primary campaign would be between $40 and $50 million. In just eight weeks, he's raised about a third of that goal.

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Sen. Bernie Sanders drew a record crowd of 10,000 supporters at a rally Wednesday night  in Madison, WI.

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Southern Vermont painter Julia Jensen’s oil and encaustic paintings are now on display at West Branch Gallery in Stowe.

Tari Swenson, a partner at West Branch, joined VPR to talk about Jensen’s paintings and how they try to help artists find a balance between having their art be seen and having their art sell.

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Vermont economic development officials are hopeful that Congress will renew the operations of the Export-Import Bank later this month. The bank's authority expired this week, and the future of this program has set off a major debate in Washington.

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After a long hiatus, college students could soon return to downtown Lebanon, N.H.  

River Valley Community College, based in Claremont, is in the process of buying the building formerly occupied by Lebanon College and hopes to start offering courses there by next January.

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The Upper Valley village of Taftsville will not be getting a large solar array after all.  The developer has withdrawn his offer for the land, and there is a new buyer.

More than 1,000 of copies of the weekly newspaper The Commons are missing from stands in Brattleboro, the paper’s editor said.

Editor Jeff Potter said the distributor brought copies of the latest issue to vending boxes in Brattleboro Wednesday afternoon, then doubled back to the beginning of the route “and noticed that one of the vending boxes that she had stocked an hour before with a week’s worth of newspapers was completely empty.”

That wasn’t the only place the papers were taken from.

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It's been a year of big changes in U.S.-Cuba relations. In December, after intense negotiations, President Obama and President Raul Castro of Cuba announced that the two countries would normalize relations. Just this Wednesday, the announcement came that Cuba and the U.S. are reopening their embassies.

We're talking to Vermonters with ties to Cuba about their experiences, what's changing, and what might come next in the U.S.-Cuba relationship.

The editorial staffs at a number of small-town newspapers in Vermont and Massachusetts are getting smaller still.

New England Newspapers Inc., has laid off 10 editorial employees at papers it owns including the Brattleboro Reformer, the Bennington Banner and the Manchester Journal.  The layoffs leave skeleton crews at the three Vermont newspapers.

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At any given time, more than 30,000 Vermonters are contending with a suspended driver’s license. But the suspension often relates to offenses that have nothing to do with a person’s road-worthiness. So Transportation Secretary Sue Minter says it’s time to get many of those drivers back on the highway.