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The best-known candidate in the 2016 gubernatorial race kicked off his campaign Tuesday evening. Lt. Gov. Phil Scott has been the Republicans’ only candidate to win statewide office over the past five years. Now, the 57-year-old Berlin resident says he’s ready to take his winning brand of politics all the way to the governor’s office.


You might have grown up listening to the radio, but chances are that you have a few audio options right at your fingertips now. The ubiquity of smartphones has revolutionized the way that we're listening to and discovering new audio, especially podcasts.

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A southern Vermont private ski resort is moving ahead with a massive development project on Haystack Mountain.

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Gov. Peter Shumlin on Tuesday announced a program to treat opiate addiction in newly released inmates.

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Gov. Peter Shumlin says lawmakers have a responsibility to make changes to the state's new school budget spending caps in the first weeks of the 2016 session.

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With Thanksgiving behind us, it's officially Christmas tree cutting season in Vermont. If you thought the $5 choose-and-cut tree was a thing of the past, then the Green Mountain National Forest has a surprise for you.

Gretchen Becker lives in Halifax, Vermont. She's a successful science writer and in 1996 she was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes.

One of the ways she has coped with the disease is by researching and writing about it. She has just released a newly revised and updated edition of her book "The First Year: Type 2 Diabetes: An Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed."

On Vermont Edition, she shared what she thinks those diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes should know.

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His books have taken readers to a world where internet connections feed directly into your brain. To the wondrous flame pits of Delaware. And most recently, to life during the Bolshevik Revolution and Stalinist Russia.

And they have garnered acclaim and honors, including the National Book Award.

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It's hard to imagine a worse disease than amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS. The muscle-wasting affliction strikes about 5,600 patients each year. Thirty thousand people are living with it in the United States. The vast majority of those cases are not inherited.

But for families that do carry the gene, it is especially heartbreaking. One of those families lives in Vermont, and they are helping to advance medical research.

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Global leaders convened in Paris on Monday in search of an international agreement to curb carbon emissions, but environmentalists in Vermont are pressing for action closer to home.