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This week marks the 47th year that Washington County Sen. Bill Doyle has distributed his annual Town Meeting Day survey. This year's survey includes questions about taxes, the environment and the legalization of marijuana.

Audio from this story will be posted at approximately 11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 3.

In the winter of 1969, Doyle, a history professor at Johnson State College, was serving his first term in the Vermont Senate.

House lawmakers have spent much of the 2015 legislative session looking for ways to curb the growth of property taxes. Their new plan to impose spending caps on school budgets might help accomplish that goal. But it has also earned legislators some new and powerful enemies.

Lawmakers in the House Committee on Education broke into applause last week after their unanimous vote in favor of a wide-ranging education reform bill. But not everyone is a fan.

Audio for this story will be posted at approximately 11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 3

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People want to believe that where they live is the best place on earth. But do Vermonters have more reasons than most to believe that their state is exceptional? On this Town Meeting Day, we listen back to an archive of Vermont Edition that takes aim at the myth and reality of Vermont exceptionalism.

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A new study from the University of Vermont found that Vermont doctors are failing to follow best practices about half the time when prescribing antipsychotic medicine to children.

The use of antipsychotics has become increasingly common in recent years, said the study’s lead author Dr. David Rettew.

“But there’s actually very little data that speaks to whether this is an appropriate increase or whether this reflects an overuse of this class of medications,” he said.

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For New Hampshire sixth grader Ruby Pepperdine, the “center of everything” is up on the rooftop of Pepperdine Motors, stargazing with her grandmother, Gigi. In Vermont author Linda Urban's book The Center of Everything, after Gigi dies, Ruby has one big regret. She didn’t listen to the last thing her grandmother tried to tell her.

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Vermont has lost a valued community leader. David Dill, former secretary of transportation and Lyndon selectman, died Thursday evening at his home following an illness. He was 68.

Dill moved to Lyndonville in 1990 after a long career in the Air Force, including a stint in the Department of Defense working on North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) issues. Associates say he brought the same passion he had shown on the national level to his state and local public service in Vermont.

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Town Meeting Day this year is without any major statewide referenda, but municipal and school budgets are up for voter approval statewide.

Last year’s Town Meeting Day saw more than two dozen school budgets defeated and kicked off a discussion about education funding that lawmakers are working to address in Montpelier this year.

The city of Burlington has entered into an agreement with developer Eric Farrell to help plan the development of land formerly owned by Burlington College.

Farrell purchased roughly 28 acres of land from Burlington College as part of the college’s efforts to reduce its debt. Now he’s launching a public process to develop a plan for the site, keeping in mind community goals of conservation and access across the property from North Avenue to the city’s bike path.

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Gov. Peter Shumlin is losing favor among the Vermonters that elected him, according to a new poll commissioned by VTDigger.org.

A survey of 700 Vermonters, conducted in mid-February by the Castleton Polling Institute, found that more people disapprove of the Democratic governor’s job performance than approve of it.

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Voters in the tiny Northeast Kingdom town of East Haven will decide Tuesday whether to approve an education budget that would raise their taxes. The town closed its school four years ago, but it’s turning out to be more expensive to educate East Haven children elsewhere than it was to keep the school doors open.

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