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One of the early advocates of renewable energy in Vermont has died.

John Warshow turned his 1970s anti-nuclear activism into a business that was at the forefront of alternative energy development in the state.

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There are signs that the race for the Democratic presidential nomination is heating up. As Bernie Sanders rises in many early polls, his economic agenda is drawing the fire of some of Hillary Clinton's supporters.

It's been five weeks since Bernie Sanders formally launched his presidential campaign in Burlington. Since that time, Sanders has surprised many political observers by drawing huge crowds in New Hampshire, Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota.

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The new state Vermont Psychiatric Care Hospital in Berlin violated federal standards of patient care after a supervising nurse repeatedly and intentionally took actions that upset a patient with “severe” obsessive compulsive disorder, documents show.

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The state of Vermont wants access to the claims data of companies that fund their own health insurance plans. But not all of them are willing to hand it over. And the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to resolve a legal dispute that could have national impacts on health care reform.

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A new report from the Lake Champlain Basin Program provides a comprehensive update on an array of indicators of the health of the lake. It shows serious problems remain with phosphorus pollution in the lake and also notes some ongoing successes with regard to invasive species.

One day after announcing it had received clearance from the federal government, GlobalFoundries says it has completed the acquisition of IBM's microelectronics manufacturing business, including the IBM facility in Essex Junction, which employs approximately 4,000.

"The deal strengthens the company's workforce, adding decades of experience and expertise," GlobalFoundries said in a statement issued Wednesday. "The addition of more than 16,000 patents and applications makes GlobalFoundries the holder of one of the largest semiconductor patent portfolios in the world."

Military veterans will soon get expanded access to higher education. They now qualify for in-state tuition at all public colleges and universities even in states where they are only temporary residents.

In Vermont, non-residents pay almost twice as much tuition to state colleges and the University of Vermont as in-state students. That puts military veterans in a bind if they have recently moved or been transferred to a state where they do not have legal residence.

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If you're a parent, the thought of talking to your kids about sex might strike fear into your heart. But you should be having these conversations by the time your kids are in first grade, according to Cindy Pierce

Last fall the Windsor Central Supervisory Union debated consolidating schools in Woodstock, Pomfret and Bridgewater.  A lot has moved forward in that discussion during the school year, including what towns, schools and administration would be involved in the consolidation.

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In 1852, former slave and abolitionist Frederick Douglass was invited to speak at an event commemorating the signing of the Declaration of Independence. He delivered a speech that has become known as “The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro.” In it he rebuked the country for slavery, which he called "the great sin and shame of America."

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