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About 14 percent of Americans cannot read. That’s according to a U.S. Department of Education Study in 2013. And while Vermont’s literacy rate is higher than the national average, plenty of children are falling behind.

But there is a remedial reading program that’s showing promise.

A federal judge has rejected the food industry's attempt to stop the state from implementing a law requiring labels on foods made with genetically modified ingredients.

But U.S. District Judge Christina Reiss has also decided not to dismiss a lawsuit challenging a state law that requires labels on foods containing genetically modified ingredients (GMOs).

Reiss' ruling means the case is likely to go to trial. 

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Every day, the world's population increases by more than 200,000 people. There are now over 7 billion people who call this increasingly crowded planet home. Whatever you think about that, this level of population growth is fundamentally changing the world - with big impacts on the environment and on human society.

So is there a way to slow down population growth to ease up on our burdened ecosystem without stepping on personal rights? And can we have an economy that works for everyone without depending on the engine of rapid population growth?

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Vermont has long used tax breaks as an incentive for private-sector job creation. Those jobs, however, have to meet certain wage thresholds in order to qualify for the incentives. And the Shumlin administration says it’s time to lower the salaries needed to qualify for what’s known as the Vermont Economic Growth Incentive.

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The lawmakers who have taken an oath to represent their constituents are the only ones who vote on legislation, but they’re not the only ones making things happen in the Statehouse every spring – and they’re definitely not the highest-paid.

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The next few weeks could be a critical time for legislation that eliminates the philosophical exemption to Vermont's mandatory immunization law.

Gov. Peter Shumlin says he might drop his opposition to the plan if the House follows the lead of the Senate in supporting this bill.

OK, it is pretty chilly still, but that won't stop the hard-core gardeners among us from getting ready for the growing season.

When Richard Laws was released from prison earlier this month, law enforcement sounded the alarm from one end of Vermont to the other.

A high-risk sex offender was once again on the streets.

Critics say that does nothing to help sex offenders re-integrate into society.

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Rutland's Wonderfeet Children’s Museum celebrated its grand opening this weekend – the culmination of five years of effort by volunteers and local businesses.

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Cindy Smith left work early on March 27. She says she’d finished all of her work preparing food at a University of Vermont dining hall and the head chef told her she could go home. She clocked out 14 minutes early. The next week, she says, she was called into the manager’s office and put on “investigatory leave” for alleged violations of her employer’s attendance policy.