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The green expanse in front of the Statehouse in Montpelier could be considered Vermont's front yard — a gathering place for everything from political protests to ultimate Frisbee contests.

The broad lawn was transformed Tuesday into an open air market with fresh food, handmade furniture and farm products for sale.

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This summer, Bernie Sanders has surprised a lot of people by emerging as the chief competitor to Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination.

But the dynamics of the race could change if Vice President Joe Biden enters the race.

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Two state environmental groups are asking a district environmental commission to dismiss the application for a large development at Exit 4 in Randolph.

In a motion filed this week, Conservation Law Foundation and Vermont Natural Resources Council told the District 3 Environmental Commission that developer Jesse Sammis has, “utterly failed to show that the proposed project meets the clear Act 250 standards for protecting valuable farmland.”

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Interstate-89 and the Vermonter passenger train link Burlington with the eastern side of the state and beyond. The Ethan Allen passenger line ends at Rutland. But when it comes to tying Rutland, Bennington and the western side of the state with Vermont's most-populous city, there's the mostly two-lane U.S. Route 7.

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How many times has the sight of long antennae, a shiny exoskeleton or a frenetically flying insect prompted the phrase, "What is that?!"

The room at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester had 400 seats set out for Bernie Sanders’ town hall meeting on Saturday; all of them were full and people were standing in the aisles. They’ve come for the message Sanders has been delivering with the consistency of a jackhammer for his whole political career.

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Write ups in USA Today, The New York Times and several travel guides have made the Dorset Quarry one of the most popular swimming holes in Vermont. YouTube videos and Facebook posts have meant even more visitors. And while many think the historic quarry is a public park, it’s privately owned by a couple who says it might be time for more help in running the area.

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When it comes to Revolutionary-era forts on Lake Champlain, Mount Independence seems to get short shrift behind others, like Fort Ticonderoga. Actually, the two were connected by a bridge and Mount Independence housed three times as many soldiers as Fort Ti in 1776.

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The newest arrival to electoral politics in Vermont is looking to boost the prospects of progressive candidates in 2016, and it wants to leave its mark on the Democratic gubernatorial primary.

In the world of statewide politics, multi-candidate gubernatorial primaries are a rare and interesting beast. The mid-summer election isn't conducive to large turnouts. And with several candidates vying for such a small pool of support, it doesn't take a whole lot of votes to win a major-party nomination.

Potentially toxic cyanobacteria blooms were present up and down Lake Champlain during the last week in July, according to a report from the Lake Champlain Committee. Data from the Vermont Department of Health show that liver toxins were present in St. Albans Bay that week as well.