More than 25 wild fires flared around Vermont Monday. On Tuesday, the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation ordered forest fire wardens throughout the state to cease issuing burning permits for the next two weeks.

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Two performance projects have been spurring big discussions about race and identity in Vermont in recent weeks. The Vermont Stage production of "The Mountaintop" depicts the imagined last night of the life of Martin Luther King Jr. And Sandglass Theater recently brought the collaborative "Race Peace" storytelling and performance project to Brattleboro.

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In recognition of Mother's Day on Sunday, the latest "Best and Worst" list from the personal finance website WalletHub ranks the best and worst states for working mothers. Vermont made the list's top spot for being the most working-mom-friendly state, up from third on the same list last year.

Last year, Veterans Affairs whistleblowers said that patients were dying because they didn't have access to medical care at the nation's VA hospitals. They also claimed that officials at some hospitals were falsifying records to make it look like wait times were not as bad as they really were.

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Bernie Sanders has proven his popularity in Vermont with lopsided election victories in his campaigns for the U.S. House and Senate. But can he turn that into a successful presidential campaign?  On the next Vermont Edition, we hear perspectives on Bernie Sanders from outside Vermont with political reporters from Iowa, New Hampshire and Washington, D.C. who will be covering the early presidential contests. Our guests are Jonathan Topaz of Politico, Kathie Obradovich of the Des Moines Register and Josh Rogers of New Hampshire Public Radio.

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This week the Norwich Planning Commission is hosting two public forums on future development south of the village. The commission is hoping residents will turn out to one of two sessions Tuesday, May 5 to discuss the potential for sustainable development along Route 5 South and  River Road.

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Power struggles between the legislative and executive branches aren’t anything new. But one brewing in Montpelier these days is unique: The administration’s decision to block Internet entertainment sites has spawned a battle between top lawmakers and executive-branch techies.

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The president and CEO of Brattleboro Retreat is stepping down at the end of the year, hospital officials announced last week. Dr. Rob Simpson is leaving his role after nine years at Brattleboro Retreat, where he’s overseen a growth in staff and patient capacity and the hospital’s focus on mental health and drug treatment services.

“We knew we wanted to meet what we felt was the unmet demand for mental health and addictive services in the region,” Simpson said in an interview.

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The Bernie Sanders presidential campaign has gotten off to a strong fundraising start.

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A 1987 recording made by then Burlington mayor Bernie Sanders is finding a new audience thanks to Sen. Sanders’ presidential aspirations.   

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