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Lots of Vermont college students graduate from the four-year public college where they started. That’s according to a new report from a national research group. But the study also shows that students who do transfer out of Vermont colleges tend to leave the state altogether.

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Five weeks ago, House Speaker Shap Smith issued a public plea for economic development proposals. He’s now assembled a panel of private sector officials to sift through the submissions, and help craft new legislation.

Smith’s public solicitation yielded more than 200 economic development strategies from about 75 individuals and organizations.

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Nicole Erthein

A Vermont-based production company is using crowdsourcing and social media to help make their short film Van Money, a heist story that centers around a 1984 Volkswagen Vanagon named Betsy.

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Champlain College is one step closer to a new mixed-use development near the heart of downtown Burlington.

The new building is set to replace what is currently a parking lot with a 104-unit student housing development with underground parking and commercial space on the ground floor.

“This will add 104 units, 290 beds in the downtown corridor, walking distance to our campus on our existing shuttle bus route,” said David Provost, Champlain’s senior vice president for finance and administration.

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Abbey Heimlich from the Northeast Kingdom suggested the quilt and hooked rug show at Cobleigh Public Library in Lyndonville as part of the Snowflake Festival through March 1st.

Taking On Taxes

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Governor Shumlin's plan to impose a small payroll tax on all businesses to boost Medicaid reimbursement rates is getting a very lukewarm reception at the Statehouse. There's also been talk of other potential revenue sources like changes in the income tax, the gas tax and the rooms and meals tax.

We talk with House Ways and Means Chairwoman Janet Ancel and Senate Finance Chairman Tim Ashe about the outlook for these taxes.

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Spring will eventually be here, along with the potential for ice jams and river flooding. On the next Vermont Edition, we learn about the conditions that cause ice jams, and how our rivers behave as winter turns to spring.

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In the upscale town of Norwich, the police department occupies a dilapidated 1950's ranch house. On a recent winter morning, a building and grounds staffer for the town is removing snow and ice from the roof, which is already leaking.

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The resurgence of the St. Michael's men’s basketball program over the last two years has been fueled by a combination of factors. The Purple Knights have flourished under the leadership of head coach Josh Meyer, who moved up to become head coach at the start of the 2013-14 season after serving two years as SMC's top assistant.

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A push to expand background checks on sales of firearms in Vermont is already dead. But gun-control advocates are trying salvage other provisions in their bill. And they’re getting major support from Vermont police.