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Steven Jeffrey is outgoing executive director of the Vermont League of Cities and Towns. He's held that position for over thirty years. On his way out, we're talking to him about Vermont's local governments and the issues they face, and how the state's towns and cities have changed over the years.

Planning is underway for a controversial land deal that will develop a parcel of open space in Burlington that used to be owned by Burlington College.

Molly Walsh has been following that story for Seven Days and she joined VPR's Mitch Wertlieb for our Friday Regional Report.

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Sen. Patrick Leahy says Republican Senate leaders are using pressure tactics to try to win approval for the reauthorization of the Patriot Act. Leahy's proposal to rein in the government's electronic surveillance program is at the heart of the dispute in Washington.

A provision of the school district merger bill that seeks to lower education spending could end up having the opposite effect.

Just hours after the staff of Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign announced plans for his kickoff event, Gov. Peter Shumlin tweeted his intention to support Hillary Clinton for president.

Shumlin says he stands by his decision and that the timing of his support was purely coincidental.

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Two years to the day after Vermont made it legal for terminally ill patients to get a prescription from a doctor to end their own lives, Gov. Peter Shumlin signed a bill to extend the law.

Standing next to him as he signed it was Katy Lesser, who has a very personal experience with the so-called “death with dignity” law.

Colin Byrne / Art on Board

What happens when action sports meet art? If you're Ben Weigher, it has something to do with painted snowboards. Weigher is the co-creator, with Tim Andreasen, of Art on Board, an organization focused on creativity, entrepreneurship and youth engagement.

"We’ve actually funded over a month of local programming with Burton’s Chill Foundation through our events," Weigher says. "We’ve also been able to give back to Burlington Community Arts.”

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Strange. Weird. Bizarre. Lawmakers, pundits and lobbyists have used all these words, and more, to describe the past 18 weeks in Montpelier. Amid all the drama, however, the Legislature managed to get some work done.

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All of Vermont's state parks will be open for camping and day use on Friday. Vermont State Parks Director Craig Whipple says Memorial Day weekend is something he and his staff have been looking forward to for some time.

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In his inaugural address, Governor Peter Shumlin focused on the cleanup of Lake Champlain and a renewed focus on the expansion of renewables like small-scale solar. He promoted a .7 percent payroll tax in his budget address to help reduce the Medicaid cost shift.

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