South Burlington students will be back in school on Monday, after a deal was reached between the teachers’ union and the school board to end a strike.

The South Burlington Educators Association and the South Burlington School Board agreed on Friday to allow mediator Joseph McNeil to join in the session, which began on Saturday morning.

Dairy farmers have a new way to protect themselves against falling milk prices and rising feed costs. The Margin Protection Program is part of the federal Farm Bill approved this year. But this is not a handout—it’s an insurance program, and farmers have lots of decisions to make about whether  and how to enroll.

On November 4, Voters in many Vermont towns will be weighing in on local ballot initiatives as well as electing local and statewide candidates. Local votes include school renovation projects, utility projects and municipal charter changes.

A Site Assessment Study released by Entergy Vermont Yankee Friday significantly raises the estimated cost of retiring the Vernon plant. The report also provides an early estimate of the timetable for decommissioning, which Entergy says could begin in about three decades.

When Google announced it's 2014 eCity list of the country's most tech-friendly metropolises, some Vermonters reacted, "Stowe? Really?"

The South Burlington School Board and teachers still haven’t come to an agreement after 11 hours of negotiations Thursday, but the school system announced yesterday that non-academic activities will resume.

According to a release from the school board, “the Teachers’ Association and School Board remain apart on both salaries and employee contributions towards health insurance premiums.”

Publicly held companies have a financial responsibility to their shareholders: they have to make money. But benefit corporations can be responsible to the environment, their employees, and their communities. Businesses that have become benefit corporations say they are taking it into their own hands to make the world a better place.

We’ll talk to Tom Payne of King Arthur Flour and Ashley Orgain of Seventh Generation, two Vermont companies who have gone through the certification process to become benefit companies.

FairPoint workers in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine have launched a strike. The 2,550 workers are holding out for a better contract deal after months.

Negotiations reached an impasse in early September, but at the time workers decided to hold off on a strike. Since then, FairPoint unilaterally reduced benefits for the unionized employees.

Election Day is a little more than two weeks away. That has candidates and parties scrambling to connect with voters.

As part of our ongoing coverage of Campaign 2014, we hear from Vermont Republican Party Chairman David Sunderland, Progressive State Representative and House Caucus Leader Chris Pearson, and Democratic State Representative Kesha Ram.

They discuss their priorities as voters go to the polls to elect members of the Legislature. And we look at whether  the Democrats will be able to maintain their large majority in the Vermont House and Senate. 

Fair season is wrapping up in Vermont, but at the Addison County Fair and Field Days, organizers are trying to get to the bottom of a counterfeit ticket operation that could have cost them thousands of dollars.

Evan Johnson had that story in the Addison Independent and he spoke with VPR's Peter Biello for our Friday Regional Report.

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