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On July 1, the day after Gov. Peter Shumlin proclaimed July “Lakes Appreciation Month,” and just two days before the July 4 weekend, two cities released tens of thousands of gallons of untreated sewage and stormwater into state waterways.

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It's not something most people want to think about. Nor plan for. It's the end of your life.

But there are many decisions to make regarding what will happen when you die. From estate planning to funeral arrangements. From where you want to spend your final days to who gets your chocolate lab.

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If you've ever tried Ethiopian or Eritrean cuisine, you know that the spongy, tangy bread that comes with the meal ​— the injera ​— is just as good as the main event. Mulu Tewelde, an Eritrean native who now lives in South Burlington, shared her recipe for this week's installment of Summer School.

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Eshqua Bog, in Hartland, is home to a variety of unique plants, including an impressive population of wild orchids such as the rare lady's slipper. Now it is also home to an environmentally sensitive, accessible boardwalk and a parking area built to help accommodate the thousands of naturalists that The Nature Conservancy says visit each year.

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It's been a year of big changes in U.S.-Cuba relations. In December, after intense negotiations, President Obama and President Raul Castro of Cuba announced that the two countries would normalize relations. Just this Wednesday, the announcement came that Cuba and the U.S. are reopening their embassies.

We're talking to Vermonters with ties to Cuba about their experiences, what's changing, and what might come next in the U.S.-Cuba relationship.

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It's not often that Rutland, Vermont and the Bronx, New York are linked in a news story.

But Vermont's now well-publicized heroin problem has its roots in a drug cartel based in the Bronx. A recent Drug Enforcement Administration bust seized 70 kilos of heroin with a street value estimated at $50 million. This bust broke up a major warehouse that shipped heroin north up Interstate 87 and 90 into New England.

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Vermont State Parks had a busy weekend for the Fourth of July holiday. But they’re also trying to figure out why some of the most popular campsites in the system stay vacant much of the summer.

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Voters in Bristol will head to the polls on Tuesday, July 7, to weigh in on a plan for a new fire station.

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If you are blind or visually impaired, at least 14 years old and want to join a hockey team, we've got some news for you! The Vermont Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired is helping to recruit a team of Vermonters and New Yorkers for a league run by Courage USA.

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No one ever knows exactly what to expect from Warren’s Fourth of July parade. Over the past 67 years though, it’s grown into a Vermont bucket list item.

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