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Politics often makes for strange bedfellows. But the Statehouse alliance behind the budget this year is unusually odd. House Republicans have joined with Democratic leadership to ensure passage of the $5.6 billion spending plan.

Audio from this story will be posted at approximately 11 a.m. Friday, March 27.

If you’re looking for a harsh critic of the House budget proposal, then House Minority Leader Don Turner is your man.

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The House has given its preliminary approval to a $33 million tax bill that's part of an overall plan to reduce the state's $110 million dollar budget gap.

The tax bill survived challenges from the right and the left during a four-hour debate.

Audio for this story will be posted at approximately 11 a.m. on Friday, March 27

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“I play pinball a lot,” says Steve Daniels. He stands in front of a row of loud, flashing machines at the Pinball Coop in South Burlington.

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Lawmakers are taking a step they hope will increase voter participation.

By a vote of 20 to 7 Thursday afternoon, the Senate gave preliminary approval to a bill that would allow residents to register to vote on the day of an election. Currently, an individual who wishes to cast a vote on a Tuesday must have registered to vote by the previous Wednesday.

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Two Vermont photographers are tackling the problem of negative self-perception head on in their new project, Perfect Imperfections.

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Many of New England's native plants are in serious trouble, according to a new report released today by the New England Wildflower Society.

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Orville Gibson went missing before dawn on the morning of New Years Eve in 1957. Three months later, his body was found in the Connecticut River, his legs and arms bound with rope.

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Governor Shumlin announced recently that the state will drop its health care exchange and move to the federal setup if the problems with Vermont Health Connect aren't fixed by the end of May. But he says he's confident that those benchmarks will be met.

So what is the likelihood of meeting those benchmarks? What happens to those Vermonters who have already enrolled in the Exchange? And why did some states get it right while Vermont struggled to make it work?

Chief of Health Care Reform Lawrence Miller answers those questions.  

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Gov. Peter Shumlin  has announced the departure of a top administration aide. 

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Lawmakers are working on a child protection bill that they hope will solve some of the problems that have been identified in the way Vermont investigates child abuse claims. Those concerns came to head in the last year after two children under state supervision were killed, allegedly by family members.

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