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After Marathon 10-Hour Debate, Vermont House Passes Gun Control Bill

A big week for gun control at the Statehouse culminated in a day-long debate over a bill that would raise the age at which Vermonters could purchase guns, ban bump stocks, require universal background checks and restrict magazine capacity.

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Stowe attorney Russell Barr, standing in Lamoille County Superior Court Monday, says he has evidence that a Vermont government official was arrested while on official business in China. State officials say they have no records of any such arrest.
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As the lawsuit filed by EB-5 investors against the state moves through the courts, the lawyer representing those investors has taken on a public role: attorney Russell Barr.

Earlier this week, Barr made headlines with scandalous allegations about public officials without making public evidence to back up his claims.

Hazing in sports can have devastating effects on athletes, schools and communities.
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Live call-in discussion: Hazing is happening in greater numbers than you might suspect. One recent study reported that 80 percent of student athletes experienced some form of hazing during their college athletic career. And 42 percent said they also were hazed in high school.

Cans of Heady Topper roll off the production line at The Alchemist brewery, in Waterbury. The brewery recently intentionally over-built a solar project and is sharing its extra power with the Waterbury Area Senior Center.
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"Microbrews and bluebird skies." It could almost be a Vermont tourism campaign — but in this instance, it describes an emerging trend in the region: solar-powered local beer production. And one central Vermont brewery's raising the bar even higher by throwing philanthropy into the mix.

Community members hold signs in favor of gun legislation in Brattleboro, Vt.
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The "March For Our Lives" will take place on Saturday, March 24, with a national march in Washington, D.C., as well as local events in Montpelier and other Vermont locations.

A Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student wears a March For Our Lives backpack
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A group of Randolph Union High School students is going beyond the borders of Vermont and traveling to Washington, D.C., to take part in the national "March For Our Lives" event on Saturday. 

We're asking Sen. Patrick Leahy about some of the latest developments from Washington.
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Sen. Patrick Leahy joins us to talk about what the new national omnibus spending bill means for Vermont. Plus, the Mueller investigation and what may be coming on gun control - and we take your questions.

A stretch of road with a mini cell tower on a utility pole that a car is driving by.
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Vermont has been trying to get cell service into every corner of the state, and a few years ago, a new technology offered promise by mounting mini cell towers along utility poles.

But just last week the state learned that CoverageCo — the company that’s operating the cell system — is about to shut down after losing money on the experiment.

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The Rutland Herald and Barre-Montpelier Times-Argus newspapers have been sold for the second time in 18 months.

A team at Norwich University has designed a solar power supply system for use on Mars.
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A five-member team of students from Norwich University won a prestigious design competition hosted by NASA.

The mural in Burlington reflects 400 years of Vermont history but has drawn criticism for lacking diversity.
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The mural that graces Leahy Way off of Church Street in Burlington is arresting. It's 120 feet by 14 feet and depicts a 400-year timeline. It's brightly-colored and loaded with many of Vermont's historical figures. And it lacks diversity. So what should the city do with it now?


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