The U.S. Department of Education said Marlboro College is under investigation for issues relating to sexual violence.

Records show the department's Office of Civil Rights has been investigating the private non-profit college since early October.

The investigation is related to Title IX, the federal law protecting students from discrimination based on sex.

In the past six months, federal officials have launched more than 30 Title IX investigations across the U.S.

More than 46 million Americans are expected to travel some distance to get to Thanksgiving dinner this week. That's the most since before the great recession. And while the traffic and weather may not be cooperating, at least gas prices are down.

Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger has weighed in in favor of partial development of the 25-acre plot of land Burlington College is selling in order to improve its troubled finances.

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The Thanksgiving holiday weekend embodies a few big themes: a festive meal with family, perhaps a long car trip to get there, and time to reflect - sometimes uncomfortably - on our founding history that gave rise to Thanksgiving. Wednesday on Vermont Edition, we're taking all of it on!  From food to travel to history to culture, we'll get your Thanksgiving weekend started right.

Anthropology of a shared meal

The welfare of children under state supervision in Vermont has been under particular scrutiny over the last year. The homicide of two-year-old Dezirae Sheldon in February sparked outrage partly because Sheldon's family had previously been investigated for abuse. That anger was compounded last spring when another young child, Peighton Geraw, was killed; his family had also been in the Department for Children and Families system.

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You've got your favorite turkey recipe, your favorite pecan pie recipe, and your favorite side dish. But what wine do you serve to go along with all those dishes? What wine to you bring to your friend's house for the big dinner?

Don't feel stumped! Our wine experts are here to help. We'll talk to Kevin Clayton, owner of Village Wine and Coffee in Shelburne, and Keven Ring, wine director at Twin Farms Resort in Barnard, about how to choose the right wines for your holiday meals.

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Ridership on Amtrak’s Vermonter is at its highest level ever.

Vermont rail officials say track improvements have cut travel time to New York, which has helped attract riders. There are also plans to restore service to Montreal.

According to Dan Delabruere, rail program director for the Agency of Transportation, Vermonter ridership has been on the rise for the past 20 months, since work was completed that shortened the trip to New York by about 30 minutes.  He says the work, coupled with marketing efforts accounts for the increase.

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The closing of Vermont's only school for the deaf has opened new debate about the best way to educate deaf and hard-of-hearing children. For decades, mainstreaming in public schools has been seen as a more enlightened alternative to residential schools for the deaf.  Now some Vermonters are questioning that assumption.

While the Legislature next year is likely to focus on a financing plan for a single payer system, the chairman of the Green Mountain Care Board Al Gobeille says "job number one" is bringing the cost of health care much closer to the rate of inflation.  

In the middle of January, Gov. Peter Shumlin is scheduled to unveil his long awaited plan to finance a single payer health care system and lawmakers will review the proposal during the session.

Union organizing efforts by adjunct faculty at Champlain College and Burlington College came to a successful conclusion Monday.  A union vote at a third college will be announced next week.

The majority of adjunct faculty at the two colleges voted to join the Service Employees International Union, which has been organizing at colleges around the country. 

Naomi Winterfalcon, who helped organize the union effort at Champlain College, says the union "seemed like a pipe dream at the beginning of the semester."

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