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Finance Commissioner Adam Greshin, Tax Commissioner Kaj Samsom, and acting Education Secretary Heather Bouchey, from left, pitched the governor's education proposal to lawmakers Wednesday. The plan received an icy reception.
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As Special Session Begins, Divide Between Governor, Lawmakers Widens

Last week, after telling lawmakers he’d be vetoing their state budget proposal , Gov. Phil Scott sent a letter to legislative leadership, insisting the two sides “are very close to an agreement.” It appears Scott may have misjudged the severity of the divide.

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A sign in Nanci Leitch's home in Guilford that she rents out with Airbnb.
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A bill that would have placed new requirements on people who rent out their homes on websites like Airbnb will not likely survive this legislative session.

"Vermont Edition" hears from agencies that prepare individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder for a career.
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According to the CDC, about one child in 60 is identified with Autism Spectrum Disorder or ASD. We'll discuss the unique challenges individuals with ASD face as they enter the workforce after graduating from high school and college.

Meb Keflezighi won the Boston Marathon men's race in 2014. Now, he's running on a relay team at the Vermont City Marathon.
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This weekend, the streets of Burlington will be flooded with runners and spectators in town for the 30th year of the Vermont City Marathon. Among the 8,000 competitors on Sunday will be running royalty: Olympic Silver medalist and winner of both the New York and Boston marathons, Meb Keflezighi.

SunCommon warehouse filled with solar panels.
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A Vermont solar company is expanding into New York's Hudson Valley.

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Rep. Peter Welch has signed on to a bipartisan letter demanding that the Environmental Protection Agency released a study on the health effects of the chemicals PFOA and PFOS.

Gov. Phil Scott in April before signing three pieces of gun legislation into law. Today, he chose instead to veto legislation sent to him by the legislature.
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Gov. Phil Scott vetoed four bills Tuesday, including one that would have raised the minimum wage to $15 by 2024. Scott also vetoed legislation that would have created a mandatory paid family leave program in Vermont. 

Author Loung Ung, right, talks with "Vermont Edition" host Jane Lindholm before the students in Essex High School's Global Leadership Program.
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Author Loung Ung was just five years old when communist revolutionaries known as the Khmer Rouge took control of her home country of Cambodia. Nearly a quarter of the population died in the ensuing genocide. But she survived, eventually making her way to Vermont. She recently returned to her alma mater to speak with students as part of Essex High School's Global Leadership Program. 

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Last year, Vermont Public Radio published an investigation into gun deaths in Vermont. Reporters and volunteers compiled a database of gun deaths in Vermont from 2011 through 2016, based on paper death certificates provided by the Vermont Department of Health.

This year, VPR worked with staff at the St. Albans Messenger to collect, enter and verify data from 2017. 

Reeve Lindbergh's new book "Two Lives" explores her own experiences against the background of growing up with some of the most famous parents in the country.
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Reeve Lindbergh grew up in the long shadow cast by her parents, Anne and Charles Lindbergh.

Her father’s feats as an aviator made him one of the best-known people of his time, and the kidnapping and death of the Lindbergh’s infant son in 1932 only increased the family’s notoriety. Later, Charles became a leader in the non-interventionist movement before World War II, the original America First Committee.

Randolph Police said they don’t anticipate bringing charges after a threat made by a middle school student forced the closing of the five schools in the Orange Southwest School District

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What's The History Of French Canadian Immigration Into Vermont?

There was a time when it was totally normal to hear French spoken in some of Vermont’s smallest towns and biggest cities.

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Timeline: Music Is About Venue

Music has always been created with a specific venue in mind. The composer may not know who will be in the audience or how it will be received but they know it has to be played on an instrument or sound system in a place. Throughout all of history, whether it was a church, a ballroom, a dance hall, an opera house or a dive bar, music was written to fill that location.

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