Gov. Peter Shumlin banned all “non-essential state funded or state sponsored travel to Indiana” on Tuesday, following other states and private groups that have cancelled events or travel to Indiana over the passage of the controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

The new Indiana law has drawn widespread criticism from advocates for equal rights, who say it creates a legal basis for businesses to deny service on the basis of sexual orientation.

It’s been a year of big changes for Vermont’s main public television station. Vermont PBS lost its long-time leader last April as the station was dealing with a spate of bad headlines.

Now the organization has a new CEO. Holly Groschner has been on the job for about six weeks and she joined VPR to talk about her plans for VPBS.

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When the founding fathers were debating how to forge an ideal form of government, they were "obsessed" with preventing corruption. That's the argument made by legal scholar Zephyr Teachout, who says modern politicians and courts have left that idealism behind and it's time to reclaim it.

Amid national controversy over Indiana’s new Religious Freedom Restoration Act, Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin has invited one of the many groups boycotting Indiana to host its national conference in Vermont.

Shumlin is courting the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. The union announced plans to change the venue for its 2015 Women’s Conference, originally scheduled to take place in October in Indiana.

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The Public Service Department is asking FairPoint Communications to provide more information in an effort to determine how many customers did not receive bill credits for telephone repair delays.

The department contends FairPoint failed to provide more than 10,000 customers with the credits for delays from July through December, 2014. The state wants to determine if many more are also due credits for service delays experienced prior to July 2014.  

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Today is the last day public comments are being accepted for a proposed recycling ordinance that has provoked the ire of many Central Vermonters. The bulk of the proposed ordinance outlines variable rate pricing for trash, recyclables and compostable materials. But what has Central Vermonters up in arms is the requirement to use clear plastic garbage bags.

A group of Middlebury College students has created a video called "Middlebury Unmasked." In it, survivors of sexual violence appear in masks to tell the stories of what happened to them after the assault.

Colleges and universities have protocol for reports of sexual assault. They follow the guidelines laid out in the Department of Education's Title IX. But these Middlebury students want to raise questions about whether or not that process works the way it was intended.

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Among the many programs facing budget cuts this year is a high-tech conference system. Vermont Interactive Technologies operates 13 interactive video classrooms around the state and the students who depend on it are using the technology to fight for its survival.

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This is going to be a critical week for the future of a major health care initiative in the House. It's unlikely that the House Ways and Means committee is going raise as much money as the Shumlin administration originally proposed, which means some elements of the governor's plan may have to be scaled back.

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The decades-old case of missing Middlebury College student Lynne Schulze is now grabbing national headlines.

Police in Middlebury recently announced that the case from 1971 has an “interesting” connection to millionaire murder suspect Robert Durst in that Shulze shopped at Durst's health food store on the day of her disappearance.