Ted S. Warren / AP

The forest fires in California and the Pacific Northwest may feel very far away, but crews of local firefighters and Forest Service employees have been rotating out to those locations all summer to provide relief and assistance in fire suppression.

Alison Redlich / AP

Campaign 2016 is officially underway. Recently, House Speaker Shap Smith announced that he's seeking the Democratic nomination for governor. Smith is one of several Democrats with his eye on the office, but he's the first to make it official.

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Stories about New Orleans ten years after Hurricane Katrina have prompted Vermonters to also reflect on the four years since Tropical Storm Irene; both anniversaries are this weekend. A UVM disaster sociologist says that social and economic advantages are the strongest indicators of how a child will do in recovering from a disaster, rather personality or character traits. 

Christian K. Lee / Molly Riley / Charlie Neibergall / AP

The dynamics of the Democratic presidential primary campaign could change dramatically if Vice President Joe Biden enters the race. But Bernie Sanders' campaign says it has no plans to change its basic strategy if Biden decides to run.

Toby Talbot / AP

Earlier this month, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Vermont state government released new targets for reducing pollution in Lake Champlain and a detailed plan for how the state would reach those targets. But the plan is already attracting some criticism.

A statewide series of meetings that began this week is designed to rally members of the faith community to the cause of economic equality.

Courtesy / Burlington School District

Burlington School officials announced Wednesday morning that superintendent Yaw Obeng, who lives in Canada and has had trouble securing a visa since he was chosen to lead the district, was awarded a visa this week and will be in Burlington for the coming school year.

Ric Cengeri / VPR

The state of Vermont and the EPA are collaborating on a twenty-year plan to reduce the phosphorus running into Lake Champlain by more thirty percent. That includes federal lake pollution targets and the state's plan for how to get to those goals.

We're looking at the new targets, the plan to hit them, and whether it will all be enough to keep the lake clean for coming generations.

Jon Gilbert Fox / Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

The blue-green algae blooms invading Lake Champlain this summer can cause nasty stomach problems and skin irritation — and even liver damage in people who accidentally swallow the water. But researchers say there might be longer-term health consequences for people who come into contact with the blooms. 

Annie Russell / VPR

A new batch of U.S. citizens were sworn in at a naturalization ceremony in Burlington last week. Nineteen new Americans participated in the ceremony at the Ethan Allen Homestead in Burlington.

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