In the days since the Paris terrorist attacks, security and humanitarianism have been at odds in a debate over whether the U.S. should accept refugees from the Syrian civil war. 

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Since the early 1980s, Vermont has welcomed more than 7,000 refugees fleeing humanitarian crises in their home countries. On Tuesday, some of the newest arrivals got a special visit from Gov. Peter Shumlin, who used their English class as the backdrop for his latest volley in the battle over immigration policy.

The Public Service Board has agreed to open a hearing to settle a long running dispute between VTel and Springfield Area Public Access Television (SAPA).

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On Thursday, some 34,000 teachers at French language schools in Quebec could vote to authorize a strike that could affect nearly 275,000 school kids in the province.

It follows months of labor unrest and tense contract talks with the government, including a one-day strike about a month ago.

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After almost three decades of working in corrections, Lisa Menard was named the department's commissioner on October 1. She takes charge just months after Vermont's out-of-state prisoners moved to a new facility in Michigan. And at a time when our inmate population has dropped to its lowest total since the early 2000s.

More than 100 community members in Burlington who were at risk of losing their homes earlier this fall have found an innovative way to keep them.

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On a cloudless day in late September, 10 lawmakers drove to Springfield for a tour of the Southern State Correctional Facility. The experience left an impression, and legislators have begun pressing administration officials for reforms to the corrections system.

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With the holiday season, comes performances of Handel's Messiah

Know of a Messiah performance or sing-along not listed here?  Tell us about it! 

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The 2016 statewide campaign is off to an early start, and already, Secretary of State Jim Condos has had to field some tough questions about the definition of residency for potential candidates and the constitutionality of Vermont's public financing system.

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Net metering allows utility customers to generate their own power from renewable energy sources – like solar and wind – and sell excess power to utility companies.

But some utilities are reaching the 15 percent of peak load cap on net metered power that they get from residential and commercial renewable energy sources.