David Garten

It's been a year of big changes in U.S.-Cuba relations. In December, after intense negotiations, President Obama and President Raul Castro of Cuba announced that the two countries would normalize relations. Just this Wednesday, the announcement came that Cuba and the U.S. are reopening their embassies.

We're talking to Vermonters with ties to Cuba about their experiences, what's changing, and what might come next in the U.S.-Cuba relationship.

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Vermont State Parks had a busy weekend for the Fourth of July holiday. But they’re also trying to figure out why some of the most popular campsites in the system stay vacant much of the summer.

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Voters in Bristol will head to the polls on Tuesday, July 7, to weigh in on a plan for a new fire station.

Emily Mason / Vermont Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired

If you are blind or visually impaired, at least 14 years old and want to join a hockey team, we've got some news for you! The Vermont Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired is helping to recruit a team of Vermonters and New Yorkers for a league run by Courage USA.

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No one ever knows exactly what to expect from Warren’s Fourth of July parade. Over the past 67 years though, it’s grown into a Vermont bucket list item.

The Addison County Regional Planning Commission has voted to reaffirm its support of the Vermont Gas Systems pipeline being built into the county.

The 23 to nine vote shows a majority of commissioners are not concerned enough with last year’s cost increases to petition the Vermont Public Service Board to reopen regulatory proceedings.

Click here to read the Addison County Regional Planning Commission's July 1, 2015 minutes.

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Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has exceeded his fundraising goals for the first few months of his campaign.

Michael Dwyer / AP

Sen. Bernie Sanders drew a record crowd of 10,000 supporters at a rally Wednesday night  in Madison, WI.

Julia Jensen

Southern Vermont painter Julia Jensen’s oil and encaustic paintings are now on display at West Branch Gallery in Stowe.

Tari Swenson, a partner at West Branch, joined VPR to talk about Jensen’s paintings and how they try to help artists find a balance between having their art be seen and having their art sell.

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Vermont economic development officials are hopeful that Congress will renew the operations of the Export-Import Bank later this month. The bank's authority expired this week, and the future of this program has set off a major debate in Washington.

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