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The village of Island Pond, in the Northeast Kingdom, is becoming the maple sugar capital of North America. An out-of-state company called Sweet Tree has bought about 7,000 acres and tapped 100,000 trees this year. But they say they don’t want to make the stuff you put on pancakes.

Which comes as good news to smaller competitors.

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A tiny songbird living in Vermont has been on the move and showing some amazing stamina on its journey. The Blackpoll Warbler has been tracked with a migration lasting up to three days over the ocean. A recent study tracked the little bird's astonishing flight from the Northeastern United States and Nova Scotia, over the Atlantic Ocean and then all the way to the Caribbean.

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A meeting on a new state lab planned for Randolph Center drew a crowd of area residents Tuesday evening.

The new Vermont Agriculture and Environmental Laboratory is the last major state project slated for rebuilding in the wake of Tropical Storm Irene.

Since the old Waterbury facilities were flooded, the lab functions have been scattered among a number of different locations.

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Legislation aimed at consolidating school districts is scheduled to hit the House floor Wednesday. And on the eve of this major policy debate, the Agency of Education has released a new report that suggests tiny districts, and their small schools, are a financial drain on the education system.

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The historical role of the princess within the Disney franchise is fairly predictable: a handsome, wealthy prince appears and it’s love at first sight, and the immediate solution to any problems facing the princess that she couldn’t solve on her own.

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A major battle has erupted at the Statehouse over legislation that would cap local school spending for the next three years. Backers of the plan say it's needed to provide property tax relief, but opponents argue it undermines budget decisions made by local voters.

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.