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Vermont's counterculture of the 1970s marked a time a massive social change, and it continues to influence the state today.  It was decade when the state's population increased by 15 percent, and communes and agricultural experiments proliferated, along with political and social activism.

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Green Mountain Valley School graduate Drew Duffy and Burke Mountain Academy senior Nina O'Brien won top honors at the U.S. National Ski Championships in Maine this week. The Vermont teenagers upset older competitors, and they're aiming for more glory. 

Nina O’Brien’s big day started at the top of Sugarloaf’s Narrow Gauge trail Thursday, with a strong push from the gate, and it ended on the podium outside the base lodge.

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Mary Hoerig spends a lot of time talking about uncomfortable subjects.

“Who’s dying here?” she asks, pointing to a graph in front of a room full of law enforcement trainers from across the state. One says quietly  "black" - and Hoerig responds quickly, her point made: “Unarmed black men, potentially," she says.

Hoerig is an inspector with the Milwaukee Police Department, and she stood before about 20 Vermont law enforcement instructors Friday in a workshop teaching them how to train officers to avoid discriminatory policing.

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Governor Shumlin announced recently that the state will drop its health care exchange and move to the federal setup if the problems with Vermont Health Connect aren't fixed by the end of May. But he says he's confident that those benchmarks will be met.

Things got so heated at Plainfield’s Select Board meeting Monday night in a discussion about Goddard College’s planned biomass-fueled heat plant, that one elected official told board members they’d be in “deep water” if they disregarded some residents’ wishes to have another meeting on it.

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It wasn’t exactly a romantic event, but it was billed as a matchmaking opportunity, complete with a "speed dating" session.

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Politics often makes for strange bedfellows. But the Statehouse alliance behind the budget this year is unusually odd. House Republicans have joined with Democratic leadership to ensure passage of the $5.6 billion spending plan.

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The House has given its preliminary approval to a $33 million tax bill that's part of an overall plan to reduce the state's $110 million dollar budget gap.

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“I play pinball a lot,” says Steve Daniels. He stands in front of a row of loud, flashing machines at the Pinball Coop in South Burlington.

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Lawmakers are taking a step they hope will increase voter participation.

By a vote of 20 to 7 Thursday afternoon, the Senate gave preliminary approval to a bill that would allow residents to register to vote on the day of an election. Currently, an individual who wishes to cast a vote on a Tuesday must have registered to vote by the previous Wednesday.

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