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Sen. Bernie Sanders is on board with the latest trend among prominent politicians, and not just because he's running for president. Sanders is one of a few presidential hopefuls having fun with their 404 page. That’s the page on a website that comes up when a user enters an address for a page that doesn’t exist.


Earlier this month, members of the Vermont Kids Against Tobacco (VKAT) group in Windsor took to the streets to pick up litter. But unlike the statewide Green Up Day effort happening around the same time, these kids were out to collect one thing: cigarette butts.

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On a hot, sunny Tuesday evening,  Senator Bernie Sanders said the words that 5,000 supporters had gathered to hear: he is running for president of the United States.  Sanders addressed 14 policy areas in his announcement speech at Waterfront Park in Burlington, and now he's taking his message to New Hampshire and Iowa.

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The recent legislative session ended with a flurry as the budget was approved. During the session a clean water bill was passed, as well as an education bill and an economic development bill.

Lieutenant Governor Phil Scott assesses the session, the bills that passed, those that didn't and the deciding vote he cast this session.

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All this week, we're discussing Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie. It's this year's pick for the Vermont Humanities Council's Vermont Reads state-wide reading program.

Twelve-year-old Haroun has traveled to a magical land where all the world's stories are created. And it's up to him to stop a villain who controls a shadowy cult of silence from poisoning the Ocean that serves as the birthplace of the Sea of Stories.

Here's a passage from the moment when Haroun finally confronts the nemesis of storytelling, Khattum-Shud:

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MRSA, short for Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus, is one of the most dangerous infections you can get. It’s usually a skin disease, it's often transmitted in hospitals and it resists many antibiotics.

But researchers at Dartmouth’s Thayer School of Engineering believe they have discovered a novel kind of treatment for the MRSA bacteria.

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Vermont U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders kicked off his 2016 presidential campaign with a rally in Burlington Tuesday.

The Shumlin administration is finalizing its plan to reduce state labor costs by almost $11 million in the next fiscal year.

Last January, officials predicted that as many as 300 state employees might be laid off. But under the new plan, this number will be drastically reduced.

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Marselis Parsons of Shelburne has died after a battle with cancer. He was 70 years old. As an anchorman on WCAX television from 1984 until his retirement six years ago, Parsons was perhaps Vermont’s best known journalist.   

Three wastewater treatment facilities in Vermont had malfunctions last week that led to the release of up to 115,000 gallons of partially disinfected or completely un-disinfected water into rivers and streams.

The releases were reported by sewage plant operators to state regulators at the Agency of Natural Resources’ Department of Environmental Conservation.