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A unique effort in Brattleboro is using  town funding to help local homeowners become landlords.

According to the non-profit Brattleboro Area Affordable Housing, the vacancy rate in Brattleboro is about one-tenth the statewide average and housing costs are high.

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Next year’s legislative session will be the last for Gov. Peter Shumlin, who announced in June that he won’t be seeking reelection in 2016. And some prominent lawmakers are hoping to get a marijuana legalization bill to his desk before he leaves office.

Audio from this story will be posted by approximately 11 a.m., Wednesday July 8.

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It's not something most people want to think about. Nor plan for. It's the end of your life.

But there are many decisions to make regarding what will happen when you die. From estate planning to funeral arrangements. From where you want to spend your final days to who gets your chocolate lab.

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The Rutland City Police Department is participating in a nationwide initiative to make more data about police activity available to the public.

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Classes are over for the school year, but for many kids, learning is still going on. Over 80 percent of Vermont’s schools say they offer some kind of program during vacation. But quality varies widely and in some communities, there is no summer school.

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Vermont has poured millions of dollars into addiction-treatment programs in recent years. Now, a new federal grant will try to keep people from abusing drugs in the first place. 

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On July 1, the day after Gov. Peter Shumlin proclaimed July “Lakes Appreciation Month,” and just two days before the July 4 weekend, two cities released tens of thousands of gallons of untreated sewage and stormwater into state waterways.

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If you've ever tried Ethiopian or Eritrean cuisine, you know that the spongy, tangy bread that comes with the meal ​— the injera ​— is just as good as the main event. Mulu Tewelde, an Eritrean native who now lives in South Burlington, shared her recipe for this week's installment of Summer School.

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Eshqua Bog, in Hartland, is home to a variety of unique plants, including an impressive population of wild orchids such as the rare lady's slipper. Now it is also home to an environmentally sensitive, accessible boardwalk and a parking area built to help accommodate the thousands of naturalists that The Nature Conservancy says visit each year.

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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.