Fish Stocks Rebound After Vermont Yankee Shutdown

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A leading environmentalist says fish populations in the Connecticut River have rebounded after the shutdown of the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant.

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Rutland Mayor Christopher Louras has called for a special joint meeting Thursday to bring local leaders up to speed on a 2013 civil suit involving the city that alleges racial profiling and cover-ups among former and current members of the Rutland City Police Department.

The mayor called together the Rutland Board of Aldermen, the city’s attorney and police commission, the panel that oversees the city's police department.

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Sen. Patrick Leahy says the likelihood that Iran will develop a nuclear weapon in the next decade has been greatly reduced because enough Senate Democrats are supporting President Obama's nuclear agreement with Iran.

Leahy says Congressional rejection of the deal would have almost certainly led to war in the Middle East.

Springfield Steampunk Festival

When the fantasy worlds created in literature by H.G. Wells and Jules Verne collide with Victorian era gears, gadgets and goggles, you get Steampunk. This weekend, Springfield is the center of the Steampunk universe.

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Canadian author Louise Penny conjured the small village of Three Pines for her bestselling Chief Inspector Gamache series. The idyllic town in the Eastern Townships of Quebec, just north of the Vermont border, is just the place one would want to live, if not for the high murder rate.

Earlier this month, master SCUBA diver Annette Spaulding of Rockingham found a mysterious rock carving beneath the Connecticut River that she had been searching for since 1979.

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Vermont highway safety officials are concerned about the number of people driving on the interstate well beyond the speed limit. In just the last month a number of drivers have been clocked at over a hundred miles per hour.

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Schools are a great environment for children to learn and make friends. But it is also where they experience aggressions targeted towards them like bullying, harassment and hazing.

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While much discussion of water pollution in Vermont focuses on excessive nutrients, there’s another problem pollutant in our waters. 

Tiny bits of plastic – coming from everyday sources such as degraded plastic bags and flecks of fleece jackets – are seeping into Lake Champlain. Often smaller than the period at the end of this sentence, the plastics may seem inconsequential, but scientists say they carry chemicals, are being eaten by fish and moving up the food chain.    

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A crowd of more than 30 people gathered at the town hall in Cabot this week to discuss the way Cabot Creamery gets rid of wastewater leftover from cleaning its plant. The cheese maker is asking the state to renew its permit to spray the liquid on land. The crowd was there for a hearing called by the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources to take public comment on a draft permit issued in June.

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