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Gov. Peter Shumlin says Vermont finally has the elusive piece of technology it needs to resolve problems on the state’s troubled health insurance exchange. 

It could still be months, however, before all Vermont Health Connect customers will enjoy the benefits. And critics aren’t convinced this new fix will be the silver bullet Shumlin says it is. 

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There is a cornucopia of topics in Tuesday's Vermont Edition for you, including a survey that shows we're not as savvy as we think we are about avoiding scam artists, a preview of the Discover Jazz Festival, an homage to a retiring jazz music teacher, and the surprising impact of a bottled water ban at the University of Vermont.

Scam me once, shame on you

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American Red Cross blood drives are a common occurrence, but an upcoming a blood drive aimed at ethnic minorities is upsetting to some, and providing a lesson in medical science for others.

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Facebook sent a warning to a Burlington company last week suggesting that the company's name infringed on the social media giant's trademark.

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Traditionally, when we think of manufacturing, images of the dirt and danger of heavy industry are conjured. It's also thought of as a declining industry.

But in the 21st century, Advanced Manufacturing appears to be the way forward. This is the area of manufacturing that uses automation, software or cutting-edge technology.

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Getting plenty of exercise and fresh air is common advice from physicians. And now a group of doctors around Vermont is actually writing prescriptions that include free entry to Vermont State Parks.

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As the drummer for the Burlington band Waylon Speed, Justin Crowther has been making music for years. Now he’s planning to make music it in a different way: He’ll press vinyl records.

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During the last legislative session, a group called Alliance for a Healthier Vermont pushed for an excise tax on sugar-sweetened beverages, like soda, that would raise an estimated $30 million for Vermont.

So some might call it a victory that lawmakers instead decided to apply the state's 6 percent sales tax to soda and candy. But advocates aren't convinced, and plan to continue to push for the excise tax.

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A resort developer who used to own ski areas in Vermont says he's confident that an ambitious project planned for New Hampshire's North Country will soon move forward.

Voters in Stowe and Hyde Park Village vote to pursue community solar projects. Windsor students tackle tobacco litter in their town. Three towns vote to support replacing a dam at Lake Fairlee.