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Here's what we know about public radio listeners: they are also avid readers. Monday on Vermont Edition, it's our Winter reading show!

If there's one thing most doctors, patients and lawmakers agree on when it comes to health care, it's that the fee-for-service model simply isn’t working. That model has been the standard for many years, but it creates an economic pressure for doctors and hospitals to administer more tests – which don’t necessarily make people any healthier.

But there’s little consensus on just how to set up a medical system that gives people the health care they need, and ensures that doctors and hospitals stay in the black.

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Every farmer knows that eventually the expensive equipment that once gleamed bright green or orange when it was new will succumb to age, hard use and rust.

Farmers also know that there’s still a lot of life left in old rusted equipment, if they can just get it apart to repair it.

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Ronald Read's story went viral earlier this year when it was reported that the thrifty Vermonter left an estate of more than $8 million when he died.

Brattleboro's Brooks Memorial Library received part of it, and now the library is starting a renovation project thanks to Read's gift.

You’ve heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. December 1 is Giving Tuesday, a worldwide celebration of philanthropy during this season of gratitude. This year, VPR has partnered with the Vermont Foodbank to provide healthy meals to hungry Vermonters.

With every gift to VPR today and tomorrow, a generous supporter in Shelburne will donate 15 meals to the Foodbank.

An artists’ cooperative gallery is facing closure in Enosburg Falls because of declining membership.

The Artist In Residence Cooperative Gallery, or AIR, rose from the ashes of a fire that destroyed a huge portion of Enosburg Falls’ downtown in 2005. Since then AIR has served as a magnet for artists and buyers. The gallery, which is staffed by members and supported by their dues, once had a roster of 48. Over the past five years, that number has dwindled to 25. Board President Wayne Tarr says that’s unsustainable, and it’s too bad.

Amtrak Police are investigating a train accident that left one man dead and another injured. Both were hit by an Amtrack train just before noon, police said. No passengers on the train were injured.

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Most of us start to draw at a young age and it can be an important skill especially in math and science. 

However, for people who are blind, getting that early exposure to drawing is difficult. A Burlington company, called E.A.S.Y. is working to change that by giving the blind much needed tools to draw. 

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Castleton University has been steadily expanding its art footprint in downtown Rutland. To shine a light on all the new art, the college will begin new guided art walks in downtown Rutland on Saturday afternoons starting Nov. 28.

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Chances are you're stocking up on fresh, locally produced eggs this holiday season, for everything from the turkey stuffing to pumpkin pie. So for thousands of choosy consumers, the barn fire last month at Pete and Gerry’s, the organic egg producers based in Monroe, New Hampshire, came at a terrible time.