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Shumlin's Plan To Fund Medicaid Rankles Independent Physicians

In recent years, Vermont has dramatically increased the number of people receiving Medicaid benefits, and it’s resulted in this state having one of the lowest rates of uninsured residents in the nation. The problem is that it’s costing a lot more than elected officials previously estimated, and the governor’s new plan to cover the deficit isn’t sitting well with independent physicians.
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Vermont Electric Cooperative, like other Vermont utilities, is working on increasing its renewable energy portfolio. It’s currently proposing solar projects in Alburg and Grand Isle. And this week the co-op presented plans for a new project in Hinesburg. But some residents feel the project isn’t a good fit for their neighborhood.

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Topaz Weis is an expressive arts facilitator with a space called Expressive Arts Burlington. She recently sat down with VPR to talk about her practice and how each of us has creative abilities within.

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The Vermont Agency of Agriculture is set to consider new rules for how farms drain water off their fields using subsurface tile systems. Environmental groups are concerned that these systems could increase nutrient and sediment pollution in Lake Champlain. They say no new tile drainage should be installed until the rules are in place.

Police in Newport, Vt. briefly placed a state office building  on lockdown Friday morning after an unidentified caller made a threat to the Department for Children and Families, authorities said. By about 10:30 a.m. police called off the lockdown and deemed the area safe.

According to a Facebook post from the Newport Police Department, the caller made demands and threatened violence at the DCF office if the demands were not met.

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As more countries report cases, concern over the Zika virus has been growing. The primary worry is the effect the virus has on the fetuses of pregnant women who are bitten by mosquitoes that carry the virus. What does all this mean for Vermonters?

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Vermont's Kevin Pearce was one of the bright young stars of professional snowboarding when tragedy struck. During half-pipe training in Park City, Utah, Kevin hit the ground head first while attempting a cab double cork.

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Voters in New Hampshire will go to the polls next Tuesday for the nation's first primary election. In the Democratic race, Senator Bernie Sanders holds a commanding lead over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in polls, but that gap is expected to narrow. We're checking in on the campaigns in these final days running up to the vote.

The Mill River Union school board and principal Andy Pomeroy have negotiated a voluntary separation agreement to avoid what both sides say would be expensive and time consuming legal proceedings.

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Most polls put Donald Trump squarely atop the Republican Party presidential field in New Hampshire. But an intense battle is underway for a second and third place showing in next Tuesday's primary, as candidates furiously crisscross the state to connect with voters.

Taylor Dobbs / VPR File

The Shumlin administration is planning to scuttle existing plans for major technology upgrades that would centralize social services data for the Agency of Human Services. 

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Farmers Embrace Cover Crops To Improve Soil, Reduce Runoff

The sight of bare soil and chopped down corn stalks might become rarer in Vermont, as farmers plant more winter cover crops. Agriculture officials say the practice can improve soil health and protect water quality by preventing nutrient run off.
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VPR Cafe: Communities Gather At Their Local Breweries

By the end of 2015, there were 50 breweries in the Vermont. Tourists from across the country were making the journey to sample the numerous beers, including some of the best in the world. Besides the beer tourists, people in the towns where these breweries were popping up, started to gather and just hang out at their town's local craft brewery.
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Narcan Saves Lives, But With Some Unintended Consequences

Naloxone, or Narcan, is a prescription drug designed to reverse respiratory depression caused by opioid overdose. The drug has become widely accessible in Vermont, with various police agencies and first responders gaining access to the drug.
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Dorothy's List: 'The Crossover'

Outside their classroom, seventh and eighth graders at Rutland Town School are bounce passing and showing off their basketball moves, including the move their latest read was named for – the crossover. When we asked them how they liked the book, they raved about the book. They’re not alone. The Crossover is flying off library shelves like a half-court sinker. It’s a novel-in-verse about identical twins – Josh and Jordan – who are basketball stars at their middle school. Their dad is a former...
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