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House Speaker John Boehner has announced that he will step down - but the future of House leadership is newly complicated by Rep. Kevin McCarthy abruptly dropping out of the race. What's happening at the House of Representatives? And will a change in leadership - whatever it may be turn out to be - improve bipartisan efforts, or will it make it even more difficult for Congress to deal with critical issues in the coming months? 

It's happened in the Upper Valley and now it's happening in the southern Vermont town of Whitingham--neighbors are expressing displeasure with noise and other activities at a private shooting range.

A group of residents is so upset by what's happening at the range that they want to limit the hours and days of the week that it's open.

Rob Strong

Raise the curtain and cue the drum roll: Northern Stage is opening its brand new theater in White River Junction with a performance of Thornton Wilder’s classic, Our Town.

Los Angeles Philharmonic
Daniel Harding, conductor
Renaud Capucon, violin

Korngold: Violin Concerto
Mahler: Symphony No. 5
Debussy: Gigues, from Images  (Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor)

Broadcast Friday October 9 at 8 p.m.

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Every other year Brattleboro's Hilltop Montessori Middle School travels to Alabama as part of their studies on the Civil Rights Era and racial identity.

Since their first trip the people of Gee's Bend have welcomed the Vermont students and their teachers into their community.


The Vermont Economic Resiliency Initiative has released their final report. Over the last two years, multiple agencies have been working together to look at how individual towns can think about the economic impacts of flood damage, and the value of mitigating it.

Courtesy Julia Lynam

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Julia Lynam has had a wide variety of jobs in her lifetime: She’s worked at a PR firm, as a stay-at-home mom and a national park ranger. Now, she adds storyteller to that list.

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An increasing demand for medicinal herbs has spurred the creation of a new growers cooperative.

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In a recent poll conducted by the Castleton Polling Institute, one-third of respondents said the economy/jobs/cost of living is the state's most important issue.

We zero in on the cost of living to understand how Vermont's compares with other states in the region and the country. And we look at what factors have the greatest effect.


Moody's, Fitch and Standard & Poor's have reaffirmed the bond ratings that give Vermont the best credit score among New England states. But Wall Street analysts say an aging demographic profile and unfunded pension and health care liabilities pose economic risks in the future.