In an ongoing legal battle that could affect the timing, and price tag, of dismantling the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant, state officials are asking federal regulators for more influence over the decommissioning process.

Last month, the company that owns Vermont Yankee presented the Nuclear Regulatory Commission with its plan for decommissioning the nuclear power plant. But Commissioner of Public Service Chris Recchia says the proposal has flaws that could delay the decommissioning process, and leave Vermont taxpayers holding a portion of the bill.

Problems continue to plague Vermont Health Connect. The Shumlin administration says it will be at least another two months before an online, automated system is in place to allow consumers to make changes to their health care policies.

And the number of people who are affected by this delay has grown dramatically in the past month.

Audio from this story will be posted at approximately 11 a.m. on Monday, March 9.

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Women are twice as likely to live in poverty in Vermont as men. Three factors that make the cycle difficult to break are housing, transportation and child care costs.

Lisa Falcone, community impact manager for the United Way of Chittenden County and Rachel Jolly, director of women’s programs for Vermont Works for Women, discuss the causes and effects of women in poverty in Vermont and what programs are available to help them break the cycle.

Can a cooperatively owned brewery inspire the same sort of customer loyalty as a food co-op?

A group of beer lovers thinks so. 

Earlier this month some Burlington area home brewers approved a set of bylaws and elected a board of directors in the first step toward establishing the Full Barrel Cooperative Brewery and Taproom.

Next comes signing up member-owners at  $100 each. Then it will be time to recruit bigger money investors.   

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As we reach the mid-point of the 2015 Legislative Session, there have been a number of issues discussed at the Statehouse. Among them are the $112 million budget gap, education reform, Lake Champlain clean-up, the
Medicaid cost-shift, the sugar-sweetened beverage tax and the reopening of the Vermont State Employees Association contract.

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Vermont law enforcement officers expanded their use of Automated License Plate Recognition (ALPR) systems in 2014, according to a new report. Police more than doubled the number of searches of the statewide license plate database in criminal investigations.

The annual report to the state legislature comes as lawmakers prepare to take another look at the law governing the controversial law enforcement tool. Existing legislation expires this year.

Seventy-two Vermont communities add fluoride to their water system to help keep prevent tooth decay. But on town meeting day in Bennington, voters there said they don't want fluoride added to their water.

The state workers union is calling on Gov. Peter Shumlin to raise an additional $30 million in revenues next year. And other groups are joining the union's push for tax increases on the wealthy.

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Jay Peak resort has signed a settlement agreement that environmentalists say will improve water quality in streams damaged by development.

For the last decade or more, construction projects at the four-season resort have caused sediment to flow into streams. That's led to violations of state water quality standards.

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Vermont writer Jeremy Holt of Middlebury has written a graphic novel in four issues called Southern Dog, which tackles teen angst, the after-effects of a wolf bite and racism in the Deep South.

Holt recently spoke to VPR about where the story elements for Southern Dog emerged, and what fueled the writing process.

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