Jacquelyn Martin / AP

The state of Vermont wants access to the claims data of companies that fund their own health insurance plans. But not all of them are willing to hand it over. And the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to resolve a legal dispute that could have national impacts on health care reform.

Taylor Dobbs / VPR

A new report from the Lake Champlain Basin Program provides a comprehensive update on an array of indicators of the health of the lake. It shows serious problems remain with phosphorus pollution in the lake and also notes some ongoing successes with regard to invasive species.

GlobalFoundries has received clearance from the federal government to acquire IBM’s microchip manufacturing business, including the IBM facility in Essex Junction, which employs approximately 4,000.

In making the announcement GlobalFoundries says the approval clears the way for the transaction to be completed.

Military veterans will soon get expanded access to higher education. They now qualify for in-state tuition at all public colleges and universities even in states where they are only temporary residents.

In Vermont, non-residents pay almost twice as much tuition to state colleges and the University of Vermont as in-state students. That puts military veterans in a bind if they have recently moved or been transferred to a state where they do not have legal residence.

Osuleo / iStock.com

If you're a parent, the thought of talking to your kids about sex might strike fear into your heart. But you should be having these conversations by the time your kids are in first grade, according to Cindy Pierce

Last fall the Windsor Central Supervisory Union debated consolidating schools in Woodstock, Pomfret and Bridgewater.  A lot has moved forward in that discussion during the school year, including what towns, schools and administration would be involved in the consolidation.

AP

In 1852, former slave and abolitionist Frederick Douglass was invited to speak at an event commemorating the signing of the Declaration of Independence. He delivered a speech that has become known as “The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro.” In it he rebuked the country for slavery, which he called "the great sin and shame of America."

twildlife / iStock

The Vermont Department of Fish & Wildlife spent three years taking input on proposed changes to deer hunting rules, and the process has finally yielded changes that will go into effect in 2016. A ban on natural urine lures and expanded opportunities for hunting with crossbows are among the new regulations hunters will get used to.

rheisch / iStock

Communities around Vermont celebrate Independence Day in a variety of ways. There are plenty of fireworks displays, parades and community barbecues to choose from, some with unique twists. And there are some less traditional celebrations too...

Byron Powell / iRunFar.com

A Vermont athlete is celebrating her top-five finish in a prestigious 100-mile trail running race. Aliza Lapierre, 35, of Williston, was the fourth female finisher in the Western States Endurance Run last weekend, a footrace that covers 100.2 miles of steep terrain in California's Sierra Nevada Mountains, completing the course in 19 hours, 43 minutes and 22 seconds.

Pages