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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.

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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."

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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.

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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...

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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.

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The U.S. Supreme Court yesterday ruled against new federal regulations that would crack down on mercury and other toxic emissions from coal-fired power plants. 

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Addison County residents celebrated the opening of a new federally-qualified health clinic in Shoreham over the weekend.

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Sen. Patrick Leahy has returned from a recent trip to Cuba and says he's even more convinced that Congress should restore full diplomatic relations with the island nation as soon as possible.

Leahy says the change is needed because he says U.S. policies over the past 50 years have failed.

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo was just one of the many to tweet about the relief felt last night after a state trooper finally captured David Sweat, one of two convicted killers who escaped from a maximum-security prison upstate more than three weeks ago.

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