Vermont State Colleges Chancellor Tim Donovan has announced that Dan Smith has been appointed president of Vermont Technical College. 

Smith became interim president seven months ago. He took the post after then-President Philip Conroy agreed to retire. The change came in the midst of growing deficits at the Randolph Center school.  

In Washington County, six candidates are competing for three of the 30 Senate seats. The challengers face an uphill battle in their bid to knock off the incumbents. And tax fairness and government spending have emerged as key issues in the race.

Voters in Washington County tend not to dispatch with their incumbent state senators. It’s been 22 years since a challenger pulled off the feat. And that’s quite a run for a three-seat district where officeholders stand for reelection every two years.

Peter James Italia has been posting on Facebook throughout October about the trip he took to Guinea, where he claimed he hoped to “to join in the fight against the spread of the ‪#‎Ebola virus and to help those who have been stricken.”

There's a big concert coming to the Brattleboro area this weekend. The Boston Gay Men's Chorus makes a rare appearance at the Latchis Theater on Saturday, Nov. 1 at 7:30 p.m.

The Brattleboro Retreat is bringing the concert to town. VPR spoke with Konstantin von Krusenstiern, vice president for strategy and development, and Eileen Glover, director of professional development, about the show.

The event is a benefit for the retreat's LGBT Program, which provides comprehensive, specialized mental health and addiction care in a safe, supportive and affirming environment.

Next Tuesday voters will go the polls to elect statewide and legislative candidates. Friday on Vermont Edition, we preview Election Day in a roundtable discussion with some of the state's best political reporters.

We look at the people and issues in Campaign 2014, with a special focus on the governor's race between Democratic incumbent Peter Shumlin and Republican challenger Scott Milne, and the lieutenant governor's race between incumbent Republican Phil Scott and Progressive challenger Dean Corren.

Both of New Hampshire’s congressional districts, one of its Senate seats and the Governorship are all contested this year- and they’re all pretty tight races. Valley News local news editor John Gregg gave Vermont Edition an overview of election season in the Granite State.

The most high-profile race in New Hampshire is that for the US senate, where former governor and first-term incumbent Jeanne Shaheen is locked in a tight race against Scott Brown, the former Republican senator from Massachusetts.

Graveyard Art: A (Not So Spooky) Exhibit

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At this time of year, seeing two guys stalking around a graveyard might conjure up some spooky images.

But, if you’re in Vermont, they may just be Scott Baer and Daniel Barlow, the artists behind a project called Green Mountain Graveyards.

Voters may be forgiven for feeling unaware of the issues and candidates in the race for state Treasurer. While the Legislature gets to decide how the state spends its money, it’s the treasurer’s job to oversee the funds in the state’s bank accounts, and that includes pension funds for public employees.

The Vermont Agency of Transportation has reversed a decision to close the Morrisville Bypass to non-motorized uses, at least until the agency's Traffic Committee meets in December to discuss the issue.

The two-mile bypass, also known as the Alternative Truck Route, opens to traffic at 2 p.m. tomorrow afternoon. And now "traffic" will mean cars and trucks and bicycles and pedestrians. 

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A Rutland-area man who had been traveling in Sierra Leone and Guinea is in voluntary quarantine in an undisclosed location. In a hastily called press conference on October 28th, Vermont governor Peter Shumlin explained that the man, now identified as Peter Italia, is cooperating with the quarantine request.

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