Oliver Parini

Vermont U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders kicked off his 2016 presidential campaign with a rally in Burlington Tuesday.

The Shumlin administration is finalizing its plan to reduce state labor costs by almost $11 million in the next fiscal year.

Last January, officials predicted that as many as 300 state employees might be laid off. But under the new plan, this number will be drastically reduced.

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Marselis Parsons of Shelburne has died after a battle with cancer. He was 70 years old. As an anchorman on WCAX television from 1984 until his retirement six years ago, Parsons was perhaps Vermont’s best known journalist.   

Three wastewater treatment facilities in Vermont had malfunctions last week that led to the release of up to 115,000 gallons of partially disinfected or completely un-disinfected water into rivers and streams.

The releases were reported by sewage plant operators to state regulators at the Agency of Natural Resources’ Department of Environmental Conservation.

Vermont’s unemployment rate fell two-tenths of 1 percent in April to 3.6 percent, according to data released by the state Department of Labor.

Data from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that Vermont’s April unemployment rate was tied with South Dakota as the fourth-lowest rate in the nation. Utah, North Dakota and Nebraska have lower unemployment rates. The national average in April was 5.4 percent.

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The recent legislative session ended with a flurry as the budget was approved. During the session a clean water bill was passed, as well as an education bill and an economic development bill.

Lieutenant Governor Phil Scott assesses the session, the bills that passed, those that didn't and the deciding vote he cast this session.

Post your questions or comments for Lieutenant Governor Phil Scott here or email them to vermontedition@vpr.net.

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Earlier this month, voters at the Annual Village Meeting in Hyde Park passed a $3 million bond question to build a 1-megawatt community solar project. On Thursday, Stowe voters will consider spending up to $3.5 million on a similar project. Both towns plan to fund the projects through zero-interest federal Clean Energy Renewable Bonds. The deadline to apply for funding is next week.

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Long summer days seem to welcome every genre of literature -- from page-turning mysteries, to breezy romances, to classics that feel like old friends. It's our summer book show!

Earlier this month we reported on a Waitsfield business owner who was trying a novel approach to selling her business

If successful, a new owner could ‘win’ the Mix Cupcakerie and Kitchen by simply writing an essay and submitting a cupcake recipe, along with a $75 entry fee.

But current owner Carole Keleher couldn’t simply give the business away for $75.

Oliver Parini, VPR

Senator Bernie Sanders heads to New Hampshire Wednesday to officially start campaigning as a Democratic presidential candidate. Sanders is holding town hall meetings in Concord and Portsmouth on Wednesday, with a house party in Epping. His New Hampshire supporters say his local ties and longstanding practice of holding town hall meetings and people-to-people campaigning will serve him well in the state that holds the nation's first primary.

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