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Vermonters Can Start Pot Plants July 1. Are You Ready?

For those with a green thumb, growing supplies are an essential step to taking advantage of Act 86 — Vermont's new marijuana law.

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The Icecube Neutrino Observatory at the South Pole sits atop an array of detectors buried deep within the clear antarctic ice.
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It's a cutting-edge telescope buried a mile under the ice at the South Pole, but in many ways, the Icecube Neutrino Observatory is hardly a telescope at all. It doesn't point up at the sky; in fact, it points down, looking through the earth. It's just one of the paradoxical parts of a new field of astronomy looking at the universe by tracking the elusive “ghost particle” known as the neutrino. 

With six days left until the fiscal year expires, Gov. Phil Scott and Democratic lawmakers are still at odds over how much money the state should use to lower property tax rates next year.
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After coming tantalizingly close to a budget deal Friday, elected officials return to Montpelier today to resume their efforts to get a spending plan in place before the fiscal year expires at the end of the week.

Tick bites can cause all sorts of nasty afflictions. And if you're bitten by a Lone Star tick, here's one more to add to the list: a red meat allergy.

Laura Stirling, 51, a Realtor who lives in Severna Park, Md., was diagnosed with the allergy last year. She got a tick bite while walking on a trail with her dog, Gunner, near her home.

"I found [the tick] 3 or 4 inches to the left of my hip bone," Stirling recalls. At the time, she say, she didn't think much of it. "I just took it off and threw it away."

The House chamber of the Vermont Legislature
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Lawmakers will be back at the Statehouse on Monday to try and find a budget settlement with Gov. Phil Scott. But that job got a lot harder after a bizarre set of events unfolded late Friday night in the House.

A protester outside the White House in Washington, D.C., Thursday. Members of the Vermont House voted Friday to oppose a decision by the Trump Administration to separate children from undocumented parents at the border.
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The Vermont House has given its tri-partisan approval to a resolution that strongly opposes a decision by the Trump Administration to separate undocumented parents from their children along the Mexican border.

The group of soon-to-be new citizens Friday.
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Fifteen people became American citizens on Thursday afternoon during a naturalization ceremony at the Ethan Allen Homestead in Burlington.

Lenny Burke, a well-known Rutland man whose life was forever changed by a traumatic brain injury has died. Despite the injury he received as a teenager, Burke went on to be instrumental in changing the way people with T.B.I.s are treated. He was 56.
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Lenny Burke, a man beloved in Rutland for his courage and determination in the face of adversity, has died.

The World Health Organization now recognizes what it calls "gaming disorder," but treatment and what qualifies under the disorder is still being defined.
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Live call-in discussion: Kids can easily lose themselves in the virtual worlds of video games, but what happens when gaming goes beyond a hobby and becomes a problem? The World Health Organization now recognizes “gaming disorder,” and we're looking at the details of the diagnosis and what it means for kids in Vermont.

A Harvard brain scientist who studies trauma in children is warning of lasting damage to the young migrants who've been separated from their parents at the border.

A brown cardboard box on a doormat in front of a wooden door.
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Vermont Tax Commissioner Kaj Samsom is hailing a U.S. Supreme Court ruling allowing states to collect taxes for online purchases made by residents.  

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Brave Little State

Artist Lois Eby, farmer Greg Cox and Supreme Court Associate Justice Marilyn Skoglund.
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Those 'Aging Hippies' Who Moved To Vermont ... Where Are They Now?

For the free-thinkers and radicals who moved to Vermont in the 1960s and 1970s, the past may be obscured in a cloud of … wood … smoke. But what does the present look like?

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What Questions Do You Have About Marijuana Legalization In Vermont?

Act 86 — allowing possession of up to an ounce of marijuana under state law — goes into effect July 1 . With less than a month to go, what do you want to know about how the law will work, and what you can and cannot do?

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Join Us In Caledonia County June 28!

We're hitting the road to visit all 14 Vermont counties this summer and fall, and we want to meet you! Join us Thursday, June 28 at the Fairbanks Museum.

See Julia Caesar And Clever Girls Live From The Fort

Catch a double-bill featuring two of the most exciting bands in the Burlington area on Thursday, June 28 at VPR.

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From 'Timeline' comes a four-part series of podcasts on the elements of antiquity: fire, water, earth & air.

The Latest From But Why: A Podcast For Curious Kids!

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Why Is Milk White?

But Why heads to the farm to answer a whole herd of animal questions: How do cows make milk? Why do cows moo? Why do some animals eat grass? Why do pigs have curly tails? Why do pigs have more teats than cows? Why do eggs in the fridge not hatch? How do chicks grow in their eggs? Why do roosters crow? Why do horses have hooves? Why do horses stand up when they sleep? Why are some fences electric?
We get answers at Billings Farm and Museum in Woodstock, Vermont.

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