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That distinctive fragrance of cool, moist air mixed with falling leaves is everywhere. The end of the growing season is unmistakable.

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All those injured in yesterday’s Amtrak train derailment in Northfield have been released from the hospital.

The most seriously injured was one of the train’s conductors, who had to be airlifted to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. 

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The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has determined that Entergy Vermont Yankee's Irradiated Fuel Management plan is consistent with NRC requirements, and that the plan's funding is adequate.

The commission released its ruling Monday.

The NRC requires Entergy to submit a plan for managing the spent fuel on site, and to provide accurate information on the funding of  that plan.

Vermont Yankee submitted its Irradiated Fuel Management Plan to the NRC on Dec. 19, 2014, ten days before the plant ceased operations.

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In May, the City of Winooski started charging for downtown parking. Today the city announced the addition of free 15 minute parking spots.

Vermont’s Agency of Education is confirming that an administrative assistant to Secretary Rebecca Holcombe and to the State Board of Education was arrested on Friday, charged with child sex assault.

The Agency released the following statement Monday morning:

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More than 1,200 dams hold up rivers, creeks and streams across Vermont. Some, built over a century ago, are relics of another time when Vermont ran on mills, logging and small-scale hydro power.

Currently only 80 of the state's dams are actively used for hydropower or flood control. Far more are no longer serving any purpose at all. About 200 of these so-called “deadbeat dams” are, to critics, deteriorating and reducing habitat for fish and hampering recreational activities for humans.

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There’s a brisk debate in St. Johnsbury over whether to open an emergency warming shelter this winter.  Several sites have been proposed and rejected. So the fate of about 40 homeless families is still unclear.

The Northeast Kingdom town is deeply divided about a problem that is affecting many communities. A few retailers fear a downtown shelter could hurt business on Railroad Street, which has been trying to attract more shoppers.

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Vermont's farmland, with its lush green fields, iconic red barns and black and white Holsteins have inspired many artists.

At a new exhibit at the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center, "Shedding Light on the Working Forest," painter Kathleen Kolb is urging viewers to consider the state's forest industry with the same appreciation.

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An Amtrak passenger train carrying 102 people derailed Monday morning in Northfield after pieces of rock ledge fell onto the tracks. Seven people were injured in the accident, including one who was airlifted to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, but emergency officials say it could have been much worse.

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Former state senator Matt Dunne has formally kicked off his campaign to win the Democratic nomination for governor. Dunne says his top priority is to build a Vermont economy that "works for every person in the state."

He was also critical of how the administration of Gov. Peter Shumlin has managed health care and education.