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Matt Krebs, the operations and publications coordinator with the Green Mountain Club, uses a new digital map at Sherburne Pass. Snow is on the ground and trees in the background.
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Green Mountain Club Introduces Digital Maps For Long Trail

Part of the mission of the Green Mountain Club is to try to help get people out into the mountains — and for the first time in its 108-year history, the GMC is now offering digital maps which you can purchase, download and view on a cell phone.

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Antoinette and Clint Hunt, co-founders of Abracadabra Coffee Co. in Woodstock, stand in front of their coffee roaster.
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What Does It Take To Start And Run A Successful Small Business In Vermont?

What do you do when you want to start something new, but you don’t know exactly how?

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A statue of George Frideric Handel is pictured here at night in Halle, Germany.
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The season for George Frideric Handel's Messiah is upon us! Although it was actually first performed around Easter, in our time it has become a December holiday tradition.

This year, VPR is again rounding up performances and sing-alongs of Handel's beloved oratio in our area. 

Steffen Gillom, Sha'an Mouliert, Tabitha Pohl-Moore, Beverly Little Thunder and Wafic Faour, from left, are among the leaders of color asking Bernie Sanders to do a better job bringing social justice advocates from Vermont into his "progressive movement."
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Sen. Bernie Sanders has in many ways become the figurehead of the national progressive movement, but leaders of color in Vermont say his spotty track record on racial justice issues could undermine his status as its leader.

Now, those same advocates are trying to lay the groundwork for what they hope will be a more collaborative relationship with Sanders in the future.

Don't be like this piggy bank and fear the coming year. We're getting a financial check-up with a financial counselor to navigate recent stock market turbulence.
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Live call-in discussion: It's been a tumultuous few weeks in the stock market. We're checking in with a financial counselor to talk about investments, savings and strategies to start 2019 on firm financial footing.

Clockwise from top left, scenes from Vermont in 2018: Amanda Pelkey with her Olympic gold medal; an embrace at a Morristown barn raising; looking at the Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge; a child sleds in July; a sturgeon caught in the Winooski River.
Clockwise from top left: Peter Hirschfeld, Amy Noyes, Lynne McCrea, Amy Noyes, John Dillon / VPR

The year is wrapping up, and throughout 2018 we heard a number of stories from our state that put a smile on the faces of Vermonters. Need a pick me up? Take a look through this list of 2018 highlights (in no particular order).

Updated at 1:33 p.m. ET

President Trump said Friday that he intends to nominate William Barr, a prominent Republican lawyer and former attorney general, to return and lead the Justice Department.

Barr, who served as George H.W. Bush's attorney general from 1991 to 1993, holds sweeping views of executive power and hard-line positions on criminal justice issues.

"He was my first choice from Day 1," Trump told reporters outside the White House. "I think he will serve with great distinction."

A press conference with Maj. Gen. Steven Cray, Vermont Adjutant General , and Gov. Phil Scott respond to allegations that the guard mishandled cases of sexual  harassment  and foster where heavy drinking was common.
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The Vermont National Guard responded Thursday to a number of allegations including that it mishandled cases of sexual harassment. The allegations come after a series reported by VTDigger.

Vermont Yankee, pictured in 2013, in Vernon, Vt.
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State utility regulators have approved the transfer of the closed Vermont Yankee nuclear plant to NorthStar, a demolition company that has has committed to decommissioning the plant decades earlier than previously planned.

Friday is shaping up as a busy day in the Justice Department's Russia investigation.

Special counsel Robert Mueller faces deadlines in two federal courts in cases involving two former Trump insiders, a former FBI director treks up to Capitol Hill for a closed-door interview, and a onetime Trump campaign adviser gets out of prison.

Here's a quick breakdown of what's on tap for the day:

Mueller's office to detail Paul Manafort's alleged lies

A drive-in movie theater lights up the night in Fairlee. We're talking about the films of 2018.
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We're talking about the films of 2018 - mostly the triumphs, a few of the misfires - with an emphasis on movies you can see now, either on the big screen or at home via streaming. We'll try to cover all the bases, from Oscar-bait to blockbusters.

Researchers at the University of New Hampshire have found a new way to make sustainable fuel out of sunlight.

The process is an artificial form of photosynthesis – where plants use sunlight to convert carbon dioxide into energy.

Here, researchers combined cobalt and urea – both cheap and abundant – to make a yellow material that absorbs sunlight.

That lets the material reduce carbon dioxide from the air into component parts that can be stored as a combustible liquid fuel.

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Why Do We Poop And Fart?

How does your body make poop? How many germs are in an ounce of poop? Why do people fart and why are farts stinky? Look, everybody does it, so today we're going to tackle one of the areas kids seem to find fascinating: why and how we poop! Plus, we get some help from Chicago public radio station WBEZ's Curious City to learn about what happens after you flush the toilet. Loading... Let's zero in on the very impressive and efficient system our body uses to take in food, use what it needs, and...

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