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The panel that oversees Vermont’s $4 billion pension fund rejected a proposal Tuesday to sell off its shares in oil and coal companies. But proponents of fossil fuel divestment say it’s past time for the state to sever financial ties with the industries they blame for climate change.

John Dillon / Toby Talbot / VPR / AP

Tensions around renewable energy development surfaced at the first meeting Tuesday of a state task force charged with sorting out issues related to siting solar projects.

Some members of the public criticized the task force for being stacked with government officials and industry developers.

Angela Evancie / VPR

There’s been  a lot more talk over the past week about something that’s had a hard time finding political traction in Vermont - tougher ethics laws. Republican State Representative Heidi Scheuermann  has advocated for ethics laws in the past and joined VPR to discuss the issue.

J. David Bohl / Shelburne Museum

In 1839, Bennington cabinet-maker Hastings Kendrick placed an advertisement in the Vermont Gazette. His tagline? "Rich and tasty furniture." The Shelburne Museum used that phrase as the title for their big new exhibit: "Rich and Tasty: Vermont Furniture to 1850."

Vermont Folklife Center

In her 104 years, the enigmatic storyteller and poet Daisy Turner became an important figure in Vermont folklife. Both her oration skills and attention to family history made her a compelling narrator of the African American experience in Vermont. Her family members also shared her passion for storytelling and documenting their family history from slavery to their 150-acre homestead in Grafton.

Vermont Department of Fish & Wildlife

It's a big day at Lemon Fair Wildlife Management Area in Bridport and Cornwall. This morning the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife is celebrating the addition of 330 acres to what it calls some of the most productive wildlife habitat in that part of the state.

David Mullinix Photography / Vermont Summer Festival

For six weeks every summer, the Harold Beebe Farm in East Dorset becomes a Mecca for horse lovers. The 40-plus acre site, just off Route 7, plays host to the Vermont Summer Festival Horse Show.

Event officials says close to 1,000 horses and 3,000 people will take part in this year’s show, with more than $750,000 dollars up for grabs in prize money.

Carrie Clement

Milton has a new chief administrative officer. Donna Barlow Casey started work last week as the tenth Milton Town Manager, and the first woman to hold the job since its creation in 1978.

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State officials missed a deadline required by law to notify the public about a sewage overflow in Rutland in which up to 10,000 gallons of untreated sewage and storm water flowed into East Creek.

Angela Evancie / VPR/file

Gov. Peter Shumlin joined a growing group of politicians and advocates calling for an ethics commission to examine conflicts of interest and other ethical issues within Vermont state government.

On Vermont Edition Monday, Shumlin said he supports the premise, though “the devil’s in the details.”

Shumlin said he wanted to be sure such a commission would hold everyone in all three branches of state government equally accountable and wouldn’t grow into a costly bureaucracy.

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