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Vermont Health Connect, the state's health care exchange, has been expensive to build, frustrating to use, and a target of criticism ever since it went online in October 2013. 

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Although nights may not be as bitter cold, new challenges face Vermont’s homeless population now that spring has sprung.

Elizabeth Ready, director of the John Graham Shelter in Vergennes, sees those challenges every day and is working to help find a safe, permanent home for Vermont’s homeless population.

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Senate leaders are exploring a major change to Vermont's sales tax. The goal of the plan is to give the state a more sustainable revenue base in the future.

Vermont's six percent sales tax raises roughly $230 million per year for the General Fund and another $123 million for the Education Fund. It's Vermont's second largest broad based revenue source. The personal income tax is number one.

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The vice-chairman of the Vermont Republican Party is calling for an independent investigation of the state’s Democratic attorney general.

It isn’t the first time Brady Toensing has alleged campaign finance violations on the part of Attorney General Bill Sorrell. But Toensing says new evidence merits new legal scrutiny of the nine-term attorney general.

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Ken Burns’ latest documentary on the history of cancer has generated a lot of media buzz around a disease that touches nearly everyone. Hospitals across the country are showing shortened versions of Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies to jumpstart community discussions about the illness.

Rutland will host a screening and discussion session Tuesday night.

Champlain College is offering discounted online programs under a new partnership with the federal government, officials announced today.

The partnership opens up truEd, Champlain’s subscription-based online courses, to civilian federal employees and their dependents.

Sydney Smith-Heimbrock, the chief learning officer at the federal Office of Personnel Management, said the partnership is the second such agreement in a federal program launched last year to help close skills gaps within the federal workforce.

Windham Wood Heat has announced plans to convert 20 schools and other public buildings to locally-sourced wood heat. That announcement came last week from the Brattleboro-based Sustainable Energy Outreach Network. The state has awarded the network $1.6 million to get the job done.

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A bill mandating that businesses offer their workers paid days off for illnesses or emergencies is alive again at the Statehouse, but in a watered-down state.

But does providing paid sick days make smart business sense and is it a benefit to the community at large? Or is it an onerous demand on small businesses that can easily be abused?

Michelle Fay, director of the Vermont Paid Sick Days Campaign, and William Driscoll, Associated Industries of Vermont vice president debate the merits of the bill.

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Believe it or not, bathing suit weather is coming. But for the fourth summer, residents in Norwich will not be cooling off in their popular natural swimming hole. After Tropical Storm Irene washed out the dam over Charles Brown Brook, Norwich began tangling with the state over a plan to re-make the pool.

Johnson considers form-based codes for its village center. Trails are closed to snowmobiles and high-elevation hikers. Drivers are warned to beware of moose and amphibians. Wallingford announces its 17th annual bike safety day.

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