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The recent legislative session ended with a flurry as the budget was approved. During the session a clean water bill was passed, as well as an education bill and an economic development bill.

Lieutenant Governor Phil Scott assesses the session, the bills that passed, those that didn't and the deciding vote he cast this session.

Post your questions or comments for Lieutenant Governor Phil Scott here or email them to vermontedition@vpr.net.

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All this week, we're discussing Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie. It's this year's pick for the Vermont Humanities Council's Vermont Reads state-wide reading program.

Twelve-year-old Haroun has traveled to a magical land where all the world's stories are created. And it's up to him to stop a villain who controls a shadowy cult of silence from poisoning the Ocean that serves as the birthplace of the Sea of Stories.

Here's a passage from the moment when Haroun finally confronts the nemesis of storytelling, Khattum-Shud:

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MRSA, short for Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus, is one of the most dangerous infections you can get. It’s usually a skin disease, it's often transmitted in hospitals and it resists many antibiotics.

But researchers at Dartmouth’s Thayer School of Engineering believe they have discovered a novel kind of treatment for the MRSA bacteria.

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Vermont U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders kicked off his 2016 presidential campaign with a rally in Burlington Tuesday.

The Shumlin administration is finalizing its plan to reduce state labor costs by almost $11 million in the next fiscal year.

Last January, officials predicted that as many as 300 state employees might be laid off. But under the new plan, this number will be drastically reduced.

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Marselis Parsons of Shelburne has died after a battle with cancer. He was 70 years old. As an anchorman on WCAX television from 1984 until his retirement six years ago, Parsons was perhaps Vermont’s best known journalist.   

Three wastewater treatment facilities in Vermont had malfunctions last week that led to the release of up to 115,000 gallons of partially disinfected or completely un-disinfected water into rivers and streams.

The releases were reported by sewage plant operators to state regulators at the Agency of Natural Resources’ Department of Environmental Conservation.

Vermont’s unemployment rate fell two-tenths of 1 percent in April to 3.6 percent, according to data released by the state Department of Labor.

Data from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that Vermont’s April unemployment rate was tied with South Dakota as the fourth-lowest rate in the nation. Utah, North Dakota and Nebraska have lower unemployment rates. The national average in April was 5.4 percent.

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Earlier this month, voters at the Annual Village Meeting in Hyde Park passed a $3 million bond question to build a 1-megawatt community solar project. On Thursday, Stowe voters will consider spending up to $3.5 million on a similar project. Both towns plan to fund the projects through zero-interest federal Clean Energy Renewable Bonds. The deadline to apply for funding is next week.

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Long summer days seem to welcome every genre of literature -- from page-turning mysteries, to breezy romances, to classics that feel like old friends. It's our summer book show!

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