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NRC Approves Vermont Yankee License Transfer

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has approved the license transfer for the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant.

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What's It Like To Hike The Long Trail?

The 272-mile Long Trail follows Green Mountain ridgelines from one end of Vermont to another. So what’s it like to hike the whole thing?

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The cover of Melanie Finn's novel "The Underneath" next to a photo of her in the woods.
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The Northeast Kingdom is known for its pastoral beauty — but that’s only part of the view of the region presented in Melanie Finn’s latest novel, The Underneath. Her characters exist in the brutal underbelly of rural Vermont that’s ravaged by the opioid epidemic.

Christine Hallquist, the Democratic candidate for governor, outlines parts of her education platform in Burlington on Wednesday, stading behind a Christine for Vermont sign outside.
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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Christine Hallquist outlined some aspects of her education platform on Wednesday in Burlington, saying she supports a change in how public schools are funded.

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The emerald ash borer has been detected in Grand Isle County. It’s the latest confirmation of the presence of the damaging insect in Vermont.

Sen. Bernie Sanders addresses a crowd of supporters at a Detroit rally in August 2018. Sanders is seeking a third term in the U.S. Senate in the Nov. 6 election, facing eight challengers on the ballot.
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Incumbent Sen. Bernie Sanders is seeking a third term as Vermont's junior Senator, and he faces a crowded field of challengers—including one Republican and seven Independents—on the Nov. 6 ballot.

We're talking to candidate Bernie Sanders about the objectives he'd pursue if re-elected.

Dr. Lorraine Sterritt at the VPR studios
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As of July, Saint Michael's College in Colchester has a new president: Dr. Lorraine Sterritt. She is the first woman to serve in that position in the school's history. 

Don Turner and David Zuckerman are the two major-party candidates for Vermont Lieutenant Governor.
photos by Angela Evancie and Ric Cengeri / VPR

We're kicking off the first of our general election debates, and partnering with Vermont PBS to air live on both radio and television. Joining us are the two major-party candidates for lieutenant governor: incumbent Progressive/Democrat David Zuckerman and his Republican challenger, House Minority Leader Don Turner Jr.

Blue-green algae blooms, photographed in the summer of 2014 in Lake Champlain.
Taylor Dobbs / VPR FILE

Both of Vermont's major party gubernatorial candidates say they support a long-term plan to clean up Lake Champlain and other waterways in Vermont, but neither candidate is offering a plan to pay for it.

VPR broadcast engineer Kira Parker surveys the top of the Mount Mansfield transmitter site during a June maintenance visit.
Matthew Smith / VPR

Vermont Public Radio's broadcast signal — what listeners hear in the car, or on traditional radios at home or work — emanates from one of 18 transmitters across the state. VPR broadcast engineer Kira Parker travels the state for regular visits to ensure the transmitters are working and keeps the radio signal beaming. 

A display case with CBD products at the Green State Gardener store in Burlington.
Jon Kalish / For VPR

As the harvest nears a close, 2018 is turning out to be a pivotal year for industrial hemp in Vermont. More people are growing it than ever before and millions of dollars are being invested in hemp farms and in the industrial labs needed to extract CBD from hemp.

The membership of the National Assembly of Quebec looks very different after the October 1 provincial election.
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On October 1, the province of Quebec held the general election for its legislative body - the National Assembly of Quebec. The results were historic - a seven-year-old center-right party that campaigned on limits to immigration won the most seats. That makes it the first time since the 1960s that power hasn't been held by either the Liberals or the Parti Quebecois.

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VPR and Vermont PBS are collaborating on a series of four debates this month. View the full schedule and submit your questions for the candidates.

A 5-part podcast about a school shooting that didn't happen, and the surprising things that did.

The Latest From But Why: A Podcast For Curious Kids

Sophie Posner-Brown (left) was diagnosed with a brain tumor when she was 2 years old. She and her twin sister Isabelle talk about life with a serious illness.
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Living With A Brain Tumor: 11-Year-Old Twins Share Their Story

In today's episode we're not answering any questions. Instead, we're going to talk with 11-year-old twins Isabelle and Sophie Posner-Brown. When Sophie was two, she was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. She's had three surgeries and lots of chemotherapy, but she's been on a break from chemo for the last four years. The twins talked with But Why about what it's like to live with Sophie's illness.

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