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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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A profile headshot of Brett Kavanaugh on a black background.
Jacquelyn Martin / Associated Press

Update 11:11 a.m. This morning the U.S. Senate held a cloture vote to close debate regarding U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, which advanced on a vote of 51-49.

The exterior of a custom-built cabin at Chittenden Brook Campground in the woods.
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Wanna get away? Backcountry enthusiasts will soon have more trailside accommodations in Vermont to choose from. One new heated cabin just opened for occupancy this week, while another will become available in December and construction of a third is set to begin next spring. 

A state ethics commission says Gov. Phil SCott has a conflict of interest, due to his financial ties to a company that does business with the state. Scott says he rejects the commission's opinion.
Lisa Rathke / Associated Press File

The Vermont State Ethics Commission said this week that Gov. Phil Scott has a financial conflict of interest. The governor rejects the panel’s opinion, however, and says voters can decide next month whether he’s violated the state code of ethics.

Incumbent Peter Welch is seeking his seventh term in Congress. He was first elected in 2006 after Bernie Sanders decided to run for the open Senate seat.
Anna Ste. Marie / VPR FILE

Incumbent Democratic Congressman Peter Welch is running for his seventh term in the U.S. House. As part of VPR's series of interviews with candidates for this seat, Welch joins Vermont Edition to discuss the key issues in the race, including health care and the Farm Bill.

Independent gubernatorial candidate Trevor Barlow at the VPR studios.
Bayla Metzger / VPR

The general election is just weeks away. Leading up to the vote, we're featuring interviews with candidates seeking statewide offices. Trevor Barlow is running for governor as an independent.

Charles Laramie
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The midterm general elections are fast approaching, and VPR is featuring interviews with candidates running for statewide office. Charles Laramie is an independent running in the gubernatorial race.

The exterior of the Vermont Statehouse in Montpelier on a blue-sky day.
Angela Evancie / VPR file

With only about a month until Election Day, candidates for statewide office are garnering most of the media attention in Vermont. However political action committees appear to be focusing most of their energy on local races for House and Senate.

A blue hospital monitoring line that turns into a dollar symbol.
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Vermont's two major party candidates for governor — Republican incumbent Gov. Phil Scott and Democratic nominee Christine Hallquist — have sharp disagreements on the path Vermont should take to make health care more affordable in the short term. Yet the two candidates view the long-term solution in a similar way.

Retired lawyer James Dunn's book "Breach of Trust" looks at the scandal surrounding Chittenden County Assistant Judge Jane Wheel in the 1980s, tracing the growing controversy as it made its way up to the Vermont Supreme Court.
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Lying under oath. Twisting court decisions for personal gain. Misuse of public money. And corruption in the judiciary that went all the way to Vermont’s highest court.

It may sound like the latest legal thriller, but it's the true story that rocked the state in the 1980s, ending with an investigation that saw the first-ever felony charges brought against a Vermont judge.

Sen. Patrick Leahy questioned Judge Brett Kavanaugh as the Senate Judiciary Committee considered his nomination.
Win McNamee / AP

Last week, Sen. Patrick Leahy played a central role in the testimony of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Judge Brett Kavanaugh. As the Senate continues to weigh Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court, we're talking to Sen. Leahy about the nomination, the FBI investigation and what comes next.

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The Latest From But Why: A Podcast For Curious Kids

Our bodies are made up of cells. Cancer happens when cells divide out of control.
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Why Do People Get Cancer?

A cancer diagnosis can be scary, and for kids it can be bewildering. We've gotten some questions about cancer and in this episode we answer them with Dr. Donald Small, director of pediatric oncology at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. We answer how people get sick when it's not caused by germs, how people get cancer, and why cancer "does not have a cure." There's nothing graphic or scary in this episode, but adults may want to give this episode a listen if cancer is something your littles have been dealing with.

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