Exterior of the Logic Supply building in South Burlington on a cloudy day.
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Can You Prove That Vermont’s Main Business Incentive Creates Jobs? It’s Debatable

Among the proposals Gov. Phil Scott has made this year to expand Vermont’s workforce is adding more “enhancements” to the state’s signature business incentive program. But one top state official has long questioned a core principle of that program.

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Chittenden Couty Sen. Chris Pearson says Vermont could improve enforcement of state water quality laws by allowing citizens to sue polluters.
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As environmental advocates grow increasingly worried about whether government regulators will adequately enforce new water quality rules, some lawmakers want to give regular citizens the authority to hold polluters to account.

A recently passed Vermont House bill addresses questions of parenthood that are not covered by existing state law.
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When Vermont's Parentage Act was passed in 1984, same-sex marriage and assisted fertility were not issues contained in the law. A bill recently passed by the House attempts to provide Vermont's judiciary with updated guidelines on matters of legal parenthood.

House Speaker Mitzi Johnson says passage of a property tax reform package is a top priority for this session
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A proposal is being developed representing the first major change to education financing in Vermont in over a decade, and House Speaker Mitzi Johnson says she's committed to making it a reality.

With tax day on the horizon, there are growing concerns that some people who are owed a tax refund might have their refund stolen if when criminals file for it first. Tax Commissioner Kaj Samsom joined Vermont Edition to discuss the scope of the problem and what the state does to protect against fraudulent filings and payments.

Broadcast live on Friday, Feb. 9, 2018 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

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One of Vermont's best-known entrepreneurs, Antonio Pomerleau, has died at the age of 100.

Pittsford residents voted Thursday night on how they want to use a historic house and farm that's been donated to the community.
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About 70 people gathered at the Lothrop School in Pittsford Thursday night to winnow down a wish list: What to do with the old Forrest Farm, a historic house, barn and about twenty acres smack in the middle of town.

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Montpelier High School is flying a Black Lives Matter flag this month to mark Black History Month and that action has triggered some strong reactions. School administrators say the feedback, both positive and negative, has strengthened their resolve.

The Vermont Statehouse looking up at the front of the building frmo the stiars.
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VPR reporter Bob Kinzel has been covering the Statehouse since 1981 — longer than any continuously serving member of the Legislature.

To take advantage of that institutional memory, we're kicking off a new periodic segment called "Ask Bob." First up: a look at the increasing number of lobbyists in the Vermont Statehouse.

A sign at Southern Vermont Medical Center explaining the visitor policy in light of the flu outbreak.
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Hospitals are working to limit the spread of the flu as more cases are reported across Vermont.

House Speaker Mitzi Johnson joins "Vermont Edition" to discuss some of her priorities this legislative session.
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House Speaker Mitzi Johnson says passing a paid family leave bill this year is one of her top priorities.

We're talking with Speaker Johnson about that bill, plus education funding, water quality, the push for a higher minimum wage and other big issues.

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Patrick Warn talks in an office to Lamoille County Sheriff Roger Marcoux.
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Who Oversees Vermont's County Sheriffs?

If Vermont’s county sheriffs are accountable to their voters, but most of their voters don’t pay much attention to them, what happens when they do something wrong?

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How Do Fish See? How Do Fish Sleep? How Do Fish Breathe?

But Why visits the New England Aquarium in Boston to get answers to those and other questions kids have sent us about fish.

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When I was in middle school my class put together a time capsule and I remember caring so much that music be included that I put together a mixed tape, with popular songs recorded haphazardly off the radio.

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