Two Townshend Elementary School students sit at a table.
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As School Boards Write Budgets, Community Debate Over Education Spending Continues

State government almost shut down earlier this year, and the fight was largely over education funding. And all of those debates in Montpelier, and negotiations over taxes and education costs? They’re all rooted in the decisions that local school boards make around this time of year.

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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 Keurig Dr. Pepper sign in Waterbury, Vermont.
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Over the last 20 years, the state of Vermont has authorized more than $10 million in payments to Keurig Green Mountain, Inc.

The company, known for its K-Cup pods, is just one of many Vermont businesses that have used state incentive programs aimed at creating jobs. But exactly how much money Keurig received and what the company did with it is shrouded in secrecy.

The NBC studios sign at night in Manhattan, that also says Rainbow Room and Observation Deck.
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Saturday Night Live made some fun of Vermont last weekend, with a sketch featuring a group of Southern white nationalists who discuss where to find a “Caucasian paradise.” The skit contrasts Vermont’s liberal, bucolic image with some uncomfortable realities, and was welcomed by people inside and out of the state.

The Vermont Ethics Commission says Gov. Phil Scott has violated the state’s code of ethics by maintaining an ongoing financial relationship with a company that does business with the state.

Bess O'Brien's latest film focuses on the lives of five Vermonts returning to their communities after leaving prison.
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Filmmaker Bess O'Brien's new documentary, Coming Home, follows the lives of five Vermonters released from jail who enter a CoSA — Circle of Support and Accountability — to help with their transition back into their community. We learn about the program, the film and the lives of those involved in CoSAs.

A welcome to Island Pond sign outside by a road.
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Vermonters consistently rank jobs, the economy and cost of living as the biggest issues facing the state, which is why candidates running for political office right now spend so much time talking about them.

For people living in the most rural parts of Vermont, however, economic livelihood is even harder to come by

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Kyle Blair / Vermont PBS

VPR and Vermont PBS have partnered to present a series of debates ahead of the 2018 general election — and we want to know what questions you have for some of the candidates running for statewide office.

Updated at 5:45 p.m. ET

Amazon will pay all of its U.S. employees a minimum of $15 an hour, more than double the federal minimum wage of $7.25. The retail giant, run by the world's richest man, was criticized earlier this year after revealing its workers' median pay was $28,446.

Amazon says the new rate will go into effect on Nov. 1, covering all of its full-time, part-time, temporary and seasonal employees in the U.S.

Garrison Keillor
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Update 10:00 p.m. A fundraiser for the Burlington Book Festival featuring public radio personality Garrison Keillor has been cancelled after public backlash.

Profile headshot of Gov. Phil Scott.
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Incumbent Republican Gov. Phil Scott is running for a second two-year term, going up against a number of challengers including Democratic nominee Christine Hallquist. We're talking to Scott as part of our series of interviews with major party candidates for statewide office.

State officials say the proposed trade deal between the U.S. and Canada could boost milk prices for Vermont farmers, by opening up the Canadian market to increased U.S. dairy exports.
Ric Cengeri / VPR file

State officials say the proposed new rules for cross-border commerce between the United States and Canada could be good news for Vermont dairy farmers.

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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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