House Republicans held a press conference Tuesday after they voted to sustain Gov. Phil Scott's budget veto. GOP lawmakers say they'll continue to reject any spending plan that allows for the possibility of an increase in property tax rates.
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House Republicans Sustain Scott's Budget Veto

Republicans may have minority status in the Vermont House of Representatives, but they showed Tuesday they’re still a force to be reckoned with.

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H. Brooke Paige
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If you look at the list of statewide candidates in this year's election, there's something that will definitely catch your eye: H. Brooke Paige of Washington, Vermont is listed as a Republican candidate for six different state and federal offices.

We're talking about the history of butter and checking in with some local Vermont buttermakers.
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It may seem like a simple food staple - something to make bread a little more interesting - but butter has a long and surprising history. Think Irish bogs, Tibetan butter sculptors and the decades-long PR battle between butter and margarine.

We're talking to the author of a new history of butter, and checking in with some Vermont buttermakers perfecting the craft.

Right now, a group of hydroelectric dams on the Connecticut River are undergoing a once-in-a-generation process – a federal relicensing. NHPR’s Annie Ropeik went to the dams and talked with people who live, work and play nearby about what they hope might change.  

Thea Alvin holds a photo of her old barn, framed behind a gothic arch she built. The barn burned down in December, but the arch still stands. A community member stopped by and gave her the photo last week.
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It was a tough winter for Thea Alvin.

On Dec. 18, 2017, life changed overnight for her and her partner Michael Clookey.

Desks in a line in an empty classroom. Up close of one with books in it.
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The Vermont State Board of Education has released a schedule for its three regional meetings to collect local testimony on the statewide Act 46 merger plan that was recently released by the Agency of Education.

Bottles of maple syrup are lined up on a table, their nutrion facts visible, while Rep. Peter Welch and Sen. Patrick Leahy stand in the background.
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Two issues of concern have cropped up recently for Vermont's maple sugar producers.

Since most of the congressional candidates that Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders endorsed this year are losing contested primaries, then Sanders' political clout must be fading, right?

"That's a stupid argument," Sanders told NPR this week.

"You know, he has a much broader look at politics than just elections," Sanders' longtime strategist Jeff Weaver said.

That is evident. The 2016 candidate repeatedly questioned the political value of his endorsements, and even expressed some mild indifference to the race-by-race results of the primaries he's waded into.

James Lyall, executive director of the ACLU of Vermont, seated as a desk
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The Vermont chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union is looking to boost the profile of political contests that often fly under the radar: the race for county prosecutor.

Castleton University has faced layoffs, one of the moves made by the Vermont State Colleges System to combat falling enrollments.
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Colleges throughout Vermont and New England are facing falling enrollments and rising costs. We're talking about how Vermont state colleges are dealing with this challenging combination.

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The North Country National Scenic Trail is part dream, part reality. The dream is a continuous footpath running from central North Dakota to Maine. The reality is that about 2,000 miles of the 4,700-mile trail is currently on roads.

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Brave Little State

Artist Lois Eby, farmer Greg Cox and Supreme Court Associate Justice Marilyn Skoglund.
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Those 'Aging Hippies' Who Moved To Vermont ... Where Are They Now?

For the free-thinkers and radicals who moved to Vermont in the 1960s and 1970s, the past may be obscured in a cloud of … wood … smoke. But what does the present look like?

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What Questions Do You Have About Marijuana Legalization In Vermont?

Act 86 — allowing possession of up to an ounce of marijuana under state law — goes into effect July 1 . With less than a month to go, what do you want to know about how the law will work, and what you can and cannot do?

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Ants tend to live in large, specialized colonies where every individual has a job that benefits the whole community.
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Why Do Ants Bite?

Why do ants bite? Do both male and female ants have stingers? Do ants sleep? What do they do in the winter? In this episode we learn all about the fascinating world of ants with Brian Fisher , curator of entomology at the California Academy of Sciences. Fisher has identified about 1000 different species of ants!

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Timeline: 20th Century Music

At the dawning of the 20 th century the world stood on the edge of immense change. No one could have guessed what the next hundred years would bring. Previous centuries saw most composers following specific aesthetic ideals, but music fractured in the 20 th century like never before. In reality, we’re still trying to figure out where music goes from here.

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