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State Auditor Doug Hoffer, seen here in his Montpelier office seated at a desk.
Henry Epp / VPR File

A new report from the Office of the Vermont State Auditor says it's nearly impossible to quantify the impact of Vermont's business incentive programs.

VPR Cafe: The Crunchy Goodness Of Cricket Protein

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Flourish Farm in Williston is raising millions of crickets to be used as a seasoned food and protein powder.
Luke Awtry Photography / Seven Days

If fried grasshoppers and other insects are considered snacks in many parts of the world, why not crunch on crickets, too? One Vermont company is counting on the fact that you might appreciate crickets as part of your diet. 

Gov. Phil Scott is up for re-election this year, facing opposition in the GOP primary. He joins "Vermont Edition" to outline why he should return to the governor's office.
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Gov. Phil Scott was elected two years ago with a promise to make Vermont more affordable. He now faces opposition in the Republican primary. We'll hear why the governor believes he deserves a second term in Montpelier.

Artist Phil Godenschwager works in his Randolph studio on assembling a train car that represents the Waterbury Historical Society building, also known as Dr. Janes' house.
Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR

A new train is coming to the old Central Vermont Railway line in Waterbury — but this one is being built to stay in one place for decades to come.

Attorney General Donovan calls for opposition to Title X change.
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Attorney General T.J. Donovan held a press conference today with Planned Parenthood of Northern New England to rally voices against changes to Title X that would deal a blow to abortion rights across the country.

UVM nurses holding signs outside the UVM Medical Center.
Ari Snider / VPR

Union nurses at the University of Vermont Medical Center went on strike for two days last week after their contract expired and no new agreement could be reached. Now that the strike is over, both sides are coming back to the bargaining table, but difficult issues remain.

So far, more than 250 schools have applied for state grant money to improve their security infrastructure.
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This spring, the state conducted a wide ranging survey on the security of its schools in response to an alleged attempted school shooting and allocated $4 million in grants for those schools to improve their security. Now the money is available and grant applications have been pouring in.

Vermont Law School sign on a fall day in October 2012.
Toby Talbot / Associated Press FIle

There is turmoil at Vermont Law School following the news that tenure has been revoked for 14 out of 19 faculty members at the South Royalton institution. A recent VTDigger article revealed the 75 percent reduction in tenured faculty as part of a plan to help restructure finances that have taken a hit from ongoing budget deficits.

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Keith Stern is the lone Republican challenger to incumbent governor Phil Scott in the party's Aug. 14 primary. Stern has criticized Scott's support for Vermont's new gun control laws and vowed to undo some of them. We're talking to Stern as part of VPR's ongoing interviews with statewide and federal candidates.

Fernald's Cuckoo Bumblebee, Bombus fernaldae, spotted by a Vermont iNaturalist user in July 2018.
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Researchers are surveying bumblebees at four northeast National Wildlife Refuges in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maine and Vermont this summer. During the Vermont survey in the Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge in Swanton, surveyors say they made an unusual find: a bumblebee that's only been seen twice before in Vermont.

Mount Ascutney in the fall with a covered bridge crossing a body of water.
Barbara Noll / Associated Press File

The State of Vermont Board of Libraries voted unanimously Tuesday against a petition to change the name of Mount Ascutney to Kaskadenak, an Abenaki name.

Jack Sawyer in Vermont Superior Court.
Ryan Mercer / The Burlington Free Press via Associated Press, Pool File

Attorneys for Jack Sawyer, the Poultney man accused of plotting to attack his former high school in Fair Haven, have asked the court to grant Sawyer "youthful offender" status, something they say would better address the 18-year old’s case.  

UVM Medical Center nurses spent two days striking last week. We'll hear about where negotiations between the union and hospital now stand.
Ari Snider / VPR

The nurses union at UVM Medical Center went on a two-day strike last week after their contract expired and no new agreement was reached. We'll hear from both sides about the negotiations taking place on a new three-year contract.

A lady justice statue in the foreground with a judge's mallet blurred in the background.
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The Vermont chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has gotten a lukewarm response from state’s attorney candidates to its survey on a range of criminal justice issues.

It’s no surprise that the lead story in this week’s Vermont Standard will be about the fire in downtown Woodstock Monday.

What may be surprising is that the local paper is publishing an issue at all. That’s because the building that burned contained the Standard’s offices.  

A wooden gavel on a table with a blurry bookshelf in the background.
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Last week, President Donald Trump issued an executive order that ends the competitive selection process for administrative law judges (ALJs). Instead, they'll become political appointees.

We're talking to François Clemmons about his barrier-breaking role on "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" and the rest of his career.
Jane Lindholm / VPR

If you've seen the new documentary about Mr. Rogers you'll recognize François Clemmons for his memorable role as Officer Clemmons on Mister Rogers' Neighborhood - making him one of the first African-American actors with a recurring role on kids' TV. We're talking to him about his life and work, including a prolific singing career and the last few decades he's spent in Middlebury, Vermont.

U.S. President Donald Trump shakes hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland, on Monday.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais / Associated Press

"Indefensible." "Embarrassing." "Stunningly reckless."

That's what Sen. Patrick Leahy, Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Peter Welch, respectively, had to say in response to U.S. President Donald Trump's comments at a press conference Monday with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Henry and wife Joanna Weinstock shared their story with VPR's Ric Cengeri.
Ric Cengeri / VPR

Jericho's Henry Weinstock survived the Nazi occupation of Belgium during World War II before coming to the U.S. with his father in 1946. The son of a secular Jewish family, he credits his survival during the war as much to the compassion of Belgian nuns as to sheer luck.

A Brattleboro Retreat sign.
Toby Talbot / Associated Press File

The Vermont Attorney General's Office announced Monday that it found "no criminal misconduct" following a five-year investigation of the Brattleboro Retreat, a mental health treatment facility in southern Vermont.

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