Annie Russell

Weekend Producer/Reporter

Annie Russell is VPR's weekend producer/reporter. She has interned for NPR at Weekends on All Things Considered and for WNYC at On The Media.  She is a graduate of Columbia Journalism School.

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UVM's tuition rates are among the highest of all public schools in the nation. The state's low funding for higher education is to blame for much of the in-state tuition cost, but out-of-state students are paying huge bills because of a 1959 law that forces the school to charge them lots more.

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To legalize or not to legalize marijuana? That's been the question on many Vermonters' minds of late. To help them answer it, some here have been looking west, to Colorado, where recreational pot has now been legal for a year.

On Wednesday, some environmentalists and other opponents of a proposed natural gas pipeline welcomed news that a portion of the project is now canceled due to rising costs.

But not everybody’s happy.

Canadians are considering what to do now that the country’s highest court has struck down a ban on doctor-assisted suicide.

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Community college students across the nation are getting an opportunity to study Mars exploration through a special NASA program. That includes two Vermont students who are designing their own missions to Mars.

Candidates to be the next mayor of Winooski filed their election paperwork this week. And now the debate officially begins – about how best to lead the changing, culturally diverse city, and how to address the challenges of rapid growth and poverty.

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The city of Winooski has certainly seen its share of changes over the decades. The old mill town has re-branded itself as a hip enclave with a vibrant restaurant scene, a growing technology sector and a diverse population.

But it also has its challenges, such as rapid growth and nearly a quarter of its residents living below the poverty line. All of this welcomes a new mayor come March.

UVM College of Medicine

The Ebola epidemic in West Africa finally seems to be slowing down. But still, the disease has already killed nearly 9,000 people in West Africa alone. Dr. Margaret Tandoh spent seven weeks treating patients in her native Liberia, where she set up an Ebola treatment center.

In late January, she returned to her day job as an assistant professor of surgery at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. She spoke with VPR about her experiences treating patients with the deadly disease in Liberia.  

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According to a new Transportation Board report, the state will need to improve its transportation services to keep more young adults in Vermont.

Alexa Luthor

Higher Ground, a music venue in South Burlington, sold out a string of shows this past weekend. But it wasn't a band that folks were lining up to see.

The performance space hosted a popular festival celebrating the art of burlesque.