Annie Russell

Deputy News Director

Annie Russell is VPR's Deputy News Director. She came to VPR from NPR's Weekends on All Things Considered and WNYC's On The Media. She is a graduate of Columbia Journalism School.

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Jody Herring, seen here in court in August 2015, took a plea deal Thursday, pleading guilty to one count of first-degree murder and three counts of second-degree murder.
Toby Talbot / AP/Times Argus/File

Jody Herring, the prime suspect for the murders of four people in central Vermont in August 2015, plead guilty Thursday as part of a plea deal.

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After heavy rains the past few days, the northern halves of Vermont, New Hampshire, and part of northern New York are under a flash flood watch through tomorrow. A stretch of the Winooski River is under a flood warning as of Friday afternoon, and more rain is in the forecast.

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When a stand-up comedian records a live album, they need an audience that can give them some reliable laughs. For comedian Jared Logan, that audience is in Burlington, Vermont. He's recording an album over five shows this weekend at Vermont Comedy Club.

Jane Sanders, wife of U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, has hired lawyers as an investigation continues into her role in a land deal when she was president of Burlington College.
Angela Evancie / VPR file

"Jane Sanders lawyers up." That's the latest development in the winding saga of the financial woes of Burlington College while Jane Sanders - the wife of Vermont U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders -  was its president. It's also the headline of a piece for Politico Magazine which journalist Harry Jaffe wrote last week.

Inmates outside of the Camp Hill prison in Pennsylvania. 269 Vermont inmates are now housed at this facility.
Jasper Craven / VT Digger

Vermont corrections officials confirmed this week that 269 inmates Vermont houses outside the state have been moved from a private facility in Michigan to a state-run prison in Pennsylvania, called Camp Hill.

A sign encouraging voters to reject the school budget and another to approve it on a lawn in South Burlington. The decision to change the school mascot name has loomed over the budget debate.
Taylor Dobbs / VPR

On Tuesday, residents of South Burlington will vote on the local school budget. This will be the third time the city has tried to pass a budget this year, and the vote is tied up in a decision to drop the school district’s mascot name, the Rebels.

In the early 20th century, Vermont was among a group of states that had policies on the books based on eugenics — the idea that the human population could be controlled to bring out what were considered "desirable" characteristics.

Steven Senne / Associated Press

Although the majority of Vermonters support legalization, some groups remain concerned about health and safety implications of legalizing the drug.

Lawmakers and Republican Gov. Phil Scott are in a late-session standoff over the issue of Vermont teachers' health care plans.

Charlie Neibergall / Associated Press

President Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday night has provoked strong responses, including from members of the U.S. Senate. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders says he's troubled by the firing and wants an independent prosecutor to investigate Trump's ties to Russia.

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Reporter Nina Keck is in Jordan this week to report on what life is like for Syrian refugees awaiting resettlement. Along the way, Keck has bumped into Vermonters working to support them.

As President Trump's executive order was sparking confusion in the U.S. this weekend, VPR's Nina Keck was on her way to Jordan, where many Syrian refugees are waiting to be resettled in the U.S. and elsewhere. 

Police say 33-year-old Markus Austin was shot dead in Montpelier early Sunday morning.

Jeb Wallace-Brodeur / Times Argus

For a few hours on Saturday afternoon, Vermont's capital was a sea of pink. An estimated 15,000 people came out for the local Women's March, many wearing pink hats knitted especially for the occasion in a very particular shape.

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The second trial of former Franklin County state senator Norm McAllister came to an unexpected halt Wednesday when McAllister struck a plea deal with prosecutors. McAllister is charged with soliciting sex acts from a woman in exchange for rent.

Mosa'ab Elshamy / AP

As world leaders wrap up the annual United Nations climate change conference this week in Marrakech, Morocco, many there are worried about President-elect Donald Trump's plan to pull the U.S. out of a major climate change agreement.

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Burlington mayor Miro Weinberger says he wants to make the city a so-called "sanctuary city" for people who are in the United States illegally. That's even though Republican president-elect Donald Trump has vowed to strip all federal funding from cities that have policies to shelter or protect illegal immigrants from deportation.

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According to the latest VPR Poll, Vermonters have been following the races for president and governor very closely. But the rest of the Vermont races, not so much. It's OK — that's where we come in.

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It's been nearly two years since the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant shut down for the last time. The debate over closing the plant is the subject of a new documentary, Power Struggle, that will be airing on HBO.

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Can jokes about depression and anxiety be funny? Aparna Nancherla thinks so.

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