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The Conservation Law Foundation says the proposed sale of the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant lacks key safeguards that would protect Vermonters.

Rutland Regional Medical Center CEO Tom Huebner speaks at the podium in June at a celebration of the completion of the hospital's emergency department expansion. Huebner recently announced he will retire in March 2018.
Nina Keck / VPR File

Rutland Regional Medical Center CEO Tom Huebner, who has led the hospital since 1997, says he will step down in March to travel and spend more time with family.

The George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas, pictured here on Tuesday, has become a shelter for people displaced by flooding caused by Harvey.
LM Otero / Associated Press

Emergency management officials in Vermont say the surest way to aid the relief effort in Texas is to send cash to a respected charity.

Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Emily Boedecker has postponed officially submitting a new proposed draft rule for Great Hosmer Pond that would limit the use of racing shells and rowing sculls.
Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR

The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation is holding off on officially submitting a controversial draft proposed rule for Great Hosmer Pond, in Craftsbury and Albany.

In Lebanon, New Hampshire, this summer sirens are not police officer's signature sound. Instead, you'll know they're coming when you hear the ice cream truck jingle.

Georgia Mountain Wind

The Public Utility Commission is imposing new restrictions on the Georgia Mountain Community Wind project.

In 2014, Gregory Zullo was pulled over for having part of his license plate covered. The state trooper said he smelled marijuana in the car and towed the car. The Vermont ACLU sued the state and is appealing the case to the Vermont Supreme Court.
ACLU-VT

A case regarding the traffic stop of a black motorist and a subsequent vehicle search based on the smell of marijuana is heading to the Vermont Supreme Court.

The National Cancer Institute released this image of melanoma cells. The State Cancer Profiles website - a collaborative effort by the NCI and the CDC - shows Vermont had the second-highest rate of new melanoma cases in the country from 2010 through 2014.
Julio C. Valencia / NCI Center for Cancer Research

A Gifford Medical Center doctor is spending his summer giving free skin cancer screenings around the state in an effort to detect and treat potential skin cancers early.

Rutland is one of more than a dozen Vermont municipalities with a combined sewer system. When the city's water treatment system is overloaded, untreated sewage and runoff flows out of this pipe into a local creek.
Taylor Dobbs / VPR File

Since the beginning of August, hundreds of thousands of gallons of untreated sewage and stormwater have flowed into Lake Champlain and creeks that flow into it, according to public reports.

Hilary Niles / For VPR

On August 21, Gov. Phil Scott's administration announced plans to wind down the state's EB-5 regional center.

Dozens of employees at Dealer.com in Burlington were laid off Tuesday according to a statement from Dealer.com’s parent company, Cox Automotive.

The Stowe Mountain Lodge Classic pro-tennis tournament starts Tuesday and last until Thursday. World class players will compete and use the tournament to warm up for the U.S. Open.
Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR

Some of the world’s top tennis players are competing this week in the first Stowe Mountain Lodge Classic.

The state wants to recognize important sites that contributed to the history of the equal rights movement.

All three members of Vermont's Congressional delegation strongly oppose a new GOP tax plan
Toby Talbot / Associated Press/File

Rep. Peter Welch says the time has come to take down all statues of Confederate military leaders throughout the country.

The Boston Free Speech Coalition will hold a rally in Boston Common over the wekend. Counter-protesters say the rally is giving a platform to people who promote racist and white nationalist ideas.
Elise Amendola / AP

In light of the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia last weekend, a self-described "free speech rally" in Boston this weekend is drawing national attention.

Winnoski Police Officer Derrick Kendrew greeted customers at the Colchester Dunkin' Donuts location Friday as part of an event to raise money for the Special Olympics.
Taylor Dobbs / VPR

Frequent customers of any Dunkin Donuts location know that the stereotype isn’t totally overblown; it’s not uncommon to see a police cruiser in the drive-through or a cop inside. An officer on the roof, however, is a new one.

Following the fatal violence at a white supremacist gathering in Virginia, public safety officials in Boston are preparing for weekend demonstrations on Boston Common. But they admit they’re unsure just what to expect, partly because city officials have been unable to contact organizers of a controversial rally planned for Saturday.

Robert Congdon is vice president of the Rutland County Agricultural Society, which runs the Vermont State Fair. Congdon, 29, says his grandfather Edward Congdon, Sr., oversaw the fair for many years and it feels like the event is in his blood.
Nina Keck / VPR

The 172nd Vermont State Fair is underway in Rutland with a shorter five-day schedule. Officials say it's part of a rebuilding effort after a rocky few years.

The spent nuclear fuel at Vermont Yankee is being moved from the cooling pools, shown in this photo, into dry cask storage.
Toby Talbot / AP/file

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says a new dry cask storage facility at Vermont Yankee passed a federal inspection.

Rebecca Sananes / VPR/file

Seven Vermont counties hit by severe flooding earlier this summer will get federal assistance for storm clean up and infrastructure repairs.

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