Vermont Edition

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Vermont Edition brings you news and conversation about issues affecting your life. Hosts Jane Lindholm and Bob Kinzel consider the context of current events through interviews with news makers and people who make our region buzz.

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The 2016 legislation session is in its final days with a number of key issues yet to be decided. Issues like the legalization marijuana, the creation of an ethics commission, and an energy siting bill.

We’re talking with House Speaker Shap Smith about his top priorities for the rest of the session.

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Two weeks ago, shockwaves struck the Northeast Kingdom. The offices of Jay Peak and Q Burke were raided because of alleged improprieties involving the misuse of EB-5 funds.

So how has the news affected the psyche and the economic hopes of the region?

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Four Vermont high school sophomores are using slam poetry to challenge stereotypes about the Muslim community. Calling themselves "Muslim Girls Making Change," they're representing the state at a national slam poetry festival this summer.

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The Jay Peak fraud allegations have drawn attention to a visa program for foreign investors called EB-5, by which a foreign citizen who invests $500,000 in a U.S. business can receive a green card. And if that has you thinking, 'Really? That's a legal path to immigration?' then you're not the only one.

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The Reserve Officer Training Corps, ROTC, is celebrating its 100th year. It was created by an act of Congress in 1916 when the U.S. was on the brink of joining World War I and needed well-trained officers. The idea of combining civilian college life with military officer training started at Norwich University, which lays claim to being the birthplace of ROTC.

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After a push from Governor Shumlin and a bill passed by the Senate, many people saw legal marijuana on its way in Vermont. Now, after many twists and turns, it's unclear what form any final bill on the issue might take. We’re coming back to the legalization debate and asking people on both sides about where the legislative process has taken us.

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A goal of adjourning in May makes late April a frenetic time in Montpelier.  Three Statehouse reporters  take apart the issues and politics of the bills that still have a chance of passing before lawmakers end the session next month.

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As Vermont embraces the idea of renewable energy like wind and solar, the inevitable impact on the local landscape and community is inescapable. The question then becomes, how can towns weigh in on where these projects go?

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Word problems in math tend to be where many students take an exit from the subject. They find them to be confounding and confusing.

But what about stories of seemingly random coincidence? Once someone in a group shares one, it starts an avalanche of similar tales.

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The bombshell allegations last week surrounding development projects in the Northeast Kingdom point to a $200 hundred million scheme to defraud investors. On the next Vermont Edition, Vermont's top financial regulator Commissioner Susan Donegan explains what happened at Q Burke and Jay Peak ski resorts.

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Take a walk outside right now, and you'll be greeted by a cacophonous symphony of avian serenaders. Robins, phoebes, red-winged blackbirds, pine warblers and others have been making their way back to their summer breeding grounds.

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We're looking ahead to the New York state presidential primary next week, where the results could have a bigger impact than they have in years. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are leading in the polls, but Senator Bernie Sanders is drawing big crowds. And not just who wins - but the margins by which each candidate wins - could be very important as delegates are allotted and narratives are being crafted going into the conventions.

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We tackle two big stories in Vermont news in today's program.

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You can vote and serve in the military at age 18, but you have to wait until 21 to drink alcohol.

A bill that passed the Vermont House last week would raise the smoking age to 21 over a period of three years.

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There's a new, live-action movie coming out of Rudyard Kipling's "The Jungle Book." That work - and some of Kipling's other famous works like "Captains Courageous" and the "Just So Stories" - were written right here in Vermont: at Naulakha, the author's Dummerston home.

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In a series of conflicting conversations and press releases, it appeared that Vermont's Department of Public Safety was getting out of the 911 call handling business. But a joint communique from Public Safety and the Enhanced 911 Board said that might or might not be the case.

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It's our annual start-of-the-season baseball show! We're looking at the hopes and dreams of Red Sox and Yankee fans and examining what the teams have done in the off-season to improve their chances of winning this year.  Our panel of baseball-lovers takes stock of the teams and looks ahead to the possible twists and turns of the season.

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As you approach many of Vermont's towns, a church spire is poking through the tree tops to signal your arrival.

While many are reminiscent of the traditional New England house of worship, Vermont's churches have been built in a variety of styles. And they've been designed by many important architects like George Guernsey,  Ruth Reynolds Freeman, and the firm of McKim, Mead and White.

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Ret. Col. Jon Coffin spent ten years debriefing soldiers who were returning from war zones to help identify potential cases of PTSD. He led group debriefings of soldiers while they were still intact with their platoons, after they left the combat theater but before they reunited with their families.

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Tuition for the Vermont State College system ranks as the second highest in the country for in-state students in public four-year colleges. We're talking about the funding challenges for public higher education here in Vermont. The legislature is tackling the issue this year; and not for the first time. We'll also look further afield and see how other states around the country fund higher ed.