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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Thursday was the deadline for candidates to file for Vermont's statewide races and for the legislature. With many officeholders leaving the government or seeking new positions, Campaign 2016 promises to be wide open.

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Back before economic realities demanded that dual incomes were needed to maintain a family, there was usually one parent who would be home when the school year ended for the kids. But now, that's not always the case. So how do you keep the kids occupied and cared for in the summer? And with limited resources?

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The Vermont State Police, along with experts from Northeastern University, are presenting an analysis of data from five years worth of traffic stops.

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The election in November 2000 put President George W. Bush in the White House, but it also created a peculiar set of circumstances in the U.S. Senate: it was the first time since 1881 that the Senate was evenly split between two parties. And then, on May 24, 2001, Vermont Sen. Jim Jeffords changed everything.

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New federal rules from the Department of Labor mean that millions more Americans — and many thousands more Vermonters — will be eligible for overtime pay. 

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This weekend, both the Republican and Democratic parties will hold their state conventions to select delegates to their national conventions.

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Meet Jessamyn West, the radical librarian. She just got a big award from the Vermont Library Association for her role in the selection process for the next Librarian of Congress. She's behind one of the first librarian blogs, she's annoyed the FBI, and she's a crusader for keeping both sides of the digital divide in mind as we move further into the information age. Cory Doctorow of "Boing Boing" has called her an "internet folk hero."

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The debate over transgender rights and equity is now focused on schools with a federal guideline last week that directs school districts to uphold the rights of transgender kids.  Meanwhile, Vermont has its own set of best practices for schools to support transgender youth.

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It's well-known that the US has a problem with high rates of obesity and related health issues. Less well-understood are some of the basic mechanisms at the core of gaining and losing weight - how metabolism works, and the ways our bodies store and expend energy. 

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When Alzheimer's Disease led Dana Walrath to care for her mother Alice at home, Alice told Dana, "Promise me you will do something else when it gets too hard." The story of Alice's decline, and how it changed their family and social relationships is told in Walrath's new book, Aliceheimer's: Alzheimer's Through the Looking Glass.

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With a big victory this week in West Virginia, Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders says he can still win a majority of elected delegates. But Hillary Clinton still holds a significant lead in those elected delegates overall, as well as with superdelegates and the popular vote. We’re taking a close look at the Sanders strategy with the candidate's campaign manager and two top politics watchers.

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A potpourri of topics on Vermont Edition today: a local sartorial controversy, medical science, one town's prized root vegetable and great music to end the hour.

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It's an increasingly common way Vermonters get their pets: dogs brought up from so-called "high-kill" shelters in Southern states to find homes here. It saves animals' lives, but can also pose challenges: from disease to behavior problems to insufficient vetting of potential owners. We're looking at the Southern pet pipeline.

Gearing Up For Universal Pre-K

May 10, 2016
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Throughout the state, teachers are meeting with parents and their young children for registration in pre-K programs. Some of those kids will be there because of Act 166 - the state's new law mandating universal access to pre-K education - which goes into full implementation in July. We're looking at what will and won't change, and concerns over funding and equality issues.

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Lawmakers concluded the two-year biennium at 12:20 a.m. on Saturday morning, leaving behind months of debate over issues like legalizing pot, who gets a say in where energy projects are sited and the perennial issues of budgets and taxation.

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Is there a need to protect the privacy of Vermonters as technological advances make it much easier to access personal, financial and medical information? How are the leaders of our state balancing issues of liberty and security? What other big civil liberties issues are still on the horizon?

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It's long been rumored that if you shake a tree in Vermont, a writer will fall from its branches. Well, they might be accompanied by a cartoonist as they come crashing to the ground.

Vermont has a plethora of talented cartoonists. And the Center for Cartoon Studies is about to celebrate its 10th anniversary. That's right, a decade of training cartoonists.

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Women are significantly more likely than men to live in poverty or economic insecurity in Vermont. And 43 percent of Vermont women who work full-time do not make enough to cover basic living expenses.

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Thirteen hydroelectric dams on the Connecticut and Deerfield Rivers are for sale, again. TransCanada outbid the state of Vermont in 2003 when these dams were last sold at auction. Now the state is opening a fresh debate over whether it wants to purchase and operate the power generating facilities.

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Spring is when a Vermonter's fancy lightly turns to ramps. Also fiddleheads, nettles and more. We're getting tips on foraging for edibles in the great outdoors, and how to do it in a sustainable way.