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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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Obvious signs of spring can take a while to present themselves here in the north country. Trees are slow to form buds and leaves. Flowers won't be pushing up through the cold ground for a while yet.

But one great sign of spring has revealed itself. The birds have returned.

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The 2017 legislative session is winding down. What initiatives will become top priorities in the final few weeks before adjournment?

Chris and Martin Kratt performing their live 'Wild Kratts' show on stage.
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The Kratt brothers have introduced kids across the country to a love of animals and nature through a series of wildly popular TV shows, including Kratts' Creatures, Zoboomafoo and now Wild Kratts.

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A few thousand students and parents in the Essex High School community lived through a scary morning last week. A suspected threat to the high school triggered safety procedures for all the schools in Essex Junction. It was a scenario that teachers and students drill for but rarely experience in real life.

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The bacon revival has been obvious. But other salted and cured meats have also found their ways back onto charcuterie boards and dinner tables. Things like prosciutto, pancetta, sausages and salumi.

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If a vegetable is grown using hydroponics, should that count as organic? Should it be able to carry  an organic label in the supermarket? It's a question that's driving a lot of debate nationally - and the resistance to hydroponics getting organic certification is being led by some local Vermont farmers.

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Congress is on a two-week recess when many members are in their districts to hear from  constituents about major issues facing the country.  Vermont's sole congressional representative, Democrat Peter Welch, talks with VPR's Bob Kinzel and takes questions from Vermonters.

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Nancy Stearns Bercaw is a Vermonter and a championship swimmer who struggled for years with alcohol addiction. She found a path to recovery in an unlikely – and very dry – place: Abu Dhabi. 

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If you had to pay a fee whenever you needed a plastic bag at the checkout, would it prompt you to remember a reusable bag? What if plastic bags were altogether banned? On the next Vermont Edition, we look at different efforts to reduce flimsy plastic bags.

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A year ago this week, a wide-reaching scandal was revealed in the Northeast Kingdom surrounding the federal EB-5 program. That damage from the alleged fraud is still unfolding, and new developments continue to surface, including a new lawsuit filed against Jay Peak's former parent company.

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Every year, the state budget is the one must-pass piece of legislation for lawmakers and the governor. But getting to agreement on the budget is fraught with philosophical differences and competing priorities.

A group of fans, some wearing Boston Red Sox apparel, hold out baseballs to be autographed.
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The opening week of baseball season means that winter is over (in some places) and that it's time for Vermont Edition's annual baseball show.

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What does it mean - legally - to be a parent?  The answer to that question is changing with shifting culture and technology. We're looking at the new face of parenthood, and at how the legal framework is struggling to keep up.

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Governor Phil Scott's educational priorities include providing equitable access to services and support for all students, preparing our children for the workforce, and ensuring proper support for the state's teachers. But how is that accomplished?

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In the midst of a national discussion about whether the tech industry is welcoming to women, we're plugging into the local community and asking what's top of mind for women in tech.

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Two executive orders recently signed by President Donald Trump could have big consequences for the nation's environment. The orders would rewrite the country's Clean Power Plan, eliminate the "social cost" of carbon, remove certain barriers to building coal-powered plants, and review vehicle fuel-efficiency standards.

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A Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act in Congress came with a warning that insurance markets will "explode" if the law is not fixed. But how much truth is in that claim, and how stable is Vermont's health care exchange?

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Renewables are booming, but a new report says that the electrical grid will continue to need other sources of power for the foreseeable future. We're checking in on the state of the grid.

Ric Cengeri / VPR

It was a blow to those dealing with the opiate abuse crisis when Maple Leaf Treatment Center in Underhill announced that it was closing temporarily in January. But the announcement in February that it was closing permanently and filing for bankruptcy was seismic.

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Three people arrested in Vermont by Immigration and Customs Enforcement had custody hearings in federal court in Boston Monday. Two of them were released on bail, but a third is being held in custody. We review what transpired and what happens next.

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