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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 natural gas pipeline through Addison County received approval from the Public Service Board. But since then, the projected costs have risen twice and nearly doubled.

We talk with the new CEO of Vermont Gas, Don Rendall, and Maren Vasatka, an Addison County landowner who opposes the pipeline.

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The unusual results in the November election have some lawmakers suggesting that Vermont should change its rules for electing the governor.  The Vermont Constitution specifies that the Legislature elects the governor when no candidate receives 50 percent of the electoral vote. On the next Vermont Edition, we look at two possible amendments that both aim to keep the decision in the hands of voters, not the Legislature.  Our guests are Senators Bill Doyle and Anthony Pollina.

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As you raise a child, there are thousands of wonderful moments that bring the parents unbridled joy. That moment the infant seems to recognize you. The first formation of words. Rolling over, crawling and eventually walking.

But how much fun are these years for parents as their children march from birth to adulthood? There are discussions with toddlers that don't adhere to the laws of logic. Or the adolescent years when the prefrontal cortex is still developing.

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'Electric utility regulation' is a phrase that could put a lot of people to sleep, but not Vermonters, it seems.  Wind power, net metering, electric rates and renewable energy credits all intersect in this complicated but important policy arena. This week lawmakers get a three-day tutorial on utility regulations from the Regulatory Assistance Project, and we're getting a snapshot of that landscape too.

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World events, like the shootings at the offices of French satire magazine Charlie Hebdo and the bombing at the 2013 Boston Marathon, have had a negative effect on the opinions held about followers of Islam. But in Vermont, almost 4,000 Muslims have easily integrated into the community.

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Activists and some lawmakers say Vermont should legalize marijuana, as Washington state and Colorado have done. Late last week, a state-commissioned study from the Rand Corporation was released, which delves into the policy questions Vermont would have to decide if it chooses to legalize pot.

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The percentage of Vermonters without health insurance is the second lowest in the nation, and has reduced significantly in the last several years. In 2012, 6.8 percent of Vermont's population was uninsured. Last year that number was 3.7%.

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Last week, a streak of over 100 days of dropping gas prices came to an end. But just momentarily. Prices have continued to plummet to a national average of $2.10. But Vermont's average price is $2.51, which is only higher than Hawaii, Alaska, New York, California and Washington, DC.

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Last year on Town Meeting Day over 30 towns voted down their school's budgets. Is that a problem at the town level or the state level? The number of students in Vermont's schools is projected to continue declining, so are the number of taxpayers. And yet property taxes keep going up.

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As legislators get down to business in Montpelier, a big priority for Lt. Gov. Phil Scott is business itself. Namely, what the business community says would help it thrive in the coming year.  In his inaugural address on Jan. 8, Scott said Vermont "economic policies are not firing on all cylinders" and that the Legislature should make the economy and workforce its top priority.

On the next Vermont Edition, we talk policy and politics with Scott, including what he calls the state's "affordability crisis."