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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Vermont's Kevin Pearce was one of the bright young stars of professional snowboarding when tragedy struck. During half-pipe training in Park City, Utah, Kevin hit the ground head first while attempting a cab double cork.

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Voters in New Hampshire will go to the polls next Tuesday for the nation's first primary election. In the Democratic race, Senator Bernie Sanders holds a commanding lead over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in polls, but that gap is expected to narrow. We're checking in on the campaigns in these final days running up to the vote.

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There are a lot of things people think they know about tattoos, and tattoo historian Anna Felicity Friedman is here to set the record straight.

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Two years ago, the Legislature created an Enterprise Fund, designed to provide assistance for businesses trying to create new jobs in the state. It's supposed to be available when other funds or incentives can't meet the need.

Auditor of Accounts Doug Hoffer reviews the awards and says there’s little scrutiny applied to doling out Enterprise Fund money.

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When the results from Iowa are out, that's when all eyes turn to New Hampshire - so that's where we're going. We're broadcasting live from the Dartmouth College campus in Hanover, New Hampshire.

We'll unpack the results from the Iowa Caucuses and look ahead to the New Hampshire primary with some top politics watchers.

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Potential presidential candidates start lining up a couple years before the election. It's hard to avoid their speeches, debates and campaign ads. But it isn't until the first caucus and primary election that the real fun starts.

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In just a few days, voters in Iowa will officially kick off the 2016 presidential race, and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is among the top contenders.

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Blue-green algae or cyanobacteria stinks. It also discolors our lakes and ponds. And it can cause nasty stomach problems and skin irritations. But wait, there's possibly more!

A new study suggests that toxins found in blue-green algae can trigger neurological symptoms like those seen in Alzheimer's or ALS.

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If you get the flu, are you able to take the day off from work? Most workplaces would prefer not have sick people on the job, but some workers can't afford to take a day off. Vermont lawmakers are debating a bill that would require businesses to offer paid sick days, and we'll look at the pros and cons.

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From humble beginnings in Burlington in 1930, the Vermont Farm Show has outgrown two facilities and now calls the Champlain Valley Exposition in Essex Junction home. The event attracts over 140 exhibitors and almost 14,000 spectators each year.

There they'll catch a glimpse of the latest farm machinery, taste locally produced foods and learn what else is new in the ag industry. And they'll get reacquainted with their friends in farming.

We broadcast live from the Farm Show for the third consecutive year.

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You may or may not have picked out who you're voting for in the coming year's elections. But how do you make those decisions? We're taking a step back from the horse race, opening up the conversation, and diving into the values, concerns, and ideologies that lead Vermonters to decide how to cast their votes.

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Peter Shumlin is in his final year as governor. And there are many key issues facing the Legislature during this biennium.

We talk to the governor about how to pay for a growing Medicaid budget, the future of the Act 46 spending caps, and the siting of renewable energy projects. And we discuss what he outlined in his budget address.

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Plans have recently been presented for large-scale redevelopment of two big malls in Burlington and South Burlington. At the same time, in malls across Vermont, stores are struggling and closing, leaving the malls as shells of their former selves. We're checking in on the retail landscape in the state - both indoor malls and other kinds of shopping centers - what's changing and where it's headed.

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Right now, amateur and professional thespians are memorizing their lines. Scenery is being built. Directors are choosing cast members. Winter theater in Vermont is preparing for opening nights of comedies, dramas and musicals.

We sneak a peak behind the curtain at numerous theater companies around the state.

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The Democratic presidential candidates met this weekend, at a debate that capped off a week of twists and turns in the race between former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Senator Bernie Sanders.

Toby Talbot / AP

Two years ago, Gov. Peter Shumlin unveiled Vermont's dirty little secret. The state had an opiate abuse problem.

In his 2016 State of the State address, he pointed out that the problem still lurks among us and he drew a direct connection to addiction caused by the over-prescribing of pain medication. And he has called for limits on what can be prescribed for minor procedures.

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Lawmakers are racing to address the spending caps of Act 46, the state's new school district consolidation law. At the same time, school boards are finalizing their budgets and need to know what they're allowed to spend.

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This week the Vermont Senate has taken up a wide-ranging electronic privacy bill that would apply to data from a broad array of sources: license-plate readers, phone calls, even drones. We're exploring what the bill covers, and whether it strikes the right balance between the privacy rights of individual Vermonters and the needs of law enforcement. 

Four stories that span investment policy, classical music, scientific exploration and an improvisational jam band.

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Is this the year for legalization? Proponents think so, but even those who'd like to see marijuana legalized know that there's a long gap between here and there.

Questions persist on taxation, edibles, distribution and driving under the influence of marijuana, among other issues. Governor Peter Shumlin outlined those concerns in his State of the State address last week.

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