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 primary election is now just a couple of weeks away. VPR wanted to understand what you know and think about those seeking national and statewide office. And what your opinions are about key issues facing the state.

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A year ago in August, Vermonters were horrified at the public murder of a social worker, Lara Sobel, in downtown Barre. Among the witnesses who intervened that day was Scott Williams, the Washington County state's attorney, who knew both Sobel and the woman accused in her murder.

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Flash back to late May 2015 when Bernie Sanders announced to 5,000 Vermont supporters and to the world that he was launching a run for the Presidency as a Democrat. Political pundits could be excused for their skepticism that an independent Democratic Socialist U.S. Senator from one of the smallest states in the country could have any success.

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At this point in your life, you've sat through enough wedding toasts to know the good from the bad. So why are you still hearing so many cringe-inducing toasts that make the bride blush and send the parents of the groom ducking for cover?

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Debate continues over what state officials knew when about the alleged EB-5 fraud in the Northeast Kingdom.  Four guests join us today to discuss the situation.

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Vermont prides itself on being out in front on a lot of issues. That includes prohibition, which was enacted in 1852, 70 years before the federal law prohibiting the sale of alcohol. Vermont's temperance lasted until 1902.

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A spotlight has been put on discussions of race and racism in our country as headlines fill with news of more violence - killings of black men by police, and recently the killing of police officers themselves in Dallas and Baton Rouge. We're focusing in on the conversations we need to have about race here in our own state, and how we can move forward.

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Even as it's under construction, the natural gas pipeline in Addison County continues to draw criticism for its price tag and environmental impact. Monday on Vermont Edition, we talk with Don Rendall, the president and CEO of Vermont Gas, and with one of the pipeline’s top critics, AARP Vermont State Director Greg Marchildon.

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On around 60 plots of land in Vermont, you'll see rolling fairways, rippling swales and manicured berms. They are Vermont's golf courses. But the number of golfers in the state is dropping. Many people only get to see a golf course when they get to hike or cross country ski on those greenswards in the winter months.

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Vermont foodies will argue that it's worth paying a higher price for premium food products. But even then, how do you know that what's promised on the label is what you're actually getting?

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On Tuesday morning in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders made an announcement that many people have been waiting for. He endorsed rival Hillary Clinton for the nomination.

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Last year, fewer babies were born in Vermont than any other year since before the Civil War. How do Vermonters decide if and when to have kids? 

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Refugees from war-torn Syria wait in camps for permanent homes. One of the places being consider is Rutland, Vermont.

But the debate over whether to accept 100 Syrian refugees there has divided the city between those ready to welcome them and those who have serious misgivings about the move.

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In preparation of the August 9 primary election, we conclude our interviews with the three Democratic candidates for Lieutenant Governor.

We speak with Chittenden County State Senator David Zuckerman of Hinesburg about his positions on top issues facing the state, including stimulating the Vermont economy, the environment, gender equality, and property taxes.

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This week, we’re talking to the three candidates in the race for the Democratic nomination for Lieutenant Governor. Next up is four-term state representative Kesha Ram.

We're talking to Representative Ram about her priorities in the race, including education, housing, broadband access, and more.

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This year's field for Lieutenant Governor is almost as crowded as the gubernatorial race. Three Democrats are running in the primary for the right to face Republican Randy Brock in November.

We start three days of looking at the Democratic field by talking to House Speaker Shap Smith of Morristown.

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As Vermont's first in-the-nation GMO labeling law goes into effect, the U.S. Senate may take up a federal bill that critics say would preempt state legislation and be much less clear to consumers.

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To be successful over a 162-game major league baseball season, you've got to have a deep pitching staff. Without the arms, a strong start can come undone.

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Summer is perfectly suited for reading. Lazy days on a beach towel, in a hammock, or in an overstuffed chair at the lake are the perfect venues to curl up with that novel you've been putting off reading. Or it's an ideal time to read a non-fiction, graphic novel, young adult fiction, or even try some recipes from that cookbook you received as a gift.

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If the mythology of America's founding has a villain - it's the traitor Benedict Arnold. A once-heroic Revolutionary War general who betrayed his country and nearly lost the war for the colonies.

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