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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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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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Airport weather delays and long security lines are the bane of summer travel, and the passenger's point of view on these problems is familiar. But what does it look like to the people who try to keep airports like BTV running smoothly?

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Vermont Congressman Peter Welch joined fellow Democrats in a protest on the House floor that ultimately stretched 25 hours, and put a spotlight on the national debate over federal gun laws. He joins us on Vermont Edition on Monday to explain why he participated in the sit-in, and what he wants to happen next.

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Bruce Lisman is a Burlington native who spent years working in global finance, and now he’s running in the Republican primary for governor of Vermont.  As part of our "Meet The Candidates" series, we speak with Lisman about his positions on gun control, marijuana legalization, health care and the other top issues facing the state.

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The presidential primaries are winding down, but for Vermont politicians primary season is just beginning. To give Vermonters a better sense of the people hoping to hold the state’s top office, VPR and Vermont’s Reddit community are planning AMAs (Ask Me Anything) with the candidates for governor to learn about their policy proposals and priorities for the state. This is in addition to live interviews with the candidates on Vermont Edition.

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Matt Dunne of Hartland has worked in community relations for Google since 2008, and previously led the national AmeriCorps*VISTA agency. He's now one of three Democratic candidates for governor of Vermont. As part of our "Meet The Candidates" series, we speak with Dunne about his positions on gun control, marijuana legalization, health care and the other top issues facing the state.

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Phil Scott of Berlin has served as Vermont's Lieutenant Governor since 2011. He's now one of two Republican candidates for governor.

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Cleaning up our waterways has become a top priority for the Shumlin administration. But how realistic is that in a state so heavily dependent on the ag industry, especially dairy?

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Three Democrats and two Republicans are vying to represent their parties in November's gubernatorial elections. Here on VPR, we're having conversations with all five of those candidates.

We're speaking with Democratic candidate and former Windham County Senator Peter Galbraith about his proposals for the minimum wage, health care and more.

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"The major political task that we face in the next five months is to make certain that Donald Trump is defeated and defeated badly," Sen. Bernie Sanders told supporters in a live webstream Thursday night. "And I personally intend to begin my role in that process in a very short period of time."

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The country is once again debating guns after the deadly mass shooting in an Orlando nightclub - perpetrated with guns purchased legally just days before the massacre. If gun laws were to change in response- nationally or here in Vermont - what could those changes look like? 

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Vermont's primary election is only eight weeks away. Voters will have the opportunity to choose candidates for state-wide offices, Vermont's House of Representatives and Senate for the general election in November.

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Palliative care is specialized medical care that treats pain and other symptoms of patients with serious illness. It's a branch of medicine that can have a major impact - not only on patients, but on their families as well. 

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The deadly shootings at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla. on Sunday morning have rattled the nation, including the Vermont community. We want to create a space for listeners to connect with each other and we will be joined by multiple guests to help facilitate that discussion.

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Thursday morning, lawmakers gaveled open a special session of the Vermont Legislature. Governor Peter Shumlin had earlier vetoed a bill that deals with the siting of renewable energy projects. Going into Thursday, it was an open question whether senators and representatives would override the veto, rewrite the bill or let the veto stand. 

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Starting next month, the state of Vermont officially bans the disposal of leaves and yard debris in the trash. We're digging into this next phase of the rollout of the Universal Recycling Law. Several pieces of that legislation are already in effect, so we'll also look at what impact the law has had so far.

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The final Super Tuesday of the presidential primary season always has the potential of being huge, or a mere afterthought. This year, on the Democratic side, it was the former.

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Ridgeline views and the promise of rugged adventure draw a lot of people onto Vermont's hiking trails and into the backcountry. Returning with a few scratches and bug bites is to be expected, but what should you be prepared to handle when you strike out on a backpacking trip or even a day hike?

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This year marks the 100th anniversary of America's National Park Service. And when you think national parks, your mind may immediately go to the wide open spaces of Yellowstone or the Grand Canyon. The one we've got here in Vermont might not be the first you'd think of.

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The weather is often a topic of conversation, and 200 years ago, there was a lot to talk about. 1816 became known as “the year without a summer” after ash from a massive volcanic eruption in Indonesia blotted out much of the light from the sun and had major effects on the weather across the globe.

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