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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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A bill mandating that businesses offer their workers paid days off for illnesses or emergencies is alive again at the Statehouse, but in a watered-down state.

But does providing paid sick days make smart business sense and is it a benefit to the community at large? Or is it an onerous demand on small businesses that can easily be abused?

James Haslam, executive director of the Vermont Workers' Center, and William Driscoll, Associated Industries of Vermont vice president debate the merits of the bill.

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The school district consolidation bill that passed the House is now being debated in state Senate, where lawmakers are taking a dimmer view of mandatory consolidation than their colleagues in the House did.

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Champlain College's trailblazing Game Studio -- which offered the nation's first four-year degree in making video games -- is celebrating its tenth anniversary. Since the program began, a lot has changed in the world of gaming. You're as likely to be playing Angry Birds on your phone as blasting away at aliens on your home console or PC. The community of people who play video games has become more diverse, not without some resistance. And a growing world of independent developers are experimenting with new ideas and forging their own paths.

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The House has passed a Clean Water Bill that would raise $8 million in new revenues for fiscal year 2016 to be paid into a new Clean Water Fund. This would help hire 20 new staff members to implement the state's water quality plan.

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The return of warm weather has a lot of Vermonters pumping up the tires and checking the chains on their bicycles. But bikes are more than just recreational vehicles: many people rely on bicycles as their mode of transportation. We talk about the accessibility of bike commuting, and the roadblocks that keep some people from getting on their bikes with Emily Boedecker, executive director of the bike and pedestrian advocacy group Local Motion.

The Birds Are Back In Town

Apr 13, 2015
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The spring migration is beginning, and more and more birds are arriving in the region. So, get out your waterproof binoculars and download the latest birding app and let us know what birds you’ve spotted or what avian behavior has perplexed or inspired you.

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Did the Red Sox do enough in the off-season? They added some big bats but still have pitching needs. Will A-Rod's return help or hurt the Yankees and have they found a sufficient replacement for Derek Jeter?

Some clubs, like the Nationals, Padres, Cubs, Marlins and White Sox, made a lot of moves that look great on paper, but are they enough to bring home a pennant?

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Have you ever gotten a ride from Uber, or used Airbnb for a vacation stay? The marketplace of shared peer-to-peer services is growing, and so are questions about reliability, insurance, and consumer protection.

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The number of tigers on the planet has dropped from 100,000 to about 3,500 in the last 100 years. Atlantic Salmon, once so plentiful in the northeast, numbered just 1,200 in U.S. waters by 2006. Reversing these trends will be as much based in economics as conservation.

Education Lessons from Maine, New Hampshire

Apr 7, 2015
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The education questions facing Vermont are similar to the issues that Maine and New Hampshire have grappled with. As part of VPR's education series,  Declining Enrollment, Vermont Edition looks at Maine's six-year-old experiment with mandatory school district consolidation, and we examine how New Hampshire has handled a 1997 court ruling on that state's education funding formula.  Our guests are Portland Press Herald reporter Gillian Graham, and NHPR education reporter Sam Evans-Brown. We also get an update on a Vermont bill that would overhaul education governance from Vermont Press Bureau reporter Josh O'Gorman.

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