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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House Speaker John Boehner will be stepping down later this month - and the future of House leadership is newly complicated by Rep. Kevin McCarthy abruptly dropping out of the race. What's happening at the House of Representatives? And will a change in leadership - whatever it may be turn out to be - improve bipartisan efforts, or will it make it even more difficult for Congress to deal with critical issues in the coming months? 

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In a recent poll conducted by the Castleton Polling Institute, one-third of respondents said the economy/jobs/cost of living is the state's most important issue.

We zero in on the cost of living to understand how Vermont's compares with other states in the region and the country. And we look at what factors have the greatest effect.

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That distinctive fragrance of cool, moist air mixed with falling leaves is everywhere. The end of the growing season is unmistakable.

As Bernie Sanders’ political campaign continues across the country, Vermont Public Radio examines the rise and record of the Democratic presidential candidate in an hour-long news program on October 6.

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By October 1st every year, colleges and universities around the country are required to report statistics about crime on their campuses, including sexual offenses. We're taking a look at those numbers, and talking about sexual assault at our local colleges - and how some of those schools are taking on the issue.

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Canadians will vote on Monday, October 19, for a new Parliament after a 78-day campaign season, which counts as among the longest in Canadian federal election history. We learn how else Canadian elections diverge from the U.S. system.

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Anyone who lives in Vermont sees roadkill. From porcupines and squirrels littering the sides of roads to the more dangerous deer on the highway. But squashed critters are just one part of a discussion about how important it is that wildlife can move around the state - to feed, mate, hunt, and maintain genetic diversity. We're talking about the effort to make driving safer for Vermonters and help the state's wildlife thrive as well.

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Summer's end isn't all bad. It signals the start of leaf-peeping season and the beginning of apple season.

So with cooler, crisper temperatures comes the ability to pick your own MacIntosh, Cortlands, Empires, Honeycrisps and Romes. And try varieties with exotic names like Lamb Abbey Pearmain, Calville Blanc and Belle de Boskoop. Some are great for eating and some are perfect for pies.

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A massive scandal shook the auto industry when Volkswagen admitted that some of its diesel cars use software to fool state emissions tests. And there are nearly 3,000 cars in Vermont that could be affected. 

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Suicide deaths in Vermont outnumber those caused by motor vehicle accidents and homicides. Vermont's suicide rate of 17.9 people per 100,000 is also significantly higher than the national average of 13 per 100,000.