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VPR Newscast for 10/23/2017 at 5:15 p.m.

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VPR Newscast for 10/23/2017 at 5:15 p.m.

Conservation Law Foundation Senior Attorney Chris Kilian, seen here observing a cyanobacteria bloom on St. Albans Bay in 2014, says state officials are allowing sewage plants to send more phosphorus into Lake Champlain instead of less.
Taylor Dobbs / VPR File

The Conservation Law Foundation has appealed four of the first sewage treatment plant permits that Vermont state officials have approved since the new Lake Champlain cleanup plan went into effect last year.

For some in New England, the deadly fires in California are a reminder of when fires overtook much of Maine around this time of year, 70 years ago. Wildfires in 1947 simultaneously burned over hundreds of miles for ten days, wiping out towns, and forever changing the landscape. 

VPR Newscast for 10/23/2017 at 12:10 p.m.

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VPR Newscast for 10/23/2017 at 12:10 p.m.

Putney Central School students make their way down into the school forest. Putney residents will vote on turning the forest over to the town before an Act 46 merger vote.
Howard Weiss-Tisman / VPR

In some Vermont school districts, the issues of assets and debt are complicating their Act 46 merger plans. In Putney, voters will weigh in on what to do with the Putney Central School Forest about a week before the district's Act 46 vote.

The company that operates Sugarloaf, Sunday River, Loon Mountain and seven other ski resorts will require its workers to wear safety helmets when using skis or snowboards on snow. The move comes after the death of a Sugarloaf worker last season and a federal fine.

VPR Newscast for 10/23/2017 at 6:30 a.m.

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VPR Newscast for 10/22/2017 at 9:04 a.m.

Oct 22, 2017

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VPR Newscast for 10/21/2017 at 12:00 p.m.

Oct 21, 2017

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Oct 21, 2017

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VPR Newscast for 10/20/2017 at 5:50 p.m.

Oct 20, 2017

VPR Newscast for 10/20/2017 at 5:50 p.m.

The encampment on Sears Lane in Burlington was taken down by the city this week. A judge ruled Friday to block the city from taking down another encampment on Monday.
Liam Connors / VPR

A federal judge Friday temporarily blocked the city of Burlington from taking down a homeless encampment.

A blue-gree algae bloom at a beach in Burlington. Some people who live near Lake Carmi, which has dealt with similar blooms, are questioning the state's use of game wardens to enforce order at a public meeting on water quality.
courtesy / the Vermont Department of Health

A government official’s decision to bring armed law-enforcement officers to maintain order at a public meeting on water quality has raised questions about the use of force.

Signage in front of a soon-to-be Target in 2013. The first Vermont store, to be located in the University Mall in South Burlington, has attracted strong feelings from Vermonters.
shaunl / iStock

Reactions to the news that Target will be opening its first Vermont store have been all over the place. Some are lamenting the arrival of another "big box store," while others are barely able express their joy in words — instead relying on strings of celebratory emojis.

The Vermont Supreme Court ruled that records of public business conducted on private email accounts are subject to the state's public records law.
Royalbroil / Wikimedia Commons

Vermont's Supreme Court ruled Friday that all records generated by public officials as they do their jobs are open to the public, regardless of where the record is stored.

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court chose to hear a case over whether email providers must comply with government search warrants, even if the messages in question are stored outside the country. The state of Vermont is taking a central role in the case.

VPR Newscast for 10/20/2017 at 12:20 p.m.

Oct 20, 2017

VPR Newscast for 10/20/2017 at 12:20 p.m.

The Chicago Cubs will not have a chance to defend their first World Series championship in more than a hundred years. The Los Angeles Dodgers are back in the Fall Classic for the first time in almost thirty.

Toshi Widoff-Woodson

It's been called a memoir in verse, a collection of vignettes about time, place, family and race. The book Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson defies convention and can be read in any number of ways, as it will be for this year's Vermont Reads, a statewide reading project presented by the Vermont Humanities Council. 

VPR Newscast for 10/20/2017 at 6:30 a.m.

Oct 20, 2017

VPR Newscast for 10/20/2017 at 6:30 a.m.

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