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Tim Fair, center, talks to a prospective customer at a cannabis industry event in the Statehouse cafeteria Tuesday. Fair, a lawyer, says the legalization bill passed by lawmakers this week sets the stage for a more robust marijuana sector in the future.
Peter Hirschfeld / VPR

The marijuana legalization bill that Gov. Phil Scott is expected to sign in the next few days won’t create the above-board commercial market that many pot-reform advocates had been pushing for, but cannabis entrepreneurs say it’s a step in the right direction.

VPR Newscast for 01/11/2018 at 12:40 p.m.

Jan 11, 2018

VPR Newscast for 01/11/2018 at 12:40 p.m.

The University of Vermont men's basketball team played its last non-conference game of the season last night against a familiar foe, and with a familiar result.

This story was originally published Jan. 8, 2017 at 5:22 p.m. ET.

New England electricity customers could get a direct benefit from a cut in federal corporate taxes — lower utility bills.

Consumer advocates in New England are calling on regulators and utilities to turn over to ratepayers any savings from a reduction in the corporate income tax rate, which the recent tax law knocked down by 40 percent.

VPR Newscast for 01/11/2018 at 6:30 a.m.

Jan 11, 2018

VPR Newscast for 01/11/2018 at 6:30 a.m.

VPR Newscast for 01/10/2018 at 6:06 p.m.

Jan 10, 2018

VPR Newscast for 01/10/2018 at 6:06 p.m.

Sara Teachout, with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont, told legislators this week that the state can offset the loss of $12 million in federal revenues by changing the premium structure for certain health insurance plans.
Peter Hirschfeld / VPR

Vermont insurance companies say they’ve found a way to offset the effects of an executive order issued last year that would otherwise cost the state $12 million annually in lost revenue.

a paper chain cutout of a family held up by two hands with a sunset in the background.
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The 2017 "How are Vermont’s Young Children and Families?" report paints a mixed picture in terms of economic well-being, access to services and a range of health indicators.

The report also underscores the impact of parental substance abuse in reported instances of child abuse and neglect and in the number of children in state custody.

Marijuana plants.
Labuda / iStock

The Vermont Senate has given its approval to legislation legalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana. On a voice vote, the Senate backed a bill Wednesday that allows individuals to possess up to an ounce of marijuana and grow two mature plants.

VPR Newscast for 01/10/2018 for 12:30 p.m.

Jan 10, 2018

VPR Newscast for 01/10/2018 for 12:30 p.m.

VPR Newscast for 01/10/2018 at 6:30 a.m.

Jan 10, 2018

VPR Newscast for 01/10/2018 at 6:30 a.m.

Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman addresses supporters of a tax-and-regulate marijuana legalization plan at the Statehouse on Tuesday.
Bob Kinzel / VPR

Supporters of a plan to tax and regulate the sale of marijuana are making it clear that the current legalization bill being considered by Vermont lawmakers is just one small step in a much broader effort.

VPR Newscast for 01/09/2018 at 5:10 p.m.

Jan 9, 2018

VPR Newscast for 01/09/2018 at 5:10 p.m.

Social media is all about engagement and participation, so the rules of an in-person conversation don't always apply.
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On Monday, the Burlington Free Press fired its executive editor, Denis Finley, following a series of Twitter comments. The episode raises questions about journalistic ethics and social media use — so what should the role of journalists be on social media?

VPR Newscast for 01/09/2018 at 12:15 p.m.

Jan 9, 2018

VPR Newscast for 01/09/2018 at 12:15 p.m.

Trailing by 13 at half time, Alabama turned to Tua, and that turned the tide Crimson with a 26-23 overtime win against the Georgia Bulldogs for the college football national championship, in one of the greatest title games ever played.

VPR Newscast for 01/09/2018 at 6:30 a.m.

Jan 9, 2018

VPR Newscast for 01/09/2018 at 6:30 a.m.

6,000 Salvadorans In Mass. Will Lose Protected Status

Jan 8, 2018

The Department of Homeland Security announced Monday that it will not renew Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Salvadorans.

The temporary immigration status has allowed Salvadorans to stay and work without fear of deportation in the United States in the wake of devastating back-to-back earthquakes that hit the Central American country in 2001.

Rep. Peter Welch is joined outside by members of the Vermont Association of Snow Travelers on Monday in calling for a repeal of the federal ethanol mandate.
Bob Kinzel / VPR

Rep. Peter Welch is renewing his call to repeal a federal law that mandates that most gasoline contain 10 percent ethanol.

Welch says the ethanol mandate has been an environmental and economic disaster and is wreaking havoc on the small engines that Vermonters use for work and recreation.

VPR Newscast for 1/8/2018 at 5:15 p.m.

Jan 8, 2018

VPR Newscast for 1/8/2018 at 5:15 p.m.

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