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New England electricity consumers paid billions of dollars more than necessary over a three-year period. That’s the conclusion of an academic analysis sponsored by a national environmental group that suggests that natural gas suppliers withheld fuel capacity needed for electric generation at key moments on the coldest days — to the benefit of the companies' affiliates.

But some industry players and observers are skeptical at best, while one utility named in the report is calling it an outright fabrication.

Supporters of Keep BT Local came out in droves to the Burlington City Council meeting Monday to voice their support for the co-op's bid to buy Burlington Telecom. The council advanced the bids of Tuecows/Ting and Keep BT Local.
Liam Elder-Connors / VPR

The Burlington City Council voted Monday night to advance the bids of Keep BT Local and Ting  in the process to buy Burlington Telecom.

Londonderry Rep. Oliver Olsen says he won't return to Montpelier in January.

Olsen, an independent, announced Sunday that he is resigning from the Vermont House due to his work schedule.

Vermont's independent schools say there might be a way to have more students with disabilities enrolled in their programs.

A 68-year-old Vermont inmate died at the Camp Hill prison facility in Pennsylvania over the weekend, officials announced Monday.
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Vermont’s Department of Corrections announced Monday that a 68-year-old Vermont inmate died over the weekend in the Camp Hill prison in Pennsylvania.

Nesting pairs of bald eagles produced 35 young in 2017. Just ten years ago, there were no nesting pairs in the state.
John Buck / Vermont Fish & Wildlife

Bald eagles nested in Vermont in record numbers this year. The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife says 21-pairs of adult bald eagles produced 35 young.

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Police say a man who allegedly killed his wife and attempted to kill her mother in Burlington Thursday called authorities to confess to domestic violence on Oct. 7, but an investigation found no evidence of a crime.

An expected gap in the state's education fund could be up to $80 million dollars. Vermont Secretary of Education Rebecca Holcombe said the gap is mostly due to the use of one-times funds in the current fiscal year.
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The next Vermont legislative session is still several months away, but lawmakers, and state and local education officials, are already grappling with an expected gap in the state's Education Fund for the 2019 fiscal year.

Sen. Bernie Sanders visited a solar testing center in Williston on Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017.
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As the Trump administration works to undo regulations in place intended to slow global climate change, Sen. Bernie Sanders is calling for further investment in U.S. renewable energy efforts.  

Keep BT Local is a co-op and one of three potential bidders in the sale of Burlington Telecom.
Liam Elder-Connors / VPR

Burlington’s mayor says the city council should not advance the bid of a local co-op to buy Burlington Telecom.

The city of Burlington says it has the "authority and the need" to disband a homeless encampment in the city.

In 2011, the United Nations declared Oct. 11 as International Day of the Girl. The day is meant to focus attention on addressing challenges girls face around the world and promoting girls' empowerment.

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Gov. Phil Scott signed an executive order Tuesday to create a Cybersecurity Advisory Team. The 10-member group will work to strengthen how the state responds to cyber threats.

Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program has offices in Colchester, pictured here, and in Rutland. Director Amila Merdzanovic says the effect of President Donald Trump's cap on U.S. refugee admissions will be felt in Vermont and across the U.S.
Meg Malone / VPR

President Donald Trump has capped U.S. refugee admissions for fiscal year 2018 at 45,000 people.

Amila Merdzanovic, director of the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program, says the effects of that reduction will be felt in Vermont and across the country.

Christina Moore of Halifax, Vt. sits at her desk in San Juan where she is managing disaster relief, using software she developed.
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A Halifax resident who developed a software program to help with the federal disaster relief process is in Puerto Rico managing the relief effort there.

The Vermont Agency of Human Services is cutting about $500,000 that would have gone toward support services for the state's Reach Up program.

James Douglas is homeless and he says he panhandles around Brattleboro. Douglas says he has beeen collecting less money since the selectboard began a townwide dialogue on panhandling.
Howard Weiss-Tisman / VPR

A conversation in Brattleboro about panhandling has led to some tough debates over homelessness, mental illness, drug addiction, but there's still no consensus on what to do about people in the street asking for money.

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Four years ago, a huge fireball appeared over the small Quebec town of Lac Megantic. The fireball was from an explosion caused by a runaway train that crashed into the downtown. Nearly 50 people were killed.

That tragedy is being examined again this week in a courthouse in Sherbrooke, Quebec, where three railway employees are on trial for criminal negligence.

Students at the University of Vermont in a lab in Discovery Hall, a new building part of the university’s expansion of its STEM complex.
Liam Elder-Connors / VPR

The University of Vermont recently completed the first phase of an expansion of its science, technology, engineering and math complex. The $104 million dollar project is the largest in the university's history.

Rep. Peter Welch backs efforts to outlaw devices that increase the capabilities of semi-automatic weapons
Taylor Dobbs / VPR

Rep. Peter Welch is backing legislation to prohibit the sale of devices that turn semi-automatic rifles into weapons that allow shooters to fire hundreds of rounds per minute.

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