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This satellite image care of Google Maps shows the location of Wake Robin, in Shelburne, Vt. Officials released a statement Wednesday saying they're investigating a possible Ricin exposure at the facility.
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Ricin, a toxic poison was found at Wake Robin, a retirement community in Shelburne, on Tuesday.

Customers of the state's largest utility will pay 5 percent more in rates under a settlement reached between Green Mountain Power and the state department that represents ratepayers.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has narrowed down the issues it expects to address in a new set of rules for the decommissioning of nuclear power plants.

Members of the Burlington City Council confer during a break in the meeting. The council voted 8 to 2 to select Schurz as the buyer for Burlington Telecom.
Liam Elder-Connors / VPR

At nearly 2 a.m. Tuesday, the Burlington City Council selected a buyer for Burlington Telecom whose bid was reorganized only hours before it was voted on. In an eight to two vote, the council chose Schurz Communications, an Indiana based-company to take over the city’s telecom company.

Rep. Peter Welch backs plan to end secrecy of settlements in cases of sexual harassment involving members of Congress
Taylor Dobbs / VPR/file

Rep. Peter Welch says the settlement of all sexual harassment cases involving members of Congress should be made public.

Christina Nolan was officially the new U.S. attorney for Vermont according to a release from her office, which prosecutes federal crimes in the state.

Part of the tax overhaul plan in the U.S. House could significantly impact graduate students, including those at the University of Vermont.
Angela Evancie / VPR file

As the U.S. Senate prepares to take up its version of a major tax overhaul in the coming weeks, one provision in the House plan is raising concerns among graduate students.

An issue of "Vermont Life" magazine on a table.
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For decades, Vermont Life magazine has projected a bucolic image of the Green Mountain State. But it has struggled to hold on to subscribers in recent years and racked up over $3 million in debt.

Now nine bidders are in the running to take over the state's signature promotional magazine.

The sign outside the Vermont Department of Public Safety headquarters.
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Vermont's Public Safety Broadband Network Commission was tasked with determining the state's best option for building out a public safety broadband network. The commission is now recommending that Gov. Phil Scott opt in to a federal contract with AT&T.

The AG’s office settled a case this week against Dean Corren. Former Attorney General Bill Sorell filed a case in 2015 saying a email sent by the Vermont Democratic Party in support of Corren’s 2014 lieutenant governor campaign was an illegal contribution
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The Vermont attorney general's office has reached a settlement in a case against a former candidate for lieutenant governor.

This weekend’s World Cup at Killington is expected to boost excitement among existing skiers. But one group also believes it can help create new skiers.

The health department will test drinking water in 16 schools for lead, and the results could lead to a statewide testing program.

The Vermont Department of Labor announced Friday that the statewide unemployment rate held steady at 2.9 percent in October.

The federal government says the company that owns Mount Snow can open its own EB-5 regional investment center.

Officials in Vermont say that their policing policies don't violate federal law. The Justice Department sent letters this week to the state of Vermont and Burlington saying that some of their policies could lead to a loss of federal grants.
Angela Evancie / VPR File

The Justice Department sent letters to 29 jurisdictions Wednesday — including Vermont and the city of Burlington — saying that their "sanctuary policies" might violate federal law. Officials in Vermont say their policies comply with the law.

The DOJ sent letters to the state of Vermont and Burlington on Wednesday citing local laws they say might violate a federal statue related to how these jurisdictions share information with federal immigration enforcement.
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The Department of Justice says “sanctuary policies” in Vermont and the city of Burlington may violate federal statutes and put them at risk of losing federal money.

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The Vermont woman convicted of killing three of her family members and a state social worker in 2015 was sentenced to life in prison without parole Wednesday.

Fred Bashara announces his family plans to open a new Hampton Inn & Suites behind the Capitol Plaza.
Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR

The family that owns Montpelier’s Capitol Plaza hopes to open another hotel right behind its existing hotel on State Street.

The FBI released hate crime statistics for 2016 which showed that nationally and in Vermont, the number of reported hate crimes rose. In Vermont, there 25 reported hate crimes last year, up from eight in 2015.
Liam Elder-Connors / VPR

Reported hate crimes increased across the country and in Vermont last year, according to data released Monday by the FBI.

In statewide elections last week, voters in New York approved a measure that will create a land bank that will allow communities in the Adirondack Park and Catskill Parks to undertake some high way and utility projects. We speak with North Country Public Radio’s Adirondack Bureau Chief Brian Mann.

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