News Features

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Who do Vermonters favor in the presidential race? How do Vermonters view the candidates for the key statewide offices? And what are the most important issues facing our state today?

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Finding and mapping typical story arcs is nothing new, but now a group of researchers at the University of Vermont's Computational Story Lab has used data mining to look at the emotional arcs contained in thousands of stories. They've identified six basic core arcs that form the emotional foundation of complex narratives.

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A big question has lingered in the months since federal and state authorities charged Jay Peak developers with fraud: What did Gov. Peter Shumlin and other officials know about the alleged scam, and when did they know it?

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Officials implementing Vermont's universal recycling law say they've seen a 5 percent decrease in trash statewide. Act 148 has banned recyclable materials from landfills for over a year now, and the state is now implementing the next phase of requirements in the law, dealing with yard and leaf debris.

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The high-tech company Chroma Technology has decided to stay and expand in its current location in the southern Vermont town of Rockingham, after searching for a new home over the past few years.

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Several hundred ducks are paddling in a rice paddy on Erik Andrus' farm in Ferrisburg. If you're thinking that rice isn't typically grown in Addison County, you're right. But Andrus has found a way to make rice work here on Boundbrook Farm, and those ducklings play a part.

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Vermont’s GMO labeling law aims to provide consumers with more information, and yet it's just one of a growing number of food labels popping up on grocery shelves.

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A computer scientist at Dartmouth College has developed new software aimed at quickly identifying and stopping the spread of extremist videos online that are used to incite violent attacks. 

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If you’re boating on Vermont lakes and ponds this summer, chances are you’ll be approached one day by someone in a yellow T-shirt offering to inspect your boat and trailer. 

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Small business startups are seen as an important part of Vermont’s economy. But according to government statistics, one in five fails after one year, and about half of them are no longer in business after five years. 

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The Act 46 school district consolidation law has jump-started difficult conversations across the state about how Vermonters should govern their schools. As the law moves into its second phase, the talks will likely get more complicated as school boards scramble to comply.

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While the terms “GMO” and “genetic engineering” carry some stigma for certain audiences, to scientists simply agreeing on a definition of what counts as genetically engineered — and what doesn’t — isn’t so straightforward.  

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An EB-5, foreign investor-funded project at the base of Okemo Mountain Resort has come under new regulatory scrutiny over statements in its financial prospectus to investors. 

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More than 50 years ago, in Southern Calfornia, a young Steve Gillette was just learning how to write songs when his little sister Darcy had a brush with a feisty horse, inspiring a now-familiar ballad.

"Darcy Farrow" has become part of the folk music lexicon, performed and recorded hundreds of times. 

Vermont Lake Monsters

After two months in the Arizona heat, Aaron Nieckula is more than happy to be back in Burlington for his second season as manager of the Vermont Lake Monsters, the short-season Class A team that serves as the Oakland Athletics' team in the New York-Penn League.

Matt Hogan

The Generator maker space has to move out of Burlington’s Memorial Auditorium by the end of this year. The non-profit workshop has reached a tentative agreement to move into a warehouse leased by Champlain College in Burlington’s South End.

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It was after 10 p.m. last July 31. The Connecticut couple driving west on Route 4 never saw the 1,800-pound Scottish Highland bull that was standing in their lane.

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Want to buy a newspaper? The Hardwick Gazette could be yours for the low price of $175 and a winning 400-word essay. 

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Attempts to legalize cannabis in Vermont fell short in the Statehouse this year. But lawmakers still managed to pass reforms to the state’s drug laws, and policy makers hope an expansion of the medical marijuana registry will help combat Vermont’s opiate addiction problem.

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As our reliance on solar and wind energy grows, so does the challenge of reliability: The wind and sun can’t be turned on and off whenever people need electricity. One part of the solution is energy storage. 

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