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After four years of planning, fundraising and growing its membership, the Morrisville Food Co-op is breaking ground this week on a building renovation project. MoCo, as it is known locally, plans to officially open its doors this fall.

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Lamoille County is not generally viewed as a commercial hub, but it is home to some thriving small businesses. This year three of those businesses are being recognized with awards from the Small Business Administration.

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The news on Thursday of major, alleged fraud in the Northeast Kingdom was a punch in the gut for Vermonters who had nurtured dreams of economic revitalization in the area. But the story is pretty complicated. If you’re coming to it cold, here’s what you need to know.

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It's come up repeatedly in recent political debates: the idea of monitoring U.S. residents based solely on their religion.

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It's been more than four and a half years since Tropical Storm Irene, and across Vermont, there are still more than two dozen infrastructure projects that haven't been completed.

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Officials at the Department of Public Service were considering a policy earlier this year that would make negotiations between the department and utilities more open. Critics have said for years that deals made in private negotiations between utilities and the department are more beneficial for the companies than for their customers. The department disagrees.

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The program that gave liftoff to Vermont’s renewable energy industry is getting a makeover, and new rules from the Public Service Board could alter the solar power landscape across Vermont.

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A Utah man who has been buying land in Central Vermont to create a self-contained community of 15,000 to 20,000 residents that would produce its own food and energy has also been purchasing property in the city of Provo, Utah, where he lives.

Just as in Vermont, some people in Provo aren’t happy about it.

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This chaotic political year is marked by deep disagreements and resentment, both within and across party lines. But regardless of one’s political stance, many people seem to agree on one thing: The media is failing in its coverage of the 2016 election.

Steve Zind / VPR

A Utah man’s vision of building a sustainable community of 15,000 to 20,000 people on thousands of acres in four Vermont towns is causing a stir among residents.

Melody Bodette / VPR

It’s been over 10 years since migrant workers began arriving on Vermont’s dairy farms. Most of the workers have been young men who work for a few years and then return home to Mexico. But there are a number of families of farmworkers here in Vermont, and some, especially those with U.S. born children would like to stay. 

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If you frequent any of the transfer stations in Chittenden County, you may have noticed some changes to the big metal containers you throw your recyclables into. The Chittenden Solid Waste District has initiated a new public art project — "The Art Of Recycling" — in collaboration with and funded by Eight of the district's big receptacles have been turned over to local artists to beautify. And they're pretty striking.

Kathleen Masterson / VPR

Gov. Peter Shumlin's ambitious plan to have Vermont become the first single-payer health care state in the U.S. never materialized, but in a quieter way, the health care system in Vermont is changing.

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The Montpelier Police Department will work more closely with local agencies to get people it apprehends for drug offenses directly into treatment.

Nina Keck / VPR

Last year, serious problems within Rutland Mental Health brought the nonprofit close to losing its state accreditation. Corrective measures taken by the agency have restored the state’s confidence, but one of the biggest problems for the local nonprofit remains.

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People who lived near the Chemfab plant in North Bennington complained for years that the emissions were making them sick. There were 32 citizen complaints between 1974 and 2000, according to documents obtained by VPR.

The Department of Environmental Conservation also brought two enforcement actions against the company in the mid 1970s.

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There's this myth you hear in Vermont that there was once a plan to build a super highway along the ridge of the Green Mountains. That's what happens when a half-truth gets repeated a number of times.

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Since his first days in office, Gov. Peter Shumlin has sought to bring about a “renaissance” in Vermont agriculture, and he’s dedicated special focus to small, diversified farms. But the owners of many of those small farms say proposed new regulations could threaten their operations.

Angela Evancie / VPR

This year, Town Meeting Day is packing a punch, from Super Tuesday primaries to school district consolidation votes around the state. We'll have all the results and updates you need right here.

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The VPR Poll put some of the biggest questions facing Vermont to ... Vermonters. Novel, huh? They told us a lot.