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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.

The man at the center of a massive alleged fraud in the Northeast Kingdom has been a major donor to the Vermont Democratic Party.

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A private venture that was supposed to spark an economic renaissance in northern Vermont has turned into what state and federal authorities are calling a “Ponzi-like” fraud on foreign investors, who have allegedly been duped out of tens of millions of dollars by the owner of Jay Peak. 

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Should the state of Vermont get into the energy business? That’s suddenly become one of the most pressing questions in Montpelier.

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Gov. Peter Shumlin said Thursday that he cannot reassure Vermonters on public or private water supplies that their water is safe to drink.

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Vermont's governor won’t say whether he'd ever throw his support behind Sen. Bernie Sanders at this summer's Democratic National Convention.

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The extent of PFOA contamination in drinking water in parts of Bennington County remains unknown, as the state works to determine what new locations ought to be tested, and who will pay for the water cleanup. Gov. Peter Shumlin was quick to meet with North Bennington residents when the problem emerged there in early March, and we'll get his update on the status of testing, cleanup and related drinking water concerns in the state.

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Republican candidate for governor Bruce Lisman is taking his attack of Gov. Peter Shumlin to new levels this week with a television ad that depicts the incumbent Democrat as a babbling ventriloquist dummy.

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The U.S. Senate has rejected an effort to overturn Vermont's GMO food labeling law, but the fight over this issue might not be over.

Gov. Peter Shumlin is joining the governors from New Hampshire and New York in asking the Environmental Protection Agency to put more resources into studying the effects of perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA, on human health.

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Vermont has become the fifth state in the nation to enact legislation that requires businesses to provide their workers with paid sick leave.

State officials say tests have revealed abnormally high levels of a potentially dangerous chemical in a number of water supplies in the town of North Bennington.

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According to the new VPR Poll, Sen. Patrick Leahy and Rep. Peter Welch enjoy strong bi-partisan support across the state, however the same cannot be said of Gov. Peter Shumlin.

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Gov. Peter Shumlin says he'd like to see lawmakers legalize marijuana during the current legislative session. But it now appears unlikely that the proposal will allow individual Vermonters to grow their own marijuana.

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Sen. Patrick Leahy, one of Vermont’s nine superdelegates for this summer’s Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, is steadfast in his support for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton despite strong backing for fellow Sen. Bernie Sanders in New Hampshire and Iowa.

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  Vermont is one of just two states in the country that still have a two-year term for Governor. But there's an effort at the Statehouse to amend the state constitution to move to a four-year term.

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In recent years, Vermont has dramatically increased the number of people receiving Medicaid benefits, and it’s resulted in this state having one of the lowest rates of uninsured residents in the nation. The problem is that it’s costing a lot more than elected officials previously estimated, and the governor’s new plan to cover the deficit isn’t sitting well with independent physicians.

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Two political allies are squaring off in a high-profile battle of words over the question of fossil-fuel divestment. And as State Treasurer Beth Pearce stands firm in her opposition to a bill that would scrub the state’s pension fund of coal stocks, Gov. Peter Shumlin is ramping up public criticism of her stance.

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The effort to legalize marijuana has gotten a big boost at the Statehouse. Gov. Peter Shumlin and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Dick Sears have announced their support for a bill that "cautiously and deliberately" moves to legalize marijuana in Vermont.

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The Shumlin Administration has unveiled the framework of a plan that will completely change how health care providers are paid in Vermont.

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