Southern Vermont

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There are vacant factories and run down houses all over Springfield, and the selectboard has been trying to work with landlords who own the most derelict properties.

Now the town wants to ramp up its response to clean up the dilapidated buildings.

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Brattleboro's historic Austine School campus will soon have a new owner.

The U.S. bankruptcy court approved the sale of the former school for the deaf and hard of hearing to the Winston Prouty Center, an early education program in Brattleboro.

The Senate Judiciary Committee held a series of public hearings in southern Vermont Monday on marijuana legalization.

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Vermont has tried to keep up with the opiate crisis by offering services to those directly affected by addiction. But the parents and spouses of addicts face a lonely and confusing journey of their own.

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A dispute between the owner of a private ski resort and the district Act 250 commission is coming to a head as the resort looks to obtain its environmental permits for further expansion.

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Brattleboro started a sidewalk compost program five years ahead of Vermont's 2020 mandate, and the move is already saving the town money.

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One of Windham County's largest employers will stay in Vermont, after considering a relocation to New Hampshire.

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Since Tropical Storm Irene ripped through Wilmington, businesses there have worked hard to recover. And by some measures, the local economy now is better than before the flood.

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After a six-month, $1.2 million renovation to the former United Church of Putney, the Next Stage Theater swung open its doors. The pews have been replaced with raised theater seating, the tin ceiling has been restored and the building is fully accessible.

The spent nuclear fuel at Vermont Yankee is being stored in dry casks on the property in Vernon.
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Entergy Vermont Yankee says it wants to move its spent nuclear fuel into dry cask storage in 2017, two years earlier than originally planned.

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The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is going to let Vermont Yankee shut down the 10-mile emergency planning zone around the shuttered Vernon nuclear reactor.

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A southern Vermont private ski resort is moving ahead with a massive development project on Haystack Mountain.

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A Spanish energy company that wants to build a commercial wind project in Windham and Grafton says it will respect the outcome of a still-unscheduled public vote on the project.

Brattleboro Memorial Hospital settled claims made under the federal False Claims Act.
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Federal regulators have accepted a plan of corrections from Brattleboro Memorial Hospital following an unannounced site visit from the Division of Licensing and Protection.

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Local concern over large deposits of silt in two Deerfield Valley rivers has forced Mount Snow to call a public hearing on the issue.

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The federal government is gathering input on a 15-year plan for the Silvio O. Conte Wildlife Refuge.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife wants to significantly increase the amount of land in the four-state conservation area, but environmentalists have very different ideas about the plan.

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The debate over what could be the state's largest commercial wind project is heating up in Windham and Grafton.

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An early education center in Brattleboro is moving ahead with its bid to purchase the former Austine School for the Deaf campus.

The Winston Prouty Center has submitted a purchase and sale agreement for the 177-acres campus, which is in bankruptcy court.

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A representative from Iberdrola Renewables says the company is considering the development of 28 commercial wind turbines on property in the towns of Windham and Grafton.

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Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, a subsidiary of national energy giant Kinder Morgan, will file an application for a 420-mile natural gas pipeline next month that may have implications for the town of Vernon.