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A Northeast Kingdom manufacturer is anticipating a swift upturn in business, now that the United States has imposed a steep tariff on Chinese plywood.

"Vermont Edition" hears arguments for and against a carbon tax plan that will affect gasoline and heating oil prices.
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A carbon tax in Vermont has been floated before, but never gained much traction. But a new proposal - dubbed The ESSEX Plan - is going before lawmakers in 2018.

Crafts, spirits, food, and more: what are you favorite "Made in Vermont" gifts?
From left: Vermont Holiday Craft Shop; Silo Distillery; Wikimedia Commons; Boutin Snowshoes

What makes a perfect gift that shares the spirit of Vermont? Vermont Edition is showcasing the handiwork of the Green Mountain State with a show dedicated to "Made in Vermont" gifts.

Calais Rep. Janet Ancel, pictured here in 2015, is chairwoman of the House Committee on Ways and Means. Ancel says lawmakers will likely devote much of the 2018 legislative session to understanding what the federal tax overhaul means for Vermont.
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The chairwoman of the House Committee on Ways and Means says changes in the federal tax code could force some tough decisions for Vermont lawmakers next year.

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There’s a joke about the employment scene in Vermont: “What do you call a Vermonter with two jobs? Lazy.”

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Vermont State Treasurer Beth Pearce told Vermont Edition host Bob Kinzel that national and state-level data "should be very concerning for every single citizen." 

Jennifer Cohen, a long-time Rutland-area music and math teacher, has launched a new business, Calypso Consulting, that uses steel drums to foster team building, creativity and fun.
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For employers, team building is considered vital if you want to extract the best out of your workforce. To boost camaraderie, many businesses schedule day trips or special activities like high ropes courses, paintball or mock game shows. But Jennifer Cohen, a long time teacher in Rutland, is using music to enhance team building and communication skills.

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Vermont Rail System is storing tanker cars filled with propane near a residential neighborhood in Bennington, and some of the people who live nearby are wondering what they can do to ensure their safety.

Catherine Goldsmith, of Responsible Growth Hinesburg, stands by a stake marking the corner of a proposed supermarket. The Vermont Supreme Court reversed an approval of Hannaford's site plan due to a required setback from a canal behind her.
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For seven years a citizen’s group has been fighting a proposed supermarket in the Chittenden County town of Hinesburg. The battle went all the way to the Vermont Supreme Court and it’s still not settled.

House Minority Leader Don Turner says House and Senate Republicans stand united in opposition against proposed legislation that would send the minimum wage in Vermont to $15 an hour.
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The political battle lines are taking shape in what will likely be one of the more contentious policy debates of the 2018 legislative session.

Standing in the back of the room, VTDigger founder Anne Galloway answers questions at a Vermont Press Association meeting in Montpelier on Thursday.
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A Vermont newspaper trade organization has declined to change its definition of a newspaper to include online news organizations.

Senate President Pro Tem Tim Ashe, seen here in a 2016 file photo, says he's throwing his weight behind a push to increase Vermont's minimum wage to $15 an hour.
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Senate President Pro Tem Tim Ashe says raising the state minimum wage to $15 an hour will be one of his top priorities for the 2018 legislative session.

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.

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.
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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.

Mikaela Shiffrin celebrates her slalom win Sunday at the World Cup in Killington.
Andrew Shinn

Fans roared as skier Mikaela Shiffrin took first in Sunday's slalom race and second in Saturday’s giant slalom at the World Cup ski races at Killington.

The current 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.

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.

Colorful banners on Killington's access road tout the upcoming Women's World Cup races November 25-26. An estimated 30,000 people came to see the event last year.
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An estimated 30,000 people packed Killington last November to see the worlds fastest women go head to head in slalom and giant slalom.

Twin Valley Senior Center Executive Director Rita Copeland shows how freezer meals are packaged for Meals on Wheels Delivery. The center lost nearly 400 meals when this freezer was knocked out after the recent wind storm.
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When the Twin Valley Senior Center's freezer died, nearly 400 "Meals on Wheels" had to be tossed. But Director Rita Copeland was determined not to let her homebound clients miss a meal.

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

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