Vermont Edition

The Vermont Statehouse with snow around it.
Henry Epp / VPR File

While the weather outside has been frightfully cold, things are heating back up at the Statehouse with the start of the second year of the Legislature's biennium. And Vermont Edition will be there for the opening day.

Local salvage crews work with the U.S. Coast Guard in mid-December to remove a vessel wrecked during Hurricane Maria in Fajardo, Puerto Rico.
Petty Officer 2nd Class Lara Davis / U.S. Coast Guard

More than three months after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, the island of around 3.3 million U.S. citizens is still struggling to recover. One Vermont songwriter is releasing a song to help raise awareness of, and funds for, the ongoing plight of residents of the island territory. 

Moose in Vermont and across New England are dwindling due to more deaths from parasites like winter ticks, which are also linked to poor calving rates and low survivorship among new calves.
George Bosworth / Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department

As Vermont's moose population continues to decline, state wildlife biologists say a warming climate is behind an explosion in winter ticks and "skyrocketing" levels of brain parasites, both of which are keeping moose mortality high and calving rates low.

Faced with a dwindling population and mounting threats, what does the future of moose management—and moose hunting—look like in Vermont?

Retro cassette tapes piled in front of a patterned wallpaper.
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It's almost time to take down that 2017 calendar, but before Vermont Edition takes a break ahead of the new year, it's time for the annual music show.

A Jersey heifer peers through a door used to push manure into a manure pit.
Emily Corwin / VPR

A leading source of contamination in Vermont's lakes is nitrate pollution leeching from animal manure on dairy farms. Now VPR Investigative Reporter Emily Corwin has found those nitrates are also finding their way into groundwater and private wells across the state. 

Accountants say the federal tax overhaul could not only change your tax bill, but also influence the choices homeowners, nonprofits, and businesses make.
U.S. Air Force

A major overhaul to how our country collects taxes has passed through Congress and now awaits the President's signature to become law. What does it mean for Vermont taxpayers? Vermont Edition dives into the details of the new tax plan with an accountant and the state tax commissioner.

Cavers discovered a 15,000-year-old cavern below the city of Montreal in October.
Guillaume Pelletier / Société québécoise de spéléologie

For someone who loves to go caving, finding a new, never-seen-before cavern is akin to King Arthur finding the Holy Grail.

These Hyde Park fifth graders took a bus ride to the Green Mountain Technology and Career Center to talk about The Littlest Bigfoot with a group of sixth graders. The sixth grade is at GMTCC while Hyde Park Elementary School is undergoing renovations.
Meg Malone / VPR

If you were listening closely a few weeks ago in northern Vermont, you may have heard what sounded like a secret colony of "Bigfoots." But no, it was just a group of Hyde Park Elementary School students acting like the characters in The Littlest Bigfoot.

Winter house and barn fires, like this one in Worcester in January, 2009, present special challenges to Vermont's firefighters.
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Is there a more heart-wrenching scene than the image of an old Vermont barn or house engulfed in flames on a cold winter's night, with firefighters battling the blaze?

There are a number of precautions you can take to avoid tragic fires of this sort.

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Just how open are Vermont's public records? Vermont Edition delves into what it's like to access—and fight for—public records in our state.

Ground cinnamon in a spoon and cinnamon sticks on a table.
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Ever wonder where the spices you're using in holiday cooking or baking originated? Before they found their way to your kitchen cabinet? Well, we're going on a bit of a global adventure to find the answers.

"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.

Vermont Law School, Courtesy

Vermont Law School has announced the creation of the Center for Justice Reform to train individuals on the use of less punitive forms of accountability than incarceration. Among its offerings, the center teaches theory and practice of reform efforts like restorative justice.

Two people holding hands in comfort.
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The holidays can be stressful as we juggle work, family, money concerns and travel. But it can be an especially difficult time for those experiencing loss.

The FCC is expected to eliminate net neutrality regulations in a vote on Thursday. We will look at what the changes are and how they could affect internet users.
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If all the reports are true, the death knell tolls for net neutrality on Thursday. That's when the FCC votes on repealing those regulations.

The Vermont Supreme Court ruled a parent's behavior toward children can play a key role in determining whether they can be granted legal parental rights.
John Dillon / VPR File

Who is legally recognized as a parent? That's the question at the heart of a recent Vermont Supreme Court decision that a family law expert says exposes the gaps in Vermont's laws that affect modern families.

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.

No one is happy when the Vermont Department of Health sends out a press release that opens with: "we may be in for a rough flu season."

Courtesy: Oliver Parini

High school sports remain popular with many students, families and fans in Vermont but as tastes and demographics have changed, so have athletic programs.  

Illustration: Amanda Shepard / istock

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." 

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