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Christine Hallquist, the Democratic candidate for governor, outlines parts of her education platform in Burlington on Wednesday, stading behind a Christine for Vermont sign outside.
Liam Elder-Connors / VPR

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Christine Hallquist outlined some aspects of her education platform on Wednesday in Burlington, saying she supports a change in how public schools are funded.

U.S. Department of Agriculture

The emerald ash borer has been detected in Grand Isle County. It’s the latest confirmation of the presence of the damaging insect in Vermont.

Easiest way to spot a Red Sox fan this morning? They're the ones without any fingernails.

Dr. Lorraine Sterritt at the VPR studios
Bayla Metzger / VPR

As of July, Saint Michael's College in Colchester has a new president: Dr. Lorraine Sterritt. She is the first woman to serve in that position in the school's history. 

Blue-green algae blooms, photographed in the summer of 2014 in Lake Champlain.
Taylor Dobbs / VPR FILE

Both of Vermont's major party gubernatorial candidates say they support a long-term plan to clean up Lake Champlain and other waterways in Vermont, but neither candidate is offering a plan to pay for it.

A display case with CBD products at the Green State Gardener store in Burlington.
Jon Kalish / For VPR

As the harvest nears a close, 2018 is turning out to be a pivotal year for industrial hemp in Vermont. More people are growing it than ever before and millions of dollars are being invested in hemp farms and in the industrial labs needed to extract CBD from hemp.

New laws in Europe and California are forcing tech companies to protect users' privacy or risk big fines.

Now, the industry is fearing that more states will enact tough restrictions. So it's moving to craft federal legislation that would pre-empt state laws and might put the Federal Trade Commission in charge of enforcement.

Europe enacted a tough law in May which requires, among other things, that companies make data breaches public within 72 hours of discovering them.

Russell Beste, an independent U.S. Senate candidate, at the VPR studios
Bayla Metzger / VPR

With the November midterm elections just weeks away, VPR is featuring interviews with candidates running for statewide office. Russell Beste is an independent candidate running for U.S. Senate. He’s challenging incumbent Sen. Bernie Sanders, who is seeking re-election.

Some of the world's top climate scientists have concluded that global warming is likely to reach dangerous levels unless new technologies are developed to remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere.

The United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) says pledges from the world's governments to reduce greenhouse gases, made in Paris in 2015, aren't enough to keep global warming from rising more than 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees F) above pre-industrial temperatures.

Updated at 11:31 p.m. ET

A sharply divided Senate — reflecting a deeply divided nation — voted almost entirely along party lines Saturday afternoon to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court.

A little more than two hours later, Kavauangh was sworn in during a private ceremony as protesters stood on the court's steps.

Watch: Kavanaugh Confirmed To Supreme Court

Oct 6, 2018
 Judge Brett Kavanaugh, pictured here during his confirmation hearing on Sept. 4, with a variety of lights in the background.
Andrew Harnik / Associated Press

The U.S. Senate held its final vote Saturday on the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Laura Potter, the Liberty Union candidate for Vermont's only U.S. House seat.
Bob Kinzel / VPR

Ahead of the November midterm elections, VPR is featuring interviews with candidates running for statewide office. Laura Potter is running as the Liberty Union candidate for the state’s lone U.S House seat. She’s challenging incumbent Democrat Rep. Peter Welch.

Bruce Busa is running as an independent for U.S. Senate.
Bruce Busa, Courtesy

As we draw closer to the midterm elections, VPR is interviewing candidates seeking statewide office. Bruce Busa, of Readsboro, is running as an independent for U.S. Senate. That seat is currently held by Sen. Bernie Sanders, who is seeking re-election.

Participants at the Lamoille Works Workforce Development Meetup broke up into small groups to learn more about their colleagues and the work they do.
Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR

Vermont’s low unemployment rate can make it hard for employers to find workers. But it can also open up doors for people who face employment barriers.

Incumbent Doug Hoffer is seeking his fourth term as Vemront's State Auditor.
Henry Epp / VPR FILE

As part of VPR's series of interviews with candidates for statewide office, Vermont Edition spoke with Doug Hoffer, who is seeking his fourth term as state auditor. Hoffer took the time to explain the role of his office.

A profile headshot of Brett Kavanaugh on a black background.
Jacquelyn Martin / Associated Press

Update 11:11 a.m. This morning the U.S. Senate held a cloture vote to close debate regarding U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, which advanced on a vote of 51-49.

The exterior of a custom-built cabin at Chittenden Brook Campground in the woods.
Kyle Crichton, courtesy

Wanna get away? Backcountry enthusiasts will soon have more trailside accommodations in Vermont to choose from. One new heated cabin just opened for occupancy this week, while another will become available in December and construction of a third is set to begin next spring. 

Updated at 8:41 p.m. ET

Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court cleared a key procedural hurdle in the Senate on Friday, and his confirmation now seems all but certain, after a key swing vote, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, declared her support in a speech on the Senate floor.

Moments after Collins completed her remarks, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., announced in a statement that he too will support the nomination when it comes up for a final vote.

That final vote is expected as soon as Saturday.

A state ethics commission says Gov. Phil SCott has a conflict of interest, due to his financial ties to a company that does business with the state. Scott says he rejects the commission's opinion.
Lisa Rathke / Associated Press File

The Vermont State Ethics Commission said this week that Gov. Phil Scott has a financial conflict of interest. The governor rejects the panel’s opinion, however, and says voters can decide next month whether he’s violated the state code of ethics.

Independent gubernatorial candidate Trevor Barlow at the VPR studios.
Bayla Metzger / VPR

The general election is just weeks away. Leading up to the vote, we're featuring interviews with candidates seeking statewide offices. Trevor Barlow is running for governor as an independent.

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