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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.
Angela Evancie / VPR file

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.

State officials are ramping up their outreach efforts to alert Vermonters that this Friday is the deadline to sign up for the Affordable Care Act
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The additional outreach efforts are taking place because the overall enrollment period this year for the Affordable Care Act is much shorter than past years — ending on Friday.

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."

Sen. Patrick Leahy, when asked how the senate would change if Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore is elected, said he did not even want to think of it. Moore has been accused of sexual misconduct by several women.
Liam Elder-Connors / VPR

Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy said he doesn't know how anyone could respect Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore.

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.  

Ask any Philadelphia Eagles fan which scenario they'd rather be contemplating this Monday morning: lose yesterday's game against the L.A. Rams and put off clinching a playoff spot for at least one more week, or beat the Rams, nail down that playoff berth in week thirteen but lose your starting quarterback for the rest of the season to injury?

Will Lambek of Migrant Justice says a traffic stop and subsequent detention of two migrant farmworkers is evidence the state needs to strengthen its fair and impartial policing policy.
John Dillon / VPR

A Franklin County sheriff's officer called for the U.S. Border Patrol after he pulled over two Mexican farmworkers for a traffic violation last August. 

Boston University and WBUR are suspending Tom Ashbrook, host of On Point.

The university and station released this statement at 5 p.m. Friday:

Yesterday, Boston University and WBUR received some allegations against Tom Ashbrook. Tom will be on leave from his duties at WBUR while an outside organization hired by Boston University examines these allegations. We will decide a course of action after getting the results of this investigation.

Chittenden Sen. Chris Pearson says Vermont can reduce carbon emissions and stimulate the economy by increasing the price of gas and home heating oil, and lowering electric rates.
Angela Evancie / VPR/file

Backers of the latest proposal for a carbon tax in Vermont say lawmakers can increase the price of gasoline and home heating oil without inflicting financial stress on residents and businesses.

A U.S. Border Patrol agent pulls over a cab on a road popular with people seeking to walk illegally into Canada. After reviewing the passenger's paperwork, he lets her and her baby go. Shortly thereafter, she crosses the border, knowingly walking into arr
Kathleen Masterson / VPR

For the first time since 2010, U.S. Border Patrol apprehensions in Vermont, New Hampshire and northeastern New York increased in the past year.

This photo simulation shows what the proposed Swanton Wind project might have looked like. Developers have put the project on hold for an undetermined amount of time.
VERA Renewables

Developers of Swanton Wind have decided to put the project on hold. The move has opponents of the project cautiously optimistic.

Three people were hospitalized for non-life threatening injuries after an explosion Friday at UTC Aerospace Systems in Vergennes.

David Backes is back, far earlier than expected, and last night in Boston the rugged winger welcomed his own return to the score sheet, potting his first two goals of the season in the Bruins' 6-1 win over the Arizona Coyotes.

The Puerto Rican effort to advance from response to recovery after Hurricane Maria continues. For some, water and electricity are still elusive. And that makes it hard to get back to normal — especially for children.

Howard Weiss-Tisman / VPR file

The Environmental Protection Agency says it wants to better coordinate the nationwide response to soil and water contaminated with chemicals like PFOA.

At his weekly press conference, Governor Phil Scott expressed strong concerns about the House and Senate Republican tax plans being considered in Congress
Bob Kinzel / VPR

Governor Phil Scott says he has grave concerns about the two Republican tax bills being considered in Congress.

The PUC is hiring an independent expert to assess the burial depths of the Vermont Gas pipeline in Addison County. The expert is examining areas where Vermont Gas didn't bury the pipeline to the depth required by their certificate of public good.
Taylor Dobbs / VPR File

The Public Utilities Commission is hiring an independent expert to assess the burial depths at several locations along a half-mile section of the Addison Natural Gas Project pipeline.

Ignat Solzhenitsyn, seen here as a child with his piano teacher Chonghyo Shin, will return to Vermont to perform in honor of Shin in Brattleboro on Saturday, Dec. 9.
Chonghyo Shin, Courtesy

This weekend, a one-time Vermonter returns to the state to perform in honor of the woman who helped launch his career as a pianist and conductor.

At twilight in late fall, thousands of crows take wing above highways running through Hartford. These crow “commuters” are headed home to roost, but where, exactly, do they go?

AP/Toby Talbot

Vermont Democratic Rep. Peter Welch voted against legislation approved by the U.S. House that's been identified as a top priority of the National Rifle Association.

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