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Colchester Rep. Pat Brennan says he thinks strengthening Vermont's seatbelt law could help reduce traffic fatalities.
Taylor Dobbs / VPR/file

The chairman of the House Committee on Transportation says he’ll push for more stringent seatbelt laws during the next legislative session.

Howard Weiss-Tisman / VPR

John Newton's family goes back more than 200 years in West Hartford.

And the family's story can be tracked in the West Hartford Cemetery, where family members from six generations are buried.

A new federal grant received by a family support agency in South Burlington will be used to help families affected by substance use disorders stay together. Lund will use the $3 million grant to develop and implement the Vermont Family Recovery Project.

Howard Weiss-Tisman / VPR

The first municipal waterline extensions to homes contaminated with the chemical PFOA have been installed. State officials were in Bennington Monday marking the important milestone.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

Nina Keck / VPR FILE

In the 19th century, Rutland flourished as the local marble industry thrived. But now it faces a shrinking population and a host of challenges, including lack of affordable housing and high lead levels in the city's children. Dave Allaire served on Rutland's Board of Alderman for 19 years before defeating incumbent mayor Chris Louras in March.

Migrant advocate Esther Guillaume helps arrange housing for two men from Nigeria who crossed illegally into Canada in November 2017.
Lorne Matalon / For VPR

The flow of people seeking refugee status in Canada has grown exponentially in recent months. More people have walked into the province of Quebec since August than in all of 2016 across the entire length of the Canadian border.

Chief Health Care Advocate Mike Fisher, center, says a new "calculator," developed by his office, will spotlight  the financial hardships faced by Vermont families trying to buy health insurance.
Peter Hirschfeld / VPR/file

As chief health care advocate for the state of Vermont, Mike Fisher spends a lot of time thinking about rising medical costs. And he’s trying a new way to put the issue of affordability at the forefront of the health care debate.

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