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Independent U.S. Senate candidate Brad Peacock
Bob Kinzel / VPR

The general election is a matter of weeks away. Leading up to the vote, we're featuring interviews with candidates seeking statewide offices. Brad Peacock is running as an independent for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Edward Gilbert
Edward Gilbert

With the Nov. 6 election approaching, we're featuring interviews with candidates seeking statewide offices. Edward Gilbert is running for U.S. Senate as an independent.

Rep. Kiah Morris at a podium in March speaking about racial justice legislation
Peter Hirschfeld / VPR

Bennington Rep. Kiah Morris has resigned her seat in the Vermont House of Representatives, saying family health problems will require her to “focus on caring for and supporting my family.”

Secretary of State Jim Condos wants to make it easier for Vermonters to appeal a denial of a public records request
Peter Hirschfeld / VPR file

Secretary of State Jim Condos is backing an effort to give Vermonters easier access to public records.

Illustrator Harry Bliss, his dog Penny, author Kate DiCamillo and The Flying Pig Bookstore owner Elizabeth Bluemle pose at The Film House, in Burlington. All three (humans) happen to be creators of picture books about dogs, published by Candlewick Press.
Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR

Over the weekend, a crowd of picture book fans got a chance to meet award-winning author Kate DiCamillo and illustrator Harry Bliss, a part-time Burlington resident. Attendees also got to know one of the furry, four-legged inspirations for the duo's new picture book.

Updated at 1:06 p.m. ET.

President Trump defended his "America First" agenda in a speech to the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, in effect spiking the football at what his secretary of state described as the "Super Bowl of diplomacy."

The president boasted that he's accomplished more during his time in office than almost any previous administration — a claim that drew immediate laughter from the assembled diplomats and other world leaders.

Trump pressed ahead, undaunted.

"I didn't expect that reaction, but that's OK," he said.

After Quebec confirmed its first-ever case of chronic wasting disease earlier this month, wildlife officials say they're working to make sure the disease doesn't spread to the deer herd in Vermont.
Toby Talbot / Associated Press File

Wildlife officials are keeping a close eye on a potentially lethal threat to Vermont’s deer herd.

Vermont Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Louis Porter said officials in Quebec have confirmed the province’s first-ever case of chronic wasting disease.

With the Nov. 6 election approaching, we're featuring interviews with candidates seeking statewide offices. Stephen Marx is running for governor as an independent on the Earth Rights platform.

Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, speaks to President Donald Trump at U.N. headquarters on Monday.
Evan Vucci / Associated Press

President Donald Trump is scheduled to address the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Tuesday.

VPR will carry NPR's special coverage of the president's U.N. remarks beginning at 10:30 a.m., and the address will also be streamed via video.

Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks at a protest in July opposing Brett Kavanaugh's U.S. Supreme Court nomination.
Cliff Owen / Associated Press

Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders does not want the Senate Judiciary Committee to move forward with any votes in the confirmation process for U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

That's after a second woman went public with an allegation of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh, who has denied both allegations.

Al Gore stands on a stage with a sign that says Global Climate Action Summit in the background.
Eric Risberg / Associated Press

The Global Climate Action Summit was held earlier this month in San Francisco. While it may seem counterintuitive for that conference to be in a major American city when the United States has pulled out of the Paris climate accord, the activists who were there see an opportunity for the U.S. to still be a leader in fighting the effects of climate change.

Third graders Max Becker, Anastasia Moshovetis and Eliza Frehsee, from left, hold up a question about Leo Arden, a character in one of Chris Harris' poems whose parents forgot to teach him the number eight.
Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR

At Guilford Central School, the entire school – kindergarten through sixth grade – gets together for Community Music Time.

Sometimes musicians from the greater community come in to perform. But on the day Dorothy's List was there, it was small ensembles of sixth graders who took the spotlight to highlight a book they'd read.

A row of occupied voting booths with curtains drawn in Norwich, Vt.
Angela Evancie / VPR File

The town of Norwich has been trying to get an affordable housing project off the ground for more than a decade, and there will be a special vote on Election Day to see if the town wants to keep trying to encourage the development.

When people are crossing a U.S. border, they expect to be asked about their citizenship. But not when they're driving up the East Coast.

U.S. Border Patrol agents are boarding buses from private lines like Greyhound and Concord Coach within 100 miles of a U.S. border, asking passengers if they're American citizens. It turns out agents are empowered to do this through a little-known law called the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952. There are more and more reports of officers stopping cars and buses.

The two toddlers currently enrolled at LouLou's Pre-K & Family Child Care have a lot of books and toys to choose from. Once the home day care is licensed by the state, up to ten children will be allowed to enroll.
Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR

If you've ever looked for child care in Vermont, you know it can be tough to find openings. But it can also be a tough, and expensive, process for providers to open up and register with the state.

The organization Vermont Birth to Five is trying to help make it easier. 

Progressive/Democrat David Zuckerman is running for re-election as Vermont's Lieutenant Governor.
Ric Cengeri / VPR FILE

As the Nov. 6 election starts to come into view, we're hearing from major-party candidates seeking statewide offices. Incumbent Lieutenant Governor David Zuckerman joins us to share his legislative priorities.

Andy Paciulli, who was Academy School principal when this photo was taken in February, points to one of the Brattleboro school's fixtures that was replaced after state tests discovered lead was leaching into the water.
Howard Weiss-Tisman / VPR File

The results of a new report found lead contamination in each of the 16 Vermont schools tested.

The state is calling for more testing, however the report says there are not enough resources to test the water in every school building in Vermont. 

The sign outside of the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington.
Taylor Dobbs / VPR File

The University of Vermont Medical Center has reached a tentative contract agreement with the Vermont Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals after 10 months of bargaining.

People stand in front of a "mock nuclear waste cask" and hold up a yellow sign that says Don't Nuke The Climate.
Amy Shollenberger, courtesy

If you’re on the road in Vermont this week and happen upon a giant nuclear waste cask being towed by a white pickup truck, don’t panic — the cask itself is a fake. The people behind the spectacle, however, say the threat posed by nuclear waste is very real, and they’re sounding the alarm over plans for radioactive waste being stored at Vermont Yankee.

A group of people gather around a table in a dark room.
Howard Weiss-Tisman / VPR

After a series of meetings to hear testimony from Vermonters, the final decisions about forcing mergers on school districts throughout the state now lie with the State Board of Education.

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