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The Vermont Partnership for Fairness and Diversity is looking for nominations for people to include on a new mural in downtown Burlington that will feature people of color who have been important in Vermont's history.

The single-digit or below days are not over yet, though we did see flurries at our Colchester studio Tuesday.
Emily Alfin Johnson / VPR

We've now had over eight straight days with temperatures dropping below zero across the Champlain Valley according to the National Weather Service, and more cold's on the way this weekend: a high of minus 5 degrees.

Stevens & Associates

A downtown development project in Bennington is back on track after Congress preserved crucial funding sources in the tax bill that President Trump signed last week.

The national state average of overdose deaths is 19.8 per 100,000, which puts Vermont nearly the same as the national rate, at 22.2.  All five other New England states have rates above the national average.
NCHS data, VPR illustration

A new report by the Centers for Disease Control says Vermont had the lowest rate of drug overdose deaths in New England.

Burlington city officials hope that 2018 will be the year they'll be able to develop plans to restore Memorial Auditorium as a public space. The auditorium has been vacant for over a year.

The Washington County State's Attorney's Office collected donations for a community fund that — in fact — doesn't exist. And in a few cases, charges against individuals were dropped after they made donations to the fund, according to reporting by the Time-Argus.

Fantasy sports companies, like DraftKings and FanDuel will now be subject to tighter regulations in the state of Vermont. The companies that run fantasy sports often sponsor tournaments like the one seen here in 2015.
Kathy Willens / AP/file

The Scott Administration has signed off on a regulatory structure for fantasy sports companies in Vermont.

For the most part, the minimum wage gap among New England states will narrow in 2018.

Updated at 2:10 p.m. ET

So much happened in 2017, it's hard to believe.

Ranking the top stories of the year is nearly impossible, especially with so many consequential, eye-popping and fast-moving things that happened.

About half of New England’s households are on septic systems. That’s the highest proportion in the country. 

From top left, clockwise: "Love" signs on a pole in Plainfield; stairs leading down to Lake Willoughby's clothing-optional Southwest Cove; Bill Gottesman shows how to use a printed sundial; a peak at Stowe Mountain Resort, which Vail purchased this year.
Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR

Public Post, VPR's local reporting project, looks at the people and events making news in towns and cities across the state. We've rounded up a few memorable stories from the past year that still stick out as we wrap up 2017.

A basic cooking technique that’s described in one of Europe’s oldest cookbooks has become the “secret sauce” to Latin American and Puerto Rican cuisine. It’s called sofrito and it’s the flavorful base for traditional Christmas dishes like Roasted Pork Pernil and rice and chicken. WSHU’s Cassandra Basler visited a family in New Haven that supplies the fresh blend of veggies, oil, herbs and spices to New England. 

Brian Mitchell’s pretty busy this time of year. He’s got a full time job as a grocer in Windsor, Vermont, and his nights are spent monitoring the 50,000 music-synchronized lights that cover his property.

The day I caught him on the phone, he’d already been working on it for months.

"About April or May I’ll start dabbling with it again, and if I have any projects in mind I’ll start working on those. So it’s a full-year hobby. And then all the programming of the songs, which takes a lot of time."

New Hampshire's Great Bay and the Piscataqua River estuary have been in bad shape for years – and the latest data doesn't show a lot of improvement.

But scientists say there's still hope for the watershed, and they're trying to home in on things people can control.

Dartmouth College is one of about 30 schools in the country to be hit by a new provision taxing endowment returns under the Republican-backed tax overhaul.

The measure targets private schools with large endowments relative to their student population — specifically, endowments that represent more than $500,000 per student.

The Cabot School Board unanimously approved filing an Alternative Governance Structure proposal with the Vermont Agency of Education to maintain its pre-K through 12 school.
Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR

School Directors in Cabot are asking the state to approve a plan that would keep the town’s high school open and market the school to out-of-state students.

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. 

Michael Clough, assistant director at Southern Vermont Natural HIstory Museum in West Marlboro, holds Basil the snapping turtle. The museum is trying to raise money for a new tank for Basil, who lives at the museum.
Howard Weiss-Tisman / VPR

Basil the turtle is in the market for a new tank, and the Vermont museum he calls home is organizing a fundraising effort in order to shell out the necessary money for the upgrade.

The final witnesses gave testimony on the Northern Pass transmission line Thursday, after eight months of hearings and years of planning.

Day 70 of adjudicative hearings at the New Hampshire site evaluation committee centered on wetlands and property values.

Ray Lobdell, with the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, testified in the morning session on whether Northern Pass would affect more sensitive habitat than expected.

Burlington-based band Swale has been together for 15 years. In July, they released their third album, "There's No One Here."
Shem Roose, Courtesy

Jordan Adams, music editor for Seven Days, shares his three favorite albums of 2017.

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