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The exterior of Townshend Elementary School on a blue-sky day.
Howard Weiss-Tisman / VPR

Vermont’s public education system is at a crossroads — and school districts across the state are trying to determine a way forward in order to provide a 21st-century education to students in a rural state with declining enrollment. 

Matthew Dickerson fly fishes in Vermont's Mad River.
Mitch Wertlieb / VPR

Vermont has no shortage of beautiful rivers for fly fishing, but the trout that roam these waters are increasingly under threat from environmental challenges that aren't necessarily visible to the naked eye. 

Vermont's current use program allows working forest and agricultrual land to be taxed at a much lower rate.
Toby Talbot / Associated Press/File

In 1980, the state rolled out a program that would allow agricultural and forest land to be taxed for its use rather than its market value. The current use program has gone through some changes over its almost-four-decade life. Vermont Edition explains the complexities of current use.

The painting "Red Square" by Helen Frankenthaler.
Bennington College, Courtesy

Bennington College will sell works of art from its collection to help kick off a new scholarship program.

Bishop Christopher Coyne speaks at a podium.
Andy Duback / Associated Press

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington will cooperate with a task force investigating decades-old abuse allegations at a now-closed Burlington orphanage.

A streetview of downtown Wilmington, Vermont.
Howard Weiss-Tisman / VPR

Selectboard member Ann Manwaring says the town of Wilmington is considering a proposal to ban plastic bags and will take up the issue at its next meeting.

The exterior of the the Joseph C. McNeil Generating Station in Burlington
National Renewable Energy Laboratory / Associated Press

If Burlington is ever able to get its district heating proposal off the ground, the state would not have the authority to regulate the system.

The Public Utility Commission this week effectively ruled against itself, saying that the commission doesn’t have jurisdiction over the proposed heating service.

Maple syrup in glass leaf-shaped bottles.
Toby Talbot / Associated Press File

After announcing earlier this summer that they would reconsider a proposed "added sugar" label on maple syrup and honey, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has officially decided to scrap that plan.

Vermont Public Radio has launched a new podcast called JOLTED. VPR's Nina Keck, a reporter on the project, talks about Part 2: How We Got Here and some of the challenges and ethical questions that came up in reporting a story that sent shockwaves through a community and our state. We also hear an excerpt from that second episode.

Members of Burlington-based band A2VT perform onstage
Julian Parker-Burns, Courtesy

From Africa to Vermont: That journey is the inspiration behind the name of the Burlington-based Afropop band A2VT, whose music is a mix of genres, including dancehall, hip-hop and Bollywood. The group recently dropped a new single, and their second album is due out in the fall.

Newport on Lake Memphremagog
John Dillon / VPR

The small Northeast Kingdom city of Newport has its economic hopes pegged to a long-neglected asset: Lake Memphremagog.

The Elmore Town Hall at dusk
Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR

Last weekend, the town of Elmore said goodbye to its summer residents with an annual block party and fireworks over the lake. While its year-round population is small enough that the old one-room schoolhouse is still in use, during the summer there’s been a lot going on.

A view of Burlington's Church street from the bell tower of the Unitarian Church.
Liam Elder-Connors / VPR

The FBI has arrested a man in New Haven, Connecticut, after he allegedly made threats to schools and other public institutions in Burlington, Vermont.

More senior citizens die by falling than in motor vehicle accidents annually in Vermont.
Zinkevych / iStock

It's a startling fact. Each year, more people 65 or older in Vermont die from falls than in motor vehicle crashes. So learning how to prevent or survive falls is an important skill to learn, especially for our senior citizens.

An illustration of a hand holding bills of money.
MHJ / iStock

In recent election cycles, super PACs have sought to influence electoral contests from the governor on down in Vermont — and 2018 is proving to be no exception.

'JOLTED' is VPR's five-part podcast about a school shooting that didn't happen, and the surprising things that did.
Aaron Shrewsbury For VPR

Vermont Public Radio has launched JOLTED, a five-part podcast about a school shooting that didn’t happen, the line between thought and crime, and a Republican governor in a rural state who changed his mind about gun laws.

The exterior of the Windham County Superior Court in Newfane.
Howard Weiss-Tisman / VPR

The state wants a judge to dismiss a lawsuit that challenges Vermont’s public education funding system.

The Windham County town of Whitingham, along with resident Madeline Klein and Sadie Boyd, a student in the town’s school system, filed the suit late last year.

Shelby Semmes speaks at an event in Richmond announcing a study on the return on investment for conservation land in Vermont.
Henry Epp / VPR

Every dollar that Vermont spends on conservation land generates a $9 return — that's the finding of a study out Wednesday from a group of conservation-related nonprofits in the state.

An OxyContin bottle with pills arranged around it.
Toby Talbot / Associated Press File

Vermont has became the latest state to file suit against Purdue Pharma, the Connecticut-based drugmaker that manufactures the opioid painkiller OxyContin.

Adam Silver stands looking out of a window in a Brattleboro apartment.
Howard Weiss-Tisman / VPR

As companies like Uber and Airbnb continue growing across Vermont, two new state laws to better regulate the "gig economy" are now in effect. 

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