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Over 6,000 nonprofits operate in Vermont, taking in revenue of $6.8 billion in recent years. That’s what journalists at Seven Days found in their series, "Give and Take: Examining Vermont’s Nonprofit Economy."

The series looks at the state’s nonprofit sector from many angles, and includes a database based on thousands of tax filings by many of Vermont’s nonprofit organizations.

A long-running debate is heating up on top of New Hampshire's highest peak. It’s attracting more visitors every year, but some fear its delicate ecosystems are at risk from proposed development and overuse. 

Scroll to the bottom of this story to see a timeline of the history of development on Mount Washington.

Deb Snell, vice president of the nurses' union at UVM Medical Center addresses reporters as the union anounces plans to strike on July 12 and 13.
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Union nurses at the University Of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington plan to go on strike next week if they're unable to reach a contract agreement with the hospital.

Utilities like Burlington Electric are asking customers to turn off unnecessary lights and limit energy use during the hottest part of the day to conserve energy during this week's heat wave.
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In addition to creating personal discomfort, this week's heat wave is having an effect on how local utility companies opperate.

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Small-dose pot brownies being sized and packaged in Boulder, Colorado, in 2014.
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Vermont's new law allows for possession of up to one ounce of marijuana - that includes as a component in edibles. The problem is, the state doesn't have the local capability to measure how much cannabis, by weight, as an ingredient is in brownies, cookies or other edibles.

Mike Hoffman and Ryan Podd of Northern Roots Nursery, in Hyde Park, stand among a greenhouse full of the hemp plants they cultivate for CBD production at Heady Vermont's Legalization Celebration on July 1.
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Temperatures in the 90s seemed to keep attendance down at Heady Vermont's July 1 Legalization Celebration in Johnson. However, those who braved the heat experienced live music, workshops and a cannabis-themed marketplace.

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Sunday marks the first day small amounts of cannabis are legal for those 21 and older in Vermont. Here's what you need to know.

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A longtime Vermont resident is scheduled to be deported Sunday back to his native Kenya. His family says they are the victims of President Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy on immigration issues.

An image of the Vermont state flag.
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Early voting for the Aug. 14 Vermont primary election is underway.

Voters now have just over six weeks to cast a ballot in the major party contests for statewide and legislative races.

Bob Mankoff, former cartoon editor for The New Yorker, seen here in 2015.
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Bob Mankoff, the former cartoon editor for The New Yorker, will be the featured speaker at an event celebrating the magazine's cartoons Saturday at Southern Vermont College in Bennington.

We're talking about issues around cannabis etiquette after legalization.
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If you're interested in using cannabis, when and where is it okay to do so while respecting the choices of others? With edibles in the mix, when and how should you notify others that something contains cannabis?

Marijuana is the term for the Cannabis plant primarily used in North America. Outside the region, most use the term Cannabis.
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When it comes to cannabis, there are a ton of terms that get thrown around in laws, in conversation and on products or advertisements.

A bag of potato chips with a GMO label.
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A new study from the University of Vermont shows that opposition to foods containing genetically modified ingredients in Vermont actually decreased after the state implemented mandatory GMO labelling.

Mosquitoes in the process of being tested for West Nile in 2007. The virus has been found in Springfield, Vermont, this year.
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Mosquitoes in Springfield, Vermont, have tested positive for West Nile virus.

The Vermont Health Department says this is the first detection of the virus for the 2018 season.

Blue and red and white fireworks on a night sky.
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On Saturday, the town of Vernon will put on its annual Independence Day fireworks show. But paying for this year's pyrotechnics was no easy task.

The specifics of Act 86 aren't clear to all. We answer your questions.
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On July 1, Vermont's Act 86 makes it legal for adults 21+ to possess an ounce of marijuana and cultivate a small number of marijuana plants under state law.

So far just a single grower in Massachusetts has been approved to start sowing marijuana seeds for adult-recreational use. The first crop of pot will be ready to harvest in the fall.

And the state has high expectations that suppliers of marijuana to shops will go green. New regulations set strict limits — some of the toughest in the nation — on the amount of energy growers can use to raise their plants.

Guard member on ground with a gun.
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Starting July 1, it will be legal in Vermont for adults 21 and over to possess up to an ounce of marijuana. But Vermont National Guard soldiers might want to think twice before taking advantage of the new law.

Lake Champlain Bike Ferry Reopens This Weekend

Jun 29, 2018
Cyclists disembark from a bike ferry in South Hero, Vermont on a blue-sky day.
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The bike ferry between Colchester and South Hero will reopen today.

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