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At the World Cup in Russia, the opening round games of group play have been spectacular, with upsets in abundance, none more stunning than the 1-0 victory scored by Mexico over the defending champion Germans.

Headshot of John Killacky.
Todd R. Lockwood, Courtesy

Since 2010, John Killacky has been the executive director of the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts in Burlington. Last fall, Killacky announced his plan to step down in June 2018.

Killacky's tenure at the Flynn comes to an end this month, but he has plans to expand his roots in Vermont.

courtesy of Kate Hamilton, Office of Rep. Peter Welch

Rep. Peter Welch says children are being held in metal-fenced cages while many of their families seek asylum in the United States.

Updated at 4:28 p.m. ET

The Trump administration's decision to separate children from their families as a way to curb illegal immigration is adding fuel to an already fiery debate over immigration.

A group of House Democrats converged on an immigration detention facility in New Jersey on Sunday, days before a planned vote by House Republicans next week. Meanwhile, Trump administration officials alternately took credit and sought to distance the administration from the family separation policy.

A section where boaters can launch onto Berlin Pond from Mirror Lake Road, in Berlin, with a red hydrant and a guardrail.
Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR

It’s been six years since a Vermont Supreme Court ruling opened Berlin Pond up for fishing. Until that time, recreational uses of the pond were banned because it’s a water source for Montpelier.

Now the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife wants to hear from the people who fish there.

Dr. Hannah Rabin, left, talks with Danny Ciccariello, right, a phlebotomist, at Richmond Family Medicine.
Emily Corwin / VPR

High costs for routine medical labs at the University of Vermont Medical Center are pushing a growing number of medical providers in Chittenden County to look for alternatives out of state.

Eric Howe, director of the Lake Champlain Basin Program, says the lake will take time to recover from years phosphorus pollution even as it faces new threats such as climate change.
John Dillon / VPR

A new report on the health of Lake Champlain says polluted areas are not generally getting worse, but the lake isn't showing many signs of recovery from decades of phosphorous runoff either.

Paper bag lunches lined up on a table and plastic bags of cucumber slices.
Melody Bodette / VPR

The nonprofit Hunger Free Vermont is working with school districts around the state to kick off this year’s statewide free summer meals program.

Two soccer players fight for control of the ball.
Natacha Pisarenko / Associated Press

The 2018 World Cup kicked off this week in Russia, and the month-long tournament promises to be a thriller.

Nina Keck / VPR

About 1,000 spectators whooped and cheered as nearly 100 graduating seniors from Fair Haven Union High School received their diplomas at Castleton University’s outdoor pavilion Thursday evening.

Updated at 12:31 p.m. ET

A federal judge ordered Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, to jail on Friday following allegations by prosecutors that he tampered with witnesses in his case.

"You've abused the trust placed in you six months ago," said Judge Amy Berman Jackson. "I thought about this long and hard, Mr. Manafort. I have no appetite for this."

But Berman Jackson said she could not turn a blind eye to the charges that Manafort had attempted to contact witnesses in his case after he was on bail.

Barbara George, a volunteer at the Estey Organ Museum, looks over a pile of broken organs at the museum's storage facility.
Howard Weiss-Tisman / VPR

A southern Vermont museum dedicated to organs has found itself with a surplus of the instruments.

The Boston Red Sox took on one of the best teams in the A.L. west last night in the Seattle Mariners and eked out a 2-1 win.

Sens. Jane Kitchel, Tim Ashe and Ann Cummings, from left, called on Gov. Phil Scott Thursday to develop a contingency plan in the event of a government shutdown.
Peter Hirschfeld / VPR

Gov. Phil Scott Thursday night vetoed the state budget passed by lawmakers last week. And with Scott and the Legislature still at odds over one key policy issue, elected officials are calling on the administration to develop a contingency plan in the event of a government shutdown.

Angela Evancie / VPR

“Where are all the aging hippies that moved to Vermont during the '60s and '70s, and what are they doing now?”

Vermont Entrepreneurs Put Kombucha To 'Spirited' Use

Jun 14, 2018
Jeff Weaber (L), founder/CEO of Aqua ViTea, and Lars Hubbard (R), co-owner of Appalachian Gap Distillery have partnered up to make Aqua Vodka: a vodka made with alcohol extracted from kombucha.
Eric Shimelonis / for the New England News Collaborative

Visit the beverage cooler at your grocery store and you’ll find bottle after bottle of kombucha. But now the tart, fizzy, probiotic beverage is making its way somewhere new: behind the bar.

Maj. Jamie Lewandowski, the commander of Charlie Company, prepares to leave the state to begin training prior to deployment. The company will act as a medical evacuation company in the Middle East and Southwest Asia.
Liam Elder-Connors / VPR

Members of the Vermont Army National Guard left Thursday morning to prepare for their upcoming overseas deployment.

Offshore wind energy got a big boost this week, when Connecticut officials announced the state’s first-ever procurement of the renewable resource. The move is part of larger offshore wind acquisition, which also involves Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

One of three Dartmouth psychological and brain sciences professors under state investigation surrounding sexual misconduct allegations is retiring effective immediately.

The college was on track to fire Todd Heatherton after completing its own investigation. That was the recommendation of the dean of the faculty of arts and sciences.

(Click here for earlier reporting by NHPR.)

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