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Rep. Peter Welch is joined outside by members of the Vermont Association of Snow Travelers on Monday in calling for a repeal of the federal ethanol mandate.
Bob Kinzel / VPR

Rep. Peter Welch is renewing his call to repeal a federal law that mandates that most gasoline contain 10 percent ethanol.

Welch says the ethanol mandate has been an environmental and economic disaster and is wreaking havoc on the small engines that Vermonters use for work and recreation.

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Washington County State’s Attorney Scott Williams, who won acclaim, and later scrutiny, for his actions at the scene of a high-profile murder in downtown Barre in 2015, says he’s resigning his post to deal with psychological issues related to witnessing the crime.

Flags in the School for International Training dining hall, pictured here in February 2017.
Howard Weiss-Tisman / VPR File

The School for International Training will be slashing staff at its campus in Brattleboro.

SIT opened in 1964 and was one of the first schools to stress international learning with a focus on overseas travel and study.

Playing the second of back to back contests, it probably wasn't a great idea for the Boston Bruins to get into a run and gun game with the likes of Phil Kessel, Sidney Crosby and the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins, even if it appeared for a while like the Bruins would win that race.

Burlington Free Press executive editor Denis Finley says he won't apologize about comments he made about transgender issues on Twitter. Finley joined the Free Press in September 2016.
Steve Earley

The executive editor of the Burlington Free Press who set off a firestorm on Twitter last weekend "left the company Monday evening," the newspaper said on its website.

Sen. Patrick Leahy says he wants to overturn a new Trump Administration policy that calls on the Department of Justice to crack down on states that have legalized marijuana
Office of Sen. Patrick Leahy, courtesy / file

Sen. Patrick Leahy says he strongly opposes a decision by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to have the Department of Justice crack down on states that have legalized marijuana and Leahy says he will do everything that he can to block this new policy from going into place.

For the last 60 Tuesdays, demonstrators have turned out in front of the Johnson village green to hold signs promoting activism and various progressive causes. Shown here are (l to r) Rick Aupperlee, Jackie Stanton, Diane Lehouiller and Calvin Stanton.
Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR

For the 60 weeks since Donald Trump was elected President, demonstrators have spent Tuesday evenings standing with signs in front of Johnson’s village green, even braving recent sub-zero temperatures to uphold the streak.

The Macy's store in Burlington will close in March, the company announced this week.
Henry Epp / VPR

This week, Macy’s announced it will close its downtown Burlington store in March. It’s one of 100 locations the department store chain plans to close around the country.

Sarah Evans, who formerly managed a safe injection site in Vancouver, told lawmakers that the facilities are associated with a reduction in overdoses, and an increase in addicts seeking treatment.
Peter Hirschfeld / VPR

The rising toll of opioid addiction has policymakers looking for new ways to save lives, and Vermont lawmakers are giving serious consideration to a bill that would open the door to supervised drug injection sites.

West Addison dairy farmer Rob Hunt has employed migrant workers for more than a decade. He says they have been vital to the success of his operation., and he's worried about their future.
John Dillon / VPR

An escalation in immigration enforcement over the past year has brought a new level of anxiety for the several thousand migrant farm workers living in Vermont.

The Vermont state offices for the Department of Human Resources and the Department of Moter Vehicles.
Kate Alfin Johnson / For VPR

The Department of Motor Vehicles is getting a new computer system that would allow it to add a third option for people who do not identify as male or female.

A game high 32 points from Ernie Duncan led the University of Vermont men's basketball team to an 88-77 victory over UMass-Lowell in the opening of America East conference play for the Catamounts in Massachusetts last night, both teams getting the game in despite the massive nor'easter that bore down on the Bay State and continues to do so today.

Amy Noyes / VPR

Even for seasoned Vermonters, it has been cold. Temperatures at the beginning of the week were well below zero. Today is going to be cold and Saturday even colder, with dangerous wind chills expected.

File photo of the Vermont House Chamber at the Vermont Statehouse
Toby Talbot / Associated Press File

A plan to legalize the personal possession of small amounts of marijuana cleared an important hurdle Thursday evening when the Vermont House gave its approval to the legislation by a vote of 81 to 63.

Republican Gov. Phil Scott used his State of the State address Thursday to telegraph a forthcoming plan that would eliminate a 7-cent increase in statewide property tax rates next year.
Jeb Wallace-Brodeur / The Times Argus

Gov. Phil Scott used his State of State Address Thursday to telegraph a potentially dramatic proposal for education funding in Vermont, saying he stands ready to block a 7-cent jump in next year’s statewide property tax rates.

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A massive winter storm has brought hurricane-force winds, blizzard conditions and damaging coastal flooding to eastern New England, one day after it delivered unusual cold and snow to the South.

Vermont Statehouse on a snowy day, Jan. 3, 2018
Kate Alfin Johnson / For VPR

Gov. Phil Scott delivered his State of the State address Thursday afternoon from the House Chamber of the Vermont Statehouse.

Many pet owners are aware of the dangers to dogs and cats in extreme heat, but the risks can be even greater during a cold snap.

He requested that no video tribute be shown, but he couldn't stop his image from appearing on the Jumbotron as the second quarter began, and that was all Boston Celtics fans needed to rise as one and give former Celtics superstar Isaiah Thomas a standing ovation at TD Garden last night.

Howard Weiss-Tisman / VPR

The company that reached a $20 million settlement with the state over PFOA contamination in one area of Bennington says it can't be linked to pollution in another, disputed, region of town.

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