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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.

Farm runoff isn't just polluting Vermont lakes and streams — nitrate from manure and fertilizer is also contaminating private drinking wells. And although the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets has regulatory authority, its response is inconsistent, and often undocumented.

On paper, the game should have been a romp, but the UVM men's basketball team had to work pretty hard to eventually defeat Quinnipiac 80-73 last night at Patrick Gym's Tom Brennan Court.

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

The Boston Celtics welcomed back Kelly Olynyk for the first time since he signed a free agent deal with the Miami Heat, and let's just say Olynyk seemed motivated to show his former team what they gave up when they decided not to make a competing offer of their own.

Screenshot of the U.S. Geological Survey's reporting tool
Screenshot of the U.S. Geological Survey's reporting tool

The U.S. Geological Survey says there was a minor earthquake in the Upper Valley Wednesday night.

Cavers discovered a 15,000-year-old cavern below the city of Montreal in October.
Guillaume Pelletier / Société québécoise de spéléologie

For someone who loves to go caving, finding a new, never-seen-before cavern is akin to King Arthur finding the Holy Grail.

Melody Bodette / VPR

Animal welfare advocates say Vermont has made progress when it comes to handling cases of animal cruelty, but they say there's still a lack of clarity when deciding who's responsible for investigations, and who pays the costs associated with caring for the animals.

There was no agreement on how public special education money would be used by an independent school once  a student with a disability is admitted.
Toby Talbot / Associated Press

A legislative committee was not able to come up with a framework under which all approved independent schools would admit students with disabilities.

Addison County Sen. Chris Bray, left, says Vermont could get more electric vehicles on the road by providing a financial incentive to prospective buyers.
Angela Evancie / VPR file

Financial incentives for people who buy electric vehicles will be among several clean energy proposals up for debate in Montpelier next year.

Vermont Attorney General TJ Donovan has been in office for nearly a year.
Oliver Parini / VPR file

Nearly a year ago, Democrat TJ Donovan was sworn-in as Vermont’s Attorney General — the first new occupant of that office since 1997.

Playing the second of back to back games, with overnight travel from Boston to Buffalo thrown into the mix, it's no surprise the Boston Bruins played with heavy legs and on skates that seemed dulled with fatigue.

Merely Torres-Garcia has been living in a hotel room in Hartford, Conn., with her husband and two kids after losing part of her house in Puerto Rico to Hurricane Maria. She said spending the Christmas season in the northeastern cold has been hard for her family. But on Saturday night, in the noisy atrium of Hartford City Hall, it felt a little bit like Christmas on the island.

"My kids are happy. We feel like home in here right now," she said.

Jacquelyn Martin / AP

U.S. Senate Republicans voted along party lines (with no Democratic support) to approve a sweeping tax overhaul bill. The U.S. House has one more vote Wednesday, after which, the legislation will be ready for President Trump to sign into law by Christmas.

Vermont Secretary of Human Services Al Gobeille, pictured here in Sept. 2017
Bob Kinzel / VPR File

The Scott Administration says it's concerned Congress will not fully fund two important health care programs in the coming year. If it doesn't the state may have to find the money to put into the programs.

Gov. Phil Scott, in center, listens to Vermont educators talk about education spending at a summit at Norwich University on Monday.
Howard Weisss-Tisman / VPR

Last month Gov. Phil Scott put out a call for a statewide education summit, and more than 300 people took part in the meeting which was held at Norwich University on Monday.

Gov. Phil Scott says the commission's findings bolster his case for a statewide teacher contract.
Taylor Dobbs / VPR/file

One of the fiercest political debates of the last legislative session is set for a replay in 2018 after a special commission recommended this week that Vermont overhaul the collective bargaining system at public schools.

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