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After a prolonged debate over legislation that would make it harder for parents to exempt their children from the state's mandatory immunization law, the Vermont House voted 85 to 57 Tuesday evening to remove the philosophical exemption to the law.

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During these final days of the 2015 legislative session, lawmakers will decide whether to abolish the philosophical exemption that hundreds of parents use every year to avoid state vaccine mandates. On Monday night, the House Committee on Health Care held a public hearing on the matter. And turnout showed just how intensely Vermonters care about the issue.

An attempt to revoke the philosophical exemption that some Vermont parents use to sidestep the state’s vaccination mandates looks to be picking up steam in the House.

Hinesburg Rep. Bill Lippert, the Democratic chairman of the House Committee on Health Care, said Friday morning that “it’s more likely than not that we will move a bill to the floor this year.”

The House Health Care Committee announced plans for a public hearing on a bill that would remove the philosophical exemption to Vermont's mandate that all school-children be vaccinated.

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You may be of the belief that a spoonful of maple syrup helps the medicine go down – and now preliminary research from McGill University suggests that maple syrup may also help the medicine do its job.

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Branded as “The King” or “Ronald Reagan,” potent and possibly deadly batches of heroin are again popping up in New England.

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The Vermont Statehouse on Tuesday afternoon was the scene of a showdown over the state's mandatory immunization law.

The issue is whether lawmakers should support a bill that removes a parent's right not to vaccinate their children for philosophical reasons.

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The president and CEO of Brattleboro Retreat is stepping down at the end of the year, hospital officials announced last week. Dr. Rob Simpson is leaving his role after nine years at Brattleboro Retreat, where he’s overseen a growth in staff and patient capacity and the hospital’s focus on mental health and drug treatment services.

“We knew we wanted to meet what we felt was the unmet demand for mental health and addictive services in the region,” Simpson said in an interview.

Chris Bailey

Deanna Emberley Bailey grew up in Shelburne and Charlotte. In 1985 she crossed the Connecticut River to attend Dartmouth College, where she played varsity soccer and majored in biology and education. She also met her future husband Chris, a classmate.

After their Dartmouth graduations, Chris and Deanna followed their dreams around New England. They got married, and pursued graduate school and their careers, Chris in sustainable agriculture and Deanna in education. They also had two sons and eventually settled down in Barre.

Porto: Lauren Hill

Apr 29, 2015

Poet A.E. Housman surely did not have Lauren Hill in mind when he wrote To An Athlete Dying Young. Lauren, a 19-year-old freshman basketball player at Mt. St. Joseph College in Cincinnati, died earlier this spring of brain cancer.