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State officials identified a potentially toxic bloom of cyanobacteria – also known as blue-green algae – in Mallets Bay earlier this week, after they had stopped monitoring the lake for the blooms for the season.

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Vermonters have a new way of reaching help when they are having a mental health crisis: the Crisis Text Line. People can text the initials "VT" to the number 741741 and a trained crisis counselor will respond within 5 minutes.

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Under new federal legislation, the Environmental Protection Agency will work to deepen its understanding of 10 chemicals in commercial use. Topping that list is 1,4-dioxane, which has also been found in drinking water in a Hanover, New Hampshire, neighborhood. 

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Gov. Peter Shumlin is urging President-elect Donald Trump to reconsider his pledge to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

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Vermont is taking a hard look at how it treats people with mental illness in its prisons.

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Vermont has one of the lowest increases in premium rates for policies sold under the Affordable Care Act, according to a new study from Kaiser Health News.

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Gov. Peter Shumlin says he's optimistic the administration of President-elect Donald Trump will support the state's new health care payment reform plan known as "all-payer." 

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Dr. Arthur Wolk, a beloved Rutland area pediatrician, died Thursday at the age of 97. Wolk took care of thousands of children in his 42-year medical career.

A new study conducted by researchers at the University of Vermont shows a disturbing prevalence of racial bias in mental health services.

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More than 2,000 people in Vermont are enrolled in the state’s medical marijuana registry, but some lawmakers say many eligible patients still have trouble obtaining medical cannabis.

Proposed legislation would lower some of the barriers to access.

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Two key lawmakers say they plan to resume the push to legalize cannabis in Vermont, but Governor-elect Phil Scott is urging them not to waste their time on the measure.

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People experiencing a mental health crisis in Vermont don’t always have swift access to therapeutic care. And that’s a problem with no easy solution.

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Two weeks ago, Gov. Peter Shumlin inked a deal with the federal government that could transform the health care landscape in Vermont. But the election of Donald Trump on Tuesday could topple some of the reform initiatives that the Shumlin team has spent six years building.

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Officials in Burlington announced a new program Thursday with the goal of ending the opiate crisis in the city.

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Vermont’s candidates for governor have spent most of their time on the campaign trail talking about taxes, the budget and the economy. But the issue of abortion may play heavily in the outcome of Tuesday’s vote, thanks to a super PAC started by Planned Parenthood. 

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About one in five people in Vermont are living with a disability. A community center in the Upper Valley is working to enrich the lives of "all people of differing abilities" by helping individuals discover their passions.

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A group of investors that includes two prominent Vermont businessmen has reached a tentative agreement to back a hemp farm in Hardwick that is producing pills with a high concentration of a substance claimed to be effective in blocking seizures in epileptics.

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A Hanover family whose drinking water was contaminated by a Dartmouth College hazardous waste burial site is now threatening to sue. The Higgins family is giving the college 90 days to relocate them.

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On Thursday afternoon, Gov. Peter Shumlin signed an agreement with the federal government that could overhaul the health care system in Vermont. Hospitals and many doctors say the so-called "all-payer" model has the potential to improve care, and curb costs, but critics say the deal was rushed.

The Green Mountain Care Board on Wednesday approved a plan that will dramatically change how health care providers are reimbursed in Vermont.

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