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A daytime rendering of the new Champlain bridge that is currently under construction. "Montreal Gazette" reporter Jason Magder spoke to "Vermont Edition" to update on the bridge's progress.
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A massive new bridge is rising over the St. Lawrence River this side of Montreal. Construction on the new Champlain Bridge began almost two years ago, and when finished, the bridge will accommodate six lanes of traffic, a commuter rail system and a bike path.

But whether the bridge will be finished by a December 2018 deadline is the subject of some concern by both the builders and government officials.

Summers when I was a boy, we’d sometimes go to visit my uncle, who had a small farm on the shores of Lake Champlain. Occasionally we’d take his old rowboat and row ourselves out to a drop-off, where the water suddenly went to more than 10 feet deep. There, you could peer down and see weeds and sand on the lake bottom. It was that clear.

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powerful wind storm raked Vermont a week ago, reminding many just how vulnerable the state's electric grid can be to severe weather. As climate change models forecast more unpredictable weather in the future, are Vermont utilities ready for the challenges of climate change?

UVM researchers will be studying the impacts of blue-green algae blooms on St. Albans Bay and the reactions in the community.
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Researchers at the University of Vermont have received a $598,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency to study the effects of cyanobacteria, otherwise known as blue-green algae. It will also take into account the human reaction to those blooms.

Voters have rejected two of the three Act 46 school district consolidation plans up for consideration Tuesday.

Robert De Cormier was a composer, musician and arranger of choral music and worked with groups such as Peter, Paul and Mary and Harry Belafonte. He lived in Vermont for decades and passed away Tuesday.
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Robert De Cormier, a composer, musician and prolific arranger of choral music, passed away Tuesday at the age of 95.

A 21-year-old Vermont inmate is facing assault charges after he allegedly kicked a correctional officer who was intervening during a suicide attempt.

Striking workers have reached an agreement with Fairbanks Scales in St. Johnsbury and will return to work.

Lange: Vets

Nov 7, 2017

On the day World War II ended, our family was in Niagara Falls; and that evening the colored floodlights played on the falls for the first time in four years.

Mikhail Mordasov

Today, we in the US are grappling with the unsettling fact that Russia sought to influence our 2016 Presidential election. But one hundred years ago today, on November 7, 1917, Americans began to be unsettled by a rather different Russian threat: the Bolshevik Revolution.

Hemp plants at Green Mountain CBD's farm in Hardwick, taken earlier this year.
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Growing hemp became legal in Vermont in 2013 and today more than 90 people are registered to grow it here. Vermont Edition looks at the differences between hemp, CBD (Cannabidiol) and marijuana, and where these industries and products are in Vermont today.

A giant, miles-long tunnel is about to be drilled hundreds of feet beneath Connecticut’s capital. This subterranean project will take years, cost hundreds of millions of dollars, and the hope is, result in cleaner water for the Connecticut River and Long Island Sound.

The Northeast has more than 200,000 dams and culverts, what U.S. Fish and Wildlife's Cathy Bozek described as "barriers to water flow." She said many of the dams no longer serve their original purpose, and many of the culverts need work. 

One Year On: Trump's 2016 Victory Speech, Annotated

Nov 7, 2017
President Donald Trump speaks, accompanied by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during a joint news conference at the Akasaka Palace, Monday, Nov. 6, 2017. A year ago, Trump won the 2016 presidential election.
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NPR reporters across the newsroom have annotated President Donald Trump's election night remarks, providing context and analysis to his policy promises and noting who among the people he thanked are still in the inner circle a year later.

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