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A Rutland girl and her mother were seriously injured in a tour boat explosion in the Bahamas on Saturday.

The Connecticut River.
Ric Cengeri / VPR File

Those who swim or boat on the Connecticut River and its tributaries can go online to check the water quality at their favorite spots.

Regardless of where we all stand on the politics of immigration, I hope we can all still agree that our constitution can act as a salve beyond party and dogma to bind up our wounds of division.

With more empty storefronts than full ones, the 30-year-old Berkshire Mall in Lanesborough, Massachusetts, has seen better days. But near Spencer Gifts and a now-shuttered Hollister, something rather unexpected is alive and well: baseball.

Cyclists outside the Island House in South Hero.
Luis Vivanco, courtesy

Vermonters can now access more than 200 years of newspapers online after the Vermont secretary of state's office worked with Newspapers.com to make millions of pages of old papers from the 1700s up to 1922 available for free.

The online archive gives readers a glimpse into almost any day in Vermont history. And one scholar at the University of Vermont is using the archive to trace the surprising role bicycles have played in social change in Vermont.

The U.S. Coast Guard Burlington station.
Meg Malone / VPR

The search continues Tuesday for a New Jersey man who is missing after his kayak overturned Monday evening near Shelburne Point on Lake Champlain.

Mary Holland / www.naturallycuriouswithmaryholland.wordpress.com

Sea lampreys are a conundrum. In Lake Champlain they’re hated, while in the Connecticut River they’re championed.

Auditor Doug Hoffer says it's hard to tell which Agriculture Agency programs are most effective at cutting phosphorus pollution from farms.
Jane Lindholm / VPR

Vermont’s state auditor says a taxpayer-funded program to reduce phosphorus pollution from farms needs better monitoring and data collection to show what measures are most effective.

Hawaii Gov. David Ige is expected this week to sign the world's first ban on the sale of sunscreens containing the chemicals oxybenzone and octinoxate. The state is banning the products because of concerns they may be harming one of the state's biggest attractions — coral reefs.

While it doesn't kick in until 2021, the move is already prompting pushback.

Over 6,000 nonprofits operate in Vermont, taking in revenue of $6.8 billion in recent years. That’s what journalists at Seven Days found in their series, "Give and Take: Examining Vermont’s Nonprofit Economy."

The series looks at the state’s nonprofit sector from many angles, and includes a database based on thousands of tax filings by many of Vermont’s nonprofit organizations.

A long-running debate is heating up on top of New Hampshire's highest peak. It’s attracting more visitors every year, but some fear its delicate ecosystems are at risk from proposed development and overuse. 

Scroll to the bottom of this story to see a timeline of the history of development on Mount Washington.

Deb Snell, vice president of the nurses' union at UVM Medical Center addresses reporters as the union anounces plans to strike on July 12 and 13.
Henry Epp / VPR

Union nurses at the University Of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington plan to go on strike next week if they're unable to reach a contract agreement with the hospital.

When History Rhymes

Jul 2, 2018

In troubled times, people often turn to history for guidance: surely, they think, the past has some instructive message for the present.

Analog, digital or a combination of the two? We're looking at the digital tools and the analog alternatives we use every day.
elenabs / iStock

Technology shapes how we interact with people and the world around us, but many still feel the pull of the analog in our increasingly digital lives. We're talking about the digital tools and their analog alternatives we use every day and how each affects our thinking in different ways.

Utilities like Burlington Electric are asking customers to turn off unnecessary lights and limit energy use during the hottest part of the day to conserve energy during this week's heat wave.
michaelmjc / iStock

In addition to creating personal discomfort, this week's heat wave is having an effect on how local utility companies opperate.

VPR Newscast for 07/02/2018 at 12:10 p.m.

Jul 2, 2018

VPR Newscast for 07/02/2018 at 12:10 p.m.

Essex Orleans Democratic Sen. John Rodgers is running a write-in campaign to be the Democratic nominee for governor.
Bob Kinzel / VPR

Vermont’s gun control laws were a polarizing issue for many in the state when Gov. Phil Scott signed them into law in April. Essex-Orleans Sen. John Rodgers is making his opposition to some of the state's new gun laws central to his write-in bid to challenge Scott as the Democratic nominee for governor.

Small-dose pot brownies being sized and packaged in Boulder, Colorado, in 2014.
Brennan Linsley / AP

Vermont's new law allows for possession of up to one ounce of marijuana - that includes as a component in edibles. The problem is, the state doesn't have the local capability to measure how much cannabis, by weight, as an ingredient is in brownies, cookies or other edibles.

Mike Hoffman and Ryan Podd of Northern Roots Nursery, in Hyde Park, stand among a greenhouse full of the hemp plants they cultivate for CBD production at Heady Vermont's Legalization Celebration on July 1.
Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR

Temperatures in the 90s seemed to keep attendance down at Heady Vermont's July 1 Legalization Celebration in Johnson. However, those who braved the heat experienced live music, workshops and a cannabis-themed marketplace.

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