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AP/Toby Talbot / Vermont Attorney General Bill Sorrell prepares for a debate during the August 2012 primary.

Bill Sorrell has been elected to seven consecutive terms as Vermont's Attorney General. This summer he faced his toughest campaign yet in a primary battle for the Democratic nomination. Now Sorrell, Republican Jack McMullen and Progressive Ed Stanak are vying for the role as Vermont's top law enforcement officer. VPR's Mitch Wertieb talks with Sorrell about some of the high-profile controversies in the AG's office, including how police shooting and Taser deployments are reviewed and a federal lawsuit over the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant.

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Fiscal Cliff Looms

Oct 5, 2012
Sen. Patrick Leahy says he regrets calling for the resignation of senator Al Franken before the Senate Ethics committee had a change to fully investigate the matter
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Congress put off decisions about several tax and budget issues when it adjourned last month. If those bill aren't passed soon after the election, the tax burden on the average Vermont household will go up 6 percent, about $3,500, starting January 1, 2013.Our guest on Vermont Edition is Senator Patrick Leahy to discuss the stalemate over these bills, and what it will take to resolve these critical issues during Congress' lame-duck session after the November election.

AP/Alex Brandon / Gourds and pumpkins are part of fall's garden bounty.

The air is brisk, the nights are getting colder are the leaves are changing. Soon it will be time to putaway your garden gloves and spades for the winter.

Before you do, horticulturist Charlie Nardozzi joins us for Vermont Edition's annual fall gardening show to share tips on fall lawn care, storing the harvest, saving seeds, fall planting and getting ready for next season. He also discusses planting bulbs, cover crops, shrubs and trees and how to put your garden to bed for the long months ahead.

Kirk Kardashian / Paul Godin and the Lely Astronaut robotic milking machine.

Last year, the number of Vermont dairy farms dipped below 1,000 and it continues to drop. Is this a Vermont problem or a by-product of a system heavily weighted in favor of mega-farms? In the localvore age, shouldn't the trend be a return to the small family-run farm and away from the corporate-style operation?

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AP/Steven Senne / Dairy cows chew their feed at the Rhoman-Wai Farms in Chester.

In the puzzle of restoring Lake Champlain's health, the reduction of phosphorous in stormwater runoff is an important piece. Now, the Agency of Natural Resources is preparing to launch a new initiative that focuses on building green infrastructure to prevent stormwater runoff. We talk with Environmental Conservation Commissioner David Mears about in a preview of the program announcement to be held on Wednesday.

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A $500 million development proposal that backers say could create 10,000 temporary and permanent jobs across the Northeast Kingdom would be historic. But it could also bring big changes to Jay, Newport,Coventry and Burke, the communities where all the development is targeted. Even some political leaders from the region have described the potential for change as scary.

(Host) As political rhetoric heats up, environmental educator and commentator Russ Weis considers how presidential politics can have a big impact on our ever-warming planet.

(Weis) Now that Fall is here, I'm thinking back to the scorching temperatures that afflicted much of the nation this past summer - especially our central and western states. And it's occurred to me that the term global warming shares the initials of our first president: George Washington.

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