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Vermont's youth caucus

1/11/2019
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Rep. Becca White says that if state government is focused on reversing Vermont’s demographic decline, it’s necessary to have young people at the table. The new House roster takes a step in that direction: White is one of four legislators under the age of 25 who were sworn in this week.

Duration:00:20:16

Hospitals struggle with psychiatric care

11/16/2018
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With medical hospitals around the state overwhelmed with mental health patients, officials see no obvious solutions in sight. This week: Phoebe Sparrow Wagner describes her experience being forcibly held in emergency rooms. Mourning Fox, the state's interim mental health commissioner, discusses the challenges ahead. And VTDigger's Mike Faher recaps his reporting on widespread failures in patient safety.

Duration:00:21:24

Welch and Leahy look beyond the blue wave

11/9/2018
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Vermont's sole member of the U.S. House of Representatives says the incoming Democratic majority has big decisions to make on leadership, legislation and oversight of the Trump administration.

Duration:00:19:16

Under new scrutiny, the church pledges change

11/2/2018
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Vermont's Catholic Diocese is taking a turn towards transparency following a wave of national stories about clergy misconduct. But survivors and officials still have different ideas of what justice looks like.

Duration:00:25:31

In search of a supermajority

10/26/2018
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Next month’s elections give Democrats a shot at a veto-proof majority in the Vermont House. But candidates aren’t campaigning on a state-level “blue wave.”

Duration:00:21:07

An Amish enclave in the Northeast Kingdom

10/19/2018
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While Vermont leaders tie themselves in knots trying to draw new people to the state, a group of Amish families has quietly left Pennsylvania and Ohio to settle in the Northeast Kingdom.

Duration:00:19:21

Local control at any cost

9/14/2018
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Holland, Vermont is anchored by its elementary school. But this week, residents voted decisively to close it. And it's not the only town considering drastic measures to head off a forced merger.

Duration:00:22:31

How TV watchers shift their worldviews

9/7/2018
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Spoiler alert: fans of modern TV dramas may be getting more of their political views from those sources than they think. Shows like “Game of Thrones” and “Battlestar Galactica” are densely plotted serials that immerse viewers in fantasy worlds.

Duration:00:23:05

Life on the line

8/31/2018
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Derby, Vermont, and Stanstead, Quebec, have historically been tight knit communities despite the international boundary between them. But heightened border security measures have frustrated residents, driving the two towns farther apart.

Duration:00:19:21

BONUS: Leahy remembers McCain, an unlikely ally

8/30/2018
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Sen. Patrick Leahy was one of Sen. John McCain’s closest colleagues during the decades the two served together in the U.S. Senate. But their positions were often far apart. “Were we ideological soulmates? Of course not,” Leahy said.

Duration:00:09:54

When waste hits waterways

8/24/2018
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Throughout the summer, heavy rains have caused sewer overflows in most of Vermont’s largest cities. In late July, 9.7 million gallons of stormwater and wastewater spilled from Rutland’s sewers into the East and Otter creeks.

Duration:00:21:35

BONUS: Christine Hallquist in conversation

8/23/2018
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Christine Hallquist, the Democratic nominee for Vermont governor, said Friday that she and the governor have similar positions on raising new revenue. “I’m going to say we have the same general position on taxes and fees. However,

Duration:00:23:23

From ‘Fan Club’ to ‘Roseanne’?

8/17/2018
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Bradford Broyles, a filmmaker and GOP operative, has spent the last year and a half quietly publishing a video series lampooning Republican Gov. Phil Scott for drifting towards the political center. Now, Broyles is training his lens beyond Vermont.

Duration:00:21:48

Upcoming elections will test Vermont’s voting laws

8/10/2018
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Daniel Jones was 22 when he shot and killed a drug dealer in a Burlington alley in 2002. He was an addict, he says, and the killing was an accident. Now 16 years into his 25-year sentence at the Northern State Correctional Facility in Newport,

Duration:00:22:55

Scott's challengers take the stage

8/3/2018
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Ahead of Vermont’s August 14th primary elections, lesser-known candidates hoping to unseat Gov. Phil Scott have used recent debates to distance themselves from the incumbent. “He’s been running [the state] on division," says Christine Hallquist. "That’s not the Vermont I know and love.” The four Democratic contenders have significantly lower name recognition than the governor. But they face the added challenge of differentiating themselves from each other. All four hold similar progressive...

Duration:00:22:22

Longshot candidates go for governor

7/27/2018
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Two candidates on the ballot in Vermont's gubernatorial primaries have notably nontraditional backgrounds. Keith Stern, who runs a produce market in White River Junction, has little prior political experience. Ethan Sonneborn has less: he's a 14-year-old rising ninth-grader at Mount Abraham Union Middle/High School. Both are struggling against anonymity. Recent polling data shows that Sonneborn has the lowest name recongition of five Democratic contenders, and Stern is facing well-known...

Duration:00:21:01

EB-5 cleanup leaves investors anxious

7/20/2018
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The two latest steps in the fallout from Vermont's EB-5 scandal have been a mixed bag for the state. Last week, the federal government notified officials that the Vermont EB-5 Regional Center would be immediately shut down, a direct result of the state's failure to stop a massive fraud scheme. Days later, the state announced a civil settlement against the developers at the center of the fraud. While the settlement provides some restitution for the city of Newport, which is still...

Duration:00:21:14

UVM nurses strike for staffing relief

7/13/2018
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For three months, nurses at the UVM Medical Center have been negotiating with hospital administrators for higher wages and better staffing ratios. When the two parties couldn’t reach an agreement this week, the nurses took to the picket lines. "The energy has been really high, but also emotional," said Molly Wallner, a registered nurse at UVM who walked out Thursday morning. "It does feel sad to feel like we can't be there for our patients today." Hospital administrators maintain that...

Duration:00:21:32

Vermonters raise voices towards the southern border

7/5/2018
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As the Trump administration's immigration enforcement policies continue to spark backlash around the U.S., Vermonters are examining how one of the country's northernmost states relates to policies affecting the southwest border. Last year, a federal law enforcement tipline based in Williston received an uptick in calls under the Trump administration — including citizen reports of suspected undocumented immigrants. Civil liberties advocates worry that programs like these turn neighbors...

Duration:00:21:29

How cannabis case law will shape legalization

6/29/2018
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July 1st marks the first date that Vermonters will be allowed to possess and grow marijuana under state law. According to Tim Fair, a Burlington attorney specializing in cannabis-related cases, the legal implications of that move extend far beyond what’s specified in statute. “Every cannabis case so far in the history of the United States has been taken with the concept of cannabis as a Schedule 1 controlled substance and illegal contraband,” Fair says. “Now, with legalization, that...

Duration:00:18:18