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Senate Supports Campaign Bill With Ban On Corporate Donations
Friday, 04/12/13
By John Dillon
The Vermont Senate has advanced a bill that bans corporate and union contributions to state political candidates. The campaign finance legislation also strengthens reporting requirements and doubles public funding for those running for governor and lieutenant governor.
VPR News
House Votes 98-44 to Decriminalize Marijuana
Friday, 04/12/13
By Kirk Carapezza
Supporters of decriminalizing - or even legalizing - the possession of small amounts of marijuana have cleared a major hurdle. The Vermont House voted 98-to-44 on Friday to make it a civil offense - instead of a crime - to possess one ounce or less of pot.
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Interview: Leahy Optimistic About Gun Legislation
Friday, 04/12/13
By Bob Kinzel
On Thursday, the U.S. Senate voted to open debate on gun control legislation. One person at the center of this discussion is Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy, who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee.
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Leahy Implores Senate To Vote On Guns
Thursday, 04/11/13
By Bob Kinzel
Senator Patrick Leahy says he's pleased that the debate over gun control legislation will proceed in the U.S. Senate over the next few weeks. An effort to filibuster the legislation was defeated on Thursday.
VPR News
Newscast: Thursday, April 11, 2013, 5:50 p.m.
Thursday, 04/11/13
By Neal Charnoff
Newscast: Thursday, April 11, 2013, 5:50 p.m.
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Newscast: Wednesday, April 10, 2013, 5:50 p.m.
Wednesday, 04/10/13
By Neal Charnoff
Newscast: Wednesday, April 10, 2013, 5:50 p.m.
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VPR News
In Defeat For Secretary of State, Senate Nixes Early August Primary
Wednesday, 04/10/13
By John Dillon
The Vermont Senate has overwhelmingly rejected a proposal to move the state's primary elections to early August. The early date was supported by Secretary of State Jim Condos, who said he needed more time between the primary and the general election to meet federal deadlines to get ballots to overseas voters.
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Vt. Health Dept. To Study EEE In Affected Area
Wednesday, 04/10/13
By Lynne McCrea
The Vermont Health Department is launching a research study this month into Eastern Equine Encephalitis -- a rare, mosquito-borne disease.
VPR News
'Burn Local:' Officials Concerned About Emerald Ash Borer
Wednesday, 04/10/13
By Ross Sneyd
Earlier this week officials in New Hampshire said they had found infestation of emerald ash borer in the Concord area. Now Vermont officials are reminding the public that the best way to prevent the spread of the insect is to burn local firewood.
VPR News
This Week In The New Hampshire Legislature
Wednesday, 04/10/13
By Nina Keck
John Gregg, local editor for the Valley News speaks with Vermont Edition about the political debates at the New Hampshire Statehouse this week.
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VPR News
Governor's Welfare Plan Includes Job Cuts
Wednesday, 04/10/13
Gov. Peter Shumlin made headlines in January when he proposed a five-year lifetime cap on welfare benefits. But lawmakers only recently found out that he also wants to eliminate 12 positions dedicated to helping welfare recipients find the jobs they need to get off the program.
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Senate Committee To Make Changes To House Tax Plan
Wednesday, 04/10/13
By Bob Kinzel
The Senate Finance committee is working on a tax package for next year and the plan is likely to look quite different from a proposal adopted in the House several weeks ago.
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Newscast, Tuesday, April 9, 2013, 5:50 p.m.
Tuesday, 04/09/13
By Neal Charnoff
Newscast, Tuesday, April 9, 2013, 5:50 p.m.
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Senate Takes Up Shoreland Bill As Environmentalists Push For More Protections
Tuesday, 04/09/13
By John Dillon
The Vermont House passed a version of a shoreline protection bill last month. But the compromise disappointed both environmentalists - who want to see tougher restrictions - and property rights advocates, who oppose new state regulation.
VPR News
Dozens Of Groups Seek Role In Pipeline Case
Tuesday, 04/09/13
By John Dillon
A natural gas pipeline planned for Addison County has prompted dozens of individuals and organizations to seek a voice in the upcoming permit hearings. Vermont Gas Systems wants to extend a pipeline south from Chittenden County to Middlebury and then under Lake Champlain to a paper mill in Ticonderoga, NY.
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Commentaries
Douglas: Republican Revival
Wednesday, 04/10/13
By Jim Douglas
There's been a lot of soul-searching by Republicans following the recent presidential election. Many ideas are being advanced on how the GOP can rebuild. Jim Douglas, a long-time Republican officeholder, has some thoughts on the subject.
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Analysis: Rader Wallack's Departure Won't Derail Health Reform
Tuesday, 04/09/13
By Hamilton E. Davis
After two years of preparing to tackle health care reform, the Shumlin administration is losing its most important player, Anya Rader Wallack, the chair of Green Mountain Care Board. Her departure will change the effort, but won't derail it.
VPR News
Financing Plan Divides Child Care Advocates
Monday, 04/08/13
By Bob Kinzel
Governor Peter Shumlin's plan to finance a major expansion of child care programs is sharply dividing Vermont's early childhood community. There's nearly unanimous support for the proposal to increase funding for child care subsidies. But there's disagreement over how to pay for the initiative.
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Newscast: Monday, April 8, 2013, 5:50 p.m.
Monday, 04/08/13
By Neal Charnoff
Newscast: Monday, April 8, 2013, 5:50 p.m.
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State Releases Irene Recovery Report
Monday, 04/08/13
By Steve Zind
A new report says report it's likely that by the second anniversary of Tropical Storm Irene in August, much of the recovery work will be finished and the focus will shift to preparing for the next disaster.
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House Judiciary To Vote On Marijuana Decriminalization
Tuesday, 04/09/13
By Kirk Carapezza
Lawmakers are set to vote on a bill this week that would decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana. The House Judiciary Committee has been taking testimony for weeks and the bill is likely to pass Tuesday afternoon.
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Vermont Edition
Returning from War
Wednesday, 04/10/13
By Nina Keck
Coming home from war is never easy. Author Karl Marlantes and Psychologist Jon Coffin share their experiences.
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VPR News
VTA Receives Grant To Expand Cell Service
Friday, 04/05/13
By Steve Zind
The Vermont Telecommunications Authority has been awarded a $1.6 million federal grant to expand cellular phone service and provide wireless internet in areas hit by flooding in 2011. 
VPR News
Health Exchange Still Confusing
Friday, 04/05/13
By Patti Daniels
A recent poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation showed that most Americans are uninformed about the federal health care changes that are coming, and about how health care exchanges are going to work. That situation appears to bear out in Vermont, too.
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VPR News
Vt. Senate Advances Immigrant License Bill
Friday, 04/05/13
By Kirk Carapezza
The Vermont Senate overwhelmingly advanced a bill on Friday that would give driver's licenses to immigrants who are in the country illegally. The bill would create what are described as drivers' authorization cards that would look different from a regular state license.
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