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Stratton Mountain
Stratton Mountain

Colorado's Aspen Skiing Company and a private equity firm will buy the parent company of Vermont's Stratton Mountain.

Norsk Titanium

Norsk Titanium announced Monday that it has received a production order for its 3-D printed structural titanium components.

Rock of Ages granite quarry in Barre, Vermont
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Contract negotiations between two labor unions representing some workers at Vermont's largest granite manufacturing plant are about to start.

A lawsuit challenging Vermont's aid-in-dying law has been dismissed by a federal judge.

Alison Bechdel listens as Clerk of the House reads proclamation naming her Vermont Cartoonist Laureate
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The Vermont House passed a resolution Thursday designating the state's third cartoonist laureate.  The laurels were presented to Tony winner Alison Bechdel.

Vermont officials will hold public meetings on changing the state's campaign finance laws.

Picture of solar panels
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The Lyndon Select Board in Vermont has voted to enter into a 20-year contract allowing the town to draw energy from a new solar installation to be constructed along U.S. Route 5.

The Vermont Health Department says tests have found elevated levels of cancer-causing chemicals in the air in two of three state office buildings in St. Johnsbury.

Picture of a Vermont School Bus
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Three Vermont towns will vote next week on whether to merge three school districts into one.

Vermont Statehouse Spring 2017
Pat Bradley/WAMC

President Donald Trump recently signed executive orders that roll back efforts to control global warming by eliminating the pending Clean Power Plan.  The administration’s budget proposal also proposes slashing the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget more than 31 percent.  Environmental officials in Vermont say such moves would have serious repercussions on the state.

Vermont Statehouse Spring 2017
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Vermont’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2018 is being reviewed by the state Senate Appropriations Committee after its passage by the House last Friday.  Two legislative leaders spoke about the spending plan shortly after it crossed over to the upper chamber.

Plattsburgh Chamber & Aero Montreal sign agreement
Plattsburgh North Country Chamber of Commerce

The Plattsburgh North Country Chamber of Commerce  has signed an agreement with Quebec’s aerospace manufacturing cluster.

Killington North Ridge
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Vermont's Killington ski resort has signed a deal to host the Ski World Cup for the next two years.

Standing from left as they are sworn in are Joan Shannon, David Hartnett, Jane Knodell and Richard Deane
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Monday evening’s meeting of the Burlington City Council was its “Organization Day” — the time when newly elected and re-elected city council members are sworn-in and a council president is selected.

Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger delivers State of the City address
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The mayor of Vermont’s largest city delivered his sixth State of the City address Monday night.  Miro Weinberger said Burlington is a strong and vibrant community as he outlined five goals for the next year.

Scott Davidson/Flickr

Vermont State Police say alcohol likely was a factor in a car chase that reached speeds of 105 mph before ending in a fiery crash.

Committee on Temporary Shelter logo
Committee on Temporary Shelter/Facebook

A non-profit group that works with homeless people in Vermont's largest city has a new location where adults can drop in during the day to receive a variety of services.

Representative Job Tate
Vermont Legislature

A Vermont lawmaker will resign his seat in expectation of being deployed with the U.S. Naval Construction Battalions.

Vermont AG T.J. Donovan (left) announces VW settlement with House Speaker Mitzi Johnson, ANR Commissioner Julie Moore and Assistant AG Robert McDougall
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Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan announced Friday that the state has received one of its largest ever environmental settlements as he discussed Vermont’s share of a $157 million settlement with Volkswagen.

Massena International Airport
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In the wake of airline deregulation in 1978, the Essential Air Service program was created to guarantee small communities that had been served by airlines would still have minimal scheduled air service. Under President Donald Trump’s proposed budget, the subsidy from the Department of Transportation would be eliminated.  That is raising concern at airports across the region that rely on the program.

Denial documentary poster
Denial/Derek Hallquist

A film that will be screened in Saratoga Springs this weekend interweaves two topics close to the heart of the filmmaker.  Derek Hallquist intended to make the film “Denial” to explain the electric grid and its impact on the environment.  For years he followed his father, the leader of a small electric utility, as he tried to confront how the electricity sector addresses climate change.  But Hallquist says that as filming on the documentary progressed he discovered and then interwove his father’s personal story of confronting gender denial.

The Center for Cartoon Studies

An illustrator whose memoir and graphic novel about growing up with a bisexual father was adapted into a Tony Award-winning musical has been selected as Vermont's cartoonist laureate.

smokestacks
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Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan is joining 15 states, the District of Columbia and six cities that are publicly opposing President Donald Trump's executive order to dismantle the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan.

Electric bus on Shelburne Road in South Burlington
Green Mountain Transit/Facebook

For the next two weeks, public transit riders in Vermont may be picked up by an electric bus.

Vermont House Majority Leader Jill Krowinski
Verrmont Legislature

The Vermont House Appropriations Committee unanimously voted 11-0 Monday to send the proposed state budget to the House floor.  In advance of the debate House leaders are previewing the budget highlights.  House Majority Leader Democrat Jill Krowinski talks about what’s anticipated during the debate over the $5.8 billion fiscal plan.

marijuana
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The anticipated vote on a bill in the Vermont House that would legalize the use and possession of small amounts of marijuana for adults was aborted Tuesday after leaders determined there was not enough support to pass the measure.

smokestacks
wikipedia.org

Surrounded by miners at the Environmental Protection Agency, President Donald Trump today signed an executive order that suspends, rescinds or flags for review more than a half-dozen measures that were part of the previous administration’s plan to curb global warming.  One of the most controversial measures, of concern to advocates in the Northeast, is a rollback of the Clean Power Plan.

Senator Patrick Leahy at CVOEO weatherization warehouse
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Vermont U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy met with community advocates and the leader of the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity on Monday to discuss the implications of proposed cuts in the federal budget that would eliminate three programs that aid low-income Vermonters.

Senator Patrick Leahy
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Democratic Senator  Patrick Leahy is decrying proposed federal cuts to heating and weatherization programs for the poor.

Patricia Moulton
Vermont Technical College

The former secretary of the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development has been appointed president of Vermont Technical College.

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