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The Vermont Senate has passed its version of a bill to overhaul Vermont's public school system. It takes a less mandatory approach than a version passed earlier by the House.

Vermont Health Department

Vermont Health Commissioner Dr. Harry Chen spent the week speaking forcefully in favor of eliminating the philosophical exemption that some parents use to avoid getting their kids fully vaccinated. As has been the case around the country, the issue was the subject of fierce debate in Montpelier this week. Commissioner Chen spoke with WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.


The chairman of the Health Care Committee in the Vermont House says a majority of the panel supports eliminating the philosophical exemption for parents who don't want to have their children vaccinated.

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A former member of the Vermont House of Representatives will review campaign finance complaints against the state's attorney general.

Vermont State Police

A Vermont state senator has pleaded not guilty to charges of sexual assault and prohibited acts.

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Officials in Franklin County, New York are hoping this will be the year that they will be able to impose a new occupancy tax as the Assembly moves its proposal to the state Senate.

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A group of Australian clinicians were 10,000 miles from home in Plattsburgh this week as part of a study tour assessing patient delivery and payment systems.

Lake Champlain International

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing guidelines to help state and local officials detect dangerous levels of algal toxins in drinking water.

Vermont Right to Know Coalition

The Grocery Manufacturers' Association and other industry groups are asking a federal appeals court to overturn a judge's refusal to block Vermont's first-in-the-nation law requiring the labeling of genetically modified food from taking effect on July 1, 2016.

The Vermont House Health Care Committee is taking three days of testimony this week on a bill that would eliminate the state’s philosophical exemption allowing parents to opt out of a child’s vaccinations.