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Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant
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The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says a senior radiation protection technician at the closed Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant deliberately falsified safety records for eight months last year.

Officials say customers of telephone and broadband services provider FairPoint Communications won't initially notice much difference after it merges with an Illinois-based telecommunications provider.

Since Senate Republicans released the draft of their bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act last week, many people have been wondering how the proposed changes will affect their own coverage, and their family's: Will my pre-existing condition be covered? Will my premiums go up or down?

The bill is still a work in progress, but we've taken a sampling of questions from All Things Considered listeners and answered them, based on what we know now.

What would it cost to protect the nation's voting systems from attack? About $400 million would go a long way, say cybersecurity experts. It's not a lot of money when it comes to national defense — the Pentagon spent more than that last year on military bands alone — but getting funds for election systems is always a struggle.

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In recent years, a growing number of news and political sites have popped up in Cuba. Some are taking advantage of what they say is a small but vibrant opening, one offered them since President Obama re-established relations with Cuba.

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Researchers keeping track of loon populations in the Adirondacks are looking for help from volunteers.

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Vermont Public Service Board members from left: Margaret Cheney, Chair Anthony Roisman, Sarah Hofmann
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The Vermont Public Service Board is changing its name to the Vermont Public Utility Commission.

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Advances in technology have made it much easier, faster and less expensive to do whole genome sequencing — to spell out all three billion letters in a person's genetic code. Falling costs have given rise to speculation that it could soon become a routine part of medical care, perhaps as routine as checking your blood pressure.

But will such tests, which can be done for as little as $1,000, prove useful, or needlessly scary?

In Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Titus Andromedon is a show-stealing character. Tituss Burgess plays the mostly out-of-work actor who's black, gay and an endearing friend to the very naive Kimmy Schmidt.

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New Hampshire tourism officials are anticipating 17 million visitors and $2.25 billion in visitor spending this summer, up 4 percent in both categories over last year.

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A Vermont legislative panel has deferred action on a proposal to create new sound standards for wind turbines.

Venezuela's ongoing political and economic crisis has taken a toll on daily life there.

A crash in oil prices and political instability under President Nicolas Maduro have led to food shortages, and that has prompted almost daily street protests by thousands of Venezuelans.

A 35-year-old protester named Carlos tells NPR's Audie Cornish the food situation is "pretty extreme." NPR is using only his first name for his safety.

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Vermont Governor Phil Scott
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Vermont Governor Phil Scott says he will appoint a commission to study the legalization of the recreational use of marijuana in the state.

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Vermont Independent Senator Bernie Sanders say the Republican Senate health care proposal is the "most harmful" piece of legislation he has ever seen.

In this week's episode of the show and podcast Invisibilia, we explore what happens when you discover a part of yourself that is very different than who you think you are.

Women in their 40s at average risk for breast cancer should talk to their health care provider about the risks and benefits of mammography before starting regular screening at that age, according to guidelines released Thursday by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

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