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Vermont's chief superior judge says he believes a child protection bill awaiting Governor Peter Shumlin's signature will help courts respond better to child abuse cases by providing them with more complete information.

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Lincoln Renewable Gas has proposed bringing a methane-processing plant to Salisbury that would supply 40 percent of Middlebury College's heating needs.

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The organization that regulates health care in Vermont says the two providers offering health insurance through the state health exchange are seeking rate increases.

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Local, state and federal officials marking the ground-breaking for a new Downtown Transit Center in Burlington say they hope it will make moving in, out of and around Vermont's largest city easier.

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Vermont lawmakers passed a $5.5 billion budget with $30 million dollars in tax increases before ending their 2015 session Saturday night. WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has a wrap-up.

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders has named two long-time Vermont political aides to key positions in his presidential campaign.

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Vermont lawmakers have passed a $1.47 billion general fund spending plan and an overall budget of about $5.5 billion, and have wrapped up their 2015 session.

The final gavels came down in the Senate at 10:23 p.m. Saturday and 11:04 p.m. in the House. That was about nine hours after a logjam was cleared with agreement between Gov. Peter Shumlin and lawmakers on a $30 million package of tax increases.

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FairPoint Communications says about 60 jobs will be lost when it closes a call center in South Burlington.

The Department of Public Health is unveiling changes to the way it issues licenses under the state's medical marijuana dispensary program.

The changes outlined Friday include a revamped application process that allows marijuana dispensaries to be approved similar to how other health care facilities, such as pharmacies, are licensed.

Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel said the changes will create "a more streamlined, efficient and transparent process."

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The Vermont Statehouse chamber was evacuated after a brown bat flew in to join the state's lawmakers.