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Jay Peak And Burke Have The Money To Stay Viable 'For Foreseeable Future'

The business executive running two Northeast Kingdom ski resorts involved in a federal fraud investigation says both businesses have enough money to stay viable for the time being.
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The Bernie Sanders presidential campaign said it is laying off about 225 staffers following losses in four out of five of Tuesday's primaries.

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Gov. Peter Shumlin wants House Speaker Shap Smith to bring a bill legalizing marijuana to House floor for a vote, but Smith says he's not going to do this at this time because there's not nearly enough support in the House to pass the legislation.

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Gov. Peter Shumlin signed a bill into law Thursday that backers say will add thousands of Vermonters to the voting rolls. Under the law, people will automatically be registered to vote when they get or renew a driver's license.

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A working group established to see if the state should make a bid on a hydroelectric system wants up to $250,000 to hire a consultant.

Gov. Peter Shumlin put together the Vermont Hydro Power Working Group to look into purchasing a series of dams and power stations on the Deerfield and Connecticut Rivers.

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The 2016 legislation session is in its final days with a number of key issues yet to be decided. Issues like the legalization marijuana, the creation of an ethics commission, and an energy siting bill.

We’re talking with House Speaker Shap Smith about his top priorities for the rest of the session.

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Two weeks ago, shockwaves struck the Northeast Kingdom. The offices of Jay Peak and Q Burke were raided because of alleged improprieties involving the misuse of EB-5 funds.

So how has the news affected the psyche and the economic hopes of the region?

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The best-known native of Vermont's Plymouth Notch is probably still President Calvin Coolidge.

But if you visit the little village's graveyard, someone else's grave is arguably more intriguing. At the bottom of the stone slab is the inscription "I Still Live." This is the final resting place of Achsa Sprague. 

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If you ask Donald Trump, the race for the Republican presidential nomination is over. After a sweep of five states in the most recent primary contests Tuesday, Trump proclaimed himself the presumptive GOP nominee, even if his rivals Ted Cruz and John Kasich and their supporters would disagree.

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After a strong showing in this week’s primaries, Hillary Clinton looks to be on a glide path to the Democratic presidential nomination. This has some of Bernie Sanders’ colleagues in Washington asking him to tone down the barbs.

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With the House and Senate deadlocked on a bill legalizing marijuana, a possible compromise is to present this issue to voters in a nonbinding referendum in November.

While Vermont's political system calls on voters to approve proposed Constitutional amendments using a statewide referendum, the process doesn't allow for the consideration of other issues using this approach.

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Vermont's Most Powerful Politicians Helped Fundraise For Most Spectacular EB-5 Flop

Of all the alleged EB-5 frauds perpetrated by Bill Stenger and Ariel Quiros, none was as grand in scale as the case of AnC Bio.
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Art Hounds: Americana, Classical, Bow And Dance

Americana music in Tinmouth, the classical "B"s in Montpelier, Vermonter Bow Thayer in Rutland and DanceFest in Castleton.
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Dorothy's List: 'The Art of Secrets'

When this group of students from Burlington's Hunt and Edmunds Middle Schools got together to discuss The Art of Secrets, some of them were meeting for the first time. So Edmunds librarian Carole Renca started them out with a matching game to allow the students to mingle. Some students had cards with the names of characters from The Art of Secrets, and others had cards with descriptions of the character.
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In Rutland, People Recovering From Addiction Help Others Stay Clean

By the time Gov. Peter Shumlin shined a spotlight on Vermont’s heroin problem in his 2014 State of the State address, Rutland had been actively battling the issue for more than a year, opening a methadone clinic and launching an innovative multi-pronged, community-based approach called Project Vision.
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