Vermont

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Advocates for low-income workers in recent years have pushed in legislatures across the nation for increasing the Earned Income Tax Credit. Now, Massachusetts Republican Gov. Charlie Baker in his budget proposal is asking the commonwealth’s lawmakers to increase the rate from 23 percent to 30 percent.

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Republican Governor Phil Scott has signed a bill that will make Vermont the first state in the country to legalize marijuana through an act of the Legislature. 

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An escalation in immigration enforcement over the past year has brought a new level of anxiety for the several thousand migrant farm workers living in Vermont.

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Washington D.C. has ended a temporary residency program for almost 60,000 Haitians allowed to legally enter the United States following an earthquake in 2010. The affected Haitians will have to leave the U.S. by 2019. The program has also been revoked for 2,000 Nicaraguans and it's unclear if other groups, including 300,000 Salvadorans, will be allowed to remain.

 


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  In the small town of Warren, Vermont a so-called net zero house is being built that will not use any fossil fuel. The house has solar panels on the roof to generate electricity and pipes in the ground to capture geothermal energy for heating. It won’t be using power from the grid that was generated with fossil fuel. There are other houses like this but what makes this home unusual is that the nationally acclaimed architect building it is using an unconventional material.  

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Not all sounds of the forest are soothing, as reporter Chris Jensen learned when he visited the North Country Moose Festival, held in the adjoining towns of Colebrook, New Hampshire and nearby Canaan, Vermont.

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After years of encouraging solar development, Vermont seems to be attracting the attention of national solar companies.


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A Vermont father of six is facing deportation to Mexico in a case that highlights shifting federal immigration enforcement priorities.

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The credit rating for Massachusetts is now on par with most New England states, after a major credit rating agency downgraded the state's bonds.

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Gov. Gina Raimondo said Rhode Island will continue to address climate change despite President Donald Trump's decision to pull the United States out of a global climate agreement. 

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Kilmartin joins 19 other attorneys general in a letter to U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein following the dismissal of FBI Director James Comey.

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  Many small towns in New England are eager to welcome refugees from the war in Syria, but that doesn’t seem likely under President Donald Trump’s shifting immigration policy.

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Part 3 of a four-part New England News Collaborative series called "Facing Change"

Next month, a mix of Syrian and Iraqi refugees will begin arriving in Rutland, Vermont. They’ll be the first of 100 that will be resettled there over the next year. 

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The carcinogen often referred to as the "Erin Brockovich chemical" is present in about two-thirds of the drinking water across the country, according to water testing data from the Environmental Protection Agency.

Kathleen Masterson / Vermont Public Radio

Renewable energy has grown to nearly 10 percent of New England's energy mix. But here’s the problem: we can't control when the sun shines and the wind blows. That means sometimes extra renewable energy gets dumped, or a wind plant is told to power down.

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