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In a grassy Vermont field as a horse skitters in the distance, dancer Chatch Pregger is scaling a makeshift barn. He stretches his arms outward, holding an E for East in his hand. As the chicken feathers on his head flutter in the breeze, it's easy indeed to imagine him as a graceful weathervane rooster.

A woman who allegedly shot and killed a social worker last week just outside Montpelier in Barre, Vt., appeared in court Monday. The alleged shooter, Jody Herring, is being held without bail.

Police say that Herring reportedly shot Lara Sobel, 48, a social worker at the Department for Children and Families, because Herring was upset about losing custody of her daughter, according to the Associated Press.

Old Photo Stirs Memories Of Bygone Vermont

Jul 21, 2015

Sometimes the memory of a person resurfaces in an unusual way. Earlier this year, Here & Now contributor Vermont Public Radio aired an interview with the National Geographic photographer Nathan Benn, whose photographs of Vermont in the 1970s were on display at a local exhibit.

This story is part of NPR's series Journey Home. We're going to the places that presidential candidates call home and finding out what those places tell us about how they see the world.

How did a city kid, who grew up in a 3 1/2-room apartment in Brooklyn, N.Y., end up the mayor of Burlington, Vt., and later one of the state's two senators? For Bernie Sanders, it began with a subway ride into Manhattan with his brother.

Authorities investigating the escape of two convicted murderers from Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, N.Y. this weekend believe the men might have planned to flee to Vermont.

"There is some indication" that two convicted killers who escaped from a maximum security prison in New York "might have planned to head to Vermont" after escaping, Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin says.

He spoke at a news conference held near the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, N.Y., where inmates David Sweat and Richard Matt escaped this past weekend.

Shumlin said the authorities have information suggesting the two men might have considered New York "too hot" and that they might instead head to a camp in Vermont.

Vermont To Implement Same Day Voter Registration

Jun 7, 2015

This week Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin signed a bill into law allowing same day voter registration.  While many activists are praising the move, some concerns remain about the logistics implementing the new law.

The future of Vermont’s health insurance exchange depends on the Shumlin administration’s ability to meet a looming deadline. Still unanswered, though, is the question of how to proceed if the milestone goes unmet. Lt. Gov. Phil Scott and top lawmakers think the solution might be in Connecticut.

Bernie Sanders, the independent senator from Vermont, tells the AP and USA Today that he will seek the Democratic nomination for president in 2016.

Sanders, a socialist and a liberal darling, is a long-shot candidate but is expected to pull front-runner Hillary Clinton left.

Steve Zind (VPR)

It’s been one year since Hurricane Irene tore up the Eastern Seaboard, finally hitting Connecticut as a Tropical Storm. While the damage and power outages in this state were substantial, the impact was nothing like that in Vermont, where heavy rains flooded creeks and streams, blocking roads for days and washing away buildings across the state. As Steve Zind of Vermont Public Radio reports, the recovery effort is ongoing. But it’s not just about rebuilding…it’s also planning for future storms. 

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