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As House Democrats push forward with their impeachment inquiry of President Trump, the Democratic presidential candidates continue to make their case on the campaign trail — often ignoring the drama in Washington.

A case in point came Monday, in Manchester, New Hampshire, where Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders held a town hall to push his signature Medicare For All plan.

The Connecticut River in autumn from the French King Bridge.
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There's no single, quick protocol to make sure the public knows when untreated sewage or wastewater makes its way into rivers in Massachusetts. But a bill to create a timely, uniform notification process is sitting in a legislative committee. 

Three years after placing himself in the center of Rutland's refugee resettlement debate and losing his mayoral seat, Christopher Louras only regrets the refugee families who never came.

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey and U.S. Sen. Edward Markey are protesting the Trump administration’s plan to revoke an Obama-era waiver allowing California to set its own standards for automobile fuel economy and emissions.

Thirteen other states, including Massachusetts, have adopted California’s rules.

From the start, news of a possible merger between Marlboro College and the University of Bridgeport stirred mixed feelings on campus and in town. Some worried the tiny liberal arts college would lose its identity; others said it was a reasonable solution to a challenging financial situation.

But now that the merger is off everyone is wondering what's next.

Massachusetts U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren speaks from the stage during her open house at Springfield Technical Community College on March 9, 2018.
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After a summer recess, Congress returns this week. Senators and representatives running for president — including those from New England — are splitting their time between Capitol Hill and the campaign trail, and it shows in their voting records.

Back in the day communities all over Vermont had their own town dump, basically holes in the ground where people could just get rid of whatever garbage they were able to haul over.

But the politics and the economics of solid waste have changed — and Vermont's last unlined landfill, in Salisbury, closed on Sept. 1.

When Congress legalized hemp farming at the end of last year, CNN’s Harmeet Kaur wrote: “... if you try to smoke hemp, you'll probably just end up with a headache.”

Organic dairy farmers in Vermont say inconsistent enforcement of industry standards have allowed large-scale producers to market milk that is not truly organic. The farmers are asking Congress for help to close regulatory loopholes they say have given some large farms an unfair advantage in the market.

The final summer holiday is also the unofficial start of the presidential campaign in earnest, and Democratic hopefuls and Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders campaigned in New Hampshire over the long Labor Day weekend.

Sanders barnstormed across the state, holding five events. On Sunday, he was in the town of Raymond, where Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield — founders of Vermont’s Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream — dished out bowls of it before they introduced Sanders to about 400 supporters.

If there's one issue that defines Sen. Bernie Sanders, it's probably his unflinching support for a government-run health care system that's financed through federal taxes. That idea of "Medicare for All" has become a defining issue in the larger Democratic presidential race — and some other candidates are proposing modifications to Sanders' plan.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services alleges University of Vermont Medical Center illegally coerced a nurse into assisting with what the department described as an elective abortion. This is the first enforcement action of this kind from the department's new Conscience and Religious Freedom Division. The hospital disputes many of the allegations. 

American eels are washing up dead on the shores of northern Lake Champlain, and biologists are investigating what may be killing them.

Marijuana plants.
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The magazine High Times has been going strong since 1974, when it would have been hard to imagine the current swing toward marijuana legalization.

Now there's an enormous amount of cannabis information online, and even specific apps to locate pot shops. But there’s also a new crop of old-fashioned print publications, including some based in New England.

Elections security experts have discovered new ways to manipulate the type of voting machine used in Vermont, but local elections officials say it's unlikely that bad actors could exploit those vulnerabilities to change the results of an election.

The  Catholic Diocese in Springfield, Mass. is one of seven New England dioceses, that have started a confidential, third-party system to report misconduct by bishops.
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The Springfield Catholic Diocese and six others in New England are offering a confidential reporting system, operated by a third party, for filing sexual abuse and other misconduct allegations against bishops.

A classroom.
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Voters in a Berkshire County town have signed off on exploring a schools merger with a community right across the border in Vermont.

Vermont’s cleanest lakes are showing alarming signs of increasing phosphorus pollution — the nutrient that feeds algae blooms — according to a research study published by state scientists.

Killington ski resort has begun construction on a new $29 million base lodge. It's the latest in a series of big investments the ski area has made in recent years and one of many upgrades happening at ski areas statewide.

Two private New England school are taking steps to join forces next year. Marlboro College in southern Vermont plans to merge with the University of Bridgeport, based in Connecticut, the schools announced Thursday.

Vermont Rep. Peter Welch is calling for President Donald Trump's impeachment.

The Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant in Vernon, Vermont, stopped operations in December 2014.
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A cooling tower at the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant in Vernon has been demolished as part of the plant's decommissioning process.

E-cigarettes are the target of a hefty new state tax — one experts say should reduce teen vaping. But could the new tax lead to a vaping black market in Vermont?

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and California Sen. Kamala Harris have seen their poll numbers increase as they take away support from former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

But though the dynamics of the Democratic presidential race have shifted, the Sanders campaign is sending out a very clear message to the other Democratic candidates: they're in it for the long haul, and they've got plenty of money.

Over the past decade, the number of high school graduates in Vermont has dropped 25%. In addition, fewer students see the value in a four-year college degree.

Local colleges are now competing for fewer students — and that's led some higher education leaders in Vermont to spell out ways to keep their schools relevant.

Emmett is a mounted boar head. For 22 years, Emmett has hung on the wall in Vermont Supreme Court Justice Marilyn Skoglund's Montpelier office, where he went to live after Skoglund received him as a gift from an ex.

On the weekend marking the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, at least two Vermont towns will be holding their first-ever pride parades.

There’s still some uncertainty around the federal and the state rules that regulate hemp — but as the market for CBD oil grows, there’s a lot of anticipation around what a good hemp crop could mean for Vermont’s economy.

This Christmas Fern is toxic to deer, according to author Lynn Levine.
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At a certain point during mud season in New England, you can go to any number of restaurants and find fiddleheads on the menu.

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders campaigned across New Hampshire this week, with three events scheduled on Memorial Day and three more for Tuesday.

During a stop in Warner, Sanders told a crowd that many of the unpopular positions he's taken in the past now have widespread support -- including his votes against the war in Iraq.

Now, as tensions with Iran mount, Sanders accused the current president of failing to learn from history.

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