VPR News
11:00 am
Sat August 30, 2014

Brattleboro Retreat Warned By Medicare

The Brattleboro Retreat must correct problems found in a recent Medicare inspection.
Susan Keese VPR

The Brattleboro Retreat has until September 2 to file plans for correcting problems found during a recent inspection. The hospital’s Medicare and Medicaid contracts could be terminated if it fails to comply.

The Retreat’s latest problems surfaced in an inspection that was prompted by an altercation on the hospital’s adolescent unit, which sent four employees to the hospital. Regulators say the Retreat followed proper protocol in that incident, but they found new problems that were deemed potential threats to

patient safety.

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VPR News
6:03 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Rep. Welch: Don't Launch Air Strikes Against ISIS Forces In Syria

Congressman Peter Welch says it would be a mistake for the United States to launch air strikes in Syria to weaken the Islamic State known as ISIS or ISIL.

The Obama Administration describes ISIS as a well-funded and well organized terrorist group that poses a threat to the security of the United States.

For the past few weeks, the Administration has conducted air strikes against ISIS in northern Iraq but these attacks stopped when ISIS forces move across the border into Syria.

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VPR News
5:43 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Vermont Health Connect Development Slowed By Contractor Switch, Open Enrollment

Vermont's head of health care reform, Lawrence Miller, said that to maintain stability, Vermont Health Connect won't add functionality this year.
Taylor Dobbs VPR

In the lead up to the state’s firing of contractor CGI as the developer of Vermont Health Connect, officials contracted a separate company to analyze the project’s development.

The 166-page report was handed over to state officials last night; it concludes that CGI wasn’t delivering on its promises, and the work it completed was often sub-par.

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VPR News
5:31 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Weston Finds Complexity And Humor In Chekhov's 'Uncle Vanya'

Actors Campbell Scott and Kathleen McElfresh review the updated script.
Tim Ford Weston Playhouse

The Russian writer Anton Chekhov wrote his plays in the late 1800s. But his characters are as richly layered and recognizably human as those in any modern drama. A new translation and adaptation of Chekhov’s 'Uncle Vanya' at the Weston Playhouse Theater brings the play even closer to contemporary life.

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Public Post
4:07 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Pittsford Hoping To Knock $40K Off School Heating Bill

Last winter it cost $68,000 to heat Pittsford's Lothrop Elementary School. The school board has put together a plan that it thinks will reduce the school's annual heating bill by $40,000, but first school directors must find a way to pay for the project.

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The Frequency
2:05 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

West Nile Virus Likely Widespread In Vermont

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The Vermont Department of Health says mosquitoes captured in multiple towns across southern Vermont have tested positive for West Nile virus.

Mosquitoes in Rockingham, Brattleboro, Putney and Newbury have all tested positive for the virus.

In addition to the state's earlier finding that the virus was in St. Albans, officials warn that mosquitoes carrying West Nile are probably widespread in the state.

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Regional Report
12:39 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Regional Report: Residents React To St. Albans Algae Blooms

A beach in St. Albans is closed to the public due to poor water quality.
Daria Bishop

Toxic algae blooms are a chronic issue for Lake Champlain.  But according to some, this year’s blooms are among the worst – and perhaps nowhere is it worse than in St. Albans Bay.

We often hear from state officials and environmental groups about the problem and how to address it, but the Vermonters who live nearest to these blooms and are most affected by them are also weighing in.

The St. Albans Messenger's Elodie Reed reported on the local response to the water quality problems on the bay.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Rep. Welch On Syria, U.S. Role In Middle East

Congressman Peter Welch.
AP File/Toby Talbot

Congressman Peter Welch is our guest on the next Vermont Edition. We discuss the Islamic State in Syria and what he thinks the United States' military response should be. We take your calls on domestic issues facing Congress.

Also in the program, the role that write-in votes played in Tuesday's Primary Election. Political analyst Eric Davis discusses the results of voting in an election that saw extremely low voter turnout.

Broadcast live on Fri., Aug. 29 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

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VPR News
6:22 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Bennington Pushes FEMA On Post-Irene River Work

The Roaring Branch is now wider and rockier, with room to meander and dissipate its energy.
Susan Keese VPR

Three years after Tropical Storm Irene, much of Vermont’s damaged infrastructure has been repaired. The federal government has dispensed more than $600 million to help make that happen. But some towns are still struggling. One of them is Bennington. 

The town is about to enter the final round of a battle with FEMA over funding for emergency work on the Roaring Branch of the Walloomsac River.

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VPR News
6:15 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

FairPoint Declares Impasse, Implements Reduced Union Benefits

FairPoint says it will unilaterally implement pay and benefit provisions for union workers
VPR/Steve Zind

FairPoint Communications says it will unilaterally implement the terms of its union contract offer. The company has declared an impasse in talks with the unions representing as many as two thousand workers in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. 

Under federal labor law an impasse declaration enables FairPoint to make changes to wages, benefits and employment conditions without union consent.  

A company can declare an impasse if there is no prospect for a negotiated settlement.

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