The Frequency
7:11 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Lt. Gov. Phil Scott Reports Hefty Fundraising Totals

Gov. Peter Shumlin over the past two weeks has increased what was already a substantial financial advantage over Republican challenger Scott Milne.

Shumlin collected more than $31,700, spent only $767, and now sits on $1.16 million with only about nine weeks until Election Day, according to a disclosure filed with the secretary of state Tuesday.

Milne, meanwhile, has raised $9,950 since Aug. 15, spent $33,400, and is sitting on about $16,000. The positive balance in Milne’s campaign is thanks only to the $25,000 he loaned his campaign last Friday.

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VPR News
7:01 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Final Count Confirms Corren As Lt. Gov. Write-In Winner

From left, Republican Susie Hudson, Democrat Dottie Deans and Progressive Emma Mulvaney-Stanak sign a canvassing report on Sept. 2 in Montpelier.
Bob Kinzel VPR

A special canvassing committee has formally certified the results of last week’s Primary election. State Election Director Will Senning distributed the results of all statewide races to leaders of the Democratic, Republican and Progressive Parties. After they reviewed and signed the documents, the results became official.

Write-in campaigns got a lot of attention this year. In a high profile effort, Progressive Lt. Governor

candidate Dean Corren received just under 4,000 votes in the Democratic primary. This represents 60 percent of the votes in this contest.

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Vermont Edition
3:01 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Vermont Mosquito Season Update

All the rain we’ve had this summer has been great for gardeners, but it’s also been good news for the species of mosquitoes that like to breed in artificial containers: the little pools created in your drain spouts, bird baths, and garbage can lids. Those are the mosquitoes that carry some of the diseases we all worry about, like West Nile, and Eastern Equine Encephalitis, also known as EEE.

Alan Graham is the Vermont State Entomologist, and he joins us again today to tell us about this year’s mosquito season.

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Vermont Edition
1:31 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Advice To First Year College Students

Moving into the dorm rooms is just the beginning. What advice would you give to college freshmen?
Siena College Flickr

You’ve graduated from high school and you feel pretty good about yourself, but now the real test begins: college. First year students are showing up on campuses all over the state this time of year and realizing they don’t know much of anything at all. What classes should you take? How do you make friends? Where is the free food? Are textbooks really that expensive?

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The Catch-Up
12:13 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

The Catch-Up: Lake Champlain Is Kinda Gross

You might have heard about these blue-green algae blooms on Lake Champlain. But do you know what they smell like? What causes them? The health effects? VPR reporters Annie Russell and Taylor Dobbs take a field trip to an active bloom in St. Albans Bay to get some answers.

For a map of algae problem areas, check here.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Douglas Reflects On Political Life In New Autobiography

Former Gov. Jim Douglas speaks during a meeting of the State Budget Crisis Task Force at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, June 2013. Douglas' memoir is 'The Vermont Way.'
Matt Rourke AP File

Former Governor Jim Douglas says people still ask him how he, a Republican, could be repeatedly re-elected in a liberal state like Vermont. He says the question stems from deep political divisions that see "red states" growing redder and "blue states" turning deeper blue.  Douglas reflects on that political trend and how to rebuild a moderate center in his new autobiography, The Vermont Way: A Republican Governor Leads America's Most Liberal State. We talk with Douglas about his book and his career in Vermont politics, on the next Vermont Edition.

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VPR News
11:15 am
Tue September 2, 2014

A 'Reluctant Manifesto' Against Watching Football

Steve Almond is the author of Against Football: A Reluctant Manifesto.
Sharona Jacobs

In just a couple of days from now the pennant chases of Major League Baseball will lose some of their luster, no matter how close the jockeying is. Because for a certain kind of sports fan, baseball is less America’s pastime than a way to pass time before football season begins.

The National Football League is the unquestioned dominant pro sports league in America, and the Superbowl might as well be declared a national holiday for the millions who watch, host or attend parties, and place bets on everything from the coin toss to the final point spread.

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The Frequency
10:30 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Shumlin To Launch Campaign Next Week

Gov. Peter Shumlin is seeking a third term in the state's highest office.
Toby Talbot AP File Photo

Gov. Peter Shumlin will officially launch his 2014 reelection campaign next week, according to a release from his campaign.

A campaign kickoff is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 9, when the Democratic governor will outline his case for a third term.

Shumlin has tapped a member of his executive staff to serve as campaign manager. Scott Coriell, who until last week served as special assistant to the governor, has left his job in the administration to run Shumlin’s campaign.

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Public Post
9:26 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Public Post: Randolph Wastewater, Vandalism Problems, Heating Lothrop School

Randolph is about to build a new wastewater treatment facility and has a settlement agreement with the state regarding violations at the old plant. Concerns are raised over litter and vandalism at recreation areas in Wallingford, Norwich and Waitsfield. And school and town officials in Pittsford aim to lower last year's $68,000 heading bill at Lothrop Elementary School.

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VPR News
5:30 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Primary Election Results Finalized Today

At 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, representatives of Vermont’s Republican, Democrat, Progressive and Liberty Union political parties will gather in the wood paneled conference room in the offices of Secretary of State Jim Condos to certify the results from 275 voting precincts across the state. 

If all goes according to plan, they will review the results from the primary election and then certify them.

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