VPR News
5:00 am
Fri August 22, 2014

New Drug Rules For Doctors Would Regulate Pain Treatment

Two years ago, lawmakers asked the Vermont Department of Health to come up with rules to prevent the abuse of narcotic painkillers. Now, health officials want to impose new regulations on doctors prescribing the drugs.

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VPR News
4:54 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Newport Conference Center Deal Falls Through

Bill Stenger and Tony Pomlerleau have had an on-again, off-again agreement to transfer ownership of a waterfront plaza strategically located on a causeway overlooking Lake Memphremagog.
Michel Gagnon Flickr

A keystone in the redevelopment plan for the city of Newport has toppled. Jay Peak Resort owner Bill Stenger was counting on buying a shopping center from real estate developer Tony Pomerleau, and converting it into a convention center and marina.

But after some starts and stops, the deal has finally fallen through.

Bill Stenger and Tony Pomerleau have had an on-again, off-again agreement to transfer ownership of this waterfront plaza. Strategically located on a causeway overlooking  Lake Memphremagog, Stenger says it would make a great convention center and marina.

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Vermont Edition
4:30 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Studying The Rural Brain Drain: Where Aspirations Outpace Opportunity

A Penn State study concluded that the brain drain pulling young people away from rural communities like Montpelier was a result of rural under-investment.
ErikaMitchell Thinkstock

Sociologists have been worried for a while about a phenomenon called "rural brain drain." The best and the brightest young students are leaving rural areas in search of jobs and opportunities elsewhere.

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VPR News
4:29 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Choosing Vermont: Voices Of The State's Young Professionals

Young professionals in Vermont shared their thoughts on living in (or leaving) Vermont.
Photos courtesy Peter Brown, Ariel Brooks, Alex Shevrin, Dan Marchetti, Ben Bonaccio and Maureen McElaney

For VPR's Choosing Vermont series, young professionals from across the state shared their thoughts on living in (or leaving) Vermont. Eight voices were heard on-air, but countless more wrote in to tell us their stories.

We asked that interviewees simply share their individual experiences. We followed up the series with a conversation with Economic Development Commissioner Lisa Gosselin.

We expect to follow up on this series, and hear from more of Vermont’s young professionals.

Regional challenges

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The Frequency
4:24 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Federal Inspector Joins Search For Burlington Fuel Leak

A federal inspector was in Burlington Thursday to inspect fuel storage facilities as part of a search for the source of a fuel leak that has been stumping local and state officials for almost three years.

The inspector from the Environmental Protection Agency was checking the infrastructure and protocols at the Vermont Rail Systems rail yard on Burlington’s waterfront. 

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Vermont Edition
2:00 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Two Lifetimes Of Work On Display At JSC

Alexandra Heller poses here with her sculpture "Elephant Eye." The paintings and sculptures of Peter and Alexandra Heller are on display at Johnson State College now through September 24.
Amy Kolb Noyes VPR

As staff, faculty and students begin returning to the campus of Johnson State College, a rare opportunity awaits them at the school’s Julian Scott Memorial Gallery. An exhibit now on display features the paintings of Peter Heller and sculptures by Alexandra Heller. The husband and wife taught together in the college’s art department nearly 50 years ago.

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The Frequency
12:49 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

At Burlington College, A Troubled Summer

Burlington College is in financial trouble.

Earlier this summer, the regional accrediting body for colleges put the lakeshore liberal arts college on probation, citing financial problems.

New reports detail just how troubled the college's finances really are.

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Vermont Edition
12:30 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

GOP Gubernatorial Candidates Debate

Pomfret businessman Scott Milne is a GOP candidate for governor.
Angela Evancie VPR

Steve Berry, Scott Milne and Emily Peyton are the three candidates on the Republican ballot running for governor of Vermont.

In advance of next Tuesday’s primary election, they debate their positions and platforms in the hope of becoming the GOP candidate to face incumbent Governor Peter Shumlin.

Post your questions for the candidates here or email them to vermontedition@vpr.net.

Broadcast live on Friday, August 22 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Garret Keizer Goes Back To School

High School doesn't look much like this any more.
Stowe Free Library Flickr

Garret Keizer never really wanted to be a teacher, but he found himself wrangling high school students in the Northeast Kingdom until he was able to make ends meet as a writer. Then, fourteen years later, Keizer found himself back in the classroom again.

He’s written about his experience in a new book, Getting Schooled: The Reeducation of an American Teacher. We’ll talk to Keizer about the challenges and rewards of teaching.

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Weekly Conversation on The Arts
10:50 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Weekly Conversation On The Arts: Solo But Not Alone

Night of Arrows is David Kaczynski, who writes the lyrics and melodies and plays all the instruments on his self-produced albums.
Dave Kaczynski

Night of Arrows is a band of one. Singer and songwriter David Kaczynski writes the lyrics and melodies and plays all the instruments — electric and acoustic guitars, bass and drums — on his self-produced albums.

His home studio in Jeffersonville acts as a kind of therapist's couch: A safe space to pour out pain, sadness and loss and give words and sound to difficult emotions through his raw, spare music.

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