Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Making Kids Count

Vermont is ranked second in the country in childhood well being.
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Vermont ranks second in the country in child well being. That’s according to the most-recent Kids Count Data Book, which is published annually by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The state is among the top 10 in all four of the ranked categories – economic well-being, education, health, and family and community.

Voices for Vermont’s Children Research Associate Sarah Teel and Marianne Miller, Head Start and Early Head Start director for Capstone Community Action Council, discuss the report’s findings and look at areas of well-being that still have children’s advocates concerned.

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Public Post
10:02 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Closures, Weather, Hazards: State Offers Custom Emergency Alerts

Local and statewide emergency alerts can now be custom delivered to your phone or computer in Vermont.
Herb Swanson

Wouldn't it be great if you could have school closings, weather alerts and nearby road hazards all custom delivered to your phone or inbox? It's a technology that's already in full swing in New York, and is getting off the ground in Vermont.

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The Frequency
5:32 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Police Arrest Mother's Boyfriend In Shelburne Toddler Death

Detectives from the Chittenden Unit for Special Investigations on Thursday arrested 26-year-old Joshua Blow for the alleged First Degree Murder of 2-year-old Aiden Haskins on Tuesday, police say.

According to an earlier news release, Blow was Haskins’ mother’s boyfriend, and the child was “being cared for” by him at the time of the death.

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Regional Report
5:30 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Regional Report: Bennington Examines Housing Stock

The town of Bennington continues to look at ways to attract more businesses to town.

And a new study looked at whether or not the housing stock is a factor.

Keith Whitcomb Jr has been following that story for the Bennington Banner and he spoke with VPR's Mitch Wertlieb for our Friday Regional Report.

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VPR News
5:00 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Senate Democrats Deeply Divided On Corren Candidacy For Lt. Governor

Senate Democrats are divided over whether to support Progressive Dean Corren for Lieutenant Governor.
Courtesy Dean Corren

The Vermont Democratic State committee will meet tomorrow to endorse a full slate of statewide candidates including Gov. Peter Shumlin, Congressman Peter Welch and Secretary of State Jim Condos.

The committee is also scheduled to hear from Progressive Lt. Governor candidate Dean Corren as part of his effort to officially win the Democratic nomination. Corren is eyeing this possibility because the only Democrat interested in this race, John Bauer, dropped out last month.

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VPR News
6:13 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

In A Kingdom By The Trees, Vermont Children's Theater Still Going Strong

Young actors present "Beauty and the Beast" at Vermont Children's Theater in Lyndonville.
Charlotte Albright vpr

Once upon a time, on a tree-lined ridge overlooking Lyndonville, a bunch of kids gathered in a red barn. They moved some hay bales around, scared away some angry starlings, and sang and danced their way into the hearts of the Northeast Kingdom.

Over 20 years later, and with a lot of help from volunteers and benefactors, the curtain is still going up on the Vermont Children’s Theater.

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VPR News
5:28 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Budget Cuts Loom After Revenue Downgrade

Economists Jeff Carr, left, and Tom Kavet brief lawmakers and the governor on a $31 million revenue downgrade.
Peter Hirschfeld VPR

A downgrade in revenue projections has opened up a $31 million hole in the state budget. And the shortfall will likely result in unexpected cuts to government programs.

When lawmakers and Gov. Peter Shumlin gave final approval to the fiscal year 2015 state budget back in May, they assumed a 4.8-percent increase in revenues over the coming year. But it turns out the economic recovery isn’t going quite as well as they’d hoped.

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VPR News
5:08 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

State Exploring Ways To Connect Entrepreneurs With Investors

In the post-recession era, it’s become more difficult for start-ups and companies without a track record to secure traditional bank loans, so businesses have had to turn elsewhere. 

“What has happened in Vermont is there has been an appetite to seek raising money directly from investors,“ says Commissioner of the Department of Financial Regulation Susan Donegan.

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Weekly Conversation On The Arts
5:06 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Afraid To Talk About Death? This Exhibit Might Change Your Mind

The Wake Up To Dying traveling exhibit features interviews with more than 20 Vermonters about death, dying and life. The traveling exhibit is at Montpelier's Christ Episcopal Church July 24-26.
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It’s natural that people, for the most part, do not like to talk about death and dying. An audio exhibit in Montpelier this weekend is trying to change that.

The Wake Up To Dying Project gathers stories about death, dying and life, and supplements them with art exhibits and discussion. The traveling exhibit is at Montpelier's Christ Episcopal Church July 24-26.

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The Frequency
4:33 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Critics Say Burlington Telecom Deal Could Hurt Community

Trey Pecor (left) shook hands with Mayor Miro Weinberger after signing a deal to help finance the settlement between Burlington and Citibank.
Taylor Dobbs VPR File Photo

To hear Mayor Miro Weinberger tell it, getting Burlington Telecom out of city ownership will be a big win for Burlington and its taxpayers. But some of the network’s high-profile proponents have serious concerns.

They say the city’s settlement with Citibank over unpaid BT bills and a financing plan with Merchant’s Bank and local businessman Trey Pecor put the high-tech telecom on an uncertain and perilous path.

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