Public Post
10:51 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Randolph Settles With State On Sewage Plant Violations

As the town of Randolph prepares to build a new wastewater treatment facility, the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation announced this week it has reached a settlement with the town regarding failures of the old plant.

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The Frequency
10:51 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Mark Donka To Challenge Peter Welch

Mark Donka will challenge Congressman Peter Welch for Vermont's lone seat in the U.S. House of Representatives this November.
Angela Evancie VPR File Photo

A veteran law-enforcement officer who wants to repeal Obamacare has won the Republican nomination for the U.S. House of Representatives.

Mark Donka eked out a 321-vote victory in Tuesday’s GOP primary, where three candidates had to wait until Wednesday for the Associated Press to call the hotly contested race.

Donka took 36 percent of the vote, ahead of Don Russell’s 33 percent and Donald Nolte’s 31 percent.

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VPR Blog
10:36 am
Thu August 28, 2014

A Fond Farewell To Our Summer Intern

Catherine Clare Hays, showing off the mad skills she learned this summer in audio editing.
VPR

Each semester and summer, VPR's Journalism Fund provides funding for the News Department to hire an undergraduate college intern, who learns the ropes of public radio and assists with the production of Vermont Edition. This summer, we were blessed with the talents and southern charm of Middlebury College student Catherine Clare Hays. As she begins her fall semester, we share with you some her parting thoughts on interning, public broadcasting and what it's like behind the scenes at VPR.

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VPR News
10:01 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Three Years After Irene, Brandon Residents Want Town Office And Park Fixed

The spot where the Brandon House of Pizza used to be is now barricaded and many say the concrete-enclosed gap is an eyesore that's taking too long to fix.
Nina Keck VPR

In downtown Brandon, the Neshobe River flows over a waterfall and under several historic buildings, including the town office. During Tropical Storm Irene the river raged up and through those buildings.

Three years later, several flooded businesses have come back stronger than ever. Yet the town office and nearby park remain closed, frustrating many in the community.

Inside the Brandon House of Pizza, the exhaust fans hum as owner Sheila Gearwar slides a just-assembled pie into the oven. 

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VPR News
5:50 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Report Compares Vermonters' Health Expenses With National Numbers

A study conducted by the Health Care Cost Institute marks the first time the experience of private health care consumers in an individual state has been compared to national data.
Roman Milert

A new report has been released that compares how much Vermonters with employer sponsored health care spend on their medical care compared to the national average. The study contains some encouraging news for state health care officials and it highlights some challenges for the future.  

It was conducted by the Health Care Cost Institute at the request of Vermont’s Green Mountain Care Board.

It marks the first time the experience of private health care consumers in an individual state has been compared to national data.

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VPR News
5:38 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

NRC Finds Spent Fuel Safe To Store 'Indefinitely' On-site

A pool stores nuclear fuel at the Entergy Vermont Yankee plant. Vermont Yankee, which is closing at the end of this year, says it plans to transfer its spent fuel into dry casks as quickly as possible, probably by 2020.
Toby Talbot AP/file

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has ruled that spent nuclear fuel can be safely stored indefinitely at decommissioned nuclear power plants.

The rule stems from a 2012 appeals court ruling ordering the NRC to consider the chance that a long-promised, permanent nuclear waste repository might never be built. The court also ordered the agency to do further analysis of the risks of spent fuel pool leaks and fires.

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VPR News
5:07 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Corren Has Democratic Nomination, But Party's Support Still An Open Question

Rep. Kesha Ram was among the handful of Democratic lawmakers standing next to Progressive Dean Corren at his campaign event outside the Ward 1 polling station in Burlington on Tuesday.

That doesn’t mean he can count on her vote just yet.

“I really like what I’m hearing from Dean Corren. I am glad that he is working on championing single-payer and other issues that are important to us as Democrats,” Ram said. “And he has not directly asked me for my support, but today seems like the start of that request.”

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VPR News
2:57 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

One Northeast Kingdom State's Attorney Out And Another In

In the Northeast Kingdom, final results of two races for State’s Attorney are still trickling in. One  incumbent appears to have lost his job, but another is widening his  lead. 

In Essex County, former state senator and current State’s Attorney Vincent Illuzzi is leading Julianne Woolard, a public defender for juvenile offenders.

During the campaign Woolard criticized Illuzzi for being too quick to prosecute first-time or juvenile offenders who might turn away from crime if diverted to alternative justice programs, like drug courts.

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Vermont Edition
1:22 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

The Business Of U-Pick Farms

Picking raspberries in Monkton
Rob Friesel Flickr

You may have gone out to farms this summer to pick your own blueberries or strawberries. Did it seem like you were doing all the work for the farmer? Well it turns out running a Pick Your Own farm can be a lot of work in its own right.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Neurology, Research And Care For ALS Patients

Lt. Gov. Phil Scott, second from left, and Gov. Peter Shumlin, second from right, take the "ice bucket challenge" on Aug. 14, 2014. The challenge is aimed at raising funds to fight ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.
Dave Gram AP

Maybe you have poured a bucket of ice on your head, or maybe you have just seen videos of friends doing it. Either way, the viral "ice bucket challenge" has accomplished its goal this summer: raising awareness and money for ALS, a fatal illness that was little-known a month ago.

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