VPR News
5:00 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Lots Of Choice In Northeast Kingdom State's Attorney Races

The Essex County Courthouse in Guildhall is an historic venue for trials. The State's Attorney, Vincent Illuzzi, faces a challenge from Julianne Woolard in the August 26 primary.
Charlotte Albright VPR

Voters in the Northeast Kingdom will have some clear choices in the upcoming primary election for state’s attorney. In Orleans County, the incumbent faces three challengers, and two of them have served as his deputies. In Essex County, the race pits a veteran of state politics against a juvenile defense attorney who wants to find alternatives to litigation.

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VPR News
4:49 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Monthly Jobless Numbers Only Tell Part Of The Story

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This week, the Vermont Labor Department reported the state unemployment rate had gone up for a second straight month. It rose to 3.7 percent in July. 

But monthly jobless numbers tell only part of the story. There is good news in the latest report.

The monthly unemployment figure is a measure of people in the labor force who don’t have jobs but are actively looking for work.

When it goes down, that’s usually seen as a positive sign, but there’s more than one way for that to happen.

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The Catch-Up
3:45 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

The Catch-Up: Primary Elections, Explained

What's the point of primary elections? What are "open primaries"? In the first installment of The Catch-Up, VPR's new explainer series, we tell you what you need to know.

For more information from the Vermont Secretary of State's office, check out this page.

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The Frequency
2:53 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Boil Water Order Issued In Fair Haven

State officials issued a boil water notice in the town of Fair Haven Tuesday because water samples tested positive for fecal coliform (E. coli).

Tests on Monday were positive, indicating "that the water may be contaminated with human or animal wastes," according to a release.

The release said officials expect to have the problem resolved within 24 to 48 hours.

Vermont Edition
2:14 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

The Work Of The Guardians Ad Litem

Around 300 volunteers serve as Guardians ad litem in Vermont.
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When a child is removed from his or her family because of abuse or neglect, someone needs to advocate for them in court. That advocate is a Guardian ad Litem. There are 300 of these volunteers in Vermont.

Mary Hayden, manager of Vermont’s Guardian ad Litem Program, and Guardian ad Litem Susan Hong discuss the work of these volunteers, the training they undergo, the research they do and how they arrive at the recommendations they make to the court on whether a child should be returned to their family.

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Vermont Edition
1:34 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Blue-Green Algae Blooms In Lake Champlain?

Algae bloom in St. Albans Bay
Vermont Department of Health

It’s that time of year when swimmers and boaters in Lake Champlain can  enjoy water temperatures that have finally become bearable. And when they have to be concerned about blue green algae blooms.

Vermont Edition spoke with David Mears, commissioner of the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation, about the algae blooms occurring in Lake Champlain, and if we could see what’s happening in Lake Erie here.

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The Frequency
1:32 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Scott Milne Up With First TV Ad Of 2014 Elections

With seven days until the primary election, the first television ad of the 2014 election cycle hit the airwaves Tuesday.

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VPR News
9:16 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Snow Gun Exchange Expected To Save Vermont Ski Resorts Millions

Dave Lacombe, head of snowmaking at Killington, says new more efficient snowguns, lik the one he's standing under, will help the resort save hundreds of thousands of dollars a year in utility costs.
Nina Keck VPR

This summer Vermont ski resorts are investing millions to upgrade their snowmaking equipment, thanks in part to an innovative rebate offer from Efficiency Vermont. The snow gun exchange program is expected to help the state’s ski industry reduce carbon emissions and save $2 million a year in energy costs.

Killington is one of about 15 participating resorts. 

On a recent visit, the resort's snow making control center was quiet. But in a few months, foreman Steve Reynolds pointed to a bank of computer screens he said would be humming.

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VPR News
5:30 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Phil Scott Closes Money Gap, While GOP's Milne Still Lags Behind

Liutenant governor Phil Scott raised more than $50,000 during the last month, according to disclosures filed Monday, bringing his total for this cycle to $113,000.
Bob Kinzel VPR

The race for lieutenant governor is shaping up to become one of the most expensive contests for that office in Vermont history. And Republican incumbent Phil Scott and Progressive Party challenger Dean Corren are raising their money in very different ways.

Among the more onerous tasks of any political campaign is raising the cash needed to fund the effort. On this count at least, Progressive Party candidate Dean Corren is enjoying an operational advantage over the Republican incumbent.

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Vermont Edition
4:20 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

The Legacy Of Jim Jeffords

From left, Sen. Jim Jeffords, Rep. Bernie Sanders and Sen. Patrick Leahy celebrate the passing of the Northeast Dairy Compact in Montpelier on Nov. 22, 1999.
Toby Talbot AP

Jim Jeffords was a GOP stalwart in Vermont, serving seven terms as a Republican in the House before moving to the Senate. Jeffords made headlines in 2001 when he renounced his Republican Party affiliation and became an Independent, caucusing with the Democrats. His decision shifted the balance of power in the Senate and made him a target of national devotion and disdain.

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