VPR News
5:00 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Milne Calls For Freeze On Statewide Property Tax Rate

Republican gubernatorial hopeful Scott Milne says that as he campaigns around the state, there is no question that the rising burden of property taxes is one of the biggest issues facing Vermonters.  That's why he's calling for a two year freeze on the statewide property tax rate for education.

Milne says the freeze could be tough on some local school boards but he says it will ultimately force lawmakers to consider a new and simplified approach to paying for education.

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VPR News
5:01 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Vermont Sees Case Of Unusual Hantavirus

The deer mouse helps spread Hantavirus to humans.
John Good National Park Service

The State Health Department is reporting that someone contracted Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome while visiting Vermont last month.

The out-of-state resident who became ill was most likely exposed to mice droppings while cleaning up a seasonal home. The person, who was not named, has since recovered.

Hantavirus is a serious respiratory disease that causes fatigue, fever, headaches, muscle aches, coughing and shortness of breath. Roughly one third of people who get the virus die from it.

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The Frequency
4:32 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Politicians, Candidates React To Health Exchange Downtime

Vermont politicians and political candidates weighed in on Tuesday’s announcement that Vermont Health Connect will be taken offline for fixes for weeks. Here’s what they had to say:

Lt. Gov. Phil Scott

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Public Post
12:58 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

To Dispel Doubts, Greensboro Theater Backer Steps Out Of Anonymity

The Greensboro Arts Alliance and Residency will be before the Greensboro Development Review Board this evening, seeking a permit to build a "state-of-the-art performance arts facility" on 10 acres of what is now farmland and the site of the Hazendale Farmstand.

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Vermont Edition
12:30 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

The Spartan Race: Overcoming Life’s Obstacles

Spartan Races are now held across the country and internationally.
Rachel La Corte AP

Athletes are forever testing the limits of their prowess and endurance. Runners might start with a 5K, but eventually, 10Ks, half marathons and marathons beckon. Then there are triathlons.

Now add obstacle races to the mix. These include activities like climbing up ropes, throwing spears, hurdling over walls, crawling under barbed wire and leaping over fire.

Joe DeSena of Pittsfield is the creator of the Spartan Races. He discusses how the races came about and have grown into international events.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Gov. Candidate Dan Feliciano

Libertarian candidate for govenror Dan Feliciano.
Bob Kinzel VPR

Dan Feliciano is the Libertarian candidate for governor, and he’s gained more attention than Libertarians usually do in Vermont thanks to a write-in campaign in the Republican primary. Feliciano has been making sharp attacks on incumbent Governor Peter Shumlin, and says Shumlin's health care policy is driven by "fantasy." Feliciano is our guest to discuss his campaign for governor, and why he wants to lead the state.

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VPR News
10:57 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Vermont's Health Exchange Site Is Offline For Repairs

From left, Gov. Peter Shumlin, Secretary of Human Services Harry Chen and Lawrence Miller, Shumlin's senior advisor on health care. Mark Larson (background, red tie) is no longer in control of Vermont Health Connect.
Taylor Dobbs VPR

Gov. Peter Shumlin announced Tuesday that his administration has made the decision to take the Vermont Health Connect website offline for weeks to make repairs, and oversight for the project has shifted.

Shumlin said he made the decision with the hopes of ensuring a smooth open enrollment period starting in November. Open enrollment is the time when new customers can purchase health care through the exchange for the coming year.

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VPR News
10:08 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Two Scottish Vermonters Weigh In On Referendum Vote

The Union Jack, St. George's Cross and the Saltire fly at Adderstone, England on Sept. 8.
Scott Heppell AP

On Thursday, Scottish voters will vote on whether or not to leave the United Kingdom and form their own independent country. While Scots living in Vermont don’t have a vote in the referendum, many are watching it closely, wondering if their native country will be forever changed by the end of the week. 

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VPR News
7:55 am
Tue September 16, 2014

VA Town Meeting Brings More Thanks Than Complaints

Brenda Cruikshank, State Commander, VFW, chats with Deborah Amdur, Director, VA Hospital at White River Junction, prior to public forum at the hospital.
Charlotte Albright VPR

Veterans and their families got a chance to weigh in on services provided at the VA Hospital Junction at a Town Hall style meeting on Monday. The meeting is part of a national effort to improve communication about the way the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs functions.

The White River Junction VA Town Meeting is one in a nationwide series of forums in the wake of scandals about long waiting times and poor services in other parts of the country.

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The Frequency
7:10 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Report: Scott Milne Splits With Campaign Manager

Less than eight weeks before the general election, Scott Milne is without a campaign manager.
Angela Evancie VPR

The Burlington Free Press reports that Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Milne and campaign manager Brent Burns have parted ways after just two months working together.

"I resigned Friday," Burns confirmed Monday. "For the last six years, I have been working in super high stress jobs. I needed to take a step back," Burns explained when asked why. "All the rest is between Scott and I."

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