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.

Send your questions for the candidate to vermontedition@vpr.net or post below.

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VPR News
10:57 am
Tue September 16, 2014

'They Will Use The Call Center': Shumlin Takes Health Connect Offline

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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VPR News
6:25 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Clean And Green? New Case Challenges Green Mountain Power's Renewable Energy Claims

The electricity produced by wind turbines on Lowell Mountain stays in Vermont. But the environmental credits belong to high-paying, out-of-state customers.
Toby Talbot AP

Green Mountain Power in recent years has installed wind turbines atop Vermont’s ridgelines and solar arrays in its fields. All fueling the delivery of clean, green, renewable power to conscientious Vermonters’ homes, right?

Turns out, that’s a matter of debate.

“If you were to ask Vermonters, ‘do they think that by buying GMP power from wind projects, they’re reducing their carbon footprint’ I’d venture to say a strong a majority of Vermonters would say, ‘of course that’s what we’re doing’,” says Vermont Law School professor Pat Parenteau. “The truth is, they’re not.”

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Arts & Culture
5:30 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Flowers, Whales And Brilliant Blues: New Murals Color Rutland Skyline

Kathryn Palmer-Wiegers' mural adds brilliant color to the side of Green Mountain Power's Energy Innovation Center.
Courtesy

It’s hard to miss a painting that’s more than three stories high. In Rutland, a growing number of over-sized murals are coloring the downtown skyline.

Persi Narvaez’s painted his first Rutland mural, a bright yellow splash of food and flowers, two years ago. He just finished his second, even larger work this month.  This one in brilliant blue highlights the city’s architecture.    

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Vermont Edition
2:57 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Williston Author Sarah Healy's 'House Of Wonder'

Sarah Healy says her new book is a coming of age novel about woman in her mid-thirties.

Going back to your childhood home to visit your parents can be awkward at the best of times. Especially if your 38-year-old brother still lives at home and your mother is a hoarder … But sometimes going back home again is exactly what you need to do to move forward with your life. That’s the theme of Vermont author Sarah Healy’s new novel, House of Wonder. Sarah Healy spoke with Vermont Edition about the book. Healy starts off reading a passage.

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The Frequency
1:11 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Corren, Sorrell Take On Gasoline Price Gap

Dean Corren, right, explained a graph showing the gap between Burlington gas prices and the statewide average.
Taylor Dobbs VPR

Dean Corren, Lieutenant Governor candidate for both the Progressive and Democratic parties, joined Attorney General Bill Sorrell for a campaign stop at a gas station in Burlington Monday morning, but they weren’t filling up.

The pair were hoping to bring attention to the discrepancy in gas prices between northwestern Vermont and other areas of the state, like Rutland. In photos taken Sunday, a gas station in Rutland showed a price of $3.39 for regular while a Burlington station was charging $3.58 – a 19 cent difference.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

What Can Hospitals Do To Control Costs?

Rutland Regional CEO Tom Huebner
Toby Talbot AP

A visit to the hospital can be terrifying…and then you get the bill. Right now, hospitals receive money by billing for each patient visit, but sometimes those charges can seem out of synch with the services received.

We’ll talk to Tom Huebner, President and CEO of Rutland Regional Medical Center, about whether it would be possible to bring costs down by changing the way they budget.

We’ll also hear from Richard Slusky, Director of Payment Reform for the Green Mountain Care Board, and Joe Woodin, CEO and President of Gifford Medical Center.

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