VPR News
9:00 am
Sat August 23, 2014

The Incubator For Social Change; Institute For Social Ecology Celebrates 40 Years

The Institute for Social Ecology was founded in Plainfield in 1974.
Jon Kalish VPR

Social ecology is an academic discipline that favors a democratic and communal approach to social, political and environmental problems.

Vermont has played a seminal role in the development of this somewhat obscure social science, thanks to the Institute for Social Ecology founded in Plainfield in 1974.

The institute started at Goddard College and operated out of Goddard's 90-acre Cate Farm, which had a brick farmhouse and a huge dairy barn that served as the institute’s lecture hall and fabrication workshop.

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VPR News
6:14 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Thanks Jim - Vermont Says Goodbye To Jim Jeffords

Former Governor Jim Douglas speaks at funeral Friday for Senator Jim Jeffords
Nina Keck VPR

Hundreds gathered at Rutland’s Grace Congregational Church today to say goodbye to Jim Jeffords, who died Monday at age 80.

Vermont’s Congressional delegation stood alongside family, friends and neighbors to celebrate Jeffords' political contributions, his military service and what nearly all described an extraordinary life of service.

Jeffords' flag draped coffin stood just in front of the altar surrounded by flowers and the voices of the Grace Church choir.

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VPR News
6:01 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

GOP Gubernatorial Candidates Split On Health Care, Energy

Scott Milne, Emily Peyton and Steve Berry gathered in Montpelier on Friday to debate the future of health care, education and energy in Vermont.
Angela Evancie VPR

The three Republican gubernatorial candidates have very different points of view on the future of health care in Vermont. They also disagree on ways to make the state more energy independent. These differences emerged during a debate on Vermont Public Radio.

The VPR debate marked one of the very few times that the three candidates, Steve Berry, Emily Peyton and Scott Milne have been together during this primary election season.

While the candidates have somewhat similar views on education and the economy, they disagree on the future of health care in Vermont.

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Vermont Edition
1:25 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Training The Police

Full time police personnel in Vermont must go through a 16 week training academy.
Nina Keck VPR

Police shootings elicit strong feelings in the affected communities and give people elsewhere pause to think about the wider implications. They also raise questions about how police are trained.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

GOP Gubernatorial Candidates Debate

Pomfret businessman Scott Milne, Emily Peyton of Putney and retired Wolcott businessman Steve Berry are vying for a chance to face incumbent Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin.
Angela Evancie VPR

Steve Berry, Scott Milne and Emily Peyton are the three candidates on the Republican ballot running for governor of Vermont.

In advance of next Tuesday’s primary election, they debate their positions and platforms in the hope of becoming the GOP candidate to face incumbent Governor Peter Shumlin.

Broadcast live on Friday, August 22 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

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VPR News
5:00 am
Fri August 22, 2014

New Drug Rules For Doctors Would Regulate Pain Treatment

Health department officials say they don’t want to tie doctors’ hands when it comes to treating chronic pain. But they do want to stem the flow of narcotic painkillers into the hands of people who might misuse them.
Fuse Thinkstock

Two years ago, lawmakers asked the Vermont Department of Health to come up with rules to prevent the abuse of narcotic painkillers. Now, health officials want to impose new regulations on doctors prescribing the drugs.

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VPR News
4:54 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Newport Conference Center Deal Falls Through

Bill Stenger and Tony Pomlerleau have had an on-again, off-again agreement to transfer ownership of a waterfront plaza strategically located on a causeway overlooking Lake Memphremagog.
Michel Gagnon Flickr

A keystone in the redevelopment plan for the city of Newport has toppled. Jay Peak Resort owner Bill Stenger was counting on buying a shopping center from real estate developer Tony Pomerleau, and converting it into a convention center and marina.

But after some starts and stops, the deal has finally fallen through.

Bill Stenger and Tony Pomerleau have had an on-again, off-again agreement to transfer ownership of this waterfront plaza. Strategically located on a causeway overlooking  Lake Memphremagog, Stenger says it would make a great convention center and marina.

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Vermont Edition
4:30 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Studying The Rural Brain Drain: Where Aspirations Outpace Opportunity

A Penn State study concluded that the brain drain pulling young people away from rural communities like Montpelier was a result of rural under-investment.
ErikaMitchell Thinkstock

Sociologists have been worried for a while about a phenomenon called "rural brain drain." The best and the brightest young students are leaving rural areas in search of jobs and opportunities elsewhere.

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VPR News
4:29 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Choosing Vermont: Voices Of The State's Young Professionals

Young professionals in Vermont shared their thoughts on living in (or leaving) Vermont.
Photos courtesy Peter Brown, Ariel Brooks, Alex Shevrin, Dan Marchetti, Ben Bonaccio and Maureen McElaney

For VPR's Choosing Vermont series, young professionals from across the state shared their thoughts on living in (or leaving) Vermont. Eight voices were heard on-air, but countless more wrote in to tell us their stories.

We asked that interviewees simply share their individual experiences. We followed up the series with a conversation with Economic Development Commissioner Lisa Gosselin.

We expect to follow up on this series, and hear from more of Vermont’s young professionals.

Regional challenges

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The Frequency
4:24 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Federal Inspector Joins Search For Burlington Fuel Leak

A federal inspector was in Burlington Thursday to inspect fuel storage facilities as part of a search for the source of a fuel leak that has been stumping local and state officials for almost three years.

The inspector from the Environmental Protection Agency was checking the infrastructure and protocols at the Vermont Rail Systems rail yard on Burlington’s waterfront. 

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