VPR News
7:36 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Vermont Man Sues State, Claims State Police Seized His Car, Stranding Him 8 Miles From Home

In this screen shot from police video of a March traffic stop in Wallingford, Greg Zullo, 21, speaks with State Trooper Lewis Hatch about snow on the bumper of his car. Zullo is suing the state of Vermont.

The Vermont chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit against the state of Vermont over a traffic stop in Wallingford last March.

The ACLU says that the young man filing the lawsuit was stopped, his car was seized and he was left to walk eight miles home after a trooper said he smelled burnt marijuana.

21-year-old Greg Zullo was pulled over for having some snow on the bumper of his car, which the trooper said was touching or covering the registration sticker on his rear license plate.

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6:13 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Vermonters Turn Out For People's Climate March

Demonstrators make their way down Sixth Avenue in New York during the People's Climate March Sunday. The march, along with similar gatherings scheduled in other cities worldwide, comes two days before the United Nations Climate Summit.
Jason DeCrow Associated Press

More than a thousand Vermonters marched in New York City yesterday as part of the People’s Climate March.

Some marchers were dressed as polar bears, some carried small wooden windmill replicas in their hands and some of the older activists held signs saying they were marching for their grandchildren. Contingents affiliated with colleges, labor unions and religious groups marched banners denouncing hydro-fracking, the tar sands oil project in Canada and the XL pipeline. Magdeline Valetis came from Putney with her 13 year-old daughter Ashley.

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VPR News
5:30 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Springfield Seeks Solutions For Crime Surge

Springfield Police Chief Doug Johnston says a multi-pronged approach to Springfield's problems.
Susan Keese VPR News

The town of Springfield has been considering an anti-loitering ordinance to help keep drugs and criminal activity off the streets. Those efforts have led to a broader discussion of the town’s problems.

Sitting in the Jenny Wren Café on Springfield’s main downtown street, Kimberly Bombria says she’s seen a lot of gang activity and drug sales. She traces much of the problem to tenants of the building that also houses the cafe.

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VPR News
9:59 am
Sun September 21, 2014

Corren Has Democratic Endorsement, But Not All Party Resources

After winning the Democratic primary with an impressive write-in campaign, Dean Corren now has the official endorsement of the party, but not all its resources.
Courtesy Dean Corren

The Vermont Democratic State Committee voted Saturday to formally endorse Progressive Lt. Gov. candidate Dean Corren.

But that doesn’t mean he’ll have access to all of the party’s resources.

Corren already had the Democratic nomination under his belt, thanks to a write-in campaign in the Democratic primary. But the party stopped short of formally endorsing Corren.

That changed Saturday, when Democrats voted 31 to four in favor of endorsing the Progressive candidate.

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Public Post
1:34 pm
Sat September 20, 2014

Public Post: LED Street Lights, Sign Thefts, The Mirror Theatre

Fair Haven is asking for public participation in a street light evaluation before making the switch to LED fixtures. Sign thefts and signing regulations have been a topic of discussion for several select boards. Greensboro's Development Review Board gives a green light to the Greensboro Arts Alliance and Residency's plan to build the Mirror Theatre.

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The Frequency
5:55 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Donka At Odds With Welch, Climate Science

Mark Donka, a Republican running for Congress against Rep. Peter Welch, has views on climate change that are in conflict with widely-accepted science on the matter.

On Vermont Edition Friday, Donka confirmed that he believes climate change is real, but argued that humans aren’t necessarily the primary cause.

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The Frequency
5:50 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Regulators Delay Hearings On Phase 2 Of Vermont Gas Pipeline

State regulators are delaying their consideration of Phase 2 of the Vermont Gas Systems pipeline because the company has so far failed to get federal approval to bring gas to New York and because of ongoing concerns about cost overruns for Phase 1 of the pipeline.

The second phase of the pipeline would connect the planned Phase 1 terminus in Addison County to a paper mill owned by International Paper in Ticonderoga, N.Y.

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The Frequency
3:59 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Soon, Burlington Police Patrol Officers Will All Be Wearing Body Cameras

A police officer wears an on-body camera during a demonstration in Los Angeles in January. Burlington Police will be eqipping their entire patrol force over the next four months.
Damian Dovarganes AP

Burlington Police officers are getting new equipment that officials say will increase transparency and accountability in the department: body cameras.

The department has been using seven body-worn cameras for about two years, and Chief Michael Schirling announced today that the city has budgeted about $18,000 to expand the use of the cameras to include the entire patrol force of the department.

The purchase includes 60 of the cameras, which Schirling says have benefits even beyond increased transparency.

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VPR News
3:30 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Killington Spartan Race Not So Grueling For Local Businesses

More than 10,000 competitors from all over the world are expected in Killington this weekend for the third annual Spartan Race World Championship.  While the 15-mile obstacle course may be grueling for the racers, it’ll be a boon for local businesses.

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Vermont Edition
1:13 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Climate Change And Activism

In this file photo, 350.org leader Bill McKibben talks to Montpelier students in front of solar panels in 2007.
Toby Talbot AP

This weekend, some Vermonters are in New York City for a massive protest about climate change in the United States.  Meanwhile, new research from UVM has added more data to a picture of rising temperatures and less snow in the coming century. Monday on Vermont Edition, we’ll look at the impacts of climate change in our region.

Did you attend the climate march in New York this weekend? Join the conversation: post comments and questions below or write to vermontedition@vpr.net