Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

GOP Congressional Candidate Mark Donka

Mark Donka is the Republican candidate for the U.S. House.
Angela Evansie VPR

Mark Donka won a close three-way race in the Republican primary for Vermont’s lone congressional seat. He now faces Representative Peter Welch for the second consecutive time in the general election.

Donka outlines his positions on the bill to fund Syrian rebels fighting ISIS, the federal budget, the Affordable Care Act, immigration and other issues facing Congress.

Post your questions or comments for Mark Donka here or email them to vermontedition@vpr.net.

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Vermont Edition
9:27 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Say What? Lake Champlain Is Undergoing Turnover And Seiche

Underneath that calm surface, Lake Champlain is doing a lot of moving and shaking.
Thinkstock

To the casual observer, Lake Champlain might seem pretty calm right now. But lake scientists know that it is kicking up a storm. It's undergoing turnover and seiche (sounds like saysh) as we speak.

What, exactly, are these phenomena? Breck Bowden, director of the Lake Champlain Sea Grant program, explains.

What's turnover?

Turnover is "one of the most unusual and least-known properties of water," Bowden says. It starts with the lake's stratification; the warmer water sits on top, and the cooler water sinks to the bottom.

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Regional Report
6:17 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Regional Report: Does Montpelier Need A Parking Garage?

Some think a bringing a parking garage to Montpelier is critical to the city's economic development.
Sean Marshall Creative Commons

Mayor John Hollar thinks the city’s parking requirements for businesses wishing to locate in the city are too onerous and may be discouraging development.
 

He raised the issue at a recent meeting of the City Council, in an agenda item that sought to determine whether parking requirements in the city’s zoning ordinance should be reduced or eliminated in the downtown district.

Hollar indicated he thinks the requirements are unfair compared with what existing businesses have had to do.

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Government & Politics
6:10 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Senate Approves Plan To Arm Syrian Rebels, Vt. Senators Vote No

The U.S. Senate gave its approval Thursday night to President Barack Obama’s plan to arm and train Syrian forces in their fight against the terrorist group known as ISIS.

Both of Vermont’s Senators voted against the plan.

Sen. Bernie Sanders said he couldn’t support the President’s plan because he fears that it will eventually lead to the deployment of U.S. troops in Syria.

“I worry very much that getting involved in that area could open the door to the United States once again being involved in a quagmire, being involved in perpetual warfare," Sanders said.

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VPR News
5:00 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Communities Ramp Up Emergency Preparations To Qualify For Future Disaster Relief

Jeb Spaulding, Secretary of Administration, left, and Joe Flynn, Director of the Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, present Jan Sotirakis, of Chittenden, an award for best local emergency management director in Vermont.
Charlotte Albright VPR

Beginning next month, communities in Vermont will need to follow new rules to qualify for state assistance following a disaster. Community leaders learned about the new standards — and about other ways to prepare for emergencies — at an annual conference hosted by the Department of Public Safety.

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VPR News
5:56 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Northeast Kingdom Families To Get Bungalows From Habitat For Humanity

Elisabeth, Caleb, and Daniel Prue live in a small trailer with four other children, but will be getting a new Habitat for Humanity bungalow.
Charlotte Albright VPR

A family of seven living in a small trailer in Coventry is going to get a brand new house, thanks to Habitat for Humanity.

In the Northeast Kingdom, Habitat is looking for mobile homes in disrepair, and replacing them with small, energy-efficient bungalows. Daniel and Elisabeth Prue, of Coventry, will be the first clients to benefit from this new approach to affordable housing.

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VPR News
5:47 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Exchange Shutdown Catches Lawmakers By Surprise

Health Care Reform Chief Lawrence Miller, foreground, fields questions for the Health Care Oversight Committee Thursday morning.
Peter Hirschfeld VPR

Chittenden Sen. Ginny Lyons is the chairwoman of the Legislature’s Health Care Oversight Committee. And she says that security shortcomings on Vermont Health Connect warranted the decision earlier this week to temporarily shut it down.

But Lyons says legislators were caught flat-footed by a surprise announcement of bad news from the administration of Gov. Peter Shumlin.

“I believe that some prior notice would have been very helpful to folks, so that we would respond to the questions that we’ve been asked,” she said.

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Weekly Conversation on The Arts
4:55 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

One Man's 'Wild And Precious' Meditation On Change

Steve Cadwell
Joe Levine

How cathartic would it be to step onto a stage and give the performance of your life, literally? Steven Cadwell grew up in Pittsford in the 1950s and didn't come out as a gay man until the 1970s. He is now a married and works as a psychotherapist in the Boston area. His one-man performance is called Wild and Precious.

In the performance, Cadwell uses his own poetry, song, photos and costume changes to tell the story of his own life and the immense changes that have taken place in gay history in the last 50 years.

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Vermont Edition
3:13 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

'Tis The Season... For Hand, Foot And Mouth Disease

Last week, students on the soccer and football teams at North Country Union High School were stopped in their tracks by a mysterious rash on their feet and hands. Hand, foot and mouth disease is actually more common among children under five years old, but it can affect adults too … and it is more common this time of year.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Reliving History, Musket In Hand

Members of the Champlain Valley Historical Reenactors fire their muskets at their Confederate counterparts while staging a mock battle in Orwell in 1997.
Chris Line AP

Some people like to read about history, other people like to live it. We'll talk with historical reenactors about what motivates them to put on the shoes of another era's soldiers.

We'll hear from Steve Smith, a member of the Champlain Valley Historical Reenactors. Smith runs a troop of Confederate reenactors here in Vermont. We'll also hear from Admiral Warren Hamm, co-chair of the 150th Anniversary of the St. Alban's Raid Committee.

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