The state is developing its first on-road bicycle plan for state highways. Real Estate items are in the news from Fairfield Pond, Mount Holly and Weston. And an open meeting law stumble means a revote on town property tax exempt status for Hard'ack Recreation Area in St. Albans.

Members of the two unions on strike against FairPoint Communications rallied in Montpelier Thursday. They were more than a month past their last paychecks. The company has also discontinued their health insurance.

Lineman Kevin Major of Barre Town says he’s living off savings and some part time work.

“Doing some side jobs, fall cleanups and stuff like that, trying to pick up a little bit of money here and there," says Major, a 27 year veteran with FairPoint and its predecessors.

A student from Dartmouth College who came to the United States without citizenship documents says he is both relieved and a little disappointed in the speech President Barack Obama gave on Thursday evening about changes in immigration policy.

The Vermont Department of Health reports that three Vermonters got sick with a salmonella infection after eating bean sprouts traced to Wonton Food, Inc. in Brooklyn, New York.

Working in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as other state health departments in the northeast, the Vermont Department of Health determined that the three cases were part of a larger group of 68 cases across 10 states caused by the bean sprouts.

Sen. Bernie Sanders voted against the Keystone XL pipeline, and he supports President Obama's decision to protect some undocumented immigrants from deportation. Those are two of the issues we'll discuss with Sanders when he joins us on the next Vermont Edition.

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Broadcast live on Mon., Nov. 24 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

All three members of Vermont's congressional delegation strongly support President Obama's new immigration reform plan. The delegation says the president had to act because the U.S. House failed to move an immigration bill. 

Audio for this story will be posted at approximately 11 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 24. 

A new report from the Vermont Citizens Advisory Board says systemic problems with the state’s child protection processes contributed to the deaths of two children this spring.

The 26-page report raises serious questions about communication, quality control, training and investigations at the Vermont Department for Children and Families, as well as within law enforcement and the state court system.

“The one thing you're not supposed to do when filming sharks is to back up."

The first time Andy Mitchell swam with great white sharks proved to be quite an adventure. The Middlebury-based documentary filmmaker was in South Africa, in an area known as "Shark Alley." He and another cameraman had dropped a cage to the sea bottom and tipped it on its side like a soccer goal to provide some protection if an aggressive shark came at them.

“The weather was crap, and the visibility was horrible. You couldn’t see more than five or six feet. So I slowly edged out of the cage.”

President Obama wants to implement an immigration package through his powers of executive order and this decision has set off a controversial debate in Congress. Friday on Vermont Edition, Sen. Patrick Leahy was our guest to discuss immigration and other issues facing the U.S. Senate, such as this week's vote on the Keystone XL pipeline. We also discussed the failure this week of a bill Leahy sponsored to restrict government surveillance.

Broadcast live on Fri. Nov., 21 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

Vermont’s unemployment rate held steady at 4.4 percent in October, ending a series of monthly increases.

The October rate is the same as it was one year ago. In the past 12 months, unemployment fell as low as 3.3 percent (in April and May, 2014) before climbing to its current level.

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