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Cindy Smith left work early on March 27. She says she’d finished all of her work preparing food at a University of Vermont dining hall and the head chef told her she could go home. She clocked out 14 minutes early. The next week, she says, she was called into the manager’s office and put on “investigatory leave” for alleged violations of her employer’s attendance policy.

Smith works for Sodexo, the university’s food services contractor, and says company policies and management are disrespectful to employees.

Skip Brown

Voters in Fairlee, West Fairlee and Thetford will decide next month whether to finance a new dam over Lake Fairlee. The old one is in bad shape and the owner, a Maine resident, can’t afford to replace it. The re-design process has hit a few snags but community leaders in charge of the project are confident it will go forward.

Engineers warn that if the dam fails, water levels would drop so much so much that lakefront property would border on mud flats.

A Windham County initiative aims to convert 20 public buildings to wood heat. Vermont's 45th annual Green Up Day is Saturday, May 2. The law that allowed for the creation of town and city forests in Vermont turns 100 this year.

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As the Senate Finance committee considers a proposal to include professional services under the sales tax, Gov. Peter Shumlin says he'll strongly oppose the effort.

The lawmakers' plan would also reduce the sales tax rate.

Guy Mendilow Ensemble

The Rutland Jewish Center is presenting a free concert Sunday highlighting music inspired by a centuries old Judeo-Spanish culture known as Ladino.

When the Jews were forced out of Spain in the late 1400s, they scattered and resettled in Greece, Turkey, Morocco, the Balkans and beyond. In each adopted home, the language, food, customs and songs of these Sephardic Jews retained their identity – yet they also absorbed elements of their new surroundings.

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Two Vermont senators are trying to resurrect a plan to increase Medicaid reimbursement rates for health care providers. And they’d use tax increases on cigarettes and health insurance claims, as well as heightened penalties on employers that don’t provide health benefits, to pay for the plan.

Ok, it is pretty chilly still, but that won't stop the hard-core gardeners among us from getting ready for the growing season.

Monday on the program, garden expert Charlie Nardozzi, of VPR's Vermont Garden Journal, dishes his best advice for getting the most out of your vegetable rows, berry patches and flower beds. You will be putting your hands in warm soil soon!

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Governor Peter Shumlin has proposed a $190 million package of federal and state funds to address the Medicaid cost-shift, but the idea hasn't gained enough traction with lawmakers at the Statehouse so far this session. We look at that issue in a live interview with Shumlin. We also look at the work to release two critical upgrades to the state health care exchange in the next six months, and  plan to cleanup Lake Champlain.

FairPoint Communications is disputing claims that it may owe thousands of customers credit for repair delays last year because it potentially violated a Public Service Board rule.

The issue of the company’s credit policy came up during the Public Service Board’s investigation into the high number of repair delays experienced by FairPoint customers last year.

Skip Brown

A month before three towns are set to vote on an $850,000 project to replace the Lake Fairlee Dam, its private owner is voicing objections that could call the deal into jeopardy.

In phone interviews this week, Bryan Gregory, 62, a Maine resident who plans to retire to a Thetford camp house perched on top of the dam that has been in his family for generations, called one of his concerns a deal-breaker.