Vermont Edition
2:00 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Two Lifetimes Of Work On Display At JSC

Alexandra Heller poses here with her sculpture "Elephant Eye." The paintings and sculptures of Peter and Alexandra Heller are on display at Johnson State College now through September 24.
Amy Kolb Noyes VPR

As staff, faculty and students begin returning to the campus of Johnson State College, a rare opportunity awaits them at the school’s Julian Scott Memorial Gallery. An exhibit now on display features the paintings of Peter Heller and sculptures by Alexandra Heller. The husband and wife taught together in the college’s art department nearly 50 years ago.

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The Frequency
12:49 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

At Burlington College, A Troubled Summer

Burlington College is in financial trouble.

Earlier this summer, the regional accrediting body for colleges put the lakeshore liberal arts college on probation, citing financial problems.

New reports detail just how troubled the college's finances really are.

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Vermont Edition
12:30 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

GOP Gubernatorial Candidates Debate

Pomfret businessman Scott Milne is a GOP candidate for governor.
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.

Post your questions for the candidates here or email them to vermontedition@vpr.net.

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

Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Garret Keizer Goes Back To School

High School doesn't look much like this any more.
Stowe Free Library Flickr

Garret Keizer never really wanted to be a teacher, but he found himself wrangling high school students in the Northeast Kingdom until he was able to make ends meet as a writer. Then, fourteen years later, Keizer found himself back in the classroom again.

He’s written about his experience in a new book, Getting Schooled: The Reeducation of an American Teacher. We’ll talk to Keizer about the challenges and rewards of teaching.

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Weekly Conversation on The Arts
10:50 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Weekly Conversation On The Arts: Solo But Not Alone

Night of Arrows is David Kaczynski, who writes the lyrics and melodies and plays all the instruments on his self-produced albums.
Dave Kaczynski

Night of Arrows is a band of one. Singer and songwriter David Kaczynski writes the lyrics and melodies and plays all the instruments — electric and acoustic guitars, bass and drums — on his self-produced albums.

His home studio in Jeffersonville acts as a kind of therapist's couch: A safe space to pour out pain, sadness and loss and give words and sound to difficult emotions through his raw, spare music.

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VPR News
5:00 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Ebola Unlikely In U.S., But Preparations Underway

A Nigerian health official wears a protective mask on Aug. 4, 2014. Though the chances of contracting the disease outside of West Africa are extremely slim, American hospitals are preparing for a possible outbreak.
Sunday Alamba AP

Grim news about the Ebola virus is filling the airwaves these days. And although the chances of contracting the disease outside of West Africa are extremely slim, American hospitals are preparing for a possible outbreak. Colleges are also starting to get questions from parents about whether international students could carry the virus to campuses.

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VPR News
5:12 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Businesses Give Big To Shumlin Campaign

Gov. Peter Shumlin has raised over $1 million for his campaign, and some say big donations are buying some donors undue influence over the political process.
Angela Evancie VPR File Photo

Political campaigns in this state are almost always funded by private money. Figuring out where exactly the cash is coming from, however, can be difficult.

Unlike federal elections statutes, which require major contributors to list the businesses they might represent, Vermont mandates no such disclosures. So VPR decided to dig in to the numbers.

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VPR News
5:10 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Primary Election Hasn't Excited Voters; Turnout May Hit Record Low

Secretary of State Jim Condos says voter turnout is driven largely by highly competitive statewide races.
Bob Kinzel VPR

While there seems to be some interest in two write-in campaigns for statewide office in next week’s primary election, state officials think that overall voter turnout will be extremely low. There are also concerns that the write-in efforts will complicate the vote counting process.

By most accounts, this has been an extremely quiet primary season in Vermont. It’s not a presidential year and it’s an off year for U.S. Senate campaigns.

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The Frequency
4:23 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Boil Water Order Lifted In Fair Haven

State officials lifted a boil water notice in the town of Fair Haven Wednesday, a day after it was declared.

Water samples tested positive for fecal coliform (E. coli) on Monday, causing officials to issue the notice Tuesday.

A positive E. coli test indicates "that the water may be contaminated with human or animal wastes," according to a release.

Updated August 20 at 4:23 p.m. to reflect that the notice was lifted.

Vermont Edition
2:37 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Waylon Speed Gets 'Live From The Fort' Rolling

Waylon Speed prepare to play "Live From the Fort."
Ric Cengeri VPR

This week, VPR is launching a new online music project called ‘Live From the Fort.’  We invite Vermont bands into the VPR Performance Studio to perform and talk about their music, and we’re posting the videos of these mini-concerts to vpr.net. In the coming months you’ll be able to watch and listen to acts like Kat Wright and Maryse Smith.

Today, we’re sharing a track from the first band to perform for ‘Live From the Fort’ - Waylon Speed - playing their song “Smooth the Grain."

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