The Catch-Up
12:13 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

The Catch-Up: Lake Champlain Is Kinda Gross

You might have heard about these blue-green algae blooms on Lake Champlain. But do you know what they smell like? What causes them? The health effects? VPR reporters Annie Russell and Taylor Dobbs take a field trip to an active bloom in St. Albans Bay to get some answers.

For a map of algae problem areas, check here.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Douglas Reflects On Political Life In New Autobiography

Former Gov. Jim Douglas speaks during a meeting of the State Budget Crisis Task Force at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, June 2013. Douglas' memoir is 'The Vermont Way.'
Matt Rourke AP File

Former Governor Jim Douglas says people still ask him how he, a Republican, could be repeatedly re-elected in a liberal state like Vermont. He says the question stems from deep political divisions that see "red states" growing redder and "blue states" turning deeper blue.  Douglas reflects on that political trend and how to rebuild a moderate center in his new autobiography, The Vermont Way: A Republican Governor Leads America's Most Liberal State. We talk with Douglas about his book and his career in Vermont politics, on the next Vermont Edition.

VPR News
11:15 am
Tue September 2, 2014

A 'Reluctant Manifesto' Against Watching Football

Steve Almond is the author of Against Football: A Reluctant Manifesto.
Sharona Jacobs

In just a couple of days from now the pennant chases of Major League Baseball will lose some of their luster, no matter how close the jockeying is. Because for a certain kind of sports fan, baseball is less America’s pastime than a way to pass time before football season begins.

The National Football League is the unquestioned dominant pro sports league in America, and the Superbowl might as well be declared a national holiday for the millions who watch, host or attend parties, and place bets on everything from the coin toss to the final point spread.

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The Frequency
10:30 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Shumlin To Launch Campaign Next Week

Gov. Peter Shumlin is seeking a third term in the state's highest office.
Toby Talbot AP File Photo

Gov. Peter Shumlin will officially launch his 2014 reelection campaign next week, according to a release from his campaign.

A campaign kickoff is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 9, when the Democratic governor will outline his case for a third term.

Shumlin has tapped a member of his executive staff to serve as campaign manager. Scott Coriell, who until last week served as special assistant to the governor, has left his job in the administration to run Shumlin’s campaign.

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Public Post
9:26 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Public Post: Randolph Wastewater, Vandalism Problems, Heating Lothrop School

Randolph is about to build a new wastewater treatment facility and has a settlement agreement with the state regarding violations at the old plant. Concerns are raised over litter and vandalism at recreation areas in Wallingford, Norwich and Waitsfield. And school and town officials in Pittsford aim to lower last year's $68,000 heading bill at Lothrop Elementary School.

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VPR News
5:30 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Primary Election Results Finalized Today

At 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, representatives of Vermont’s Republican, Democrat, Progressive and Liberty Union political parties will gather in the wood paneled conference room in the offices of Secretary of State Jim Condos to certify the results from 275 voting precincts across the state. 

If all goes according to plan, they will review the results from the primary election and then certify them.

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VPR News
5:30 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Health Coaches Help Patients Battle Chronic Illness

Jennifer McFarlin has been working with a health coach from Dartmouth Hitchock Medical Center to lower her weight as she manages her diabetes.
Charlotte Albright vpr

More than 25 million Americans suffer from diabetes, and one in every 10 health care dollars is spent to treat it. But what if those patients were coached to live healthier lives?

One hospital experimenting with this new strategy is Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center.

That’s where 39-year-old Jennifer McFarlin spends a lot of time. Like approximately 500 other patients getting treated at Dartmouth Hitchcock, she has diabetes.

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VPR News
5:30 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

Program Teaches Business Skills To Young Farmers

Members of the Youth Ag IDA program with their instructors.
UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture

Dan Brassard, 19, is already well versed in many skills. He raises beef, sells firewood and produces maple syrup in the new East Randolph sugarhouse he’s standing in.

“All the lumber here I cut and logged off my parents’ land. It was my senior project at the tech center. I sawed it all out,” he says.

In the past year, Brassard has gained some business know-how to go along with his hands-on experience. He’s a graduate of a new program run by University of Vermont Center for Sustainable Agriculture.

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VPR News
7:00 am
Mon September 1, 2014

Blue Bins Coming To Parades And Tractor Pulls

A truck unloads recycled material in E. Montpelier.
Toby Talbot AP/file

This year, for the first time in its 38-year history, there will be a full-on recycling effort at the popular Northfield Labor Day Weekend

It’s a voluntary effort on the part of event organizers, but next year recycling will be mandatory at this and other public events across the state.

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VPR News
5:30 am
Mon September 1, 2014

Budget Cuts Threaten Some Mental Health Services For Teens

Micah Porter and Katie O'Day, with a program called Youth In Transition, seek out teens who may need help in the Upper Valley
Charlotte Albright vpr

Earlier this summer, the Shumlin administration announced that revenue projections have been too rosy and that budget cuts will now be needed.

That’s creating stress among social service providers.

One program that faces an uncertain future due to cuts endeavors to help at-risk young people in the Upper Valley. 

Micah Porter is 19, with a mop of curly red hair springing out of a baseball cap.

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