VPR News
5:35 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Long Term Broadband Goal Will Cost $1 Billion, State Calculates

The legislature this year set new broadband goals for the state, including an ambitious 10-year objective that would essentially require fiber optic broadband to every Vermont address by the end of 2024.

The Public Service Department now says reaching the goal would cost nearly $1 billion.

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Vermont Edition
2:36 pm
Wed September 17, 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.

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The Frequency
2:11 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

In New TV Ad, Shumlin Makes Case For Third Term

Gov. Peter Shumlin is out with the first television advertisement of his reelection campaign.

The professionally produced 30-second spot features short testimonials from five residents. They tout the second-term governor’s performance on issues ranging from Tropical Storm Irene to college affordability.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

The Spartan Race: Overcoming Life’s Obstacles

Spartan Races are now held across the country and internationally.
Rachel La Corte AP

Athletes are forever testing the limits of their prowess and endurance. Runners might start with a 5K, but eventually, 10Ks, half marathons and marathons beckon. Then there are triathlons.

Now add obstacle races to the mix. These include activities like climbing up ropes, throwing spears, hurdling over walls, crawling under barbed wire and leaping over fire.

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Public Post
11:59 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Street Light Feedback Wanted In Fair Haven

Fair Haven is getting ready to convert its street lights from high pressure sodium to LED fixtures.
Efficiency Vermont

If you've ever been nervous on a dark street corner or, conversely, annoyed with a glaring street lamp when gazing at the night sky, then you can appreciate an effort now underway in Fair Haven.

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VPR News
11:29 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Video: Money In Vermont Politics

Turns out more than 40 percent of the money Gov. Peter Shumlin has raised comes from businesses or the men and women who run them.
Angela Evancie

Heading into the November elections, Gov. Peter Shumlin is sitting on more than $1 million. So we decided to check out where it came from.

Arts & Culture
9:43 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Vermont Cartoonist Wins MacArthur Genius Award

Cartoonist and graphic memoirist Alison Bechdel is a recipient of the 2014 MacArthur genius award.
Courtesy of the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

A 2014 MacArthur Fellowship has been given to Vermont cartoonist and graphic memoirist Alison Bechdel. The Bolton artist has been at the forefront of the genre for more than 30 years. Her seminal comic strip, Dykes to Watch Out For, chronicled the lives of a group of lesbian friends. And her critically acclaimed memoirs explore her relationship with her parents and their own complicated inner lives.

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Arts & Culture
8:31 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Hari Kondabolu Brings Serious Laughs To ArtsRiot In Burlington

Comedian Hari Kondabolu performs at ArtsRiot in Burlington on Sept. 18.
Courtesy

Comedian Hari Kondabolu is known for his smart comedy, which often digs deep into issues of race. His newest album is called Waiting for 2042. That’s the year when it’s projected that white people will be the minority in the United States.

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VPR News
5:00 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Milne Calls For Freeze On Statewide Property Tax Rate

Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Milne is calling for a freeze on statewide property tax rates.
Angela Evancie VPR

Republican gubernatorial hopeful Scott Milne says that as he campaigns around the state, there is no question that the rising burden of property taxes is one of the biggest issues facing Vermonters. That's why he's calling for a two year freeze on the statewide property tax rate for education.

Milne says the freeze could be tough on some local school boards but he says it will ultimately force lawmakers to consider a new and simplified approach to paying for education.

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VPR News
5:01 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Vermont Sees Case Of Unusual Hantavirus

The deer mouse helps spread Hantavirus to humans.
John Good National Park Service

The State Health Department is reporting that someone contracted Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome while visiting Vermont last month.

The out-of-state resident who became ill was most likely exposed to mice droppings while cleaning up a seasonal home. The person, who was not named, has since recovered.

Hantavirus is a serious respiratory disease that causes fatigue, fever, headaches, muscle aches, coughing and shortness of breath. Roughly one third of people who get the virus die from it.

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