As the town of Randolph prepares to build a new wastewater treatment facility, the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation announced this week it has reached a settlement with the town regarding failures of the old plant.
Each semester and summer, VPR's Journalism Fund provides funding for the News Department to hire an undergraduate college intern, who learns the ropes of public radio and assists with the production of Vermont Edition. This summer, we were blessed with the talents and southern charm of Middlebury College student Catherine Clare Hays.As she begins her fall semester, we share with you some her parting thoughts on interning, public broadcasting and what it's like behind the scenes at VPR.
In downtown Brandon, the Neshobe River flows over a waterfall and under several historic buildings, including the town office. During Tropical Storm Irene the river raged up and through those buildings.
Three years later, several flooded businesses have come back stronger than ever. Yet the town office and nearby park remain closed, frustrating many in the community.
Inside the Brandon House of Pizza, the exhaust fans hum as owner Sheila Gearwar slides a just-assembled pie into the oven.
A new report has been released that compares how much Vermonters with employer sponsored health care spend on their medical care compared to the national average. The study contains some encouraging news for state health care officials and it highlights some challenges for the future.
It was conducted by the Health Care Cost Institute at the request of Vermont’s Green Mountain Care Board.
It marks the first time the experience of private health care consumers in an individual state has been compared to national data.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has ruled that spent nuclear fuel can be safely stored indefinitely at decommissioned nuclear power plants.
The rule stems from a 2012 appeals court ruling ordering the NRC to consider the chance that a long-promised, permanent nuclear waste repository might never be built. The court also ordered the agency to do further analysis of the risks of spent fuel pool leaks and fires.
Rep. Kesha Ram was among the handful of Democratic lawmakers standing next to Progressive Dean Corren at his campaign event outside the Ward 1 polling station in Burlington on Tuesday.
That doesn’t mean he can count on her vote just yet.
“I really like what I’m hearing from Dean Corren. I am glad that he is working on championing single-payer and other issues that are important to us as Democrats,” Ram said. “And he has not directly asked me for my support, but today seems like the start of that request.”
In the Northeast Kingdom, final results of two races for State’s Attorney are still trickling in. One incumbent appears to have lost his job, but another is widening his lead.
In Essex County, former state senator and current State’s Attorney Vincent Illuzzi is leading Julianne Woolard, a public defender for juvenile offenders.
During the campaign Woolard criticized Illuzzi for being too quick to prosecute first-time or juvenile offenders who might turn away from crime if diverted to alternative justice programs, like drug courts.
You may have gone out to farms this summer to pick your own blueberries or strawberries. Did it seem like you were doing all the work for the farmer? Well it turns out running a Pick Your Own farm can be a lot of work in its own right.
Maybe you have poured a bucket of ice on your head, or maybe you have just seen videos of friends doing it. Either way, the viral "ice bucket challenge" has accomplished its goal this summer: raising awareness and money for ALS, a fatal illness that was little-known a month ago.