VPR News
5:00 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Vermont Firewood Dealers Can't Keep Up With Demand

Firewood dealers are having a hard time keeping up with demand this year.
Steve Zind VPR

It takes less than a minute for a log to be cut, split, dropped onto a conveyor belt and deposited into Jedediah Scott’s dump truck, ready for delivery.

Technology has caught up with the firewood business.

For dealers Scott’s size, the chainsaw and splitter are gone. They’ve been replaced by a machine that sections the log with a big, whirring circular saw and pushes the pieces through crisscrossed steel blades that split them into stove sized chunks. 

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VPR News
6:36 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Report Calls For New Staff, More Coordination, Accountability At DCF

Secretary of Human Services Harry Chen, left, and Commissioner of the Department for Children and Families Ken Schatz say restructuring DCF could do more harm than good for Vermont's children.
Taylor Dobbs VPR

State officials say more staffing at the Department for Children and Families and more accountability to the public will go a long way to strengthen the state’s child protective services.

Those steps are part of an action plan Gov. Peter Shumlin requested after public outcry following the deaths of two toddlers under DCF supervision earlier this year.

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VPR News
6:03 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Campaign Dollars Continue To Flow Toward Shumlin

Gov. Peter Shumlin, shown here at a press conference in August, maintains a million-dollar advantage over Republican challenger Scott Milne.
Angela Evancie VPR

Republican candidate for governor Scott Milne has posted his most impressive monthly fundraising performance of the 2014 campaign. But he was still outdone by Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin, who maintains a million-dollar advantage, even after spending more than $200,000 on television ads.

Milne raised about $80,000 last month, money that includes a $9,500 gift from his son. It’s considerably more than the Republican candidate raised in the first two and a half months of his candidacy combined.

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The Frequency
4:02 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

UVM Students Push Public, Police On Distracted Driving Law

Students working with the group Students Against Distracted Driving (SADD) eyed passing drivers Wednesday to see if they were using their phones behind the wheel.
Taylor Dobbs VPR

Vermont’s new ban on the use of handheld electronics while driving went into effect Oct. 1, and a group of UVM students is already spotting violators and advocating for citizens and police to be aware of the law.

“If you use your phone while you drive, you’re up to three times more likely  to get into an accident, according to research,” said Vivian Nicastro, a UVM senior with Students Against Distracted Driving (SADD).

And according to the UVM group’s own research, plenty of Vermonters are doing just that.

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Vermont Edition
1:37 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Fall Bird Show: Bye-Bye Birds?

The common loon is one of the 314 North American bird species predicted to be endangered by global warming.
Toby Talbot AP Photo

According to a new report from the Audubon society, there might be a lot fewer birds to watch at your bird feeder in the near future. Global warming is likely to endanger roughly 314 North American bird species, including the common loon, the wild turkey, the bald eagle and even the Vermont state bird, the Hermit Thrush.

Another study, The State of the Birds 2014, claims that conservation could be the best solution for slowing the decline of North American bird species.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

The Lives Of Women In Prison

Julie Brisson says the saddest day in prison is Mother's Day. This photo was taken May 3 2014 inside the Folsom Women's Facility in California.
Rich Pedroncelli AP

On any given day, there are around 160 women in prison in Vermont. That’s a small percentage of the overall population, but the number of women in prison has been steadily increasing over the last few years.

On the next Vermont Edition, we’ll talk about the specific challenges faced by Vermont women in prison with Jill Evans, Director of Women and Family Services at the Department of Corrections. We'll also talk to Julie Brisson, coordinator of the Wellness Workforce Coalition at the Vermont Center for Independent Living, who served time in Swanton prison in 2009.

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Public Post
11:30 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Here's A List Of Reporting Stations And Wardens For The 2014 Hunting Season

In fall, many Vermonters hunt for the elusive buck.
Wayne Laroche AP/Vermont Fish and Wildlife

Love it or hate it, hunting is a big part of fall in Vermont. One of the annual autumn rituals is the naming of big game stations around the state. These are the places where hunters take bear, deer, turkey and moose to be weighed and reported.

Big game must be reported within 48 hours of a kill to the nearest game warden or a Vermont Fish & Wildlife reporting station. Below is a list, by county, of wardens and reporting stations for 2014, as well as their towns and phone numbers:

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Vermont Edition
11:29 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Interview: Role Of Pesticides In Honeybee Decline

AP/Haraz N. Ghanbari

Bees are an essential to the ecology of food production, but for the better part of a decade, a devastating affliction has caused a precipitous drops in their populations.

The term ‘Colony Collapse Disorder’ has been attached to this phenomenon, but two leading bee experts say that CCD is just one part of a much wider problem affecting honey bees, butterflies, bats, and other pollinators.  One focus of research to explain the larger problem is the role of pesticides in disrupting the live cycles of pollinators.

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VPR News
9:16 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Sanders: Sending Ground Troops to Syria To Fight ISIS Is A Big Mistake

Sen. Bernie Sanders, shown here at a press conference in Burlington in April, says he fears "perpetual war in the Middle East" if American troops are sent to fight in Syria.
Angela Evancie VPR

Senator Bernie Sanders says he’s growing increasingly concerned that American troops will soon be sent to fight in Syria. Sanders says taking this military action would be an enormous mistake.  

The Vermont senator says it’s clear that air strikes alone will not destroy the terrorist group known as ISIS, and he thinks the United States will inevitably be drawn into a wider conflict in Syria.

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VPR News
5:00 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Grant Promises To Boost Job Training And College Enrollment

A new federal grant will be used to create more programs to train Vermonters for jobs in manufacturing, agribusiness and other fields.

The programs may also help build enrollment at a time when student numbers are stagnant or dropping.

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