The Frequency
7:10 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Report: Scott Milne Splits With Campaign Manager

Less than eight weeks before the general election, Scott Milne is without a campaign manager.
Angela Evancie VPR

The Burlington Free Press reports that Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Milne and campaign manager Brent Burns have parted ways after just two months working together.

"I resigned Friday," Burns confirmed Monday. "For the last six years, I have been working in super high stress jobs. I needed to take a step back," Burns explained when asked why. "All the rest is between Scott and I."

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VPR News
6:25 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Clean And 'Green?' New Case Challenges Green Mountain Power's Renewable Energy Claims

The electricity produced by wind turbines on Lowell Mountain stays in Vermont. But the environmental credits belong to high-paying, out-of-state customers.
Toby Talbot AP

Green Mountain Power in recent years has installed wind turbines atop Vermont’s  ridgelines and solar arrays in its fields. All fueling the delivery of clean, green, renewable power to conscientious Vermonters’ homes, right?

Turns out, that’s a matter of debate.

“If you were to ask Vermonters, ‘do they think that by buying GMP power from wind projects, they’re reducing their carbon footprint’ I’d venture to say a strong a majority of Vermonters would say, ‘of course that’s what we’re doing’,” says Vermont Law School professor Pat Parenteau. “The truth is, they’re not.”

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Arts & Culture
5:30 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Flowers, Whales And Brilliant Blues: New Murals Color Rutland Skyline

Kathryn Palmer-Wiegers' mural adds brilliant color to the side of Green Mountain Power's Energy Innovation Center.
Courtesy

It’s hard to miss a painting that’s more than three stories high. In Rutland, a growing number of over-sized murals are coloring the downtown skyline.

Persi Narvaez’s painted his first Rutland mural, a bright yellow splash of food and flowers, two years ago. He just finished his second, even larger work this month.  This one in brilliant blue highlights the city’s architecture.    

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Vermont Edition
2:57 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Williston Author Sarah Healy's "House Of Wonder"

Sarah Healy says her new book is a coming of age novel about woman in her mid-thirties.

Going back to your childhood home to visit your parents can be awkward at the best of times. Especially if your 38 year old brother still lives at home and your mother is a hoarder…But sometimes going back home again is exactly what you need to do to move forward with your life. That’s the theme of Vermont author Sarah Healy’s new novel, House of Wonder. Sarah Healy spoke with producer Sage Van Wing about the book. Healy starts off reading a passage.

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Vermont Edition
2:00 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Gov. Candidate Dan Feliciano

Libertarian candidate for govenror Dan Feliciano.
Bob Kinzel VPR

Dan Feliciano is the Libertarian candidate for governor, and he’s gained more attention than Libertarians usually do in Vermont thanks to a write-in campaign in the Republican primary. Feliciano has been making sharp attacks on incumbent Governor Peter Shumlin, and says Shumlin's health care policy is driven by "fantasy." Feliciano is our guest to discuss his campaign for governor, and why he wants to lead the state.

Send your questions for the candidate to vermontedition@vpr.net or post below.

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The Frequency
1:11 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Corren, Sorrell Take On Gasoline Price Gap

Dean Corren, right, explained a graph showing the gap between Burlington gas prices and the statewide average.
Taylor Dobbs VPR

Dean Corren, Lieutenant Governor candidate for both the Progressive and Democratic parties, joined Attorney General Bill Sorrell for a campaign stop at a gas station in Burlington Monday morning, but they weren’t filling up.

The pair were hoping to bring attention to the discrepancy in gas prices between northwestern Vermont and other areas of the state, like Rutland. In photos taken Sunday, a gas station in Rutland showed a price of $3.39 for regular while a Burlington station was charging $3.58 – a 19 cent difference.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

What Can Hospitals Do To Control Costs?

Rutland Regional CEO Tom Huebner
Toby Talbot AP

A visit to the hospital can be terrifying…and then you get the bill. Right now, hospitals receive money by billing for each patient visit, but sometimes those charges can seem out of synch with the services received.

We’ll talk to Tom Huebner, President and CEO of Rutland Regional Medical Center, about whether it would be possible to bring costs down by changing the way they budget.

We’ll also hear from Richard Slusky, Director of Payment Reform for the Green Mountain Care Board, and Joe Woodin, CEO and President of Gifford Medical Center.

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Public Post
11:41 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Weekend Vandalism At Saxtons River Treatment Plant

Vermont State Police are asking for information about a break-in at the water and sewage treatment plant in Saxtons River. 

Police are investigating the incident, which took place between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday evening, as a vandalism case.

A State Police press release states:

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VPR News
7:46 am
Mon September 15, 2014

With 'Beetcoin,' Slow Money Aims For A Fast Start In Vermont

A young cow eyes the camera at a dairy in East Montpelier on Sept. 4. Slow Money Vermont, which aims to connect investors with small food businesses, launches next week.
Wilson Ring AP

On Tuesday, the Slow Money Vermont network will launch in Montpelier.

The concept of Slow Money was pioneered by Woody Tasch, the author of Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money: Investing as if Food, Farms and Fertility Mattered.

Slow Money is groups of people collaborating to invest in small food businesses near where they live.

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VPR News
5:30 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Despite Clouds, Burlington Celebrates Pride Parade

Brass Balagan, a group that describes themselves as a radical street band, performed at the Pride Parade.
Annie Russell VPR

Burlington residents took to Church Street in droves to celebrate the city’s annual Pride Parade. Despite clouds overhead and chilly temperatures, spectators lined the parade route and gathered in Battery Park.

LGBTQ groups, community members and local businesses marched in the parade alongside politicians and religious organizations.

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