VPR News
5:00 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Clean Time: One Addict's Year Of Recovery

In July, Meghan reached a milestone in her 12-step program: one year clean.
Angela Evancie VPR

“It’s hard for me to acknowledge progress I’ve made sometimes,” Meghan said, “but when I look back and think of who I was and where I was at and what my life was like on a day-to-day basis 301 days ago, it’s like a 180.”

It was early May, and Meghan was sitting in a food court in a mall in Burlington. Stale pop music played through the overhead speakers, and groups of teenagers occasionally wandered by. A routine mid-week scene, but Meghan was celebrating; 300 days earlier, she woke up and, for the first time in a long time, didn’t go straight for the heroin.

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VPR News
5:00 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Twerking Still Prohibited, But Bennington High Schoolers Will Get Their Dance

MAU Class President Jessie Kuzmicki says the cancellation made students stop and think about the way they were dancing.
Susan Keese VPR

The school that canceled its homecoming semi-formal in response to a sexually suggestive dance craze has scheduled a new dance. But twerking won’t be tolerated at Bennington’s Mount Anthony Union High School.

Twerking has been around long enough to make it into online versions of Britain’s Oxford Dictionary. It’s defined as dancing “in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low, squatting stance.”

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VPR News
6:07 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Welch Votes No On Obama Plan To Arm Syrian Forces

The U.S. House has given its approval to President Obama’s plan to arm and train Syrian forces to fight against the terrorist group known as ISIS –the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

Congressman Peter Welch voted against the plan because he says it has virtually no chance of succeeding and will put the U.S. in the middle of a Syrian civil war.

Welch says this vote was one of the most difficult that he’s had to make in the eight years he’s served in the U.S. House.

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VPR News
5:35 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Long Term Broadband Goal Would 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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