Arts & Culture
7:43 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Katharine Britton On Bookstock, Getting Published, And The Writer-Reader Connection

Upper Valley fiction author Katharine Britton is one of 30 local writers taking part in Bookstock this week.
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Book lovers of all stripes will be gathering in Woodstock this weekend for the sixth annual Bookstock festival.

The literary event brings together people for author readings, workshops and to browse many used and vintage books for sale.

The headliners at this year’s conference are Billy Collins, Anita Diamant and Charles Simic.

But there are also many local poets, fiction and non-fiction authors giving readings at the festival.

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Environment
6:48 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Deerfield Wind Project Opponents Have Their Day In Court

An effort to stop construction of a 30 megawatt ridge-line wind development in the Green Mountain National Forest got a hearing Wednesday in Federal Court in Brattleboro. The 15-turbine Deerfield Wind project has been authorized by the U.S. Forest Service and permitted by the state. But opponents say the Forest Service approval process was flawed. And they argue that the installation would compromise a federally designated wilderness area near the site.

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VPR News
6:03 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

DCF Head Tells Legislators Child Safety Is Top Priority

A special legislative committee met in Montpelier Wednesday to hear from a number of key players on child safety issues.

State police officials, local police chiefs and prosecutors were all represented at today’s hearings, which were spurred by two toddler deaths earlier this year that resulted from abuse. Dave Yacovone is the Commissioner of the Department for Children and Families. He says that despite recent problems, today’s hearings show the state’s commitment to child safety.

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VPR News
5:49 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

In Campaign Launch, GOP's Milne Hits Shumlin's 'Radical Agenda'

Republican gubernatorial hopeful Scott Milne launched his campaign kickoff at the Aldrich Public Library in Barre on Wednesday.
Angela Evancie VPR

Pomfret businessman Scott Milne has formally entered the race to win the Republican nomination for governor.

Milne says his moderate approach on issues will be in sharp contrast to what he calls "the radical agenda" of incumbent Gov. Peter Shumlin.  

On Wednesday, about 100 people crowded into the community room of the Aldrich Public Library in Barre to be part of Milne’s campaign kickoff. The group included many Republican lawmakers from central Vermont, as well as Lt. Gov. Phil Scott, and former governor Jim Douglas.

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VPR News
5:47 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Lawmakers Angered By Continuing Problems At Health Exchange

Lawrence Miller, director of state health reform, faced tough questions Wednesday from legislators.
Steve Zind VPR

Here’s how one critic of Vermont Health Connect describes the experience of many of the customers who bought their insurance through it:  

“It’s occupying people’s whole days. It’s invading their sleep. It’s keeping people up at night. It’s causing a tremendous amount of stress for a lot of folks.”

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Vermont Edition
4:41 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Alvarez To Receive National Medal Of Arts

In this Jan. 24, 2006 file photo, writer Julia Alvarez poses for a photo in a farm Altagracia in Jarabacoa,Dominican Republic.
Ramon Espinosa AP File

Writer and Vermont resident Julia Alvarez captured critical acclaim with her novels How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents and In the Time of the Butterflies. Now, she’s about to receive the National Medal of Arts in a White House ceremony on Monday. Alvarez joins us to discuss her work.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

English Language Learners In Vermont Schools

With as many as 60 different languages spoken in some Vermont schools, educators are having to adapt to teach English language learners.
Fengyuan Change Thinkstock

If you had to take a standardized test right now, how do you think you would score? Now imagine that test is in a language you can barely read. Since the English language dominates our educational system, a gap in English language ability is often equated with a gap in intelligence.

We talk to Shawna Shapiro, assistant Professor of Writing & Linguistics at Middlebury College, and Susan Blethen, an ELL teacher at Burlington High School, about the challenges facing English language learners and what some educators are doing to bridge the gap.

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The Vermont Economy
6:05 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Program Helps Lawyers Set Up Shop In Underserved Areas

Erica Lewis is just a month into her new Randolph law practice.
VPR/Steve Zind

Imagine you’re fresh out of law school. Instead of going to work in a place where there are people to learn from and turn to for support, you’re a one-person firm on your own. 

A new program is helping young lawyers establish solo practices in hopes of helping both law school graduates and those who need legal services.

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Arts & Culture
6:00 am
Wed July 23, 2014

New Haven Sculptor Takes Giant Da Vinci Sculpture On The Road

Dennis Sparling brought his 9-foot-tall Leonardo Da Vinci sculpture to Long Island, hoping to interest someone there in his Da Vinci project.
Jon Kalish VPR

Dennis Sparling spent more than a year making a 9-foot-tall sculpture of Leonardo Da Vinci. The 70-year-old sculptor dreams of taking it to an institution where he would teach sculpture and other disciplines with a curriculum focused on the life of Da Vinci, a man whose career spanned painting, sculpture, architecture, engineering and other disciplines.

Earlier this month Sparling put his sculpture in a trailer and drove down to Long Island, hoping to interest someone there in this Da Vinci project.

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VPR News
6:38 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Pipeline Protestors Hold Fish-In

Anti-pipeline activists launched a "fish-in" at the Public Service Board office in Montpelier this afternoon. They want construction of a natural gas pipeline halted while state regulators review a 40 percent increase in the project's cost estimate.

Demonstrators outside the Public Service Board office wore fishing garb and sang protest songs while sitting in a land-bound canoe. One of the protesters was Burlington resident Andy Simon, who is a Vermont Gas ratepayer.

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