VPR News
5:51 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Milne Says Low Budget Campaign Can Be Effective

Republican gubernatorial hopeful Scott Milne says he's hoping that his message of limited government will resonate with voters.
VPR/Bob Kinzel

Four weeks after officially entering the Republican race for governor,  Pomfret businessman Scott Milne is beginning to put together the basic elements of his campaign.

Milne has hired the political director of the Vermont Republican Party, Brent Burns, to be his campaign manager and he says he’ll add several more staff positions in the weeks ahead.

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VPR News
5:35 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Manure-Fed Biofuels Might Make For New Crop At Dairy Farms

On a table in the front room of the milking barn here at Nordic Farms in Charlotte, you can hear the murky liquids bubbling inside a series of foot-tall Erlenmeyer flasks.

The scene seems more like a 1970s-era chemistry set than a cutting edge research facility. And in fact the set-up here is mostly for show – a larger version of the experiment is being run out of a high-tech laboratory in Burlington.

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The Frequency
12:32 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Whooping Cough On Rise In Windham County

The state Health Department is reporting an increase in whooping cough cases in Windham County.

The department has alerted health care providers in the area that the number of confirmed cases of whooping cough, also known as pertussis, rose to 11 in June. Ten were among children age 3 to 17, while one was an adult. The cases occurred as schools were closing or after they had closed for the summer.

So far in July, the department says there are five more suspected cases. All but one of the confirmed and suspected cases are from Brattleboro.

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Vermont Edition
12:30 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

The Consequences Of Hoarding

Excessive hoarding can cause emotional distress and isolation from friends and family.
Fionn Kidney Flickr

What might start out as simple collecting or the inability to throw something out, can eventually lead to overloading a home or apartment with stacks of unwanted junk. And that can eventually result in isolation, unsafe conditions and even squalor.

Mike Ohler and Brooke Hadwen, members of the Chittenden County Hoarding Task Force, discuss the consequences of hoarding and how someone can break the cycle. And we hear from Vermont State Director  of the Humane Society of the United States Joanne Bourbeau about animal hoarding.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

'Fraud, Force Or Coercion': Human Trafficking in Vt.

Belinda A. Stojanovic Thinkstock

Vermont's law against human trafficking went into effect in 2011, and the Task Force that's implementing it is still working to understand the scope of the problem here, and raise public awareness about how vulnerable young women can become victims of sex traffickers in Vermont.

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VPR News
6:32 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Mass., Vt. Among Leaders In Prisoner Health Care Spending

A report released Tuesday says Massachusetts and Vermont are in the top-10 among states for how much they spend on health care for prison inmates. Researchers say there is one particular reason for this trend.

The study examined how much money states spent on prisoner health care during a four-year period. In the case of Massachusetts and Vermont, each has some of the oldest prisoner populations nationwide.

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VPR News
6:28 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Soccer Fans Savor World Cup On Big Screen At Rutland's Paramount

Brazil's World Cup team fills the huge high definition screen at Rutland's Paramount Theatre Tuesday. About 100 fans watched Germany rout Brazil 7-1 in a stunning semi-final.
Nina Keck VPR

While many soccer fans have been shouting at their televisions from the comfort of their living rooms, hundreds of World Cup enthusiasts have been watching recent matches in high definition on a 30-by-24 foot screen at Rutland’s Paramount Theatre.

Bruce Bouchard, director of the Paramount, said they installed their high definition projection equipment last year initially to show the Metropolitan Opera. 

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VPR News
5:00 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Paperwork Changes Create Headaches For Financial Aid Applicants

Applying for federal financial aid for college has always been complicated. Now college-bound students and financial aid officers need to be especially vigilant in filling out and reading paperwork.
Robert Churchill Thinkstock

Changes in the paperwork college applicants fill out to apply for financial aid have created some problems. The new format could put assistance out of reach for students who deserve it. There is also a stricter standard that could allow the federal government to suspend assistance to more colleges where students are not paying their debts.

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VPR News
5:58 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Delegation Supports President's Call For Emergency Immigration Funds

Guatemalan migrant Gladys Chinoy, 14, right, waits with more than 500 other migrants, many traveling with small children, outside Reforma de Pineda, Chiapas state, Mexico on June 20.
Rebecca Blackwell AP

All three members of Vermont’s Congressional delegation are supporting President Obama’s call for an additional $4 billion in emergency aid to help deal with an immigration crisis in the southwestern part of the United States. 

In recent weeks, more than 50,000 children and families from Central America have entered the U.S. The surge of undocumented people crossing the border has put enormous pressure on the federal government.

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VPR News
5:34 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Mad River Towns Are Models For National Flood Planning

Doug Turner stands along the rebuilt river bank of the Mad River at his farm in Waitsfield one year after Irene.
Toby Talbot AP/File

The lessons of Tropical Storm Irene in Vermont have been incorporated into a new report designed to assist communities across the nation. 

The federal Environmental Protection Agency says the report offers a more comprehensive approach to mitigating the effects of flooding.

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