VPR News
5:07 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Corren Has Democratic Nomination, But Party's Support Still An Open Question

Rep. Kesha Ram was among the handful of Democratic lawmakers standing next to Progressive Dean Corren at his campaign event outside the Ward 1 polling station in Burlington on Tuesday.

That doesn’t mean he can count on her vote just yet.

“I really like what I’m hearing from Dean Corren. I am glad that he is working on championing single-payer and other issues that are important to us as Democrats,” Ram said. “And he has not directly asked me for my support, but today seems like the start of that request.”

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VPR News
2:57 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

One Northeast Kingdom State's Attorney Out And Another In

In the Northeast Kingdom, final results of two races for State’s Attorney are still trickling in. One  incumbent appears to have lost his job, but another is widening his  lead. 

In Essex County, former state senator and current State’s Attorney Vincent Illuzzi is leading Julianne Woolard, a public defender for juvenile offenders.

During the campaign Woolard criticized Illuzzi for being too quick to prosecute first-time or juvenile offenders who might turn away from crime if diverted to alternative justice programs, like drug courts.

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Vermont Edition
1:22 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

The Business Of U-Pick Farms

Picking raspberries in Monkton
Rob Friesel Flickr

You may have gone out to farms this summer to pick your own blueberries or strawberries. Did it seem like you were doing all the work for the farmer? Well it turns out running a Pick Your Own farm can be a lot of work in its own right.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Neurology, Research And Care For ALS Patients

Lt. Gov. Phil Scott, second from left, and Gov. Peter Shumlin, second from right, take the "ice bucket challenge" on Aug. 14, 2014. The challenge is aimed at raising funds to fight ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.
Dave Gram AP

Maybe you have poured a bucket of ice on your head, or maybe you have just seen videos of friends doing it. Either way, the viral "ice bucket challenge" has accomplished its goal this summer: raising awareness and money for ALS, a fatal illness that was little-known a month ago.

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VPR News
9:00 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Windham County Democrats Choose Balint And White To Run for Senate

Voters in Windham County’s democratic senate primary chose incumbent Senator Jeanette White  of Putney to run for a seventh term in November. White was the top vote-getter in a four-way race for two senate seats.

"I think it says that people think I listen to their concerns," White says. "I don’t know that they always like the votes that I take, but I think they like the way I approach issues."

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VPR News
11:46 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Milne Wins Big; Says He's Ready For Shumlin

Scott Milne, seen here at his campaign kickoff event in Barre in July, says he's ready to challenge incumbent Democrat Gov. Peter Shumlin in the fall campaign.
Angela Evancie VPR

Pomfret businessman Scott Milne has easily won the Republican gubernatorial nomination. Unofficial results show that Milne received roughly two thirds of the vote in yesterday’s primary election. Milne says he’s ready to challenge incumbent Democrat Peter Shumin in the fall campaign.  

It was a Primary election where very few Vermonters cast their ballots and it’s possible that voter turnout will be the lowest in state history.

With a majority of precincts reporting, it was clear that Milne had won the election by a large margin.

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VPR News
11:43 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Primary Day Write-Ins Look For Momentum Heading Into General Election

Dean Corren, Progressive candidate for lieutenant governor, says Tuesday's primary results signal widespread support for write-in campaigns.
Taylor Dobbs VPR

Two candidates for statewide office are looking to turn write-in campaigns in the primary as a springboard into the general election. And Libertarian candidate for governor Dan Feliciano, and Progressive candidate for lieutenant governor Dean Corren, say Tuesday’s results signal widespread support for their candidacies.

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VPR News
5:42 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Primary? What Primary? Voter Turnout Could Hit Record Low

There were no voters to be seen at the Ward 1 polling station in Burlington Tuesday morning.
Taylor Dobbs VPR

It’s Primary election day in Vermont but not many voters are going to the polls and it’s possible that voter turnout today will be the lowest in state history.

There are reports from across the state this afternoon that most voters have no interest in today’s primary elections. How low is the interest? There were no voters at the Ward 3 voting station in Burlington at mid morning and only ten voters cast a ballot during the lunch hour in Montpelier.

Charlie Giannoni is Burlington’s Ward 3 Clerk.

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VPR News
5:00 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

New NEK Meat Processor Speeds Local Farmers' Goods To Market

Production Manager Edmund Lessard shows off a cutting tool at Northeast Kingdom Processing in St. Johnsbury.
Charlotte Albright VPR

There’s a new meat processing plant in St. Johnsbury, and that’s making it easier for livestock farmers in the Northeast Kingdom to get their goods to market. Northeast Kingdom Processing is owned by a beef rancher from Derby, and managed by an experienced meat cutter named Edmund Lessard.

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Vermont Edition
2:24 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

President Silver Charts Course For Bennington College

Dr. Mariko Silver is the tenth president of Bennington College.
Bennington College AP

Students of all ages are returning to school in the next couple of weeks, and along with them are all the administrators that make schools work. One of those administrators is Bennington College President Mariko Silver.

She’s been at Bennington College for just over a year, having taken over from long time president Elizabeth Coleman.

President Silver spoke with Vermont Edition about her first year in charge and her plans for the school.

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