VPR News
9:16 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Sanders: Sending Ground Troops to Syria To Fight ISIS Is A Big Mistake

Senator Bernie Sanders says he’s growing increasingly concerned that American troops will soon be sent to fight in Syria. Sanders says taking this military action would be an enormous mistake.

The Vermont senator says it’s clear that air strikes alone will not destroy the terrorist group known as ISIS, and he thinks the United States will inevitably be drawn into a wider conflict in Syria.

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VPR News
5:00 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Grant Promises To Boost Job Training And College Enrollment

A new federal grant will be used to create more programs to train Vermonters for jobs in manufacturing, agribusiness and other fields.

The programs may also help build enrollment at a time when student numbers are stagnant or dropping.

Five years ago President Obama set this goal:  By 2020, America will have the highest per capita college graduation rate in the world.  

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VPR News
6:21 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Compliance Inspection Underway At Brattleboro Retreat

The Brattleboro Retreat stands to lose its federal funding if problems cited in two recent inspections haven't been corrected.
Susan Keese VPR

A team from the Vermont Division of Licensing and Protection is at the Brattleboro Retreat this week conducting an unannounced inspection.

The state inspectors are at the psychiatric hospital on behalf of the federal agency that governs Medicare and Medicaid. The Retreat stands to lose its federal funding if problems cited in two recent inspections haven’t been corrected.

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VPR News
6:14 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Technology Looms As Obstacle To Single-Payer Health Care

A legislative oversight committee is concerned that problems with information technology could hamper the move to single payer.
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Technology may prove the tallest hurdle in Gov. Peter Shumlin’s quest for single-payer health care. Problems with the state’s on-line insurance exchange have prompted new concerns among legislators about the next phase of health care reform. 

Six weeks ago, analysts for the Vermont Legislature quietly released an issue brief that focused on the role of technology in the state’s push for a universal, publicly financed health care system

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VPR News
5:30 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Hail Money Helps Rutland, But Homeowners Warned About Repair Scams

Signs for hail damage repair are now common along Route 7 in Rutland.
Nina Keck VPR

In May and July, two intense hail storms hammered Rutland, causing millions in damages to homes and cars. Repairs are ongoing and insurance money has flooded the region.

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The Frequency
4:58 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Vermont Gas Pipeline Gets Federal Approval

Vermont Gas Systems has federal approval for Phase II of the company’s pipeline from Addison County under Lake Champlain to an International Paper mill in New York.

The approval, which came from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), is the only federal permission needed for the three-phase pipeline project. For each of the three phases in Vermont (Chittenden County to Addison County, Addison County under the lake to New York, and Addison County to Rutland County), Vermont Gas will need a Certificate of Public Good from the Vermont Public Service Board.

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The Frequency
3:25 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Rabid Skunk Bites Burlington Man

Burlington Police today announced Tuesday that a rabid skunk bit a “reportedly homeless” man last week. 

According to the police, the man went to the emergency room at Fletcher Allen Health Care and said he’d been bitten. The man “was able to kill the skunk and it was later brought to the Vermont Health Department for rabies testing.”

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Arts & Culture
3:00 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Vergennes Boat Builder Keeps A Japanese Tradition Alive

Douglas Brooks uses traditional tools and methods in his effort to preserve the knowledge of the last few remaining Japanese boat builders.
Sage Van Wing VPR

The city of Vergennes has a proud history of boat building. At the base of the falls on Otter Creek, Commodore Macdonough built the ships that would defeat the British in the War of 1812. Many of the steamships that plied the waters of Lake Champlain were built there too. And now, another boat building tradition thrives in Vergennes: hand-built wooden boats, in the Japanese tradition.

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The Catch-Up
2:15 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

The Catch-Up: Ello

Everybody seems to want an invite to Ello, the new social network pitching itself as the anti-Facebook. We talk about Ello's Vermont roots and its challenges.

Disclosure: VPR is an investor in Fresh Tracks Capital's Fund II. That fund was not used to finance Ello.

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The Frequency
2:08 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Vermont Sisters Sue Jehovah's Witnesses For Child Sex Abuse

Miranda Lewis (right), with her mother Marina Mauvoleon-Folsom. Lewis and her older sister are suing the Bellows Falls congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses over sexual assaults they say took place when they were less than five years old.
Taylor Dobbs VPR

Two sisters raised in Vermont filed lawsuits Tuesday against the Bellows Falls congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses, alleging that an ordained minister of the church sexually abused them as children.

Miranda Lewis, 23, said she was in a church meeting when she was around the age of four when Norton True – at the time a "ministerial servant" in the church – held her back as everyone else left.

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