VPR News
9:12 am
Sat July 12, 2014

Students Say UVM Residential Life Could Be More Trans-Friendly

Some students are highlighting issues trans students face in UVM's residences.
Taylor Dobbs VPR

The University of Vermont has long been a national leader in the area of inclusiveness for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students. And the Advocate magazine counted UVM among the top schools for transgender students in 2012.

But some students say the university still has a long way to go.

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VPR News
6:00 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Environmentalists Push For Public Input In Pipeline Planning

A new proposal calls for increased capacity of natural gas pipelines, as well as new transmission lines to bring electricity into New England, most likely from hydropower facilities in Canada.
natural gas drilling Flickr CC

A regional environmental group says New England’s governors are plotting the region’s energy future behind closed doors. And the advocates worry that Vermonters will end up footing the bill for natural gas pipelines that could widen the Northeast’s carbon footprint.

The New England States Committee on Electricity has been around since 2006, when the governors of six states created the nonprofit to oversee regional electricity planning. The group made big news earlier this year when it announced plans for a controversial expansion of energy infrastructure.

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VPR News
5:56 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

FairPoint Strike Vote Delayed

A union representing FairPoint Communications workers in Vermont says it will be another week until the results of a strike authorization vote are known.

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers represents about 1800 FairPoint employees in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. 

The vote results were initially expected as early as today, but because of storms earlier in the week, union officials have spent the past several days juggling the voting schedule.  

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The Frequency
5:38 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

State Supreme Court Says No DNA Collection Until Conviction

The Vermont Supreme Court has ruled the state can't collect DNA evidence from suspects in criminal cases unless they've been convicted of a felony.

In a 3-2 decision issued Friday, the court ruled a state law that allowed for the collection of DNA from people charged with felonies after a court decided there was probable cause violated the Vermont constitution.

  Three years ago, Vermont's DNA database law was expanded to include people charged with felonies. Five Vermont trial courts have ruled the law unconstitutional.

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Outdoor Radio
1:53 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Outdoor Radio: Buzzzzzzzz!

A Brown-belted Bumblebee is pollinating a coneflower.
Kent McFarland / Vermont Center for EcoStudies

Listen for Outdoor Radio Thursday morning at 8:50 a.m.

This month on Outdoor Radio, we’ll venture out into a meadow of wild flowers that is literally singing with bumble bees. Biologists Kent McFarland and Sara Zahendra talk about the species we find in Vermont, the different ways they pollinate our flowers and crops, and the environmental factors that are threatening their population.

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Vermont Edition
1:38 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Live From Bennington

Bennington is the third largest town in Vermont, after Essex and Colchester.
C Hanchey Flickr

The Southwestern corner of Vermont is geographically closer to Albany, Concord, Hartford than it is to Montpelier, but many of the challenges facing Bennington are familiar to the rest of the state. We’ll talk with community leaders about Bennington's challenges and opportunities in front of a live audience at Madison Brewing Company on Main Street.

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VPR Cafe
1:30 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

VPR Cafe: Beer Bonanza

Iron Heart's mobile cannery operates at the Fiddlehead Brewing Company in Shelburne.
Glenn Russell Burlington Free Press

Tickets for the Vermont Brewers Festival in Burlington this weekend sold out in eleven minutes. Sally Pollak, who writes for the Savorvore Section of the Burlington Free Press, talks about the popularity of Vermont grown beer and the proliferation of Vermont breweries. We'll also learn why and how canned beer has made a comeback.

The VPR Cafe is produced in partnership with the Burlington Free Press.

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Regional Report
6:28 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Regional Report: Southeastern Vermont Plans For VY Closure

People in southeastern Vermont are bracing for an economic fallout once the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant closes later this year.

But Entergy, the corporation that owns Yankee, will  provide a $10 million payment to the state of Vermont to help deal with the loss of hundreds of jobs when the plant shuts down.

The question is how will the state spend the money? Howard Weiss-Tisman has been following the story for the Brattleboro Reformer and he spoke with VPR's Mitch Wertlieb for our Friday Regional Report

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The Vermont Economy
6:13 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Fairpoint Workers To Vote On Strike Authorization

Two-thousand unionized FairPoint employees across New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine will vote this weekend on whether they are willing to strike. The vote comes after two months of unsuccessful contract negotiations.

The electrical and communication workers’ contracts end August 2. Don Trementozzi, president of CWA local 1400, says FairPoint is demanding a lot of concessions, including the ability to outsource jobs that are currently union-only.

"The company wants to be able to contract any and all work and all job titles whenever they want," Trementozzi said.

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VPR News
6:19 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Donovan Finds No DCF Wrongdoing In Toddler Death

The Department for Children and Families is charged with protecting the state’s most vulnerable population – abused and neglected children.

 

Yet the department has seen intense scrutiny in recent months because two toddlers that had been in state custody died after alleged physical abuse.

Chittenden County State's Attorney T.J. Donovan asked the Vermont state police to investigate the latest case: the death of 15-month old Peighton Geraw of Winooski who died hours after being seen by a DCF caseworker.

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