Vermont Edition
1:37 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Fall Bird Show: Bye-Bye Birds?

The common loon is one of the 314 North American bird species predicted to be endangered by global warming.
Toby Talbot AP Photo

According to a new report from the Audubon society, there might be a lot fewer birds to watch at your bird feeder in the near future. Global warming is likely to endanger roughly 314 North American bird species, including the common loon, the wild turkey, the bald eagle and even the Vermont state bird, the Hermit Thrush.

Another study, The State of the Birds 2014, claims that conservation could be the best solution for slowing the decline of North American bird species.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

The Lives Of Women In Prison

Julie Brisson says the saddest day in prison is Mother's Day. This photo was taken May 3 2014 inside the Folsom Women's Facility in California.
Rich Pedroncelli AP

On any given day, there are around 160 women in prison in Vermont. That’s a small percentage of the overall population, but the number of women in prison has been steadily increasing over the last few years.

On the next Vermont Edition, we’ll talk about the specific challenges faced by Vermont women in prison with Jill Evans, Director of Women and Family Services at the Department of Corrections. We'll also talk to Julie Brisson, coordinator of the Wellness Workforce Coalition at the Vermont Center for Independent Living, who served time in Swanton prison in 2009.

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Public Post
11:30 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Here's A List Of Reporting Stations And Wardens For The 2014 Hunting Season

In fall, many Vermonters hunt for the elusive buck.
Wayne Laroche AP/Vermont Fish and Wildlife

Love it or hate it, hunting is a big part of fall in Vermont. One of the annual autumn rituals is the naming of big game stations around the state. These are the places where hunters take bear, deer, turkey and moose to be weighed and reported.

Big game must be reported within 48 hours of a kill to the nearest game warden or a Vermont Fish & Wildlife reporting station. Below is a list, by county, of wardens and reporting stations for 2014, as well as their towns and phone numbers:

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Vermont Edition
11:29 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Interview: Role Of Pesticides In Honeybee Decline

AP/Haraz N. Ghanbari

Bees are an essential to the ecology of food production, but for the better part of a decade, a devastating affliction has caused a precipitous drops in their populations.

The term ‘Colony Collapse Disorder’ has been attached to this phenomenon, but two leading bee experts say that CCD is just one part of a much wider problem affecting honey bees, butterflies, bats, and other pollinators.  One focus of research to explain the larger problem is the role of pesticides in disrupting the live cycles of pollinators.

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VPR News
9:16 am
Wed October 1, 2014

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

Sen. Bernie Sanders, shown here at a press conference in Burlington in April, says he fears "perpetual war in the Middle East" if American troops are sent to fight in Syria.
Angela Evancie VPR

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.

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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.
iStock Thinkstock

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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