VPR News
6:22 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Bennington Pushes FEMA On Post-Irene River Work

The Roaring Branch is now wider and rockier, with room to meander and dissipate its energy.
Susan Keese VPR

Three years after Tropical Storm Irene, much of Vermont’s damaged infrastructure has been repaired. The federal government has dispensed more than $600 million to help make that happen. But some towns are still struggling. One of them is Bennington. 

The town is about to enter the final round of a battle with FEMA over funding for emergency work on the Roaring Branch of the Walloomsac River.

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VPR News
6:15 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

FairPoint Declares Impasse, Implements Reduced Union Benefits

FairPoint says it will unilaterally implement pay and benefit provisions for union workers
VPR/Steve Zind

FairPoint Communications says it will unilaterally implement the terms of its union contract offer. The company has declared an impasse in talks with the unions representing as many as two thousand workers in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. 

Under federal labor law an impasse declaration enables FairPoint to make changes to wages, benefits and employment conditions without union consent.  

A company can declare an impasse if there is no prospect for a negotiated settlement.

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VPR News
5:12 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

As Lake Cleanup Money Flows In, Advocates Call For New Policy

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced $45 million in Lake Champlain cleanup funds as Sen. Patrick Leahy (left) and Vermont Secretary of Agricluture Chuck Ross (right) looked on.
Taylor Dobbs VPR

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack stood at the edge of Lake Champlain Thursday and promised help for its troubled waters.

"This is the sixth-largest fresh water body in the country, and there’s no question that it needs help,” Vilsack said.

That help - $45 million of it - is coming from the USDA over the next five years. That’s the same amount USDA dedicated to Lake Champlain over the previous 10 years, to be given out in half the time.

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Vermont Edition
3:32 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Rep. Welch On Syria, U.S. Role In Middle East

Congressman Peter Welch.
AP File/Toby Talbot

Congressman Peter Welch is our guest on the next Vermont Edition. We'll discuss the Islamic State in Syria and what he thinks the United States' military response should be. We'll take your calls on domestic issues facing Congress.

Send your questions for Representative Welch to vermontedition@vpr.net or post below.

VPR News
3:32 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

On Irene Anniversary, Vermont Disaster Relief Fund Still Doing Damage Control

A gas station that was abandoned after it was nearly destroyed by flooding from Tropical Storm Irene is still in disrepair on Thursday, May 1, 2014 in Bridgewater.
Wilson Ring AP

Three years ago today, Tropical Storm Irene turned much of Vermont into a disaster area of flooded-out roads, homes and businesses.

The effort to raise money to help those in need had started months before Irene, when spring flooding caused its own formidable damage. After the tropical storm, millions more dollars were raised to help Vermonters, and borne out of this effort was the Vermont Disaster Relief Fund.

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Weekly Conversation on The Arts
3:00 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Art Hop Highlights The Essence Of Burlington's South End

This year the Art Hop runs from Friday, Sept. 5 through Sunday, Sept. 7.
South End Arts and Business Association

Once a not-so-mod neighborhood with hulking and empty factories and processing plants, the South End of Burlington is seeing much better days.

Thanks to the influx of artists, art galleries and new creative businesses in the last 30 years, plus the South End Art Hop -- which entices tens of thousands of visitors to explore and purchase art and meet the artists -- the South End is thriving.

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Vermont Edition
1:28 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Resiliency After Irene

Sue Minter hopes we can make Vermont's roads more resilient in the future.
VPR

Tropical Storm Irene is phrase we have spoken on this program an uncountable number of times in the three years since devastating floods tore apart a third of the state on this date in 2011. Since then, the name “Irene” has become shorthand for huge issues like disaster recovery, flood plain management, climate change and personal loss.

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Environment
12:17 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Concerns Raised About Oil Trains In The Adirondacks

Government offices, track-side warehouses and Monitor Bay Park campground surround the tracks on the south end of Crown Point, New York. The Adirondack Council has raised concerns about oil trains in the Adirondacks.
Adirondack Council

Ever since the train disaster last summer at Lac Megantic, Quebec, people in our region have been taking more notice of the oil trains traversing our rails.

Concerns have been raised on the New York side of Lake Champlain, where the Canadian Pacific railroad tracks run close to the water.

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Public Post
10:51 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Randolph Settles With State On Sewage Plant Violations

As the town of Randolph prepares to build a new wastewater treatment facility, the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation announced this week it has reached a settlement with the town regarding failures of the old plant.

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