Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Health Exchange Woes Continue Unabated

Lawrence Miller, right, director of state health reform, faced tough questions from legislators.
Steve Zind VPR

Fifteen-thousand Vermonters people who are enrolled in the state's Health Care Exchange, Vermont Health Connect, can't change any of their information at the website.

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The Frequency
11:37 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Vermont PBS Fined But Keeps Funding After Open Meeting Violations

Vermont PBS will not lose federal funding after a number of violations of open meeting rules last year, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting ruled this week.

Instead, the station faces a $15,000 fine, which the station “feels strongly” should not have been levied.

The ruling comes after months of investigation that stemmed from an anonymous complaint filed with the CPB in December. The complain alleged that the station’s board had held closed meetings without public notice.

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Regional Report
6:10 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Regional Report: Turmoil Continues In Thetford Over Interim Police Chief Hiring

Turmoil involving some town officials and the town’s police force has continued to roil this month.

Sgt. Bridget Tweedie filed a written complaint with Selectboard member Donn Downey earlier this month, accusing him of “blatant disregard” for Vermont’s public records law when he discussed emails between himself and the interim police chief during a public Selectboard meeting.

Tweedie also took issue with Downey providing the emails to the Valley News prior to the meeting.

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VPR News
5:00 am
Fri August 1, 2014

VTC Hopes Dairy Processing Will Improve College Farm Cash Flow

The milking parlor at VTC's dairy farm, which will begin processing milk next year.
VPR/Steve Zind

A new dairy processing plant at Vermont Technical College is slated go online in the near future.  The plant will provide  educational opportunities for students, but administrators also hope it will help the college balance its budget.

VTC’s ongoing deficit problems, which have required millions of dollars in loans from the state college system to the Randolph Center school have been largely attributed to a drop in student enrollment.  

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VPR News
6:00 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Despite Pleas To Bypass Troubled Exchange, Shumlin Stays The Course

In this 2013 file photo, workers at the Vermont Health Connect call center talk to customers in Burlington.
AP File/Toby Talbot

Ongoing problems with the state’s health care exchange have prompted renewed calls for major changes in the way that individuals and small businesses purchase health insurance in Vermont. But Gov. Peter Shumlin is resisting these changes.

Vermont Health Connect has had technical problems right from the start. For instance, the online payment system for small businesses has never worked and there’s no solution on the horizon. So the Shumlin Administration is allowing these businesses to buy their policies directly from the insurance companies through next year.

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Weekly Conversation On The Arts
4:58 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Carving Studio Brings Rare Italian Craft To West Rutland

West Rutland's Carving Studio and Sculpute Center is offering an opportunity to learn sculpting techniques unique to northern Italy.
Carving Studio and Sculpture Center

How do you take a clay model and carve it in marble two, three or even 10 times larger? Normally, you’d have to go to Italy to develop this rare skill. But The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center in West Rutland is bringing Italy to Vermont.

They’re offering a special six-day course in advanced Italian compass enlargement techniques.

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Vermont Edition
4:44 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Festival Celebrates Vermont's Cheese Diversity

Vermont producers are creating a wide variety of cheeses.
Catherine Hays VPR

Vermont has the most cheese producers per capita in the nation and many of them were on hand to show off the complexity of their craft at the Vermont Cheesemakers Festival this month in Shelburne. 

Cheese enthusiasts lined up at vendors’ tables to taste all the products they had to offer. And while you may think this would lead to fearsome competition, Vermont cheesemakers have banded together to expand their market as VPR's Catherine Hays learned.

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Vermont Edition
4:41 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Chestnut Trees Getting Help From Vermont

Scientists were in Vermont recently studying a small, but healthy stand of American Chestnut trees in Berlin.
Wilson Ring AP

Just over a hundred years ago, billions of chestnut trees could be found along the east coast. However, the chestnut population was sent into functional extinction with the introduction of blight in 1904. But that doesn’t mean people are letting go without a fight.

Restoration efforts have taken hold nationally, but it’s the chestnuts in Berlin, Vermont that may hold the key to saving the species.

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Vermont Edition
4:28 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Analysis: New Hampshire Primary Races

Valley News Local News Editor John Gregg analyzes some of the key primary races in New Hampshire, including the Republican race to challenge incumbent Senator Jeanne Shaheen.

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Public Post
1:17 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Bread And Puppet Staging Gaza Protest Vigils

Bread and Puppet activists staged small protests around Vermont on Wednesday, like this one in Montpelier.
Janelle Treibitz Bread and Puppet

Activists from Glover's Bread and Puppet Theater spread out in communities around Vermont on Wednesday to hold vigils in protest of the recent Israeli attacks on Gaza. And the troupe is planning similar action on the statehouse lawn on Friday.

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