Town of Norwich

This week the Norwich Planning Commission is hosting two public forums on future development south of the village. The commission is hoping residents will turn out to one of two sessions Tuesday, May 5 to discuss the potential for sustainable development along Route 5 South and  River Road.

Power struggles between the legislative and executive branches aren’t anything new. But one brewing in Montpelier these days is unique, and the administration’s decision to block Internet entertainment sites has spawned a battle between top lawmakers and executive-branch techies.

A few months ago, lawmakers began noticing something odd about their Internet browsers. Pandora.com, for instance, once a source of diverse musical offerings, now produced a mostly blank white page with the message “server not found.”

Jacquelyn Martin / AP

Bernie Sanders has proven his popularity in Vermont with lopsided election victories in his campaigns for the U.S. House and Senate. But can he turn that into a successful presidential campaign?  On the next Vermont Edition, we hear perspectives on Bernie Sanders from outside Vermont with political reporters from Iowa, New Hampshire and Washington, D.C. who will be covering the early presidential contests.

Toby Talbot / AP File

The president and CEO of Brattleboro Retreat is stepping down at the end of the year, hospital officials announced last week. Dr. Rob Simpson is leaving his role after nine years at Brattleboro Retreat, where he’s overseen a growth in staff and patient capacity and the hospital’s focus on mental health and drug treatment services.

“We knew we wanted to meet what we felt was the unmet demand for mental health and addictive services in the region,” Simpson said in an interview.

Cheryl Senter / AP

The Bernie Sanders presidential campaign has gotten off to a strong fundraising start.

In just a few days, the campaign has raised more than $2 million and almost all of the contributions have come from small donors.

Audio for this story will be posted at approximately 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 5

Sanders says he can be successful as a presidential candidate only if hundreds of thousands of Americans contribute to his campaign. His goal is to raise between $40 and $50 million dollars over the next eight months.

Taylor Dobbs / VPR

A 1987 recording made by then Burlington mayor Bernie Sanders is finding a new audience thanks to Sen. Sanders’ presidential aspirations.   

28 years ago, Burlington studio owner and producer Todd Lockwood posted a letter to Sanders at city hall proposing the album.

Audio for this story will be posted at approximately 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 5

Lockwood says originally he thought the mayor would sing.

Nathan Benn/National Geographic / Peter Miller/Vermont People

Back in January, Vermont Edition aired an interview with the National Geographic photographer Nathan Benn, whose 1970s photographs of Vermont and beyond are on display at the Shelburne Museum in an exhibit called Kodachrome Memory: American Pictures, 1972-1990. One of the photos from the exhibition that we posted online showed a man that several people recognized, more than 40 years later.

VPR

The Vermont Senate passed a budget and approved $34.2 million in new taxes last week - rejecting most most of the cuts proposed late in the game by Governor Shumlin. The Governor, meanwhile, quietly signed the gun bill that he called a "shadow" of the legislation that was originally proposed.

The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Board has voted to make some changes to Vermont's hunting and fishing regulations.

Under the change, hunters over 50 will be allowed to use crossbows during the regular archery season. And in an effort to prevent chronic wasting disease, the board voted to ban natural deer urine lures.

Angela Evancie / VPR

Sen. Patrick Leahy says he's optimistic that his plan to curtail the Obama Administration's electronic surveillance program will be approved by Congress in the coming weeks.

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