VPR News
5:00 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Ebola Unlikely In U.S., But Preparations Underway

A Nigerian health official wears a protective mask on Aug. 4, 2014. Though the chances of contracting the disease outside of West Africa are extremely slim, American hospitals are preparing for a possible outbreak.
Sunday Alamba AP

Grim news about the Ebola virus is filling the airwaves these days. And although the chances of contracting the disease outside of West Africa are extremely slim, American hospitals are preparing for a possible outbreak. Colleges are also starting to get questions from parents about whether international students could carry the virus to campuses.

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VPR News
5:12 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Businesses Give Big To Shumlin Campaign

Gov. Peter Shumlin has raised over $1 million for his campaign, and some say big donations are buying some donors undue influence over the political process.
Angela Evancie VPR File Photo

Political campaigns in this state are almost always funded by private money. Figuring out where exactly the cash is coming from, however, can be difficult.

Unlike federal elections statutes, which require major contributors to list the businesses they might represent, Vermont mandates no such disclosures. So VPR decided to dig in to the numbers.

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VPR News
5:10 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Primary Election Hasn't Excited Voters, Turnout May Hit Record Low

Secretary of State Jim Condos says voter turnout is driven largely by highly competitive statewide races.
Bob Kinzel VPR

While there seems to be some interest in two write-in campaigns for statewide office in next week’s primary election, state officials think that overall voter turnout will be extremely low. There are also concerns that the write-in efforts will complicate the vote counting process.

By most accounts, this has been an extremely quiet primary season in Vermont. It’s not a presidential year and it’s an off year for U.S. Senate campaigns.

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The Frequency
4:23 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Boil Water Order Lifted In Fair Haven

State officials lifted a boil water notice in the town of Fair Haven Wednesday, a day after it was declared.

Water samples tested positive for fecal coliform (E. coli) on Monday, causing officials to issue the notice Tuesday.

A positive E. coli test indicates "that the water may be contaminated with human or animal wastes," according to a release.

Updated August 20 at 4:23 p.m. to reflect that the notice was lifted.

Vermont Edition
2:37 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Waylon Speed Gets 'Live From The Fort' Rolling

Waylon Speed prepare to play "Live From the Fort."
Ric Cengeri VPR

This week, VPR is launching a new online music project called ‘Live From the Fort.’  We invite Vermont bands into the VPR Performance Studio to perform and talk about their music, and we’re posting the videos of these mini-concerts to vpr.net. In the coming months you’ll be able to watch and listen to acts like Kat Wright and Maryse Smith.

Today, we’re sharing a track from the first band to perform for ‘Live From the Fort’ - Waylon Speed - playing their song “Smooth the Grain."

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Vermont Edition
2:24 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Stowe's Thompson Trying To Break Long Trail Record

If you’re out hiking on the Long Trail this weekend, you may be passed by a blur of motion and heavy breathing and running shorts. It’s probably Stowe resident RJ Thompson. He’s trying to break a speed record for running the length of the Long Trail. That’s 273 miles, the length of the state of Vermont.

Thompson started running Tuesday morning at the Canadian border. We caught him Monday afternoon as he was preparing.  Thompson is attempting to break the record for an *unsupported run. He told us that’s different from a supported run.

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Vermont Edition
1:24 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Garret Keizer Goes Back To School

High School doesn't look much like this any more.
Stowe Free Library Flickr

Garret Keizer never really wanted to be a teacher, but he found himself wrangling high school students in the Northeast Kingdom until he was able to make ends meet as a writer. Then, fourteen years later, Keizer found himself back in the classroom again.

He’s written about his experience in a new book, Getting Schooled: The Reeducation of an American Teacher. We’ll talk to Keizer about the challenges and rewards of teaching.

Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

The Work Of The Guardians Ad Litem

Around 300 volunteers serve as Guardians ad litem in Vermont.
Artishokcs Thinkstock

When a child is removed from her family because of abuse or neglect, someone needs to advocate for her in court. That advocate is a Guardian ad Litem. There are 300 of these volunteers in Vermont.

Mary Hayden, manager of Vermont’s Guardian ad Litem Program, and Guardian ad Litem Susan Hong discuss the work of these volunteers, the training they undergo, the research they do and how they arrive at the recommendations they make to the court on whether a child should be returned to their family.

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VPR News
5:00 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Lots Of Choice In Northeast Kingdom State's Attorney Races

The Essex County Courthouse in Guildhall is an historic venue for trials. The State's Attorney, Vincent Illuzzi, faces a challenge from Julianne Woolard in the August 26 primary.
Charlotte Albright VPR

Voters in the Northeast Kingdom will have some clear choices in the upcoming primary election for state’s attorney. In Orleans County, the incumbent faces three challengers, and two of them have served as his deputies. In Essex County, the race pits a veteran of state politics against a juvenile defense attorney who wants to find alternatives to litigation.

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VPR News
4:49 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Monthly Jobless Numbers Only Tell Part Of The Story

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This week, the Vermont Labor Department reported the state unemployment rate had gone up for a second straight month. It rose to 3.7 percent in July. 

But monthly jobless numbers tell only part of the story. There is good news in the latest report.

The monthly unemployment figure is a measure of people in the labor force who don’t have jobs but are actively looking for work.

When it goes down, that’s usually seen as a positive sign, but there’s more than one way for that to happen.

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