Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Douglas Reflects On Political Life In New Autobiography

Former Gov. Jim Douglas speaks during a meeting of the State Budget Crisis Task Force at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, June 2013. Douglas' memoir is 'The Vermont Way.'
Matt Rourke AP File

Former Governor Jim Douglas says people still ask him how he, a Republican, could be repeatedly re-elected in a liberal state like Vermont. He says the question stems from deep political divisions that see "red states" growing redder and "blue states" turning deeper blue.  Douglas reflects on that political trend and how to rebuild a moderate center in his new autobiography, The Vermont Way: A Republican Governor Leads America's Most Liberal State. We talk with Douglas about his book and his career in Vermont politics, on the next Vermont Edition.

Public Post
9:26 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Public Post: Randolph Wastewater, Vandalism Problems, Heating Lothrop School

Randolph is about to build a new wastewater treatment facility and has a settlement agreement with the state regarding violations at the old plant. Concerns are raised over litter and vandalism at recreation areas in Wallingford, Norwich and Waitsfield. And school and town officials in Pittsford aim to lower last year's $68,000 heading bill at Lothrop Elementary School.

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VPR News
5:30 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Primary Election Results Finalized Today

At 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, representatives of Vermont’s Republican, Democrat, Progressive and Liberty Union political parties will gather in the wood paneled conference room in the offices of Secretary of State Jim Condos to certify the results from 275 voting precincts across the state. 

If all goes according to plan, they will review the results from the primary election and then certify them.

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VPR News
5:30 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Health Coaches Help Patients Battle Chronic Illness

Jennifer McFarlin has been working with a health coach from Dartmouth Hitchock Medical Center to lower her weight as she manages her diabetes.
Charlotte Albright vpr

More than 25 million Americans suffer from diabetes, and one in every 10 health care dollars is spent to treat it. But what if those patients were coached to live healthier lives?

One hospital experimenting with this new strategy is Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center.

That’s where 39-year-old Jennifer McFarlin spends a lot of time. Like approximately 500 other patients getting treated at Dartmouth Hitchcock, she has diabetes.

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VPR News
5:30 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

Program Teaches Business Skills To Young Farmers

Members of the Youth Ag IDA program with their instructors.
UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture

Dan Brassard, 19, is already well versed in many skills. He raises beef, sells firewood and produces maple syrup in the new East Randolph sugarhouse he’s standing in.

“All the lumber here I cut and logged off my parents’ land. It was my senior project at the tech center. I sawed it all out,” he says.

In the past year, Brassard has gained some business know-how to go along with his hands-on experience. He’s a graduate of a new program run by University of Vermont Center for Sustainable Agriculture.

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VPR News
7:00 am
Mon September 1, 2014

Blue Bins Coming To Parades And Tractor Pulls

A truck unloads recycled material in E. Montpelier.
Toby Talbot AP/file

This year, for the first time in its 38-year history, there will be a full-on recycling effort at the popular Northfield Labor Day Weekend

It’s a voluntary effort on the part of event organizers, but next year recycling will be mandatory at this and other public events across the state.

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VPR News
5:30 am
Mon September 1, 2014

Budget Cuts Threaten Some Mental Health Services For Teens

Micah Porter and Katie O'Day, with a program called Youth In Transition, seek out teens who may need help in the Upper Valley
Charlotte Albright vpr

Earlier this summer, the Shumlin administration announced that revenue projections have been too rosy and that budget cuts will now be needed.

That’s creating stress among social service providers.

One program that faces an uncertain future due to cuts endeavors to help at-risk young people in the Upper Valley. 

Micah Porter is 19, with a mop of curly red hair springing out of a baseball cap.

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VPR News
9:00 am
Sun August 31, 2014

A New Network For Investing In Vermont's Food Economy

Meat for sale from Meeting Place Pastures in Cornwall is chalked up at the Burlington Farmers Market in May. A new network called Slow Money Vermont is looking to give individual Vermonters another way to invest in the state's food economy.
Angela Evancie VPR/file

Purchasing a CSA isn't the only way for individuals to invest in Vermont's food economy. Or, it won't be, when Slow Money Vermont gets off the ground.

The new network, an offshoot of the national movement that aims to "bring money back down to earth," will connect local entrepreneurs with investors in an effort to contribute to the state's sustainable food economy.

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VPR News
11:00 am
Sat August 30, 2014

Brattleboro Retreat Warned By Medicare

The Brattleboro Retreat must correct problems found in a recent Medicare inspection.
Susan Keese VPR

The Brattleboro Retreat has until September 2 to file plans for correcting problems found during a recent inspection. The hospital’s Medicare and Medicaid contracts could be terminated if it fails to comply.

The retreat’s latest problems surfaced in an inspection that was prompted by an altercation on the hospital’s adolescent unit, which sent four employees to the hospital. Regulators say the retreat followed proper protocol in that incident, but they found new problems that were deemed potential threats to

patient safety.

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VPR News
6:03 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Rep. Welch: Don't Launch Air Strikes Against ISIS Forces In Syria

Congressman Peter Welch says it would be a mistake for the United States to launch air strikes in Syria to weaken the Islamic State known as ISIS or ISIL.

The Obama Administration describes ISIS as a well-funded and well organized terrorist group that poses a threat to the security of the United States.

For the past few weeks, the Administration has conducted air strikes against ISIS in northern Iraq but these attacks stopped when ISIS forces move across the border into Syria.

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