Vermont Edition
1:45 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Analysis: Single Payer Health Care Alternative

VPR's Bob Kinzel talks with contributor Hamilton Davis about the "Plan B" alternative to Governor Shumlin's single payer health care reform.

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Vermont Edition
1:35 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Spring Gardening Show

Looking north over the Putney School vegetable garden in 2010.
Putney Pics Flickr

Spring is finally here! Or... well...almost. But it is definitely time to start planning garden beds, preparing the soil, and dreaming of the gardening season ahead.

We'll talk with gardening expert Charlie Nardozzi about the lingering effects of the cold winter, the right time for pruning, new varieties of perennial flowers, and any questions you might have.

Join the conversation: post comments and questions below or write to vermontedition@vpr.net

The Frequency
12:02 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Vermont Labor Market Continued Growth In March

Vermont’s unemployment rate decreased for the sixth straight month in March, down to 3.4 percent, according to statistics from the Department of Labor.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Progressive Legislative Roundup

House Progressive Caucus leader Representative Chris Pearson.
VPR/Peter Hirschfeld

When the 2014 legislative session started, leaders in the Progressive Party were expressing concern with some of the policies of Governor Shumlin. How do they feel about the Governor now as the session winds down?

We’ll talk with the House Progressive Caucus leader, Burlington Representative Chris Pearson, and with Enosburg Representative Cindy Weed and Senator David Zuckerman about the progressive legislative priorities for the end of the session.

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Vermont Edition
11:50 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Voices In The Week's News: April 18, 2014

This week, cat fanciers shared their homemade cat videos. Lawmakers in the House voted on a bill to boost the wages of construction workers on state-funded projects. Senators argued over how to curb distracted driving. And a bill to mandate the labeling of foods containing Genetically Modified Organisms sailed through the Senate, but the Attorney General fears a lawsuit

These were some of the voices in the news this week.

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Public Post
9:17 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Stay Off The Trails, Mud Season Is Officially Here

It will be a few weeks before muddy trails, like this one in Wolcott, dry out.
Amy Kolb Noyes VPR

Although it may have been evident in your neck of the woods for some time, this week the Green Mountain Club officially announced the start of mud season and urged hikers to stay off muddy trails "unless they still have extensive snow or ice cover," and until the trails dry out.

According to the club's press release, "high elevation soils take until Memorial Day to dry out, especially on north slopes and evergreen shaded trails."

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VPR News
6:03 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Brattleboro Voters Overturn Budget

Fifteen percent of the town's voters cast ballots in Brattleboro's budget revote. Almost half voted early, by absentee ballot.
Susan Keese VPR

Voters in Brattleboro overturned the town’s 2015 municipal budget in a town-wide ballot Thursday. The $16 million spending plan was approved at Brattleboro’s representative town meeting on March 22. But later, more than the required 50 town meeting representatives signed a petition to revisit the budget in a town-wide referendum. The budget failed by a wide margin, 771 to 478.

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Regional Report
5:57 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Regional Report: Lowell Couple Settles With GMP

Earlier this week, a long running lawsuit by a couple opposed to Green Mountain Power’s Kingdom Community Wind Project was dropped after the couple settled with the utility out of court.

Don and Shirley Nelson are selling their Lowell farm to the state's largest electric utility for $1.3 million to settle a lawsuit over the ownership of land that is part of Green Mountain Power's 21-turbine industrial wind project.

The Nelsons were among the most vocal critics of the GMP's plan to build the Kingdom Community Wind project on a ridgeline near their home.

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VPR News
5:30 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Barnard General Store Enjoying New Life

Store operator Jillian Bradley with customer Bob Forman at the Barnard General Store which reopened a year ago.
VPR/Steve Zind

In 2012, after a 180 year run the Barnard General store closed.

In response, a local group raised $500,000 to purchase the building and find someone to run the store.

In May of last year, the store reopened and it appears to be doing well.

The store’s closing hit the community hard and it didn’t take much time for the local residents to get to work on a plan to reopen it.    

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VPR News
5:51 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Lawmakers Put Pressure On Shumlin To Clean Up Lakes

House lawmakers have given final approval to legislation that aims to expedite the clean-up of Vermont waterways. But the bill that passed the floor Thursday doesn’t include any funding for the effort. And even its chief proponent says it won’t address the pollution crisis unfolding in places like Lake Champlain.

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