Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Provenence Of Produce: New Ideas In Buying Local Food

AP Dean Fosdick

When it comes to eating local, the very definition of “local” is changing. Movers and shakers in the local food movement are reframing the concept of local food from being strictly about mileage to one that incorporates a set of implied values — like how the workers or animals were treated, and land stewardship.

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VPR News
6:11 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Analysis: The Plan B Debate Shows Difficulties Of Health Care Financing

The consultant hired by the Vermont Legislature to advise lawmakers on health care reform has developed a concept that differs significantly from the single-payer plan now being pursued by the administration of Gov. Peter Shumlin.

The consultant, Ken Thorpe, a professor at Emory University in Atlanta, Ga., has suggested that Vermont finance its effort to help pay for health care by relying on insurance premiums, subsidized mostly by the federal government under the Affordable Care Act, but also by state government.

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VPR News
5:56 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Vermont On Course To Be First To Require GMO Labels

Vermont is poised to become the first state in the country to require the labeling of food products made with genetically modified organisms.

After nearly two hours of debate, a strong bipartisan coalition of senators gave their preliminary approval to the bill by a vote of 26 to 2.

Under the bill, the labeling requirements would go into place in July of 2016 and would affect virtually all food products sold in Vermont.

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VPR News
5:42 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Legislative Memo Outlines Single-Payer Alternative

It’s only three and a half pages long. And it’s much more of a conceptual outline than a fully formed plan. But a March 24 memo, authored by a policy analyst hired by the Legislature earlier this year, shows that at least some lawmakers are already considering alternatives to the single-payer proposal Gov. Peter Shumlin will drop on their desks next year.

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The Frequency
4:50 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Credit Union Manager Sentenced To Three Years In Prison

Three months after pleading guilty to embezzlement charges, the former manager of the Border Lodge Credit Union in Derby has been sentenced to three years in prison.

Debra Kinney, who ran the small Northeast Kingdom credit union from her home, was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Burlington.

Kinney pled guilty to federal fraud charges in January after an FBI investigation concluded that she had been embezzling money from the credit union over a period of years. 

The Frequency
2:06 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Officials Issue Flood Warnings As Rivers Rage, Rise

Mist rises from the water as it crashes over the Winooski One hydro dam.
Patti Daniels VPR

Rivers across the state are high and rising with a combination of snow melt and rain contributing to a surge, which officials say is likely to lead to flooding.

Update April 15 11:55 p.m. The Vermont Agency of Transportation reports that there is ice on roadways in the Burlington area.

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Vermont Edition
1:53 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Update: Deer Ticks In Vermont

Ticks like this are now emerging with warmer spring temperatures and can carry a number of lethal viruses, including Lyme disease.
Victoria Arocho AP

Lyme disease was first diagnosed in 1975 in Connecticut. Over the last 40 years, the disease and the insect that carries it, blacklegged tick, have become part of the popular nomenclature.

One person in Vermont who has studied the blacklegged tick, more commonly known as the deer tick, is Lyndon State Biology Professor Alan Giese. Giese spoke with Vermont Edition about his research.

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Vermont Edition
1:47 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Gettysburg Address Documentary Premieres

In Putney, the Greenwood School has been educating boys with significant learning differences since 1978. And for most of those years, the boarding school has maintained a tradition of teaching their students to memorize and recite the Gettysburg Address.

Lincoln delivered the speech at the dedication of the Gettysburg battlefield more than 150 years ago. But the speech and the act of reciting it in a formal hall to hundreds of assembled adults has real significance to Greenwood’s modern-day students.

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The Frequency
1:08 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Moody's Upgrades Burlington Credit Outlook

Moody’s Investors Service upgraded the city of Burlington’s credit rating outlook this week from “Baa3 negative” to “Baa3 stable,” indicating increased confidence in the city’s financial management.

The move comes after the city closed a financing deal to cover the cost of settling a multi-million dollar lawsuit with Citibank over borrowed money that hadn’t been paid back.

Moody’s accompanied the upgrade with this explanation:

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Herpetology Today: What Our Amphibians And Reptiles Are Up To

A red eft, or eastern newt, frolics in the Vermont environment.
Jane Lindholm VPR

The long-awaited spring has arrived. And for herpetologists, it’s like baseball’s opening day.

Snakes, salamanders, toads, turtles and frogs are either on the move or about to venture out from their winter hiding places. Choruses of critters will soon be in full voice, and we’ll all be reveling in the songs of peepers.

Jim Andrews, Coordinator of the Vermont Reptile and Amphibian Atlas, brings into focus what’s going on around us.

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