The Vermont Economy
6:05 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Program Helps Lawyers Set Up Shop In Underserved Areas

Erica Lewis is just a month into her new Randolph law practice.
VPR/Steve Zind

Imagine you’re fresh out of law school. Instead of going to work in a place where there are people to learn from and turn to for support, you’re a one-person firm on your own. 

A new program is helping young lawyers establish solo practices in hopes of helping both law school graduates and those who need legal services.

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Arts & Culture
6:00 am
Wed July 23, 2014

New Haven Sculptor Takes Giant Da Vinci Sculpture On The Road

Dennis Sparling brought his 9-foot-tall Leonardo Da Vinci sculpture to Long Island, hoping to interest someone there in his Da Vinci project.
Jon Kalish VPR

Dennis Sparling spent more than a year making a 9-foot-tall sculpture of Leonardo Da Vinci. The 70-year-old sculptor dreams of taking it to an institution where he would teach sculpture and other disciplines with a curriculum focused on the life of Da Vinci, a man whose career spanned painting, sculpture, architecture, engineering and other disciplines.

Earlier this month Sparling put his sculpture in a trailer and drove down to Long Island, hoping to interest someone there in this Da Vinci project.

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VPR News
6:38 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Pipeline Protestors Hold Fish-In

Anti-pipeline activists launched a "fish-in" at the Public Service Board office in Montpelier this afternoon. They want construction of a natural gas pipeline halted while state regulators review a 40 percent increase in the project's cost estimate.

Demonstrators outside the Public Service Board office wore fishing garb and sang protest songs while sitting in a land-bound canoe. One of the protesters was Burlington resident Andy Simon, who is a Vermont Gas ratepayer.

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VPR News
6:29 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Obamacare Architect To Help Vermont Design Single Payer

In this May 12, 2009, file photo Jonathan Gruber, professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, participates in a Capitol Hill hearing on the overhaul of the heath care system in Washington.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

An economist who helped the Obama administration design the Affordable Care Act is coming to Vermont to help Gov. Peter Shumlin develop a proposal for single-payer health care. And his work will help decide which taxes Shumlin will propose using to raise the $2 billion needed to support the new system.

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Vermont Edition
1:26 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

English Language Learners In Vermont Schools

With as many as 60 different languages spoken in some Vermont schools, educators are having to adapt to teach English language learners.
Fengyuan Change Thinkstock

If you had to take a standardized test right now, how do you think you would score? Now imagine that test is in a language you can barely read. Since the English language dominates our educational system, a gap in English language ability is often equated with a gap in intelligence.

We’ll talk to Shawna Shapiro, assistant Professor of Writing & Linguistics at Middlebury College, and Susan Blethen, an ELL teacher at Burlington High School, about the challenges facing English language learners and what some educators are doing to bridge the gap.

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Public Post
1:17 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Milfoil Pullers Wanted

Eurasian watermilfoil can get quickly out of control, as shown in this picture taken at Cayuga Lake in Ithaca, New York.
Robert L. Johnson Cornell University, Bugwood.org

The invasive water plant Eurasian watermilfoil has made its way into waterways around Vermont, and is nearly impossible to eradicate. At Dewey's Mills Pond, in Quechee, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the state of Vermont and the town of Hartford have been working together since 2003 to keep the invasive species at bay. This Saturday, the Hartford Parks & Recreation Department is hosting a volunteer day, to help in the effort.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Hit The Road! (Or Trail!)

Leaders in the the fifteenth stage of the Tour de France cycling race on Sunday, July 20, 2014.
Peter Dejong AP

Summer is a great time to get on the bike. From new technology and gear, to ever-present concerns about safety, on the next Vermont Edition, we get an earful from cyclists who take to paved roads, back roads and mountain trails throughout the state. We talk with Emily Boedecker, executive director of Local Motion, which advocates for bike access and helps people get into the sport of cycling.

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VPR News
10:44 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Some Food Producers Are Quietly Dumping GMO Ingredients

While mainstream companies such as Ben & Jerry's are taking a vocal stand on GMO labeling, others are calibrating their recipes more quietly. General Mills' original plain Cheerios are now GMO-free, though there's no label on the box saying so.
RonOrmanJr Thinkstock

On busy summer weekends at the Ben and Jerry's Factory in Waterbury, crowded tours leave every 10 minutes. Tourists from all over the world laugh at the peppy video explaining the origins of the quirky ice cream company and groan at the tour guides' bad cow puns. After the tour of the factory floor, they wander up to the "Flavor Graveyard," where combinations that didn't make the cut are put to rest under the shade of big trees. Each "gravestone" eulogizes the flavor-gone-by.

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The Vermont Economy
6:27 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Newport Residents Question Developers Of Bio-Med Facility

Bill Kelly, representing AnC Bio, Joe Greene, architect, and Debra Bell, civil engineer, display drawings of a new facility proposed for Newport prior to a public hearing.
Charlotte Albright VPR

On Monday, the public got a chance to weigh in on a plan to build a four-story glass and metal tower in Newport that would house bio-medical research and development.

The developers, Bill Stenger and his business partner Ariel Quiros, say the project will create as many as 500 jobs and will not harm the environment. But some Newport residents have some concerns about its impact on public health.

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VPR News
5:48 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Off To Iowa, Sanders Sounding Like A Presidential Candidate

Sen. Bernie Sanders, pictured here in Washington, D.C. in February, is holding several town meetings in Iowa this September.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

As a resident of Iowa, Jeff Cox has never voted for Bernie Sanders. But he’s hoping to have the chance to soon.

Cox is a longtime Democratic activist, and the point man for a Johnson County steering committee aimed at drafting Sanders for the 2016 presidential contest. And for Cox and other like-minded Iowans, whose early caucuses give them outsized importance when it comes to selecting major party presidential nominees, Vermont’s junior senator offers a progressive foil to the more centrist platform held by the early Democratic favorite.

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