VPR News
6:44 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Analysis: Knowing The Unknown Key To Any Health Reform Plan

The political ruckus over the last few days about the prospect of a Plan B alternative to Gov. Peter Shumlin’s single payer health care reform project has masked an important fact about both reform schemes: neither his administration nor the various Plan B advocates have enough information yet to build a credible plan for changing the current system.

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The Frequency
6:40 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Vermont Companies Generally Upbeat About The Economy

Chief Executive Officers of many of Vermont's largest employers are generally optimistic about the economy, according to a recent survey.

The 1st quarter VBR-EPR Business Conditions Survey was conducted by the Vermont Business Roundtable and Economic Policy Resources, a Williston research and analysis firm. 

The survey of Vermont Business Roundtable's membership, which includes CEOs of approximately 120 businesses in the state, is conducted quarterly. 

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VPR News
6:30 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Highway Projects Could Be Delayed If Federal Funds Fall Short

Gov. Peter Shumlin along with other state officials urged Congress to put more money into the federal Highway Trust Fund.
VPR/John Dillon

Officials with the Shumlin Administration are warning that some road projects scheduled for this summer may have to be scaled back if Congress does not replenish the federal Highway Trust Fund.

The state relies on the trust fund to match state dollars for transportation projects.

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VPR News
6:16 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Lawmakers Look To Boost Pay For Construction Workers

Members of the Vermont House want to boost the wages of laborers working on many state-funded projects. But leaders in the Senate are worried about how the proposal would impact local construction firms. And supporters of the legislation are running out of time.

The bill could pump as much as $3 million into the wallets of construction workers, according to an analysis conducted by the legislative analysts. It would do so by requiring firms who bid on some state-funded capital projects to pay prevailing wages as determined by the federal government.

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VPR News
6:11 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Shumlin Says Single-Payer Alternative Based On 'Failed Model'

Gov. Peter Shumlin is dismissing a legislative consultant’s plan that lawmakers could use as an alternative to the administration’s single-payer health proposal.

The concept memo was drafted for the Legislature by health care economist Ken Thorpe. His plan was conceived as an alternative to single-payer, and would extend health coverage for more Vermonters by relying on state and federal subsidies as well as the existing insurance-based system.

At his weekly news conference, Shumlin said Thorpe’s ideas were based on “a failed model” of health care financing.

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Vermont Edition
4:12 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

The Return Of The Stay-At-Home Mom

After decades of decline, the percentage of stay-at-home moms is on the rise.
Jupiterimages Thinkstock

In 1970, nearly half of all mothers stayed home to raise their children. In the next several decades though, more and more women returned to work after having children. Pew Research Center has released a new study that shows the number of stay-at-home moms has risen to 29 percent.

D’Vera Cohn, senior writer for Pew Research, and Kathryn Flagg, staff writer for Seven Days, discuss the findings and why we’re seeing a return to stay-at-home parenting.

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Arts & Culture
2:05 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Celebrating Vermont's Local ... Cat Videos?

“Esteban’s Nap," the winner of a recent A-CAT-emy Awards, features a sleeping cat who barely stirs when his tongue is pulled from his mouth several times in a row. The event was a fundraiser for the Humane Society of Chittenden County.
Matthew Thorsen

Almost everyone’s seen a cat video on the Internet. Whether it’s a slapstick routine set to an impressive soundtrack or just a cute, furry face, the clips can be hard to resist.

Recently, the Humane Society of Chittenden County held a cat film festival — and fundraiser — for Vermonters to showcase their pets.

On a recent Sunday morning, almost 300 cat lovers gathered at the Majestic 10 theater in Williston to do something that most people do when nobody’s looking: watch funny cat videos.

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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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Government & Politics
6:51 am
Wed April 16, 2014

How A Sanders Candidacy Could Nudge Democrats To Left

As home to the nation’s first primary, New Hampshire is the place candidates go to explore their prospects for a presidential campaign.

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VPR News
5:00 am
Wed April 16, 2014

VA Hospital Gets Security Gate

A new gate stands at the main entrance to the VA Hospital in White River Junction.
Charlotte Albright

There’s a new look to the entrance of the VA Hospital in White River Junction. The sprawling campus now has an iron gate at the main entrance.There is no fence yet connected to the gate, so it’s not really a major barrier.  But VA officials say there are also many other less visible security measures in place.

In 2010, the Veterans Administration conducted what it called a “Vulnerability Assessment,” and found that many facilities needed to ramp up security.

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