Vermont Edition
1:51 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Bartender, Make Mine A Rattle-Skull! Mixing Up Forgotten Cocktails

The Ale Flip was a cocktail made with beer and heated with a red-hot poker.
The History Press

What if the Revolutionary War happened just because all the colonists were rowdy drunks ginning one another up at the various taverns liberally sprinkled around New England? That’s taking it too far, of course, but those early colonists did enjoy their beverages.

The Green Mountain Boys hatched their plans for liberty and freedom over tankards at the Catamount Tavern in Bennington. And the Continental Army gave a ration of spruce beer to all its soldiers on a daily basis.

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Vermont Edition
1:20 pm
Thu April 17, 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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Public Post
1:14 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

From Parking Spots To Micro-Parks In Montpelier

Parklets, or micro-parks, like this one in San Francisco, can enhance the downtown experience for pedestrians and cyclists.
Eric Risberg AP

Montpelier's downtown streets are lined with metered vehicle parking spots, but places to park oneself for a for a while are few and far between. That's the sentiment behind Montpelier Alive's pilot parklet program.

Never heard of a parklet? Here's what the project description has to say:

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Thu April 17, 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
8:27 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Film Tackles Age-Old Question: Should I Stay (In Vermont) Or Should I Go?

The new film "Loser's Crown" explores a man's struggle with the decision between staying in Los Angeles or moving home to Vermont.
Colin Thompson

With apologies to Thomas Wolfe, a new film with life in Vermont at its core challenges the famous writer’s notion that you can’t go home again.

The movie is called Loser’s Crown, and digs deep into the conflicted feelings many young Vermonters may have about whether to seek a life and career far away from the familiar Green Mountains, or embrace the place that, in many ways, will always feel like home.

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VPR News
5:00 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Hand Held Cell Phone Ban For Drivers Is Stalled At Statehouse

VPR/Angela Evancie

Two key Senate committees have fundamental differences about the scope of a bill that would ban cell phone use while driving. Those differences could derail the legislation for the session.

Earlier this year, the House overwhelmingly supported legislation that prohibits drivers from using hand-held phones and other electronic devices.

One of the primary goals of the legislation is to give law enforcement officials a new tool to crack down on drivers who text while operating a car.

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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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