VPR News
5:30 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Environmental Group Teaches Vermonters To Build D.I.Y. Rain Barrels

Roommates Lyndsey Eckler and Brittni Simmons build a rain barrel with help from Michael and Nathan Liskowacki.
Annie Russell

Pollution from storm water runoff is a challenge that has long-faced the state of Vermont. Waterways like Lake Champlain can be damaged by storm water that has picked up chemicals and other harmful material.

There are a few measures homeowners can take to reduce their storm water runoff. Building a rain barrel is one.

At the Shelburne Town Offices, about a dozen families are learning to build rain barrels. The barrels will collect excess storm water- that’s water that normally runs off through gutters and into storm drains.

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VPR News
5:30 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Workers Prepare For Plasan Closing

Adam Crawford worries that his age will work against him in his search for a new job.
Susan Keese VPR

Workers facing unemployment in May when Bennington’s Plasan Carbon Composites closes got a crash course Friday in the art of job hunting. More than 50 people showed up at the Bennington Career Center for a day of workshops sponsored by the Vermont Department of Labor.

About 160 workers, two thirds of them Vermonters, will lose their jobs when Plasan Carbon Composites leaves the state. The company makes carbon composite components for high-priced sports cars. It announced in February it was moving to Michigan to be closer to the automotive industry.

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Public Post
10:22 am
Sat April 19, 2014

Public Post Weekly Roundup

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

Public Post reports on a debate in Hinesburg over what to do with the old police station; signs of spring in towns around the Green Mountain State; and seasonal micro-parks in the works for downtown Montpelier.
 

Broadcast on Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 9:35 a.m.

Here's a sampling of the week's Public Post Twitter updates from Elmore, Franklin, Newfane, Weathersfield and more:

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VPR News
5:59 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Report Of Second Dead Child Rattles Lawmakers

The Chittenden Unit for Special Investigations is investigating the death of a second child in Vermont within the past few months, raising ire among some lawmakers about the lack of information shared with them by state officials.

Sen. Dick Sears, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and co-chairman of the special Senate Review Panel on Child Protection, learned Wednesday through the media of the death of a 14-month-old boy in Winooski on or around April 4.

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VPR News
5:47 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Progressives Unlikely To Run Candidate Against Shumlin

Rep. Chris Pearson, P-Burlington, says the party will likely focus on House and Senate races this year. Pictured with Rep. Susan Hatch Davis last year.
AP/Toby Talbot

Leaders of Vermont's Progressive Party say they'll likely focus on House and Senate races this year instead of putting forward a gubernatorial candidate. 

In the 2010 and 2012 elections, Progressive Party officials established three goals for Democratic candidate Peter Shumlin.

They wanted him to support a single payer health care system, work to close down the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant, and support economic development policies to help working Vermonters.

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Vermont Edition
1:45 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Analysis: Single Payer Health Care Alternative

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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