The annual Gift of Life blood drive Marathon in Rutland will aim to beat a national record next week. Just what exactly is all that blood used for, and where does it go?
We’ll find out all about blood and blood drives with Mary Brant of the American Red Cross New England and Dr. Mark Fung, director of the Blood Bank at Fletcher Allen Health Care and an Associate Professor of Pathology at the University of Vermont.
Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., right, joined by House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., left, answers questions on the federal debt limit, during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013.
The 113th Congress has been called dysfunctional and the least productive in modern history. As Congress concludes its session for the holidays, Vermont Edition talks with Congressman Peter Welch. We look at what was accomplished, what is left undone and whether congressional leadership can turn around the dynamics of Capitol Hill in 2014.
The state's 16 regional developmental service agencies must submit plans to the Shumlin administration by Friday, outlining how they intend to shave a total of $2.23 million from their budgets to help cover a higher caseload expected next year.
Projections indicate that new caseloads within the Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living will exceed what has been budgeted.
State officials are recommending a variety of steps to improve mobile home parks and protect them from future floods.
The recommendations are included in a report that details many of the difficulties faced by mobile home park residents in the wake of Tropical Storm Irene. Park residents comprise one-third of mobile home occupants in Vermont.
Clean-up and disposal of destroyed homes, compensation for lost property, and affordable financing to purchase new mobile homes were all urgent needs post-Irene.
The Vermont health care exchange came out of the starting blocks this fall limping badly and it’s not clear yet how long it will take Gov. Peter Shumlin’s bureaucrats to get it back on track. It’s not too early, however, to try to assess the effect the troubled launch will have on state politics in 2014 and on the fate of the Shumlin reform initiative out into the future.
Jake List of Liszt Historical Restoration works on the statue of Ceres atop the Statehouse dome in Montpelier. The Roman goddess of agriculture is getting rehabilitated and a fresh coat of paint. The last work on the goddess was done back in 2004.
The new health exchange website Vermont Health Connect has faced problems since it was launched two months ago. VPR’s Taylor Dobbs updates Vermont Edition on what the Shumlin administration knew about the problems with the state’s health care exchange web site and when.