VPR News
5:43 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Leahy Urges Obama To Name New Attorney General Soon

Senate Republican leaders don't want to hold confirmation hearings on Eric Holder's replacement until the start of the new Congress in January, but Sen. Patrick Leahy is urging President Barack Obama to make the appointment as soon as possible.
Taylor Dobbs VPR

As chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Leahy will play a key role in reviewing the President’s nominee for attorney general.

Congress is in recess until after the November election but it is expected to hold what is known as a “lame duck” session at that time.

Senate Republican leaders don’t want to hold confirmation hearings on Eric Holder’s replacement until the start of the new Congress in January. That’s because they hope to win enough seats in the election to regain control of the U.S. Senate.

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The Frequency
2:29 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Fletcher Allen Hopes New Building Will Give Patients Privacy

Fletcher Allen Health Care, here in this 2007 file photo, will undergo construction of new facilities in order to retire some of its older, outdated lodgings.
Toby Talbot AP

Dave Keelty is the director of facilities planning and development at Fletcher Allen Health Care. And he’s taken a break on this sunny Monday morning to survey the future site of what he hopes will become next great project.

“What we’re looking at is the west side of our ambulatory care facility,” Keelty says. “Most people would recognize it with the emergency room parking lot, and the entrance to the emergency room directly in front of us.”

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Vermont Edition
1:24 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Vermont Town Forests To Expand

Vermont is home to more than 125 town forests, which includes roughly 120,000 acres.
Toby Talbot AP Photo

The U.S. Forest Service recently announced that it will grant about $2.3 million to establish community forests in eight states, including Vermont.

The Dorset Town Forest, whose trail network is nearly 100 years old, received $263,000 to expand its borders. Chittenden County forester Keith Thompson and Sean MacFaden at the UVM Spatial Analysis Lab join Vermont Edition to discuss this recent addition, as well as the importance of town forests for Vermont’s landscape.  

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Vermont Edition
12:30 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Celebrating Classical Music

Aaron Copland once guest conducted the VSO.
Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Lovers of classical music are celebrating two big milestones in Vermont: VPR’s own Walter Parker marks his 30th anniversary on the air this week. And the Vermont Symphony Orchestra is celebrating its eightieth season.

We look at how Vermont’s classical music scene has grown and deepened over the decades with Walter Parker and VSO Executive Director Alan Jordan.

Post your favorite classical music performances and annual festivals here or by emailing vermontedition@vpr.net.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

And, We're In Business!

Siri Stafford Thinkstock

The dream of opening your own business can lead to satisfaction and accomplishment... or frustration and financial setback. On the next Vermont Edition, we look at what it takes to start a small business.  We talk about writing a solid business plan, the legal and financial regulations you need to learn, and how to test your product or service against the marketplace.

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Vermont Edition
10:25 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Interview: David Huddle's New Novel, 'The Faulkes Chronicle'

Cancer has the power to transform the lives of those who are struck by it, as well as the lives of close family members. That’s the theme of the new novel by Burlington writer David Huddle. The Faulkes Chronicle focuses on Karen Faulkes, the matriarch of a large family – very large, with more than two dozen kids – and how the family’s relationships are tested by her cancer. 

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VPR News
9:02 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Citizens Decommissioning Advisory Panel Gets Started

New Hampshire State Senator Molly Kelly (foreground) is on the panel. Directly behind her is Entergy Vermont Yankee Site Vice President Chris Wamser.
Susan Keese VPR

Entergy Vermont Yankee says it's looking forward to a new era of cooperation as the plant the plant winds down operations this year. The comments came as the Vermont Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel held its first meeting last Thursday at Brattleboro Union High School.

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VPR News
5:30 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Burlington Delays 'Smart' Parking Meters, Higher Rates Until November 1

Smart parking meters, like the ones pictured here, will be implemented in parts of Burlington November 1.
Ilya Sevrugin Thinkstock

Parking rates in Vermont’s largest city are going up. And Burlington will introduce “smart” parking meters where drivers can pay with credit cards.

But the roll-out of the new system has been pushed back by a month.

If you’ve ever driven around downtown Burlington looking for a parking spot, you know it feels as though spaces are limited.

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VPR News
5:30 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Vermont Launches Search For Out-Of-State Prison Contractor

In this Dec., 2008 file photo, the Northwest State Corrections Facility is seen in St. Albans. But some Vermont inmates will be sent much farther away.
Toby Talbot AP

State corrections officials are searching for a contractor to house the inmates it doesn’t have room for in Vermont. But the process isn’t likely to dramatically improve conditions for the approximately 500 Vermonters serving time in Kentucky and Arizona.

Vermont’s four-year contract with Corrections Corporation of America is set to expire next July. And Commissioner of Corrections Andrew Pallito has started the bidding process to secure a new long-term new deal.

But Pallito says Vermont won’t bring a strong hand into its negotiations.

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VPR News
10:27 am
Sun September 28, 2014

Austine Advocates Say Deaf Children Need Their Own School

Deaf people from around Vermont came to Montpelier Saturday to call for the state to re-open the Austine School for the Deaf.
Credit John Dillon / VPR

About 200 deaf people and their supporters rallied in Montpelier Saturday and called on the governor and the Legislature to re-open the closed Austine School for the Deaf.

The school shut its doors this summer due to financial troubles. State officials say the education needs of deaf children can meet through mainstream programs in public schools.

But the protesters who marched on the Statehouse yesterday say deaf children need a learning environment with their peers that’s based on American sign language.

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