Health
7:53 am
Tue October 22, 2013

State Officials Discuss Forced Psychiatric Treatment

Advocates for psychiatric patients say they don't want to see a relaxation of rules governing the use of involuntary treatment in the state's hospitals.

At a meeting Monday of an advisory group called the Mental Health Transformation Council, Mental Health Commissioner Paul Dupre heard extensive and vehement comments from advocates — some of them former mental health patients — that rules drafted by Dupre's department would harm patients' rights.

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VPR News
12:05 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Coalition Promotes Smaller Changes To Gun Laws

Ann Braden of Brattleboro founded GunSense Vermont.
Susan Keese- VPR

A coalition called Gun Sense Vermont hopes to succeed where previous advocates have failed.

Vermont is known as one of the least restrictive states when it comes to gun control laws.

The new coalition is promoting modest firearms legislation as a matter of public safety, rather than as an effort at gun control.

The leader of the effort is Ann Braden of Brattleboro. She says her campaign to promote gun safety is about as ‘grass roots’ as an effort could be. The thirty-four-year-old former teacher and mother of two started GunSense Vermont less than a year ago.

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VPR News
5:49 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

VPR Suspends Artist Mug Series After Lead Tests

The fall 2005 artist mug tested above the FDA lead limit
VPR

Vermont Public Radio says one series of its ceramic mugs distributed during station fundraisers exceeds Food and Drug Administration limits for lead content.

VPR says as a result of questions raised by the recent lead testing, it will suspend the practice of issuing artist mugs to listeners.

Questions about the VPR mugs were raised last month when a listener reported that tests on one of them indicated a high level of lead apparently in the ink used in the printed design.

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VPR News
5:20 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Senator Sanders Named To Special Budget Panel

This special budget panel was created last week as part of the deal to reopen the federal government for several months.

Sanders is a member of the Senate Budget committee, and this new position will put him right in the middle of a national debate over the proper level of federal spending and appropriate tax policies.

Sanders says one of his goals on the new committee is to protect programs that are priorities for working families.

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Public Post
2:48 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Second Try For Westford Charter

Town of Westford

The Westford Select Board is again proposing the voters enact a town charter. The proposed charter is substantially the same as that proposed at Town Meeting 2012.

The 2012 charter proposal was defeated by just nine votes, 262-253.The new proposal will be put to Westford voters at the next Town Meeting, in March 2014.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

National Security Scrutinized In "American Coup"

The military writer William Arkin has made waves in recent years with exposes that challenge government and military power around secrecy, security and surveillance.

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Public Post
11:29 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Walden School Budget Vote #5

Town of Walden School Board

Voters in Walden go back to the polls this week for a fifth attempt to pass a school budget for the current fiscal year. Balloting on the $2,618,278 budget will be held throughout the day on Tuesday, Oct. 22.

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VPR News
8:00 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Jamaica Bridges Built Under Accelerated Program

A bridge leading vehicles along Route 100 from Jamaica toward Wardsboro is nearly complete as part of the "Accelerated Bridge" program designed by the state.

The bridge had been destroyed as a result of Tropical Storm Irene in 2011 and a temporary bridge had been put up in its place.

The Brattleboro Reformer reports the new bridge project started in April.

The bridge program accelerates the design process, permitting and right-ofway by doing different activities at the same time.

Environment
7:58 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Officials Says Turkey Hunters Will Need To Search Forests

Vermont's fall turkey hunting season will open next weekend.

The shotgun and archery season runs from Saturday through Nov. 3 in many parts of the state and until Nov. 10 in parts of Chittenden, Addison, Rutland and Bennington counties.

State Wildlife Director Mark Scott says hunters may need to search the forests this fall to find the turkey flocks. He says unlike some years when large flocks were often seen in agricultural fields, hunters will have to look for the birds' ground scratchings to find their feeding areas.

Environment
7:56 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Renewable Energy Conference Next Week

Renewable energy advocates and industry players are set to gather in South Burlington next week for a conference devoted to topics ranging from energy project siting to net metering to the future of individual energy technologies.

R-E 2013, the annual conference organized by the industry group Renewable Energy Vermont, begins Monday, October 28 and runs through Tuesday October 29 at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center in South Burlington.

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