Vermont Edition
1:30 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Urine And Its Effect On Groundwater

You’ve probably heard the phrase: You are what you eat. Well, that’s doubly true in the sanitation world. Everything we consume makes its way to the sewage treatment plant. And some things go all the way through to our rivers and streams. That’s especially a problem with phosphorus, nitrogen, and pharmaceuticals - the antibiotics, anti-depressants, and other chemicals many of us take on a daily basis.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Funding Education

Ric Cengeri VPR

Because of a projected 7 cent increase in the statewide property tax rate for education, there’s a lot of debate at the statehouse about whether the time has come to implement a new education  financing program to replace Act 60 and Act 68.

Those laws were passed after the Vermont Supreme Court ruled that all students in Vermont deserve the same educational opportunities. The ruling was a reaction in part to the fact the property rich towns could raise a lot of money with little tax effort and property poor towns had to increase their rates to raise the same amount of money.

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Public Post
10:14 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Seconds? Johnson To Expand Free Meal Program

The Johnson CommUNITY Meal aims to bring the community together through healthy food.
Shaiith DeAnzzor Flickr

Through a collaborative effort, residents of the Johnson area have been sitting down to a free community meal a couple times a month for the past few years. Beginning in March, the Johnson CommUNITY Meal will be offered every Wednesday.

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Olympics
6:13 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Liz Stephen Likes Chances For Relay Medal In Sochi

Liz Stephen at the 2013 FIS Cross Country World Cup in Lillehammer, Norway.
Matt Whitcomb U.S. Ski Team

There are over a dozen Vermonters headed to Sochi to compete in the Olympics. VPR’s Mitch Wertlieb spoke with one of them, Liz Stephen, to find out what it’s like to compete at the most elite level of international challenge.

Liz Stephen is competing in her second Olympics as a cross country skier. She competed in 2010, and most recently came in fourth in the 4 by 5k Relay and 6th in the 10k Freestyle at this year’s World Championships. When she’s not traveling for competition and training, Stephen calls East Montpelier home.

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VPR News
5:30 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Many Towns Face Big Dilemma With School Budgets

Brian Ricca, Montpelier's school Superintendent, says school budgets are rising slower than school property taxes.
VPR/ Bob Kinzel

A number of towns this year are facing a difficult situation with their local school budgets.

The budgets are rising by relatively small amounts. But property taxes are increasing by double digits because of a number of other provisions in Act 68, Vermont’s school financing law.

A microcosm of the problem can be seen in the city of Montpelier, where factors forcing a potentially large tax increase are also playing out in dozens of communities in the state.

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VPR News
6:06 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

With Settlement, 'Dark Cloud' Of Burlington Telecom Lifts

Burlington City Council President Joan Shannon (left) looked on as Mayor Miro Weinberger announced the Burlington Telecom settlement.
Taylor Dobbs VPR

Burlington officials settled a multi-million dollar lawsuit against Burlington Telecom last week, clearing the way for the city’s plan to sell the public utility.

Citibank sued the Burlington Telecom in 2011 after it failed to repay $33.5 million in loans to the bank.

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VPR News Blog
5:49 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Ed Koren To Be Vermont's Next Cartoonist Laureate

Edward Koren has published over 1,000 cartoons in "The New Yorker" magazine.
Edward Koren

Edward Koren will be appointed Vermont's second cartoonist laureate on Feb. 27, the Center for Cartoon Studies announced Monday.

Koren, a longtime cartoonist, illustrator and cover artist for The New Yorker magazine, will succeed James Kochalka, who was appointed in 2011.

Koren's work is characterized by black-and-white sketches of shaggy creatures, often resembling wolves, as well as humans with large noses.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

'That's It, I Quit!'

VPR

To call someone a “quitter” is a serious insult, but a new book explains that there is a right way to extricate oneself from a bad situation and that persistence may be overrated.  In "Mastering The Art of Quitting," Vermont writer Peg Streep explores the evolutionary and cultural impulses that guide people toward staying in situations even when they shouldn't.  Monday on Vermont Edition, we talk with Streep about the psychology of quitting, resilience in handling change, and how to set appropriate goals.

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VPR News Blog
10:30 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Tragic Weekend On Vermont Ski Trails

Two college students, one from the University of Vermont and one from Dartmouth, died this weekend while skiing.

Kendra Bowers, a 19-year-old UVM student from Newport, R.I. died Saturday after she lost control at Sugarbush’s Mount Ellen and hit a trail sign, according to a Vermont State Police release. She was pronounced dead at Central Vermont Hospital. Trooper Trevor Carbo said in an email to VPR that Bowers was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.

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Olympics
9:01 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Vermonter Heads To Eighth Olympics As Ski Broadcaster

Broadcaster Peter Graves makes himself at home behind the microphone. He's headed to his eighth Olympics as a broadcaster.
Peter Graves

The Sochi Olympics get underway this week. One Vermonter is headed to his eighth games, not as a competitor, but as a broadcaster.

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