Vermont Edition
4:47 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Robotic Milkers And Precocious Sheep

Patti Daniels VPR

The annual Vermont Farm Show is underway this week at the Champlain Valley Expo. The three-day event is a chance for farmers to come together mid-winter to check out new equipment, and meet with others in their agricultural sector. VPR's Patti Daniels took in the full range of equipment, products and animals on display at the Vermont Farm Show and filed this audio postcard.

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VPR News Blog
2:41 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Shumlin Opposes New Cell Phone Restrictions On Vt. Roads

After a state survey found that the majority of high school seniors in Vermont are texting and driving, distracted driving once again made the news, but Gov. Peter Shumlin said Wednesday that he is firmly against any new laws further restricting the use of electronics while driving.

“I’m not a big believer that you can legislate common sense,” Shumlin said.

Shumlin last May signed a bill that bans the use of handheld devices while driving through work zones.

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Vermont Edition
1:18 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Slavery In Vermont? It's More Complicated Than You Think

The Constitution House historic marker in Windsor, Vermont, highlights the prohibition of slavery in 1777. Our guest says things were a little more complicated than that.
jimmywayne Flickr

In 1777, Vermont’s constitution outlawed slavery. But it turns out people continued to be enslaved for a number of years after that.

We’ll talk to UVM History professor Harvey Amani Whitfield about his new book, The Problem of Slavery in Early Vermont, 1777-1810.

Also on the show, we'll hear from a Vermont mother who is testifying in Washington DC this week about her son's experience with a food borne illness.

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Vermont Edition
12:47 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Two Vermont Laureates, One Book Of Poetic Cartoons

Poet Syd Lea and cartoonist James Kochalka traded verse and drawing for what became "Vermont Double Laureate Team-Up".

Last fall, Vermont's Poet Laureate and Cartoonist Laureate collaborated on a unique project: a small book of illustrated poems. Poet Sydney Lea and cartoonist James Kochalka traded verse and drawing for what became Vermont Double Laureate Team-Up.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Stuck In the Middle Class?

File VPR

The economic forces affecting middle class Americans have been the subject of debate and scrutiny, recently, and issues like income equality and upward mobility are at the forefront of the president’s State of the Union address Tuesday night.  

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Public Post
11:52 am
Wed January 29, 2014

A Tailgate Party To Talk Zoning In Shelburne

Seahawks vs. Broncos tailgate parties, like this one in 2010, will be a familiar scene this weekend.
Jack Dempsey AP

With the Super Bowl this weekend, many people are gearing up for tailgate parties. They're doing that in Shelburne too, but instead of touchdowns and yardage, the topics of conversation in Shelburne will be Route 7 and form based codes.

A press release issued by the Shelburne Planning Commission states:

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VPR News
9:12 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Shifting To Senior Status, Sessions Reflects On Mandatory Minimums, And The Trouble With Objectivity

U.S. Federal Court Judge William K. Sessions III will be shifting to senior status this year.
Angela Evanice VPR

Vermont’s federal court judge William Sessions announced earlier this month that he’ll be shifting to senior status, an announcement that prompted Vermont’s senior Senator Patrick Leahy to call Sessions one of the most respected federal judges in the country.

Judge Sessions has served in Vermont since 1995, but was well acquainted with the state before then, having graduated from Middlebury College in the late 1960s.

Judge William Sessions spoke with VPR’s Mitch Wertlieb.

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Public Post
8:53 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Westford To Vote On Closing Public School

Members of the Westford School Board are faced with a complicated situation, having received a petition to close the public elementary school.
Chittenden Central Supervisory Union

A petition submitted to the Westford School Board has raised a lot of questions this week. It asks for a vote on closing down the town's elementary school, and opening an independent school in its place. That vote will happen at Town Meeting, Monday evening, March 3, according to a school board posting on the Chittenden Central Supervisory Union website:

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VPR News
6:00 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Lawmaker Calls For State Bedbug Policy

A Rutland lawmaker says the state needs a more comprehensive approach for dealing with bedbugs in buildings used for state services.

To that end, the House Human Services Committee will hear testimony on Wednesday from Rutland foster parents who had to move from their home because of an allegedly botched attempt to exterminate the pests.

Patricia and Neil Whitney say a foster child brought bedbugs into their home in 2012. The couple believes the state knew the risk of infestation and should have had a plan in place to deal with the problem.

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VPR News
6:00 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Waiting For Help: St. Johnsbury Clinic Hopes To Reduce Lines For Drug Treatment

Alan Aiken and Bonnie Baraw demonstrate dispensary van at the BAART Drug Treatment Clinic in St. Johnsbury.
Charlotte Albright

Treatment for opiate addiction in Vermont has increased more than 700 percent since 2000. And as Gov. Peter Shumlin noted in his State of the State address, too many people are having to wait too long to find help, especially in the Northeast Kingdom. He’s asking lawmakers to spend $200,000 to reduce the backlog statewide.

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