VPR News Blog http://digital.vpr.net en Sanders Still Noncommittal On Presidential Run http://digital.vpr.net/post/sanders-still-noncommittal-presidential-run <p>At an event in Burlington Thursday, Sen. Bernie Sanders steered clear of a question about the possibility of a presidential run by the liberal senator. Speculation about a Sanders run began after <a href="http://www.thenation.com/blog/178717/bernie-sanders-i-am-prepared-run-president-united-states#">Sanders told The Nation magazine</a> that he is "prepared to run for president of the United State."</p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 19:54:47 +0000 Taylor Dobbs 27428 at http://digital.vpr.net Sanders Still Noncommittal On Presidential Run To Plan New Welcome Center, Montpelier Wants 'Participation By All' http://digital.vpr.net/post/plan-new-welcome-center-montpelier-wants-participation-all <p>What will the new<a href="http://www.montpelier-vt.org/community/102.html"> transit and welcome center</a> at <a href="http://www.montpelier-vt.org/upload/groups/102/files/n-ex-pro-composite_layout5_1.pdf">One Taylor Street </a>in Montpelier be like? That's yet to be determined, and largely up to the community.</p><p>Over the next three months, Montpelier will be hosting three meetings to garner community input on specifics about the site and building, as well as the scale of the project. At a fourth meeting, in July, architects will present the resulting plans.</p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 18:59:00 +0000 Amy Kolb Noyes 27415 at http://digital.vpr.net To Plan New Welcome Center, Montpelier Wants 'Participation By All' GMO Labeling Bill To Become Law http://digital.vpr.net/post/gmo-labeling-bill-become-law <p>The Vermont House of Representatives &nbsp;voted 114 - 30 Wednesday to require the labeling of foods produced with genetically modified organisms.</p><p>Proponents of the bill, including Sen. David Zuckerman, P/D-Chittenden, argued that Vermonters have a right to know what is in the food they eat.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">During the floor debate, opponents often agreed with that premise, but said they would vote against the bill because of concerns that national food producers would sue the state over the law.</span></p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:37:54 +0000 Bob Kinzel & Taylor Dobbs 27366 at http://digital.vpr.net GMO Labeling Bill To Become Law What Happened To Those 35 Failed School Budgets? http://digital.vpr.net/post/what-happened-those-35-failed-school-budgets <p>On Town Meeting Day this year, 35 cities and towns voted down proposed school budgets - the highest number in a decade. But students in those towns still have to go to school in the fall, so school boards, administrators and voters have to find a workable solution.</p><p>For some of those budgets, solutions have already been passed. Others have gone back to the drawing board a second time. Many cities and towns still have to have a re-vote. Here's what's happening with each of the 35 school budgets that failed on Town Meeting Day 2014.</p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:21:27 +0000 Taylor Dobbs 27299 at http://digital.vpr.net Who's Seen A Vernal Pool? Cornwall Calls For Inventory http://digital.vpr.net/post/whos-seen-vernal-pool-cornwall-calls-inventory <p>Along with the annual onslaught of April showers comes the emergence of Vermont's native amphibians and reptiles. Many come out in search of the vernal pools where they breed.</p><p>In Cornwall, the conservation commission has noticed the town has no record of vernal pools, and the commission is asking residents to help change that by reporting any of these seasonal ecosystems on their property. In an <a href="http://cornwallvt.com/residents-help-needed-solving-mystery-vernal-pools-cornwall/">article </a>on the town website, the conservation commission states:</p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:34:04 +0000 Amy Kolb Noyes 27352 at http://digital.vpr.net Who's Seen A Vernal Pool? Cornwall Calls For Inventory New Green Ribbon Schools Announced http://digital.vpr.net/post/new-green-ribbon-schools-announced <p>The <a href="http://www2.ed.gov/about/inits/ed/green-strides/index.html">U.S. Department of Education</a> has announced its 2014 slate of <a href="http://www2.ed.gov/programs/green-ribbon-schools/factsheet.pdf">Green Ribbon Schools</a> and three honorees are Vermont public schools. Champlain Valley Union High School, Camels Hump Middle School and Lake Region Union High School were nominated for the recognition by the <a href="http://www.vermont.gov/portal/government/article.php?news=4765">Vermont Agency of Education</a> in February.</p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:11:41 +0000 Amy Kolb Noyes 27343 at http://digital.vpr.net Vermont's Smallest City Thinks Big http://digital.vpr.net/post/vermonts-smallest-city-thinks-big <p>The citizens of Vergennes have set the top three priorities for their city, in an effort to take a big picture approach to planning for the future. More than 100 people turned out to a <a href="http://vergennes.org/help-set-priorities-for-vergennes-april-16th/">community meeting</a> last week. It was the second event in a three-month "<a href="http://vtrural.org/programs/Community-Visits">Community Visit</a>" facilitated by the <a href="http://vtrural.org/">Vermont Council on Rural Development</a> (VCRD).</p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:13:55 +0000 Amy Kolb Noyes 27286 at http://digital.vpr.net Vermont's Smallest City Thinks Big Shumlin Health Care Architect To Coordinate Regional Reform Efforts http://digital.vpr.net/post/shumlin-health-care-architect-coordinate-regional-reform-efforts <p>Anya RaderWallack, the principal architect of Gov. Peter Shumlin’s single-payer health care reform initiative, announced Monday that she has agreed to advise Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center on health reform issues across Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.</p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 21:40:35 +0000 Hamilton E. Davis 27263 at http://digital.vpr.net Shumlin Health Care Architect To Coordinate Regional Reform Efforts Public Post Weekly Roundup http://digital.vpr.net/post/public-post-weekly-roundup-31 <p>Public Post reports on a debate in Hinesburg over what to do with the old police station; signs of spring in towns around the Green Mountain State; and seasonal micro-parks in the works for downtown Montpelier.<br />&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Here's a sampling of the week's Public Post Twitter updates from Elmore, Franklin, </span>Newfane<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, </span>Weathersfield<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and more:</span></p> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 14:22:53 +0000 Amy Kolb Noyes & Peter Biello 27154 at http://digital.vpr.net Public Post Weekly Roundup Vermont Labor Market Continued Growth In March http://digital.vpr.net/post/vermont-labor-market-continued-growth-march <p>Vermont’s unemployment rate decreased for the sixth straight month in March, down to 3.4 percent, according to statistics from the Department of Labor.</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:02:52 +0000 Taylor Dobbs 27115 at http://digital.vpr.net