VPR News Blog http://digital.vpr.net en High Water Recedes, But Many Roads Still Closed http://digital.vpr.net/post/high-water-recedes-many-roads-still-closed <p>Rivers across the state are high and rising with a combination of snow melt and rain contributing to a surge, which officials say is likely to lead to flooding.</p><p><strong>Update April 16th 6:30 a.m.</strong> The National Weather Service says that most rivers around Vermont should drop below flood stage today. But this morning, the freezing temperatures mean that many roadways are slippery. Crews are out, but Vermont Emergency Management is asking drivers to slow down on the roads and be mindful of conditions.</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:06:21 +0000 Taylor Dobbs & Patti Daniels 26962 at http://digital.vpr.net High Water Recedes, But Many Roads Still Closed Moody's Upgrades Burlington Credit Outlook http://digital.vpr.net/post/moodys-upgrades-burlington-credit-outlook <p>Moody’s Investors Service upgraded the city of Burlington’s credit rating outlook this week from “Baa3 negative” to “Baa3 stable,” indicating increased confidence in the city’s financial management.</p><p>The move comes after the city <a href="http://digital.vpr.net/post/burlington-telecom-fiasco-fades-new-financing-deal">closed a financing deal</a> to cover the cost of settling a multi-million dollar lawsuit with Citibank over borrowed money that hadn’t been paid back.</p><p>Moody’s accompanied the upgrade with this explanation:</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 17:08:49 +0000 Taylor Dobbs 26951 at http://digital.vpr.net Controversial Former NSA Director To Speak At Norwich Commencement http://digital.vpr.net/post/controversial-former-nsa-director-speak-norwich-commencement <p>Norwich University will host recently retired National Security Agency director Keith Alexander as commencement speaker this year.</p><p>Alexander served as the head of U.S. Army Cyber Command and the National Security Agency and oversaw the agency’s moves toward the bulk collection of millions of Americans’ phone records and online activity.</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:01:44 +0000 Taylor Dobbs 26948 at http://digital.vpr.net Controversial Former NSA Director To Speak At Norwich Commencement Hinesburg Debates Future Of Old Police Station http://digital.vpr.net/post/hinesburg-debates-future-old-police-station <p>When the <a href="http://www.hinesburg.org/">Town of Hinesburg</a> first put forth a proposal to build a new police station, part of that plan was to demolish the converted farmhouse that served as the old police station. But now that the new station is built, some townspeople would rather see the old building put to a new use.</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 17:54:04 +0000 Amy Kolb Noyes 26898 at http://digital.vpr.net Manchester & Dorset Issue Public Safety Study RFP http://digital.vpr.net/post/manchester-dorset-issue-public-safety-study-rfp <p>The towns of <a href="http://www.dorsetvt.org/">Dorset </a>and <a href="http://manchester-vt.gov/">Manchester</a> are looking for help in proceeding with a public safety study. The end goal is a plan that will save both towns money by consolidating services such as law enforcement, fire, medical emergency and municipal emergency management.</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 17:17:19 +0000 Amy Kolb Noyes 26892 at http://digital.vpr.net Manchester & Dorset Issue Public Safety Study RFP Basement Flooding 'Likely' In Montpelier This Week http://digital.vpr.net/post/basement-flooding-likely-montpelier-week <p>Officials in Montpelier are warning residents and business owners that a combination of melting snow Monday and rain on Tuesday could cause basement flooding along the North Branch of the Winooski River.</p><p>“Current trends indicate that the Winooski will crest at 14 feet late Tuesday night or Wednesday morning,” assistant city manager Jessie Baker said in a press release. Bakers said that level is "likely to result in basement flooding" near the river.</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 17:12:28 +0000 Taylor Dobbs 26903 at http://digital.vpr.net Public Post Weekly Roundup http://digital.vpr.net/post/public-post-weekly-roundup-30 <p>Public Post reports on a new marketing campaign for Southern Vermont; transportation topics in Quechee, Mount Holly and Rutland; and voters heading back to the polls for a school renovation bond vote in Wallingford.</p><p>Here's a sampling of the week's Public Post Twitter updates from Halifax, South Hero, Colchester, Middlebury and more:</p> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 15:37:05 +0000 Amy Kolb Noyes & Peter Biello 26803 at http://digital.vpr.net Public Post Weekly Roundup 'Heartbleed Bug' Not Affecting Vermont Health Exchange, Banks http://digital.vpr.net/post/heartbleed-bug-not-affecting-vermont-health-exchange-banks <p>Vermont’s major banks and credit unions as well as the state health care exchange report that they are safe from the <a href="http://heartbleed.com/">Heartbleed Bug</a>, an online security vulnerability.&nbsp;</p><p>The bug was a problem with the technology that secures online traffic, protecting things such as user passwords and banking information as it passes through the Internet. A problem with Open SSL, one such security technology, made it possible for third parties to intercept this privileged information without either the sender or the recipient noticing.</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 19:55:08 +0000 Taylor Dobbs 26809 at http://digital.vpr.net 'Heartbleed Bug' Not Affecting Vermont Health Exchange, Banks Rabies Detected In Burlington Area Raccoons http://digital.vpr.net/post/rabies-detected-burlington-area-raccoons <p>Four raccoons in the Burlington area have tested positive for rabies recently, and health officials say the disease has been detected in 11 animals this year, including in a bobcat in Clarendon.</p><p>“This is a good reminder to vaccinate your pets and not attract wild animals with food, compost, bird seed or exposed trash,” said Robert Johnson, DVM, state public health veterinarian in a press release.</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 18:37:09 +0000 Taylor Dobbs 26806 at http://digital.vpr.net Senators To Attend Citizen's Breakfast In South Burlington http://digital.vpr.net/post/senators-attend-citizens-breakfast-south-burlington <p>All six of Chittenden County's Vermont State Senators plan to have a breakfast meeting with constituents on Monday. The first "Citizen's Breakfast" will be held at Trader Duke's Restaurant, at the DoubleTree Inn in South Burlington.</p><p>"This is a perfect opportunity to interact with our State Senators about issues important to each of us - over breakfast," said organizer Rick Hubbard. He added, if the turnout is good then the Senators and the venue&nbsp; might commit to monthly breakfasts in the future.</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 16:07:39 +0000 Amy Kolb Noyes 26793 at http://digital.vpr.net