VPR News Blog http://digital.vpr.net en Vermont Law School Professor Cheryl Hanna Dies http://digital.vpr.net/post/vermont-law-school-professor-cheryl-hanna-dies <p>Vermont Law School has announced that Professor Cheryl Hanna, a prominent professor and expert in constitutional law, has died.</p><p>From the VLS announcement:</p><blockquote><p>It is with the most profound sorrow that we announce the untimely death of our dear colleague Professor Cheryl Hanna.</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:16:19 +0000 Taylor Dobbs 30713 at http://digital.vpr.net Vermont Law School Professor Cheryl Hanna Dies Vermont Gas Ordered To Halt Digging Near VELCO Lines http://digital.vpr.net/post/vermont-gas-ordered-halt-digging-near-velco-lines <p>The Vermont Public Service Board ordered Vermont Gas Systems to stop digging for its pipeline near power lines owned by the Vermont Electric Cooperative, citing environmental and health concerns.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Vermont Gas approached the Public Service Board after the state Agency of Natural Resources alerted the company to the possibility that soil contaminated with </span>Pentachlorophenol<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> (PCP) could be disturbed by pipeline construction.</span></p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:34:25 +0000 Taylor Dobbs 30710 at http://digital.vpr.net New Bill Makes It Easy To Transfer Cell Phones To New Carriers http://digital.vpr.net/post/new-bill-makes-it-easy-transfer-cell-phones-new-carriers <p>Sen. Patrick Leahy joined an unlikely group in Burlington today to show off his new legislation that will make it easier for used cell phones to work on a variety of cellular networks.</p><p>At the Women Helping Battered Women offices in Burlington, Leahy introduced women’s advocates and a telecom official to speak about the new bill, which he said will help shelters like the one in Burlington.</p><p>Leahy said the new law will help shelters use donated phones to pass out to women in need.</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:56:34 +0000 Taylor Dobbs 30709 at http://digital.vpr.net Public Post: Emergency Alerts, Ski Lifts, Summer Festivals http://digital.vpr.net/post/public-post-emergency-alerts-ski-lifts-summer-festivals <p>Public Post looks into Vermont's customizable emergency alert system, which is online and expanding. Several ski areas have taken on major projects, from a new orange&nbsp; "six pack bubble chairlift" at Okemo to a parking garage in Stowe. And now's the time to nominate your favorite summer or fall event for the Vermont Chamber's top ten list.</p><p></p> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Amy Kolb Noyes & Mitch Wertlieb 30691 at http://digital.vpr.net Seneca Kills Wind Project http://digital.vpr.net/post/seneca-kills-wind-project <p><a href="http://seneca-wind.com/">Seneca Mountain Wind</a> is stopping development of a project that would have placed about 20 turbines at a remote mountaintop site in the Northeast Kingdom. The company has withdrawn its electrical connection request with ISO New England and terminated land leases in Newark, Brighton and Ferdinand.</p><p>According to a press release late Friday afternoon, “SMW’s decision reflects its commitment to obtain community support before advancing this project, which was not evident in any of the three jurisdictions where SMW had development plans.”</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 22:06:44 +0000 Charlotte Albright 30701 at http://digital.vpr.net Report: Price Of 'Old' IBM Plants Derailed Sale To GlobalFoundries http://digital.vpr.net/post/report-price-old-ibm-plants-derailed-sale-globalfoundries <p>A <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-07-25/ibm-said-to-reject-globalfoundries-offer-for-chip-unit.html">report published by Bloomberg news</a> say talks between IBM and GlobalFoundries over the sale of Big Blue’s chip making division, including facilities in Essex Junction, broke down over price. &nbsp;</p><p>Bloomberg cites sources “familiar with the process.”&nbsp; The report says at issue were IBM’s manufacturing plants, which GlobalFoundries “placed little or no value on” due to their age.</p><p>Rumors of a deal between the two companies have been circulating since April.</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 22:04:05 +0000 Steve Zind 30703 at http://digital.vpr.net Final One Taylor Street Event Rescheduled http://digital.vpr.net/post/final-one-taylor-street-event-rescheduled <p>Montpelier's fourth community participation event for the planning of the <a href="http://www.montpelier-vt.org/community/102.html">One Taylor Street</a> transit center has been pushed back to September. The event was originally scheduled to be held on July 30. It will now take place on September 3 at 6 p.m. at the Montpelier Senior Activity Center.</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 19:36:28 +0000 Amy Kolb Noyes 30692 at http://digital.vpr.net Closures, Weather, Hazards: State Offers Custom Emergency Alerts http://digital.vpr.net/post/closures-weather-hazards-state-offers-custom-emergency-alerts <p>Wouldn't it be great if you could have school closings, weather alerts and nearby road hazards all custom delivered to your phone or inbox? It's a technology that's already in full swing in <a href="http://www.nyalert.gov/">New York</a>, and is getting off the ground in Vermont.</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:02:01 +0000 Amy Kolb Noyes 30661 at http://digital.vpr.net Closures, Weather, Hazards: State Offers Custom Emergency Alerts Police Arrest Mother's Boyfriend In Shelburne Toddler Death http://digital.vpr.net/post/police-arrest-mothers-boyfriend-shelburne-toddler-death <p>Detectives from the Chittenden Unit for Special Investigations on Thursday arrested 26-year-old Joshua Blow for the alleged First Degree Murder of 2-year-old Aiden Haskins on Tuesday, police say.</p><p>According to an earlier news release, Blow was Haskins’ mother’s boyfriend, and the child was “being cared for” by him at the time of the death.</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:32:04 +0000 Taylor Dobbs 30677 at http://digital.vpr.net Critics Say Burlington Telecom Deal Could Hurt Community http://digital.vpr.net/post/critics-say-burlington-telecom-deal-could-hurt-community <p>To hear Mayor Miro Weinberger tell it, getting Burlington Telecom out of city ownership will be a big win for Burlington and its taxpayers. But some of the network’s high-profile proponents have serious concerns.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">They say the city’s settlement with Citibank over unpaid BT bills and a financing plan with Merchant’s Bank and local businessman Trey </span>Pecor<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> put the high-tech telecom on an uncertain and perilous path.</span></p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:33:11 +0000 Taylor Dobbs 30669 at http://digital.vpr.net Critics Say Burlington Telecom Deal Could Hurt Community