Charlotte Albright

Reporter

Charlotte Albright moved to Vermont from Maine in 2006, after more than a decade of reporting and producing for Maine Public Broadcasting Network. She has also contributed  many  stories to NPR. Her first project for Vermont Public Radio was a series on farming, followed by frequent free-lancing. In January 2012 she joined the VPR staff and now covers the Upper Valley and the Northeast Kingdom.

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The state of Vermont is looking more closely at development projects financed with EB-5 money. That's the federal program that grants visas in exchange for foreign investments in the United States.

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As lawmakers struggle to craft a balanced budget, some are looking at ways to make the state's judicial system less costly. Residents in Grand Isle and Essex Counties are furious about one proposal — to close their courthouses.

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Students and teachers in Vermont can breathe a collective sigh of relief today, because scores from the brand new standardized test they have been practicing will not be used this year to rank their schools.

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Work is beginning on the replacement of two Interstate 91 bridges over Route 5, near White River Junction.  But transportation officials say new technology and building methods will limit disruption to motorists.

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Ask any veteran. It’s not easy to leave the close knit ties of military service for a civilian world that may not foster the same kind of camaraderie. And it can be tough to find the jobs and social services necessary to get on with life. So for three years now, Lyndon State College has invited veterans to a summit designed to bridge generations and link them to community benefits they may not even know they can have.

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A proposal by the Shumlin administration to drastically cut funding to high school programs for inmates is raising concerns inside prison classrooms. Community High School of Vermont operates in all seven prisons and in several probation offices. Lawmakers are considering closing five of the prison programs and reducing staffing by half.  

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As news breaks about the possible destruction of cultural artifacts by the Islamic State — also known as ISIS — a Dartmouth College scholar is outraged. The college owns six monumental stone relief panels from Nimrud, Iraq, south of Mosul, where vandals claim to have been bulldozing sacred sites. While the videos released by the militant group cannot be verified, it’s clear that rare antiquities are ISIS targets.

Vermont’s Environmental Court has ruled in favor of residents in East Hardwick who object to the noise and fumes coming from commercial vehicles idling near their homes. The residents say Earl and Jeffrey Shatney, who own a long-haul trucking company, idle diesel engines on Shatney's residential property as long as 45 minutes, sometimes in the middle of the night. The Shatneys say maintaining the tractors at their home is necessary to operate their business.

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The U.S. Army’s Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory, or CRREL, sits on soil in Hanover, N.H. that's been contaminated by a toxic chemical no longer in use. Trichloroethylene, or TCE, was used for years as a coolant at the facility and has leaked into the soil. If it migrates into water and air it can cause serious health problems. So the Army Corps of Engineers has come up with a way to treat it – and, they hope, eventually to remove it.

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Hartford was one of the few towns in Vermont that turned thumbs down on both its school and municipal budgets Tuesday night. But voters will get another chance to weigh in at the end of the month.

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