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 Vermont Economy
6:27 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Newport Residents Question Developers Of Bio-Med Facility

Bill Kelly, representing AnC Bio, Joe Greene, architect, and Debra Bell, civil engineer, display drawings of a new facility proposed for Newport prior to a public hearing.
Charlotte Albright VPR

On Monday, the public got a chance to weigh in on a plan to build a four-story glass and metal tower in Newport that would house bio-medical research and development.

The developers, Bill Stenger and his business partner Ariel Quiros, say the project will create as many as 500 jobs and will not harm the environment. But some Newport residents have some concerns about its impact on public health.

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VPR News
5:00 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Cartooning Gets Practical In White River Junction

A humorous drawing offers advice in "A Guidebook for Cartoon Students" distributed at the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction. The center has a new track called Applied Cartooning.
Center for Cartoon Studies

Some cartoonists want to write the next great American graphic novel. Others, it turns out, may want to explain in pictures how the Civil War was won. Or how to assemble a complicated piece of furniture.

That’s why the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction has added a new career track called Applied Cartooning.

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VPR News
5:00 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Young Scientists Drill Into Ice At 'CHILL' Camp

Max Wonsavage and Will Keegan watch Justin Andrew saw an ice block at "CHILL" camp at the Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL) in Hanover.
Charlotte Albright VPR

Budding scientists from the Upper Valley are getting thrills and chills - literally - at youth camps hosted in Hanover by the Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory, or CRREL.  It’s run by the Army Corps of Engineers. Researchers often work in Greenland and Antarctica, but this summer a few have stayed here to teach young people how to conduct experiments about climate change.

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The Frequency
12:50 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

New Report Applauds Vermont's Policies Guiding Pain Medication

A new report that ranks states' policies that govern the way doctors prescribe pain medications gives Vermont an "A". "Higher grades mean more balanced state policies influencing pain management, including with the medical use of opioid analgesics."
American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network

Vermont gets an “A” for state policies that govern the way doctors prescribe pain medications. That’s according to new study conducted by the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, with support from the American Cancer Society.

The state-by-state report card looks primarily at legislation and rules that spell out for doctors how to make sure that people in pain get the medications they need to maintain some quality of life as they battle serious conditions, like cancer.

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VPR News
5:30 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Conference Takes Aim At Sexual Crimes On College Campuses

Sexual assaults on college campuses are making troubling headlines nationwide. This week, about 700 university officials from all over the country are gathering at Dartmouth to brainstorm ways to make schools safer for their students.

Dartmouth President and alumnus Philip Hanlon started the Dartmouth Summit on Sexual Assault with an admission that, much as he loves his job, there can be some terrible moments.

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VPR News
8:31 am
Sun July 13, 2014

Dartmouth Holds Sexual Assault Summit

This week, Dartmouth College is hosting a week-long Summit on Sexual Assault on College Campuses for several hundred college and university representatives, experts, students and non-profit organizations from around the country. Beginning Monday, July 13, the Summit will educate campus and community stakeholders on sexual assault prevention, education and response. Participants will also learn about best practices to apply in their own schools.

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VPR News
7:47 am
Sun July 13, 2014

Postal Service To Hold Meetings About Possible Downsizing

For the next few months, the U.S. Postal Service is holding public meetings about its plan to cut costs.

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VPR News
12:14 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Vermont Gets Mediocre Grades For Rural Road Conditions

Mud goops up a Putney road in April. According to a newn report, 21 percent of Vermont's major rural roads were in poor condition in 2012, the 15th highest rate in the nation.
Miriam Honsacker

If you live and drive in rural Vermont, you probably already know that some roads are in disrepair, and may even be unsafe.  Take heed — but take comfort, too, because a new report shows that Vermont’s rural byways are not the worst in the northeast. 

The report was released by a national transportation research group called TRIP:

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VPR News
5:00 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Battle Against Opiate Addiction Spurs Community Activism

Filmmaker Bess O'Brien, third from left, advocates for more drug treatment in Vermont's correctional facilities. She belongs to a group of concerned citizens meeting in St. Johnsbury to tackle the impacts of opioid addiction.
Charlotte Albright VPR

This summer, several local communities are answering Gov. Peter Shumlin’s call of alarm about the growing opioid epidemic. About a dozen regional committees are now meeting throughout Vermont to craft specific action plans.

In the Northeast Kingdom, a group of concerned citizens call themselves “The Drug Abuse Resistance Team,” or DART 2.0. They meet once a month in a St. Johnsbury church basement. Members include social service providers, recovering addicts, drug and alcohol abuse counselors, a restorative justice director, even a hospital president.

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VPR News
5:00 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Paperwork Changes Create Headaches For Financial Aid Applicants

Applying for federal financial aid for college has always been complicated. Now college-bound students and financial aid officers need to be especially vigilant in filling out and reading paperwork.
Robert Churchill Thinkstock

Changes in the paperwork college applicants fill out to apply for financial aid have created some problems. The new format could put assistance out of reach for students who deserve it. There is also a stricter standard that could allow the federal government to suspend assistance to more colleges where students are not paying their debts.

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