Howard Weiss-Tisman

Reporter For Southern Vermont & The Connecticut River Valley

Howard Weiss-Tisman is VPR's reporter for Southern Vermont & the Connecticut River Valley. He worked at the Brattleboro Reformer for 11 years, reporting on most towns in the region and specializing on statewide issues including education, agriculture, energy and mental health. Howard received a BA in Journalism from University of Massachusetts. He filed his first story with VPR in September 2015.

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Vermont's school district consolidation law was never supposed to work in every single community.

The health department will test drinking water in 16 schools for lead, and the results could lead to a statewide testing program.

The federal government says the company that owns Mount Snow can open its own EB-5 regional investment center.

Robert Oeser retired from his job as a patrol officer when he was 55, and started working part time a few years later.
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The baby boom generation is rewriting the rules around aging, and the direction they take during retirement will have profound effects on the state’s economy.

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As the baby boomers head into retirement the decisions they make about where they want to live will have ripple effects throughout the state's housing market.

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Two years ago, then Gov. Peter Shumlin signed Vermont's most comprehensive clean water law. Now, many of the and a lot of the regulations included in that law are coming into play.

The spent nuclear fuel at Vermont Yankee is being stored in dry casks on the property in Vernon.
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The owner of Vermont Yankee says the Public Utility Commission should not be able to hire a special consultant as it considers the proposed sale of the shuttered nuclear power plant in Vernon.

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The Public Utility Commission has opened an investigation into blasting that was conducted at the Deerfield Wind project.

Voters have rejected two of the three Act 46 school district consolidation plans up for consideration Tuesday.

New Jersey last week set its safe drinking water standard for the chemical PFOA at 14 parts per trillion, which is lower than Vermont's standard.

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A new report says the Southeast State Correctional Facility in Windsor could be used for transitional housing for inmates from around the state who have served out their terms but who can't find a place to live in Vermont's tight housing market.

Lisa Ford, left, and Willow O'Feral each started a women's health activist group following the election of Donald Trump. They are both now working with Planned Parenthood to improve access to abortion services in Windham County.
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Two groups in Brattleboro are working with Planned Parenthood of Northern New England to improve abortion services in Windham County.

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A new report finds that the number of people who receive Social Security Disability Insurance, or SSDI, due to mental illness has been increasing.

This is the shortnose sturgeon that was recently caught in Vermont. Scientists aren't sure at the moment how the sturgeon got into the state.
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An endangered fish was hooked recently in the Connecticut River near Vernon.

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Two Townshend doctors are changing their practice over to a direct primary care model, where patients will pay a flat monthly fee for unlimited primary care. The Vermont doctors hope it will address the challenges of a changing health care insurance industry.

Putney Central School students make their way down into the school forest. Putney residents will vote on turning the forest over to the town before an Act 46 merger vote.
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In some Vermont school districts, the issues of assets and debt are complicating their Act 46 merger plans. In Putney, voters will weigh in on what to do with the Putney Central School Forest about a week before the district's Act 46 vote.

Green Mountain Power wants to build Vermont's second commercial renewable energy storage battery near its solar array in Panton.

Londonderry Rep. Oliver Olsen says he won't return to Montpelier in January.

Olsen, an independent, announced Sunday that he is resigning from the Vermont House due to his work schedule.

Vermont's independent schools say there might be a way to have more students with disabilities enrolled in their programs.

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The Department of Motor Vehicles is considering adding a third option for people when they choose a gender to appear on their driver's license.

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