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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A joint report that was handed over to the Legislature by the two agencies recommends that the Agency of Education take over administration of Vermont's Universal pre-K system.
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State officials say Vermont's prekindergarten system needs an administrative overhaul.

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John Newton's family goes back more than 200 years in West Hartford.

And the family's story can be tracked in the West Hartford Cemetery, where family members from six generations are buried.

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The first municipal waterline extensions to homes contaminated with the chemical PFOA have been installed. State officials were in Bennington Monday marking the important milestone.

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The Environmental Protection Agency says it wants to better coordinate the nationwide response to soil and water contaminated with chemicals like PFOA.

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A new Joint Fiscal Office study found that the state will spend almost $31 million for school districts that merged under Act 46.

The number of families that came into the Vermont Department for Children and Families support system increased, largely he says due to substance abuse issues.
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The state's child protection line received a record number of calls last year, and officials say the opioid crisis continues to have an impact on families throughout Vermont.

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Vermont Rail System is storing tanker cars filled with propane near a residential neighborhood in Bennington, and some of the people who live nearby are wondering what they can do to ensure their safety.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has narrowed down the issues it expects to address in a new set of rules for the decommissioning of nuclear power plants.

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The Vermont Medical Society has dropped its opposition to the state's "death with dignity" law.

Former Fish & Wildlife board chairman Brian Ames, left, and photographer Candace Brown discuss who should be able to use the state boat launches while standing along the Connecticut River in Putney.
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Vermont's boaters and anglers pay for public boat launches through their license fees and specific use-taxes, and the general public is not allowed to park at the areas for other uses. But the chairman of the committee on Fish, Wildlife & Water Resources says the boat launch areas should be available to everyone.

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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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