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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The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has sided with Entergy Vermont Yankee on a decision to shut down a radiological monitoring system at its Vernon nuclear power plant.

Entergy had asked the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board to allow it to cut back on the Emergency Response Data System, which Vermont said it needed to continue monitoring the radiological activity at the plant.

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Doreen Cooney has owned the Deerfield Valley Inn in West Dover for 17 years and she is ready to try something new.

She put the property on the market last year, and after a pending deal with a potential buyer fell through she decided she would try something different to help her get out of the bed and breakfast business:

Cooney wants to give away the historic Deerfield Valley Inn.

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You can't miss the new Nicole Goodner MacFarlane Center when you enter Landmark College. 

The brand new 28,500 square-foot building dominates the view as you drive onto the Putney campus.

Michelle Bower is chair of the mathematics and computer science department and she says the school's new science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM center, makes a statement about Landmark's focus on research and science.

Entergy Vermont Yankee has reached an agreement with the state of New Hampshire over the company's request to reduce the emergency planning  zone,  or EPZ, around the closed nuclear power plant in Vernon.

Entergy says the 10-mile EPZ should be eliminated after April 2016 as the plant undergoes decommissioning and the risk of a nuclear emergency is reduced.

The state of Vermont is fighting Entergy's request

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Developers who want to build a commercial wind project in Windham and Grafton say environmental surveys will start soon which will give them a clearer picture of where the turbines might go.

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School boards, administrators and parents confused by Vermont's new education reform law got some clarification last week from the State Board of Education.

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An exclusive members-only ski resort in Wilmington has big plans for development.

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The federal government is working to come up with rules to regulate drones, but as the emerging technology gets more popular, Vermont towns are contemplating whether they need their own policies on drone use to protect their citizens' privacy and safety.

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It may not be highlighted in the history books, but one Vermont town claims it was the site of the first casualties of the Revolutionary War.

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It's been four years since the rain from Tropical Storm Irene flooded Melrose Terrace, a public housing complex for seniors and people with disabilities in West Brattleboro. And now crews have broken ground on a long-awaited apartment complex to replace the storm-damaged units.

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The Deerfield Valley towns of Wilmington and Whitingham voted to consolidate their towns' school districts in 2011 and at the end of the 2014 school year the Twin Valley High School building in Wilmington closed. High School students started the 2015 school year in a newly renovated facility in Whitingham.

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