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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More than 40 people, including many children, were evacuated from a Brattleboro affordable housing building early Saturday when a four-alarm fire tore through two apartments.

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The debate over what could be the state's largest commercial wind project is heating up in Windham and Grafton.

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An early education center in Brattleboro is moving ahead with its bid to purchase the former Austine School for the Deaf campus.

The Winston Prouty Center has submitted a purchase and sale agreement for the 177-acres campus, which is in bankruptcy court.

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The Brattleboro Retreat board of trustees has appointed Louis Josephson as the hospital's new president and chief executive officer.

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The Londonderry Selectboard will ask voters to consider supporting a heightened police presence in town.

Following a growing concern about drug activity in Londonderry the board asked an ad hoc committee this summer to investigate the possibility of contracting with a local law enforcement agency.

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It's been more than 40 years since Townshend has seen an increase in the payments in lieu of taxes it receives for the Townshend Dam, and town officials are testing the waters to see if they can bump up those annual payments.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has rejected the state's request to take a closer look at Entergy Vermont Yankee's decommissioning trust fund.

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Entergy Vermont Yankee wants to use money from its decommissioning trust fund to pay a property tax bill it received from Vernon.

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A representative from Iberdrola Renewables says the company is considering the development of 28 commercial wind turbines on property in the towns of Windham and Grafton.

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The Morrisville Development Review Board Thursday rejected a zoning permit for a year-round homeless shelter.

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Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, a subsidiary of national energy giant Kinder Morgan, will file an application for a 420-mile natural gas pipeline next month that may have implications for the town of Vernon.

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Windham Farm and Food was started in 2009 to make it easier for schools to order more food directly from farms.

The program has been growing steadily, and a USDA grant is now going to allow the staff to purchase a refrigerated truck, which could help the group reach even more consumers and farms.

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The owner of the Hermitage Inn and Ski Club in Wilmington has agreed to pay $72,000 in fines and restitutions for damaging a snowmobile trail in the Green Mountain National Forest.

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A lawyer representing Champlain Housing Trust says an emergency housing facility in Shelburne does not violate local zoning codes.

The state Board of Education is considering asking lawmakers to approve funding for three new positions it says are needed to administer Act 46, the state's new education consolidation law.

The board will vote at its Oct. 20 meeting on whether to forward the request to the chairs of the Senate and House appropriations committees.

The state Board of Education does not have paid staff members, but Chairman Stephan Morse says the board needs the help as districts begin to move ahead with consolidation.

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The Department for Children and Families sent out a memo in August asking local housing advocates to come up with alternatives to using motels for emergency housing.

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The town of Shelburne is asking Champlain Housing Trust to either apply for a permit or stop using the property at 3164 Shelburne Road as emergency housing for the homeless.

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Every other year Brattleboro's Hilltop Montessori Middle School travels to Alabama as part of their studies on the Civil Rights Era and racial identity.

Since their first trip the people of Gee's Bend have welcomed the Vermont students and their teachers into their community.

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The Vermont Council on Rural Development wants the state to become a leader in growing the green economy as scientists, governments and entrepreneurs confront the effects of climate change.

The council is going around the state to gather input on these issues, and held a forum in Brattleboro.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has determined that Entergy Vermont Yankee's Irradiated Fuel Management plan is consistent with NRC requirements, and that the plan's funding is adequate.