Liam Elder-Connors

Reporter

Liam is VPR's reporter covering Burlington and Chittenden County.

He also serves as an occasional fill-in host for Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

Liam  joined VPR in 2015 as a board operator, announcer and producer before spending a year as the Morning Edition producer.  Before switching to full-time reporting in 2018, he was the All Things Considered producer and editor.

Liam graduated from St. Michael's College in 2014 with a degree in journalism and music.

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Costello Courthouse in Burlington. Right now people have to file petitions with the court to expunge or seal past criminal convictions. Some attorneys think that process should happen automatically once a person becomes eligible.
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With recreational marijuana now legal in Vermont some people arrested for having pot are getting those crimes removed from their records.

But marijuana misdemeanors aren’t the only crimes people can get expunged. In fact, many crimes are eligible, and some attorneys say the process should be easier, or even automatic.

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Sunday marks the first day small amounts of cannabis are legal for those 21 and older in Vermont. Here's what you need to know.

Mosquitoes in the process of being tested for West Nile in 2007. The virus has been found in Springfield, Vermont, this year.
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Mosquitoes in Springfield, Vermont, have tested positive for West Nile virus.

The Vermont Health Department says this is the first detection of the virus for the 2018 season.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner gives a thumbs up outside the Supreme Court, Wednesday, in Washington. The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that government workers can't be forced to contribute to labor unions that represent them in collective bargaining.
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Public-sector unions in Vermont are denouncing Wednesday's Supreme Court decision that says nonunion members cannot be asked to help pay for collective bargaining.

An open laptop on a surface in a dark room.
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Two Vermonters were indicted in federal court after being caught in an undercover Department of Justice operation focused on people selling drugs and weapons on the darkweb.

A pregnant woman in a light blue shirt seated on and holding her stomach.
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Several state agencies in Vermont are teaming up to promote new legal protections for pregnant workers. The new state law — which went into effect on Jan. 1, 2018 — protects workers who ask for "reasonable accommodations” related to pregnancy.

Maj. Jamie Lewandowski, the commander of Charlie Company, prepares to leave the state to begin training prior to deployment. The company will act as a medical evacuation company in the Middle East and Southwest Asia.
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Members of the Vermont Army National Guard left Thursday morning to prepare for their upcoming overseas deployment.

States attorneys in Chittenden and Windsor Counties held 'expungement days' to help people with marijuana misdemeanors start petitions to clear their records.
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On Tuesday, more than 30 people in Chittenden County began the process of clearing their records of minor marijuana offenses.

Skiers on a sunny day at Okemo Mountain Resort.
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Vail Resorts is acquiring two more East Coast ski mountains: Okemo Mountain Resort in Vermont and Mount Sunapee Resort in New Hampshire.

Around 1,500 people attended a cannabis and hemp convention in South Burlington. Even though the state's marijuana legalization law doesn't create a market to sell it, entrepreneurs still see potential opportunities in the industry.
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Vermont's marijuana legalization law doesn't create a market to sell it, but that hasn't stopped people from finding ways to capitalize on legal cannabis.

A memorial service for former Gov. Phil Hoff was held Saturday in Burlington at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul. Hoff’s election in 1962 marked the first time in over 100 years that a Democrat held the office.
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Close to 300 people attended a memorial service for former Gov. Phil Hoff on Saturday. Hoff died last month at the age of 93.

The Vermont Supreme Court. The Vermont Supreme Court overturned the conviction of a man who left KKK recruitment flyers at the Burlington homes of two women of color. The court said the state failed to prove the action constituted an immediate threat.
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Last week, the court overturned the conviction of a man who put Ku Klux Klan flyers on the Burlington homes of two women of color. The court said the state didn’t prove the action met the threshold of ‘threatening behavior.’

The town of Colchester is closing the causeway while it assesses damage caused by a storm on Friday.
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The popular bike path in Colchester is closed due to damage from Friday's storm.

Maj. Jamie Lewandowski is commander of Charlie Company, the division deploying to perform MEDEVAC operations in Southwest Asia and the Middle East. More than 60 members of the Vermont Air National Guard will depart for the mission in June.
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More than 60 members of the Vermont National Guard will deploy this June to Southwest Asia and the Middle East. Deployments typically last a year.

Burlington Code Academy founders (right to left) Alex Horner, Benny Boas and Alex Chaffee hope their company will attract tech workers to the state. Their course teaches computer programing and project management skills.
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In 12-weeks you’ll be a software developer. That’s the hope of a Burlington startup that aims to teach students computing coding skills.

Now after months of developing, networking and building their business, the trio behind Burlington's new coding boot camp is ready to welcome their first class in a matter of weeks.

Jack Sawyer sits in Rutland criminal court on Wednesday, April 25.
Robert Layman / Rutland Herald / Pool

Jack Sawyer was released from prison on bail Friday morning. Sawyer is the 18-year old accused of plotting to attack Fair Haven Union High School.

A building on the UVM campus.
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The head coach of the University of Vermont women's basketball team has resigned.

Jack Sawyer sits in Rutland criminal court on Wednesday, April 25.
Robert Layman / Rutland Herald / Pool

On Wednesday morning, a judge in Rutland Criminal Court reduced Jack Sawyer’s bail from $100,000 to $10,000.

Exterior of Community Health Centers of Burlington building.
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Community Health Centers of Burlington announced it has reached a landmark in the number of patients served by its program that uses medication to treat opiate addiction.

COTS is using 'trauma-informed design' in how they setup their program spaces. The concept is meant to create and maintain healing environments for people who have experienced trauma.
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Organizations who serve the homeless are working to be more thoughtful in the design of their spaces.

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