Lynne McCrea

Special Projects Reporter/Producer

Lynne is a producer/reporter for special VPR News projects. Lynne joined VPR in 2002. A veteran broadcast producer, she spent 12 years as field producer at ABC affiliate WCVB in Boston, where she did reporting and writing for the award-winning Chronicle newsmagazine. Since coming to Vermont in 1995, Lynne has produced and written television documentary and magazine programs as well as a variety of new media projects.

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A Vermont lawmaker wants access to government documents that might show what taxes the Shumlin administration would use to pay for single-payer health care, but the governor’s office says it will keep the records hidden from public view.

A new group called Vermont’s Coalition for Universal Reform has just put some financial weight behind the lobbying push for single payer health care in Vermont.

It appears this will be a key week at the Statehouse for legislation that addresses a school district consolidation plan.

The Vermont House is set to debate a statewide policy on training police officers before they are issued electronic stun guns.

The founders of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream are going to be at the Statehouse this afternoon backing a plan to support earned sick days and increasing the minimum wage.

Vermont is bracing for what could be the biggest snowstorm of the season.

Officials at Burlington International Airport say they’re ready for all the snow.

The head of a Vermont community service organization says that as another big storm hits the region, he's hearing from more and more people who are desperate to fill empty fuel tanks to keep warm.

Vermont environmental officials say the overhaul of the storm-damaged Waterbury State Office Complex is going well.

A Vermont House committee has emphatically rejected legislation to raise the age for buying tobacco products from 18 to 21. Vermont state officials say a newly disclosed security breach at Vermont Health Connect has not jeopardized the personal data of consumers. Authorities in Vermont and New York are still searching for a 23-year-old man last seen January 18th. ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Former Vermont Supreme Court Justice Franklin Billings has died.

Vernon residents met for a third and final installment of their town meeting last night. The town is grappling with the unknown impact of losing Vermont Yankee, its biggest tax payer and employer.

Voters rejected at least 34 school budgets on Town Meeting Day, and House Speaker Shap Smith says that has lent a new sense of urgency to the debate over education funding changes.

The Chittenden County Transportation Agency is preparing customers for a possible strike on Monday by its unionized bus drivers.

Gov. Peter Shumlin says officials at the IBM plant in Essex Junction have told him that workers there are being laid off today.

Gov. Shumlin has added a new member to his health care reform team who will help make the case for single-payer in the Legislature.

Voters in Montpelier will be electing a mayor next week on Town Meeting Day.

Vermont animal owners are being warned they need to make sure their domestic animals are vaccinated against rabies.

As the price of propane skyrockets, Vermont’s congressional delegation wants the Obama administration to take emergency action.

State workers are expected to turn out in force for the annual "lobby day" at the Statehouse by the Vermont State Employees' Association.

Vermont state police say a woman arrested on a murder charge in the death of a Hyde Park man is being held without bail.

Alex Deibold of Manchester has won the bronze medal in the men's snowboardcross event.

A fast-moving snowstorm is making its way to Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.

A bill that has passed in the Vermont house would explicitly prohibit littering on state waterways.

The Vermont Veterans Home in Bennington is on board with a solar project that would involve its land.

Amtrak is canceling some of its trains and modifying the schedules for others because of the winter storm that's battering the Northeast and the South.

The Vermont Senate this morning welcomed Michael Sirotkin, a lawyer who was sworn in to replace his late wife Sally Fox, a two term state senator who died from a rare form of cancer in January.

Senator Bernie Sanders has just returned from a Congressional trip to Cuba, and he says it’s essential for the U.S. to close down its detention center for alleged terrorists at Guantanamo Bay.

It has been an exciting morning for Vermont competitors in Sochi, with Devin Logan of West Dover bringing home a silver medal in the first Olympic competition for slopestyle skiing.

The Vermont State Police say a powerful prescription painkiller used in hospitals is being sold on the street as heroin.

Coca Cola will spend $1.25 billion to purchase a 10 percent interest in Waterbury-based Green Mountain Coffee Roasters.

The Olympics are underway in Sochi and two Vermont athletes have already gotten into competition.

Low income advocates joined several lawmakers at a Statehouse news conference this morning to call for more state support of a weatherization assistance program.

New England's electric grid operator is warning that shutdowns of old power plants in the region are reducing supply and driving up prices.

Grants are once again available for Vermont communities that want to lessen the potential damage from a future disaster, such as flooding.

Senator Patrick Leahy says a new agreement on the farm bill that includes a voluntary price insurance program will help smaller farms.

A new survey shows that domestic violence has serious impacts at work as well as at home.

Firefighters say an icy Lake Champlain challenged their efforts to save a house on fire in Alburgh, in which all three residents escaped.

The U.S. Geological Survey reports a small earthquake struck near the New Hampshire-Vermont state line, about 15 miles north of Bradford.

The Environmental Protection Agency is calling for more details in a state plan to clean up Lake Champlain.

Senator Bernie Sanders says the U.S. Senate will soon take up a bill that would not only restore the pension benefits for veterans, but strengthen other programs and services for them.

A group of college students wants the state of Vermont to pass legislation that would divest the state pension fund of stocks in fossil fuel companies.

A fire has destroyed a 129-year-old barn that's part of a landscaping business in Rutland.

Vermont Electric Cooperative

A small Vermont utility says last month’s ice storm in the northern part of the state will go down as the biggest storm in its history. Vermont Electric Cooperative responded to nearly 60,000 power outages over the course of the storm, which hit during the holiday week. Some customers experienced multiple outages.

The bulk of the damage to power lines from downed trees and heavy branches was in Franklin County, primarily a stretch from Westford north to Richford, a town on the Canadian border. 

A Vermont Senate committee is taking up House-passed legislation that provides protections for lake shore lands and near-shore waters.

The outgoing chair of the Vermont State College Board of Trustees says state funding for higher education is divided unfairly between state colleges and the University of Vermont.

The extreme cold that our region experienced over New Year’s and is again seeing now could slow the expansion of invasive insects here.

Police have identified a woman who was found dead after a condominium fire Saturday in South Burlington.

A Rutland couple is suing the state of Vermont for what they say was a botched attempt to get rid of bedbugs in their foster home.

The Vermont Senate is expected to vote today on legislation setting new limits on campaign contributions.

Crews are working to restore power after an outage hit vital areas in Burlington just before 10:30 a.m.

The Shumlin Administration has announced another contingency plan for small businesses due to ongoing problems with the state’s new health care exchange.

Taxpayers in the Unified Towns and Gores of Essex County have voted against a proposed wind project in Ferdinand, though it’s still not clear what the developer will do next.

A broken water pipe at the Sherburne Memorial Library in Killington has damaged historical items and ruined $10,000 worth of electronics.

The City of Burlington has been working to improve its finances since 2012, and officials said today that their efforts are beginning to pay off now that the city has secured a $14 million wastewater bond from the Vermont Municipal Bond Bank. Republicans in the Statehouse say they welcome Governor Peter Shumlin’s focus on the opiate problem in Vermont, but they want more details about how he plans to pay for more aggressive treatment programs.

Gov. Peter Shumlin will outline his priorities for the 2014 legislative session today in his state of the state address.

Three committees of the Vermont House are examining issues of homelessness and housing today, and lawmakers are hearing that the extremely cold winter has put added pressure on the state’s assistance programs.

Vermont hospitals and the state's two health insurance companies are going to be getting their first look at patient coverage under the new health care system.

New rules for on-farm slaughter -- which have made it legal for farmers to facilitate on-farm slaughter but not conduct it themselves -- are causing some frustration and confusion.

Vermonters will soon be seeing changes to the labels of maple syrup, as the state’s sugar makers switch to a grading system created by the International Maple Syrup Institute.

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