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 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.

Senators Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders are applauding a federal judge's ruling that says the National Security Agency's bulk collection of Americans' telephone records likely violates the U.S. Constitution's ban on unreasonable searches.

Two reports on policy changes needed to address climate change have been released.

Governor Peter Shumlin, farmers, forest product leaders and others are in Randolph today attending a conference designed to promote Vermont's "Working Landscape."

The State of Vermont is working on a plan to clean up Lake Champlain, and one big challenge is the millions of gallons of raw or under-treated sewage from waste water treatment plants flowing into Vermont waterways.

The Virginia pastor convicted in a Vermont federal court for helping a woman and her child flee the country rather than share custody of the child with the woman’s former lesbian partner says the case should be dismissed because it has no connection to Vermont.

Maj. Gen. Steven Cray, pictured on far right at a 2013 press conference announcing the F-35 basing in Burlington, is adjutant general of the state of Vermont. Cray spoke to "Vermont Edition" about recently announced policies affecting the U.S. military.
Angela Evancie / VPR File

The Vermont National Guard announced Tuesday that the controversial F-35 fighter jet will be based at Burlington International Airport.

The decision from the Secretary of the U.S. Air Force comes after years of intense debate, with proponents saying the jet will keep the Vermont Air National Guard going, and opponents arguing that increased noise from the F-35 poses a risk to public health.

Adjutant General of the State of Vermont Steve Cray spoke with VPR’s Neal Charnoff about the decision.

The Vermont Board of Education will soon decide whether to continue requiring schools to keep one nurse on duty for every 500 students—a ratio that was dropped from a proposed revision of school quality standards.

Vermont lawmakers are being briefed on the results of an investigation into the suicide of an inmate at the Northern State Correctional Facility.

Plans to upgrade and continue the revitalization of southern Vermont airports have gotten another big boost after Wilmington's Development Review Board approved a plan that would allow the runway to be lengthened.

More than $20 million in Citizens Bonds will go on sale on Monday; the annual offering gives Vermonters the opportunity to invest in state construction projects.

Brattleboro’s winter shelter for the homeless opens for the season on Sunday; that’s almost a month earlier than in past years because of increased demand for overnight shelter.

The Vermont Department of Public Safety has conditionally approved the fourth and final medical marijuana dispensary in the state.

Vermont State Police are joining a worldwide tweet-a-thon today.

An advisory group is poised to make recommendations to the state on how to implement a new measure of economic well-being.

The town of Concord has scheduled a vote next month on a $6 million school construction bond to deal with a mold problem.

St. Albans police say they found a loaded pistol, two shotguns, a rifle, a machete and other weapons in the vehicle of a Northwest Technical Center student on school property.

There was a lot of public comment for the Department of Energy last night at a hearing on the proposed 187-mile electric transmission line that would stretch from the Canadian border through New Hampshire.

Vermont health officials believe there may be more homes in Rutland County contaminated with a banned pesticide.

Police in St. Albans say a man who ran a red light fatally shot the driver of a car he nearly struck after the two got into an argument.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is granting $2 million for relocation costs for Vermont's Department for Children and Families, which was displaced from the Waterbury State Office Complex by flooding from Tropical Storm Irene in 2011.

Vermont has seen an increase in the number of suicide attempts in the state’s prison population.

Vermont Public Radio has appointed veteran journalist John Dillon as News Director; VPR also announced the appointment of Melody Bodette as Deputy News Director.

Former Governor Madeleine Kunin joined dozens of activists this morning to call for legislation that would require employers to provide paid sick time.

Medicare and Medicaid officials have put the Brattleboro Retreat on notice following an incident in which Retreat staff called Brattleboro police to deal with a patient who resisted emergency medication.

A third Castleton State College football player is facing charges of stealing merchandise from a Rutland sporting goods store.

About 80 law enforcement officers are expected to make arrests in St. Albans today as part of a large drug sweep called "Operation Northern Lights."

Castleton State College says the campus investigation of six members of their football team allegedly involved in a scheme to steal merchandise from a sporting goods store in Rutland should wrap up today or tomorrow.

The Green Mountain Club is celebrating a milestone in its effort to reroute part of the Long Trail in Bolton.

Camp Ethan Allen in Jericho has been selected by the Department of Defense’s Missile Defense Agency as one of five possible candidates to house Ground-based Midcourse Interceptor missiles.

Senator Bernie Sanders is continuing to push for better and more affordable access to dental care for Americans and is holding a Senate hearing on the issue today.

A national group promoting the legalization of marijuana is looking at Vermont as a state that could regulate and tax marijuana in the coming years.

Senator Patrick Leahy is set to lead a hearing today of the Senate Judiciary Committee looking at how to reconcile state and federal marijuana laws.

A recent Vermont Superior Court ruling has raised questions about whether US Border Patrol agents may detain motorists without explanation while waiting for state or local law enforcers to arrive on the scene.

The Burlington City Council has unanimously approved the sale of a downtown parking lot to Champlain College.

Vermont’s largest hospital says it will reduce its proposed budget to meet the state’s guidelines to contain health care costs.

The head of FEMA is in Waterbury today to discuss plans to rebuild the Vermont state office complex made unusable by flooding from Tropical Storm Irene.

The town of Wilmington has been taking stock this week of its efforts to revive the local economy, after nearly every downtown business was damaged or destroyed by flooding from Tropical Storm Irene two years ago.

Vermont Yankee will close by the end of next year, ending a lengthy legal battle with the state over the plant’s future. The Entergy Corporation says economic pressures prompted the shutdown decision.

The state of Vermont has been trying to close the forty year old Vermont Yankee plant since 2010. The battle over Vermont Yankee’s future has gone from the state legislature to a U.S. appeals court. But in the end it was low natural gas prices and a changing energy market that doomed the plant.

Vermont Gas Systems says it has cleared a key milestone in the development of a proposed natural gas pipeline through Addison County.

A state commission is touring Vermont to get the public’s input on lakeshore protection and development issues, and it meets tonight near Lake Bomoseen.

Vermont State Police explosives experts are working to determine if a hand grenade found in the drive-thru lane of a Morrisville restaurant was real or a novelty item.