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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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.

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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.

A Connecticut company wants to develop a new wind project on a Northeast Kingdom ridgeline just south of an existing wind development.

Officials in a Vermont border community say the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has dropped plans for a major expansion of the port of entry from Canada at the northern end of Interstate 91 in Derby Line.

Environmental advocates say blue-green algae has infested large portions of St. Albans Bay.

The Shumlin Administration says it’s disappointed that a federal appeals court has ruled against the state in its attempt to close the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant, but says it has made a strong case based on economics and environmental grounds.

Residents in a Vermont community where a sex offender has relocated have been told by the Lamoille County Sheriff that they need to work together to ensure the safety of their children.

Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos has been elected to an office with the National Association of Secretaries of State.

The U-S Environmental Protection Agency has approved a plan that gets Vermont into compliance with the Clean Water Act, but the EPA says the state still has to address the contentious issue of who pays to upgrade sewage treatment plants.

A community performance space in Brattleboro is coming under new ownership, with the Strolling of the Heifers taking over the Robert H. Gibson River Garden gathering space.

Governor Peter Shumlin says that following the rail disaster in Quebec two weeks ago, the state's tracking of what travels through Vermont by train is "certainly something we should look at."

A deal has been reached between Governor Shumlin and his neighbor Jerry Dodge, after Dodge came to regret selling his home and 16 acres of property to Shumlin for $58,000.

State police say a woman has been rescued from Brown's River in Jericho after falling into the water and clinging to a boulder until help arrived.

A key Senate committee agrees that there should not be a fee to cross the border into the United States.

The Judiciary Committee began work Thursday on the immigration overhaul bill.

Senator Patrick Leahy offered an amendment that would prohibit fees at land border crossings. The Obama administration suggested such a fee in its budget this year.

Leahy says the proposal would hurt the economy because Canada is the Number One trading partner of the U.S.

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