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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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.

AP File/Toby Talbot

Vermont officials say the state has received approval from FEMA to start demolition of the state office complex in Waterbury. Many of the buildings had to be abandoned after flooding by Tropical Storm Irene.

Administration Secretary Jeb says state officials received verbal approval last week and they're expecting written approval later this week.

Spaulding says the demolition work can begin in a couple of months.

And he says they expect to hear from FEMA in the near future about how much the state will be reimbursed in all for the $124 million project.

AP/Alden Pellet

Vermont Supreme Court Justice Brian Burgess has announced that he is retiring from the court.

Burgess, a former trial court judge and assistant attorney general, was appointed associate justice to the Vermont Supreme Court in 2005.

Vermont Law School professor Cheryl Hanna says that Justice Burgess brought a good awareness of how decisions by  the Vermont Supreme Court would affect the lower courts. And Hanna says he was known for his excellent writing skills.

The Vermont Health Department is launching a research study this month into Eastern Equine Encephalitis - also referred to as "triple E" - a rare disease.

Health officials are asking for volunteers from three towns near where the mosquito-borne disease killed two people last year.

The study will test how many volunteers from Brandon, Sudbury and Whiting are infected with the virus that causes EEE, but have not gotten seriously ill. The blood tests would detect antibodies to the virus.

Erica Berl is an infectious disease epidemiologist with the Health Department.

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