Melody Bodette

Deputy News Director

Melody wakes up very early in the morning to produce regional content for Morning Edition. She began at VPR as a part-time production assistant and was promoted to full-time in 2007. She has also served as a news and editorial assistant for The Burlington Free Press. After graduating from Skidmore College, she spent a year in France working as a high school teaching assistant. Melody grew up on a dairy farm in Addison County. She spends her free time gardening, cooking, and being outside as much as possible.

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Regional Report
6:23 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Regional Report: Investors Tour Chateaugay Prison

Potential investors visited the now closed prison in Chateaugay New York this week. They came at the request of a local Assemblywoman.

Joe LoTemplio has been following that story for the Plattsburgh Press-Republican and spoke with Peter Biello for our Friday Regional Report.

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Education
8:36 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Vermont Education Secretary Rejects ‘Low Performing’ School Label

Vermont's Education Secretary, Rebecca Holcombe, sent a letter to parents explaining why she disagrees with the low performing label for Vermont schools.
Toby Talbot AP

All but eight of Vermont’s public schools have been considered “low performing” under the federal No Child Left Behind law.

That’s because if only one child does not score as proficient, a school is considered low performing under the standard.

But Vermont Education Secretary Rebecca Holcombe disputes that label. In a memo to parents recently, she said that the Vermont Agency of Education does not agree with the federal policy.

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VPR News
6:25 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Marion Milne, Former State Representative, Dies at 79

Former state representative Marion Milne has died. Milne represented Washington from 1994 to 2000.

She was also the founder of Milne Travel, and is the mother of Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Milne.

Milne lost her seat in the House after voting in favor of Vermont's civil unions law. In a statement, Governor Peter Shumlin says Milne “approached all of her endeavors with passion and with a keen sensibility drawn from her years in business.” He added that she lost her seat "on a vote that will forever place her on the right side of history."

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VPR News
11:12 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Spectator Injured At Addison County Field Days Tractor Pull

A spectator was injured during the tractor pull at the Addison County Fair and Field Days on Saturday.

During the pulling event, a wheel casing broke loose from an International 706 tractor. The wheel then traveled over a concrete barrier and into the crowd. A 75-year-old man was injured.

Field Days Vice President Diane Norris says rescue crews were at the event and were able to treat the man immediately. He was taken to Fletcher Allen Health Care with a leg injury.

Environment
6:12 am
Thu August 7, 2014

Watch Out For Blue-Green Algae Blooms

Blue-green algae blooms, like this on in July 2012 at Burlington's North Beach, can contain dangerous toxins and should be avoided.
Vermont Department of Health

Earlier this week a widespread bloom of blue-green algae prompted a warning for hundreds of thousands of people in Toledo, Ohio. Health officials said the algae found in Lake Erie made drinking water from the lake unsafe.

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The Frequency
12:07 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

AG Office: Police Justified In May Shooting Of Barton Man

Police officers were justified in shooting 29 times at a man in Barton in May. That’s the conclusion of an investigation by the office of Attorney General Bill Sorrell.

Vermont State Police Trooper Seth Loomis and Sergeant Denis Girouard shot 28-year-old Eric Jackson after a police chase in Caledonia County on May 28. The officers pursued Jackson after he ran a stop sign and did not pull over for sirens and blue lights.

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Arts & Culture
11:25 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Three Impressionist Paintings To See At The Shelburne Museum

"Le Pont, Amsterdam" was the first painting by Claude Monet to be brought to the United States, by the parents of Shelburne Museum founder Electra Havemeyer Webb.
Shelburne Museum

An exhibit on display this summer at the Shelburne Museum highlights impressionist paintings from the museum’s collection. It’s called “In a New Light: French Impressionism Arrives in America.

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The Frequency
8:59 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Construction Worker Killed On Interstate 89

A construction worker was struck and killed by a car while removing temporary fog line makers on Interstate 89 in South Burlington last night.

Robert Stanhope, 61, was working for Whitcomb Construction Company. Vermont State Police say Stanhope was struck by a car driven by 22-year-old Emma Gentry of South Burlington at 11:15 p.m. on Wednesday.

Northern EMS was traveling by and stopped to assist Stanhope, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Anyone who witnessed the accident is asked to contact Vermont State Police in Williston.

VPR News
6:28 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Flash Flooding Hits Chester, Andover

Flash flooding closed roads in Chester and Andover yesterday. The Red Cross set up an evacuation shelter at the Chester Fire Department to support first responders and people who may have had to move to safety.

Rising floodwaters blocked roads for a time on Routes 11 and 103, but both roads have re-opened as of this morning.

The Red Cross says that one Chester woman’s home was devastated by flooding, and was possibly destroyed.

The shelter closed last night, and Vermont State Police say no one spent the night there.

Environment
9:42 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Vt. Small Farms Under Scrutiny For Pollution Runoff

If you have four horses, you have a small farm, says John Roberts of the Vermont Agency of Agriculture. In an effort to reduce phosphorus pollution in Lake Champlain, the state is beginning to enforce runoff regulations on smaller scale operations.
Werner Stoffberg Thinkstock

The state of Vermont is working to reduce phosphorus pollution in the Lake Champlain watershed.

A lot of the focus has been on farms, and now the state is turning attention to smaller scale agriculture, and that means owners of much smaller parcels of land will also have to react to the regulations already on the books.

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