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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Homelessness is a problem in the United States that affects every state, and Vermont is no exception.

But a model of handling homelessness called Housing First is getting a lot of attention lately, because it not only helps get people off the streets, it also saves money.

Last week, President Barack Obama announced plans to give undocumented parents of U.S. citizens and permanent residents deportation relief for three years. The plan applies to people who have been in the U.S. for at least five years.

The executive order would also have an effect on younger immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children.

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Starting this week, over 100,000 Vermonters began getting Home Energy Reports in the mail. They came from the state's energy efficiency utility, Efficiency Vermont.

Vermont State Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting in Windsor.

Jose Burgos, 34, of White River Junction was shot by a Windsor police officer Sunday afternoon.

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The statewide canvassing committee met Wednesday to certify November's election results, and the tally shows that Democratic Governor Peter Shumlin did receive the most votes, over 2,400 more than Republican challenger Scott Milne.

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This weekend in Burlington the Peace & Justice Center is holding an event to honor the Migrant Justice, a group that works with Vermont’s community of migrant farm workers, trying to get them access to transportation, health care, and safe working conditions.

Author and Vermonter Julia Alvarez will be at the Peace & Justice Center event reading from her newest short story.

New York Times Columnist and Pulitzer Prize winner Maureen Dowd will be in Vermont this afternoon, speaking in Burlington to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Vermont Women’s Fund, which is part of the VT Community Foundation, and we are pleased to have Maureen Dowd joining us now on the line. Dowd spoke with VPR’s Mitch Wertlieb.

Maureen Dowd will be speaking Monday at the 20th anniversary celebration for the Vermont Women’s Fund on Monday at 5:30 p.m. at the UVM Davis Center.

Among the election news this week is this bit from Chittenden East Supervisory Union: a proposed school district merger has passed. For our Friday Regional Report, VPR’s Mitch Wertlieb spoke with Molly Walsh from the Burlington Free Press.

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Republicans have taken control of the U.S. Senate and now control both Houses of Congress, and this will have ramifications for Vermont’s two U.S. Senators.

Linda Fowler, professor emerita of government at Dartmouth College, said Sen. Patrick Leahy will lose his spot as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, because the majority party will pick the chair. Leahy will become ranking member on the committee.