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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VPR Newscast
1:00 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Newscast: Wednesday, Apr. 23, 2014, 12:04 p.m.

Vermont officials are asking the Federal Emergency Management Agency to conduct a damage assessment in four Vermont counties. Legislative leaders are putting pressure on Governor Peter Shumlin to come up with answers on how he plans to finance his single-payer health care plan.  Champlain College plans to appeal a decision by the Burlington Development Review Board to deny a permit to build a new mixed-use student housing project.

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VPR Newscast
7:54 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Newscast: Wednesday, Apr. 23, 2014, 7:34 a.m.

Legislative leaders are ramping up the pressure on Governor Peter Shumlin to provide answers on how he plans to finance his single-payer health system. The pressure includes detailed questions about how the plan could affect the economy, and a deadline for the financing plan to be delivered. Vermont State Police say one person has been injured during a shooting in the lobby of the Bennington Police Department but that no officers have been wounded.

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VPR Newscast
7:34 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Newscast: Tuesday, Apr. 22, 2014, 7:34 a.m.

A bill moving through the Legislature sets new broadband goals for Vermont. A Plainfield woman pleads not guilty to embezzling $50,000 while working as claims examiner for the state.

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VPR News
6:15 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Vermont Advocate: Men Must Help Change The Culture Of Domestic Violence

About 40 years ago a group of women in Brattleboro got together to create a safe haven for other women in their community who were suffering from abuse.

The Women’s Crisis Center changed its name a few years ago to the Women’s Freedom Center. VPR’s Mitch Wertlieb spoke with Shari May, community outreach advocate for the Women’s Freedom Center.

The late 1960s and early 1970s marked a time of great change around civil rights issues, including women’s rights.

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VPR Newscast
8:35 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Newscast: Monday, Apr. 21, 2014, 7:34 a.m.

Workers facing unemployment in May when Bennington’s Plasan Carbon Composites  closes, got a crash course Friday in the art of job hunting.  Former Vermont state worker due in court on charges of embezzling $50,000. A man is accused of trying to strangle a woman to death in Burlington.

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VPR News
8:34 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Vermonter Aims To Finish What He Started At Boston Marathon

A billboard by the Hypoparathyrodism Association, Inc. in Manchester, NH cheers for Vermonter Ryan Polly.
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Runners are gathering again for the Boston Marathon Monday, and it's no exaggeration to say that this year's running of the nation's oldest and most prestigious marathon will be like no other before it, due to the tragedy that will be on the minds of runners and spectators alike, and which occurred just one year ago.

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VPR Newscast
12:15 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Newscast: Friday, Apr. 18, 2014, 12:04 p.m.

In a town wide ballot yesterday voters in Brattleboro overturned the town’s 2015 municipal budget. The $16 million spending plan was approved by the town’s representative town meeting on March 22nd.

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VPR Newscast
8:14 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Newscast: Friday, Apr. 18, 2014, 7:34 a.m.

Entergy wants to do away with the emergency zone around the VT Yankee reactor after it ceases operating this year. In 2012, after a 180 year run the Barnard General store closed.  In response, a local group raised $500,000 to purchase the building and find someone to run the store.  Burlington school district expects to pay fines to IRS for underpayment and non-payment of taxes. Police in Stowe investigate an apparent murder-suicide of a married couple.

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Regional Report
5:57 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Regional Report: Lowell Couple Settles With GMP

Earlier this week, a long running lawsuit by a couple opposed to Green Mountain Power’s Kingdom Community Wind Project was dropped after the couple settled with the utility out of court.

Don and Shirley Nelson are selling their Lowell farm to the state's largest electric utility for $1.3 million to settle a lawsuit over the ownership of land that is part of Green Mountain Power's 21-turbine industrial wind project.

The Nelsons were among the most vocal critics of the GMP's plan to build the Kingdom Community Wind project on a ridgeline near their home.

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VPR Newscast
12:14 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Newscast: Thursday, Apr. 18, 2014, 12:04 p.m.

A bill that bans drivers from using hand-held cell phones is stalled at the Statehouse.  Chief Executive Officers of many of Vermont's largest employers are generally optimistic about the economy, according to a recent survey.  A Newport man accused of crushing seven sheriffs' vehicles with a farm tractor is scheduled for trial in June. Police in Stowe, say they are investigating the untimely deaths of two adults.

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