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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Planning is underway for a controversial land deal that will develop a parcel of open space in Burlington that used to be owned by Burlington College.

Molly Walsh has been following that story for Seven Days and she joined VPR's Mitch Wertlieb for our Friday Regional Report.

Angela Evancie / VPR/file

The Vermont Legislature wrapped up its 2015 session late on Saturday night. Lawmakers closed a $113 million budget gap, passed an education reform bill and a bill that raises money for cleaning up the state's water ways.

The recent allegations that a Vermont State Senator may have sexually assaulted three different women has been big news in Vermont, and even more so in Franklin County, represented by senator Norm McAllister.

McAllister pleaded not guilty to the charges last week.

For our Friday Regional Report, VPR's Mitch Wertlieb spoke with Michelle Monroe, reporter for the St. Albans Messenger.

The company Lincoln Renewable Natural Gas has filed a petition to construct a renewable natural gas plant at a farm in Salisbury.

If the plant is approved by the Vermont Public Service Board, it would be just the second of its kind in the United States.

A-Digit

A group of farm workers is targeting ice cream maker Ben & Jerry's, a brand known for its social responsibility, asking the company to take part in a new program to ensure that the workers on Vermont dairy farms are guaranteed fair housing and decent wages.

The Milk With Dignity Program is an effort of the group Migrant Justice, which is dedicated to human rights and food justice.

Vermont State Agency of Transportation

The Vermont Agency of Transportation is in the process of developing an On-Road Bicycle map to make sure the roadways can safely support bicycle riders. They're looking for public input for the project, with the date for final comments fast approaching.

It's been a contentious week in Vernon. The small southern Vermont town that's been struggling to re-shape itself following the closure of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant.

The town has also had to react to the resignation of two select board members this spring, and voters have twice rejected the school budget.

The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Board has voted to make some changes to Vermont's hunting and fishing regulations.

Under the change, hunters over 50 will be allowed to use crossbows during the regular archery season. And in an effort to prevent chronic wasting disease, the board voted to ban natural deer urine lures.

When someone says, "turn that frown upside down," or "look on the bright side," would you sooner hear nails rake across a chalkboard? Does a Hallmark-like platitude served up with a side of "snap-out-of-it" smile make you want to snap yourself? If so, you've got something in common with Kim Korson. Korson's new book of essays and reflections on her life is a response to that "find your happy place" request.  It's called " I Don't Have A Happy Place."

This week, a major contract was awarded for a big construction project. A construction consortium has won the bid to replace the Champlain Bridge in Montreal. That span is familiar to any Vermonter as the bridge that carries them  from the highway across the St. Lawrence River into the city.

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