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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Oliver Parini, VPR

Senator Bernie Sanders heads to New Hampshire Wednesday to officially start campaigning as a Democratic presidential candidate. Sanders is holding town hall meetings in Concord and Portsmouth on Wednesday, with a house party in Epping. His New Hampshire supporters say his local ties and longstanding practice of holding town hall meetings and people-to-people campaigning will serve him well in the state that holds the nation's first primary.

Ross Mantle

All this week, we're exploring the novel Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie. The book is the Vermont Humanities Council's pick for Vermont Reads, the statewide community reading program.

At the heart of the book is Haroun, who tries to help his famous story-telling father, Rashid, who loses his "gift for gab" after his wife Soraya runs away with their neighbor, Mr. Sengupta.

Angela Evancie / VPR/file

Each year, VPR collaborates with the Vermont Humanities Council for "Vermont Reads," a statewide reading program. This year, people around Vermont are reading and discussing Haroun and the Sea of Stories by acclaimed author Salman Rushdie.

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.

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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.

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