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
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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Arts & Culture
8:27 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Film Tackles Age-Old Question: Should I Stay (In Vermont) Or Should I Go?

The new film "Loser's Crown" explores a man's struggle with the decision between staying in Los Angeles or moving home to Vermont.
Colin Thompson

With apologies to Thomas Wolfe, a new film with life in Vermont at its core challenges the famous writer’s notion that you can’t go home again.

The movie is called Loser’s Crown, and digs deep into the conflicted feelings many young Vermonters may have about whether to seek a life and career far away from the familiar Green Mountains, or embrace the place that, in many ways, will always feel like home.

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VPR Newscast
7:46 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Newscasts: Thursday, Apr. 17, 2014, 7:34 a.m.

Legislation that bans drivers from using hand-held cell phones is stalled at the Statehouse. Two key Senate committees have fundamental differences about the scope of the bill and those differences could derail the legislation for the session.  Officials with the Shumlin Administration are warning that some road projects scheduled for this summer may have to be scaled back if Congress does not replenish the federal Highway Trust Fund. Fletcher Allen Health Care wants to construct a new building that would contain 128 private patient rooms.

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VPR Newscast
12:12 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Newscast: Wednesday, Apr. 16, 2014, 12:04 p.m.

After Monday’s warm spell caused river flooding around Vermont, cold temperatures last night meant icy roadways today. The VA Hospital in White River Junction is stepping up security. The move follows vulnerability assessment that showed many V-A facilities needed more safety measures.  Fletcher Allen Health Care wants to construct a new building that would contain 128 private patient rooms. Rockingham's select board has signed off on plans to put in roughly 1,200 feet of sidewalk in Saxtons River, near the village's school.

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VPR Newscast
7:46 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Newscast: Wednesday, Apr. 16, 2014, 7:34 a.m.

Vermont has gone from temperatures in the 70s on Monday to below freezing this morning. The National Weather Service says that most rivers around Vermont should drop below flood stage today. There’s a new look to the entrance of the VA Hospital in White River Junction. The sprawling campus now has an iron gate at the main entrance. Vermont's law enforcement community says it will back a bill passed by the House that would require statewide standards for police using electronic stun guns.

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Government & Politics
6:51 am
Wed April 16, 2014

How A Sanders Candidacy Could Nudge Democrats To Left

As home to the nation’s first primary, New Hampshire is the place candidates go to explore their prospects for a presidential campaign.

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VPR News
8:51 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Journalist Asks, 'Who Stole The American Dream?'

“Absolutely elections matter ... but what people need to understand is the day after the elections lobbyists in Washington go to work undoing the elections," says Hedrick Smith, author of "Who Stole the American Dream?"
Kwasny221 Thinkstock

Inequality in the United States is the stuff of headlines these days and has been gaining more attention in the years since the economic collapse of 2008, but the gap between rich and poor in America has been steadily increasing for decades before that crisis occurred.

The statistics are startling, including this: The one family that owns Wal-Mart has as much wealth as the bottom 40 percent of the U.S. population — some 120 million people.

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