Neal Charnoff

Neal was a reporter and VPR's All Things Considered host from 2001 to 2014. He joined VPR in 1996, hosting VPR's jazz programming, including live performances from the VPR studios and the Discover Jazz Festival. Prior to VPR, Neal was a programmer and host for WNCS in Montpelier and WDEV in Waterbury. He holds a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College.

The Addison County Regional Planning Commission has voted by a narrow margin in support of Phase Two of the Vermont Gas Pipeline.

A bill now goes on to the Vermont Senate that would make Vermont the first state with a minimum hourly wage higher than $10. Vermont lawmakers are going to be getting an update this week on efforts to restore the American chestnut tree to the state's forests.

The state employees union says a longtime state worker is being retaliated against for his criticism of the state’s use of temporary workers.

Tourism officials are concerned over national media coverage of the state’s heroin problem.

Commentator Henry Homeyer finds the humor in a tough winter.

Andrew Smith, Middlebury College

People know 'A Clockwork Orange', the novella about a violent dystopian future, written by Anthony Burgess in 1962. And they know the infamous film directed by Stanly Kubrick in 1971. But less familiar is the stage adaptation written by Burgess, in part a reaction to the film, which he disliked.

Now Middlebury College is presenting that adaptation, re-introducing the teenage anti-hero Alex and his gang known as The Droogs.

A top health care aide to Governor Peter Shumlin says Vermont lawmakers may be demanding too much information too fast from her office. Voters in Brattleboro will weigh in on the town’s budget later this month. The budget was approved at Brattleboro’s Representative Town meeting in late March.  Flooding forced the Town Clerk's Office in Morristown to close yesterday, and the office is likely to remain closed for much of the week. The Vermont Community Foundation says local organizations have received over 100 grants totaling almost $200,000 in 2013.

The House has given its preliminary approval to legislation that increases the state minimum wage to $10.10 an hour beginning in January.

Concerns arise over plans to reduce the number of school districts in Vermont.

Commentator Bill Mares on what elements constitute a community.

The Vermont House is set to debate boosting the minimum wage in the state from its current $8.73 to $10.10 per hour. But the big question is how fast to get to that level. Landmark College in Putney plans to build a $10 million center for education and research in the so-called STEM fields: science, technology, engineering and math.A lawyer for a man charged in connection with the killing of a Sheffield woman says pre-trial publicity has made it impossible for him to get a fair trial in an unrelated case. The Lake Champlain Transportation Company says the ferry between  Charlotte, Vt.

Laura Bliss

Changes are afoot at the New England Youth Theater in Brattleboro.

Artistic Director Stephen Stearns, also known as “Uncle Stevie,” is stepping down, although he will continue to direct and teach acting.

Stearns founded the non-profit organization in 1998, with the idea of offering innovative theater training and performances to this southern corner of Vermont.

He has also had a successful career as a clown and mime, both solo and as one half of Gould and Stearns.

Neal Charnoff speaks with Stearns about the transition.

The Chittenden Country Transportation Authority’s board of commissioners will vote this afternoon to approve a new contract for drivers and end an 18-day strike

House lawmakers at this hour are debating a property tax bill that aims to curb the growth of spending on public education.

Commentator Peter Gilbert with a remarkable story featuring Theodore Roosevelt and a Vermont naturalist.

Chittenden County Transportation Authority managers and striking bus drivers will meet this afternoon to continue negotiations on a contract. Dozens of state highway projects could be delayed or cancelled this summer unless Congress acts to replenish the Federal Highway Transportation Trust Fund in the next few months. A fight could be brewing between Vermont lawmakers and the Shumlin administration over how fast to move to a minimum wage of $10.10 per hour. Vermont senators are considering using subpoena power to obtain child abuse documents.

The Shumlin Administration has unveiled a new proposal to reduce pollution in Lake Champlain, but environmentalists are protesting.

Vermont offers an alternative route to a high school diploma.

Commentator Deborah Lee Luskin advocates for Town Meeting over voting by Australian ballot.

The Shumlin administration has unveiled a new proposal to reduce pollution in Lake Champlain.

Vermont's net metering bill that nearly quadruples the amount of power that utilities can buy from renewable energy projects is becoming law.
State Auditor Doug Hoffer is asking lawmakers to strengthen protections for whistleblowers in state government.
The Chittenden County Transportation Authority says it has authorized its staff to secure temporary bus drivers until negotiations with striking drivers are resolved.

State Auditor Doug Hoffer is asking lawmakers to strengthen protections for whistleblowers.

Teachers in Vermont are testing out Common Core standards.

Commentator Ron Krupp on some exciting new food and farm initiatives.

The state of Vermont is still urging people who haven't signed up for health insurance to do so before the regular enrollment period ends.

With the closure of North Adams Regional Hospital in Massachusetts, some people may travel to Vermont for healthcare at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington.

New statistics show medical marijuana is booming in Vermont.

The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources is asking the public to weigh in on a new plan for protecting waters in the Southern Champlain Basin.

An independent review of the troubled roll out of the state’s health care exchange concludes that a combination of factors is responsible for many of the problems at Vermont Health Connect.

State regulators have granted Entergy Vermont Yankee a permit to operate through December 2014, when the nuclear plant will close permanently.  

The University of Vermont and Vermont Law School have begun holding closed-door meetings to discuss the future of their business relationship.  

Vermont Agency of Transportation Deputy Secretary Sue Minter says the possible shortfall in federal transportation funding could hurt jobs in Vermont. A committee in the Vermont House has endorsed a bill to study the amount of tax revenue the state would receive if sales of marijuana were legal in Vermont. The Vermont Department of Labor says the state's unemployment rate has dropped to 3.7 percent, the fifth lowest rate in the country.

Governor Peter Shumlin is fiercely defending his plan to implement a single payer health care system after Senate President John Campbell expressed concerns about the plan.

The Vermont House rejects raising income taxes on top earners to offset federal reductions in Food Stamps.

Commentator Anne Averyt observes Women’s History Month with a remembrance of her larger-than-life aunt.

Senate President John Campbell is putting together a contingency plan if single-payer health care is not viable.

The president of Vermont Technical College is stepping down.  

Commentator Dewees Cochran on “The Grand Dame Of Dollmakers”.

Burlington teachers are concerned as the city’s school board is preparing how to shrink its budget.

CCTA bus drivers counter statements the company made over the weekend.

Commentator Linda Radtke on women in classical music.

The Vermont House Appropriations Committee is in the final days of drafting a budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1st.

Keurig Green Mountain still qualifies for nearly one million dollars in incentives.

Commentator Willem Lange on the return of some long-gone native species.

The Legislature is debating how much to raise Vermont’s minimum wage.

Two days into their strike, Chittenden County bus drivers say they have prepared a counter-offer for management.

Commentator Vic Henningsen on historic parallels to the crisis in Crimea.