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.

Lawmakers approve legislation aimed at waterways cleanup, but fail to address funding.

Legislation that bans drivers from using hand-held cell phones is stalled at the Statehouse.

Commentator Peter Gilbert takes note of National Library Week.

Courtesy Peter Arthur Weyrauch

Poetry Out Loud is a national competition for high school students, which calls on them to memorize and recite great works of poetry.

This year’s state champion is Sam Boudreau, a junior at Bellows Free Academy in St. Albans.

Boudreau was one of 5000 Vermont students who took part in this year’s program.

A bill that would boost wages for workers on state funded construction projects has cleared the Vermont House. But leaders in the Senate are worried the proposal would hurt local construction firms.  

Governor Peter Shumlin is dismissing a legislative consultant’s plan that lawmakers could use an alternative to the administration’s single-payer health proposal.

Commentator Rich Nadworny visits some new, high-tech Vermont labs.

The process behind finding alternatives to single-payer health care.

Vermont is poised to become the first state in the country to require the labeling of food products made with genetically modified organisms

Commentator Martha Molnar looks forward to mud season.

The entire state of Vermont is under a Flood Watch and the National Weather Service has issued a Flood Warning for a number of river basins.

For the first time this year, the Veterans Administration will use federal tax returns as a means test to decide whether a veteran is eligible for subsidized health care.
Several major Vermont highway projects are taking place this year in the Lyndonville and St. Johnsbury areas for a cost of about $21 million.
Vermont's Bennington Battle Monument is opening for the season on Saturday.

Attorney General Bill Sorrell says there’s no doubt in his mind that the state of Vermont will be hit with a major lawsuit if the Legislature passes a bill requiring GMO labeling. 

Governor Peter Shumlin and legislative leaders unveiled plans today to devote up to five million dollars to help the state attract and keep high tech jobs. 

Commentator John Vogel says we can do more about food insecurity.

Entergy says Vermont Yankee can’t operate under the state’s proposed conditions for releasing heated water into the Connecticut River.

National Life Group is adding more than 30 new jobs at its Montpelier headquarters.

Money from the statewide energy efficiency program could be used to install electric heat pumps under new legislation.

State Auditor Doug Hoffer says it’s likely that his office and the federal government will work together on a performance audit of Vermont’s new health care exchange. Congressman Peter Welch is pushing for the government to reauthorize a global tourism initiative that he says can attract more visitors to Vermont.
A building that was once a law office in Westminster will be turned over to the town. The ferry crossing between Essex, New York and Charlotte, Vermont has reopened. Lake Champlain Transportation closed the crossing earlier this week due to ice flows.

Lawmakers say it’s time to make some tough decisions about what Vermont’s single-payer health care system will look like.

Secretary of Commerce and Community Development Lawrence Miller is leaving the agency to devote himself full time to the push for a single payer health care system in Vermont.

Commentator Tom Slayton on says his neighbors who sugar are non-committal about this year’s maple season.

Full Circle Festival

Burlington is playing host this weekend to the state’s first arts festival celebrating the spirit and opportunities of aging.

Full Circle: The Art and Heart of Aging is a three-day event which explores issues surrounding aging through dance, theater, music film and art exhibits, as well as workshops and panel discussions.

The festival is the vision of Vermont filmmaker Camilla Rockwell.