Nina Keck


Nina has been reporting for VPR since 1996, primarily focusing on the Rutland area. An experienced journalist, Nina covered international and national news for seven years with the Voice of America, working in Washington, D.C., and Germany. While in Germany, she also worked as a stringer for Marketplace. Nina has been honored with two national Edward R. Murrow Awards: In 2006, she won for her investigative reporting on VPR and in 2009 she won for her use of sound. She began her career at Wisconsin Public Radio. 

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For six weeks every summer, the Harold Beebe Farm in East Dorset becomes a Mecca for horse lovers. The 40-plus acre site, just off Route 7, plays host to the Vermont Summer Festival Horse Show.

Event officials says close to 1,000 horses and 3,000 people will take part in this year’s show, with more than $750,000 dollars up for grabs in prize money.

Efficiency upgrades can save homeowners a lot of money. But nonprofits can benefit from tightening up as well.

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Rutland Mental Health has come under intense scrutiny in recent months amid allegations of poor management, long wait times for services and substandard care.  

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Rutland’s College of St. Joseph enrolled 350 students last year. Officials at the small school have several new programs planned to broaden the college’s appeal, boost enrollment and fill important educational needs.

The plans include locally-focused tracks, such as continuing education for adults, as well as programs that are in high demand nationwide, such as a two-year Physician Assistant program.

Neil and Patricia Whitney say that a foster child brought bedbugs into their home in 2012 and are trying to recuperate damages from insurance companies.
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A Rutland foster couple that sued the state after a botched bedbug extermination in 2013 feels they should be able to seek additional damages from insurance companies.

But the Vermont attorney general’s office says that the family will have to pay for any legal costs the state may incur as a result of those suits, according to the terms of their settlement.

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Vermont recently added nine species to the state’s threatened and endangered list: three different types of bumble bees, the Fowler’s Toad, the rusty blackbird and four plants. In total, Vermont lists 51 animals and 163 plants as threatened or endangered. 

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It's a time of increased visibility for transgender Americans, in popular culture and beyond - from Caitlyn Jenner to Laverne Cox of "Orange is the New Black." And the LGBTQ community is celebrating a big victory, as the Supreme Court makes same-sex marriage the law of the land throughout the country. At the same time, transgender people across America still face huge challenges and risks. At this time of change, we're talking about the issues transgender people face here in Vermont.

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In 1859 people across the country were roused in the middle of the night by a light so bright you could read by it. This event, caused by a series of large solar eruptions, became known as the Carrington Event.


The label "populist" has been applied to several presidential candidates, including a few whose politics have little in common, such as Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders and Republican candidate Ted Cruz.  Garnering the support of a majority while casting out an entitled elite is the hallmark of populist movements throughout U. S. history.

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It's not something most people want to think about. Nor plan for. It's the end of your life.

But there are many decisions to make regarding what will happen when you die. From estate planning to funeral arrangements. From where you want to spend your final days to who gets your chocolate lab.