Nina Keck

Reporter

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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With winter tourism suffering due to a lack of snow, you might think fewer people would be flying into Vermont. But officials at many regional airports say business is up.

The Mill River Union school board and principal Andy Pomeroy have negotiated a voluntary separation agreement to avoid what both sides say would be expensive and time consuming legal proceedings.

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Voters in Rutland will be asked whether or not they want the city to continue adding fluoride to municipal water. Dentists and state experts tout decades of improved oral health, but opponents believe possible negative effects are being brushed aside.

The state police has finished its investigation of Mill River Union principal Andy Pomeroy over alleged misconduct. Pomeroy’s lawyer says no charges have been filed, which he believes vindicates his client. But no details have been released either, which is creating mounting frustration for many with ties to the school.

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Rutland Regional Medical Center is undertaking a $6 million expansion of its emergency room to meet growing demand and the changing needs of patients.

State police say they expect to wrap up a criminal investigation of Mill River Union School principal Andy Pomeroy in the next day or two. No arrests have been made no details have been made public on what the investigation concerns.

Overall, natural gas is by far the most popular source of home heating in the U.S. But in the Northeast, homeowners are much more likely than in other regions to use heating oil.

Many homeowners are smiling this winter, because fuel prices are down 50 percent from two years ago.

But not everyone is happy. Buying heating oil is a little like playing poker: Bet on the wrong price and it'll cost you.

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Castleton University’s footprint in Rutland has been growing in recent years, with multiple art galleries and a downtown Rutland campus that houses entrepreneurial programs and a polling center.

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Walmart announced today it will close 269 of its stores, but the company’s Vermont locations in Rutland, Williston, St. Albans, Bennington and Berlin and the 938 employees who work in those stores will not be affected.

A local attorney is suing the town of Killington alleging town officials and a former town manager, mishandled municipal affairs, withheld information and hurt Killington taxpayers.

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State officials say more heroin is coming into Vermont than ever, and the ripple effects are disturbing. 

A little over three years ago, Rutland began a multi-pronged, community-wide effort to fight opiate addiction, reduce drug-related crime and reclaim hard hit neighborhoods. But what progress, if any, has Rutland made?

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By the time Gov. Peter Shumlin shined a spotlight on Vermont’s heroin problem in his 2014 State of the State address, Rutland had been actively battling the issue for more than a year, opening a methadone clinic and launching an innovative multi-pronged, community-based approach called Project Vision.

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Albert J. Marro has been a fixture at press conferences and sporting events in Rutland for nearly half a century. At the end of this month the longtime Rutland Herald photographer is retiring.

Ski industry experts say nearly half of annual skier visits happen during the all important holiday weekends — kicking off with Christmas and New Year's. So far, conditions are far from ideal.

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A civil lawsuit against Rutland City brought by former Rutland City police officer Andrew Todd has been settled for $975,000.

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For years, backcountry skiers have been illegally cutting trees and brush to open up trails. As the sport grows in popularity, officials with Green Mountain National Forest hope a new pilot program in Vermont could become a model to curb unsanctioned cutting, and expand terrain at the same time.

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The mild winter is creating hardship for many who rely on the income from snow and skiing-related jobs.  

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The lack of snow is disappointing for skiers, but it’s also a problem for the several thousand people who depend on Vermont ski resorts for seasonal work; many resorts are reducing hours or delaying the start of those employees, while other resorts are having to get creative in the way they put staff to work.

A Rutland foster family who won a lawsuit against their homeowners insurance company had the decision overturned by the Vermont Supreme Court

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When it comes to the food service industry, you can't get much bigger than Sodexo. The company has more than 400,000 employees in 80 countries.

Sodexo serves about 35,000 meals a day in Vermont on college campuses and in nursing homes, schools and hospitals.

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