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. She has also served as a foreign correspondent in Germany, for both the VOA and Marketplace. She began her career at Wisconsin Public Radio. 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.

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Maple syrup producers use a lot of energy boiling sap. Efficiency Vermont, the statewide nonprofit funded by utility customers, hopes a new rebate program they’re launching will help smaller maple producers save energy and boost profits.

Rutland High School Cheerleading

Rutland High School took top honors at a New England cheerleading championship this past weekend in Lawrence, Mass. – beating out 14 other schools to do it.

Cary Buck, owner of AAA Accredited Pest Control, has permanently surrendered his pesticide license and will pay the state $70,000 as part of a settlement for using a banned and potentially harmful pesticide.

In 2013, the state determined that Buck had illegally treated a Rutland City home for bedbugs using products containing Chlorpyrifos, an insecticide banned for indoor use since 2001. 

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A restorative justice program is showing remarkable success in helping high-risk offenders re-enter the community after prison. The idea is to create a circle of support and accountability, or CoSA, to help former inmates avoid re-offending.

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Christopher Louras won a fifth two-year term as Mayor of Rutland on Tuesday, defeating his main rival David Allaire by more than 500 votes. Kam Johnston, who also ran for city assessor and the board of aldermen, won 99 votes.

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Marble Valley Regional Transit, the nonprofit that provides public bus service to Rutland may have to make some painful cuts if local residents say no next Tuesday to a $46,000 funding request - the same amount the city narrowly voted down last year.

Mill River Union School Board Chairman Brownson Spencer says he has no plans to resign despite calls for his ouster by several parents and teachers at a school board meeting Wednesday night.

Spencer has come under fire for remarks he made during a school board meeting Feb. 4 in which he spoke of new in-vitro technology that may help avoid certain genetic problems.

Comments made at a recent Mill River Union school board meeting by the chairman have shocked and angered a number of parents and teachers who plan to present a formal complaint tonight at the board’s next meeting.

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A team made up of Vermont law enforcement, public officials and community leaders will head to Colorado on Sunday to gather information about that state’s experience with marijuana now that it’s legal there. 

Whether or not Vermont follows suit, it's likely pot-infused edibles will become more common.

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Gov. Peter Shumlin’s plan to consolidate the state’s 911 call centers has come under fire.

The governor says reducing the number of dispatch centers from four to two will save $1.7 million a year, which he says is vital in light of Vermont’s current budget shortfall. But emergency responders and local lawmakers argue the plan will jeopardize public safety and cost valuable jobs.

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