Rebecca Sananes

Upper Valley Reporter

Rebecca Sananes is VPR's Upper Valley Reporter. Before joining the VPR Newsroom, she was the Graduate Fellow at WBUR and a researcher on a Frontline documentary.

Rebecca was a 2015 Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting Fellow.  Her reporting on HIV/AIDS and the transgender community in Cuba was featured on NPR.

Rebecca holds a Master's in Journalism from Boston University and is a University of Vermont alumna. 

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A contamination running off a former burial plot for a Dartmouth research facility's hazardous waste has reached a local stream.

This week the U.S. Department of Agriculture is announcing an infrastructure project that will award new water and wastewater funding to communities across the state.

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Despite having declared the site clean four years ago, Dartmouth College is re-excavating a burial plot of hazardous waste. A group of local residents is pressuring the college to do a more comprehensive cleanup. 

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A Dartmouth hazardous waste burial site has contaminated the ground water near a Hanover neighborhood. Those chemicals are now on the move, and at least one family’s drinking water has been affected. 

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is saying they are not endorsing a NewVistas Foundation project proposed for Vermont.

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The dog days of summer are here and many people are headed out of town. But, Dartmouth's President Philip J. Hanlon, a group of alumni and professors took it further north than most … all the way up to the Arctic.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, one of New England's largest teaching hospitals, has reported a budget deficit of $12 million.

The school district that serves Claremont, Cornish and Unity, New Hampshire, has received federal funding to help serve its homeless student population.

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Many young people ran for Vermont Legislature in this year's primary contests. Several say they were inspired by Bernie Sanders' run for president.

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A nearly 200-year-old schoolhouse has been moved back to its original site in the Orleans County town of Brownington. The historical move on Monday was powered by a team of oxen — in honor of the many buildings in New England that were moved by the sturdy animals.

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A new poll is showing Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is not popular with voters 30 years old or younger. And the leader of the Vermont Federation of College Republicans says the group may not endorse their party's candidate for president.

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A new study shows millions of pounds of produce go uneaten in Vermont every year and yet nearly 80,000 Vermonters are living in food-insecure households. Volunteers, legislators and farmers are trying to find ways to bridge the gap between unused food and people experiencing hunger.

PT Farms in North Haverill, New Hampshire is recalling 8,000 pounds of raw meat that may be contaminated with E. coli bacteria.

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A debate in Congress over the term "illegal alien" has its roots at the campus of Dartmouth College. It all began when a group of students in 2014 petitioned the Library of Congress to abolish the term.

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The Vermont Department of Health is warning Vermonters to be extra cautious about mosquito bites this Fourth of July weekend because an early case of the West Nile virus has been found in Windsor County.

A committee that oversees a dog park in the Upper Valley is reviewing the park’s regulations after an off-duty police officer last weekend shot and killed a pitbull while it was fighting with his two huskies.

The Watson Upper Valley dog park committee in Hartford talked about adding volunteer ambassadors for the park's busy times to help monitor behavior. Police may also patrol the park more regularly and a new rule may limit one dog per owner at the park at any given time.

A sting operation by the Lebanon Police ended in the arrest of five alleged prostitutes and nine of their customers. They have all been charged with misdemeanors.

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New Hampshire Rep. Ann Kuster is one of several lawmakers that have spoken out against sexual violence in the past few weeks. Kuster has publicly shared her stories of sexual assault, the first of which took place at a Dartmouth College fraternity party nearly 40 years ago. 

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For the second year, Vermont Technical College is hosting a camp for teenage girls to be introduced to and mentored in science and technology.

A joint study by the Dartmouth Institute of Health Policy and Clinical Practice and the UCLA School of Law casts doubt on the effectiveness of laws aimed at curbing opioid prescription abuse.