Sage Van Wing

Vermont Edition Producer

Sage Van Wing was a Vermont Edition producer.

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Women are a larger part of the labor force than ever before in the U.S., but society is still not always kind to women who step out of the boundaries of what's considered acceptable. That's one reason Vermont author Megan Mayhew Bergman wrote her new book of short stories, Almost Famous Women.

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The percentage of Vermonters without health insurance is the second lowest in the nation, and has reduced significantly in the last several years. In 2012, 6.8 percent of Vermont's population was uninsured. Last year that number was 3.7%.

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Homebrewing has quickly grown from something associated with snobbery to include more than a million people in the U.S., according to the American Homebrewers Association. Vermont is known for its delicious, small batch brews and a new contest called “Make the Cut” is looking for the next big thing in brewing.

An expected gap in the state's education fund could be up to $80 million dollars. Vermont Secretary of Education Rebecca Holcombe said the gap is mostly due to the use of one-times funds in the current fiscal year.
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Last year on Town Meeting Day over 30 towns voted down their school's budgets. Is that a problem at the town level or the state level? The number of students in Vermont's schools is projected to continue declining, so are the number of taxpayers. And yet property taxes keep going up.

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After eating and drinking in excess during the holidays, many start the New Year making resolutions to eat healthier, drink less and exercise more.

But, it turns out most people might actually be eating more in January than the holiday season.

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Most people who are looking for work spend a lot of time polishing their resumes. But it may be that working on your handshake or your communication skills is just as important. How do you deal with a difficult coworker? How do you speak up for yourself without being seen as pushy? How do you get through endlessly boring meetings? Learning how to deal with conflict at work can sometimes be the most difficult part of a job.

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Vermont Edition will be broadcasting live from the Statehouse for the second day in a row. This time we'll be joined by a panel of reporters, who will help us understand the vote for Governor and the priorities of the upcoming legislative session.

Our guests are VPR's Pete Hirschfeld, VT Digger's Anne Galloway, and SevenDays' Terri Hallenbeck.

Broadcast live on Thursday, January 8 at noon.

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One-hundred-eighty lawmakers are arriving at the Statehouse in Montpelier on Wednesday to start the new legislative session. Among them them are new faces and old, and a mix of priorities - from education property taxes to where we go now with changes to the health care system. And the backdrop to all of this? A somewhat bizarre and still unresolved election season.

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With all the end of the year lists, and summing up, and new year's resolutions, sometimes the personal reflections can get a bit lost. We'd like to give you a chance to tell us the experiences that shaped your 2014.

There's just one catch: you'll have to do it in haiku form!

For those of you who need a refresher, a haiku is a traditional Japanese poem usually comprised of three lines with a first line of five syllables, a second of seven syllables, and a final line of five syllables.

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Tell us a story! Vermont Edition's annual music show is Friday, and this year we want to know what song encapsulates 2014 for you.  What music do you associate with your strongest memories of the last year?

It can be an old or new song, funny or serious, about your personal life or our collective memory.  Tell us about the soundtrack to your year by posting below or visiting our Facebook page.

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Vermont is about to implement a major change in the way people who have been arrested move through the justice system. Pretrial risk assessment services will help judges and prosecutors decide whether to set bail, or to send people to treatment, instead of jail.

On the next Vermont Edition, we’ll learn about the new pretrial services and how they will work with Annie Ramniceanu, director of pretrial services at the Department of Corrections, and Judge Brian Grearson, the incoming Chief Administrative Judge for Trial Courts in Vermont.

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Most children's books are fun little bits of fiction conjured up to make children laugh. It's not often you'll find non-fiction children's books that also manage to delight young readers with their true tale.

When Governor  Peter Shumlin announced that the state was facing a $100 million dollar deficit earlier this year, one thing placed immediately on the chopping block was funding for the Vermont Veterans' Home in Bennington.

Last week the board of the Veterans' Home met to discuss cost saving measures. They decided to reduce their capacity from 170 beds to 130. That will lower their Medicaid tax burden by $200,000 dollars. The home will also save money by not filling 13 open positions. But that still leaves them over $2 million dollars in the hole.

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Are you spending your holiday surreptitiously checking work emails? Not a good idea.

In his new book, The Organized Mind, McGill University professor of psychology and behavioral neuroscience Daniel Levitin reminds us that our brains need a true rest in order to function properly. The deluge of tweets, Facebook updates, and emails we're faced with on a daily basis, compete for the limited attentional resources of our brains.

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The publishing world has changed dramatically since the introduction of the Gutenberg press. Companies like Amazon have shaken up the relationship between the reader and publisher, causing some in the publishing world to think it’s becoming a commodities market.


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Governor Peter Shumlin said on Wednesday that the time isn’t right for single-payer health care, and pushing for it now would likely hurt Vermont’s economy. We talk to VPR's Peter Hirschfeld and Vermont Press Bureau's Neal Goswami about the decision. And we hear from Lawrence Miller, head of the Governor's health care reform efforts.

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At the beginning of this year, Governor Shumlin used his State of the State address to discuss Vermont's opiate addiction problem. The legislature followed up with a comprehensive bill addressing treatment, prosecution, and policing.

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In November of this year, there were seven reported deaths from heroin overdoses in the Upper Valley. All of them had used heroin laced with a drug called Fentanyl, an opioid sometimes mixed with heroin to make the latter more potent. Dr. Ben Nordstrom, director of addiction services at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, has had extensive experience with the drug.

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Last month adjunct faculty at Burlington College, Champlain College, and St. Michael's College all voted separately to join the Service Employees International Union. The faculty say they are looking for stability, benefits, and increased compensation.

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When the new Vermont Psychiatric Care Hospital opened its doors this summer, it was supposed alleviate some of the burdens on our state's mental health system. But the new facility is facing a shortage of nurses, and patients elsewhere in the state can face long waits for counseling or treatment. 

We’ll talk to Department of Mental Health Commissioner Paul Dupre about the treatment options available to people with psychiatric problems in this state... and where they might fall through the cracks.

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