Steve Zind

Senior Reporter & Special Projects Producer

Steve has been with VPR since 1994, first serving as host of VPR’s public affairs program and then as a reporter, based in Central Vermont. Many VPR listeners recognize Steve for his special reports from Iran, providing a glimpse of this country that is usually hidden from the rest of the world. Prior to working with VPR, Steve served as program director for WNCS for 17 years, and also worked as news director for WCVR in Randolph. A graduate of Northern Arizona University, Steve also worked for stations in Phoenix and Tucson before moving to Vermont in 1972. Steve has been honored multiple times with national and regional Edward R. Murrow Awards for his VPR reporting, including a 2011 win for best documentary for his report, Afghanistan's Other War.

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Developers are being sent back to the drawing board in their plans for Exit 4 on I-89 in Randolph.  

The District Three Environmental Commission has been conducting a partial review of the 172 acre mixed-use development under Act 250, focusing on the impact on farming and prime agricultural land and whether the proposal meets local and regional plans.

The Public Service Board has hit Vermont Gas Systems with a $100,000 fine for failing to report cost overruns in a timely fashion.

The board concluded that Vermont Gas Systems waited at least six months to report a 41 percent cost overrun in its controversial Addison County pipeline project.

Vermont’s E-911 system is officially in the hands of FairPoint Communications.

Last year, the state signed a five year $11.2 million contract with the company to take over E-911 services from Colorado-based Intrado, Inc.  

Interim E-911 Executive Director Barbara Neal says the transition took place on July 29.

According to Neal “things are going well” and voice calls and text messages are functioning properly.

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Most of the night crawers sold at bait shops are imported from Canada. However, your backyard has a plentiful supply of them. All it takes is a flashlight and a little stealth to catch your own.

A new rule implemented last year has caused a sharp upward spike in investment offerings in Vermont businesses, officials say. Another change instituted this month could present even more opportunities for local companies.

Vermont’s monthly unemployment rate held steady at 3.6 percent in June, unchanged from the May rate, according to seasonally adjusted data from the state's Department of Labor.

Burlington-South Burlington, which is the state’s largest labor market, and White River Junction had the lowest rate at 2.9 percent.

The high was 5.3 percent in Derby. The local labor market rates are not seasonally adjusted.

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Statistics abound of families plunged into economic hardship. The reasons are many: Bad luck, bad choices or a bad economy. In their case, Pat Keogh and his wife Cathleen Branon-Keogh found themselves struggling to get by despite their best efforts.

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Severe thunderstorms dumped 3.5 to 4 inches of rain on central Vermont on Sunday night and Monday morning causing flash flooding in Barre and Plainfield. The flooding displaced some families in Barre and inundated several businesses. 

Monday afternoon, Barre Police Chief Tim Bombardier said seven residential structures were uninhabitable out of a total of 80 that were damaged by flooding. Some were multi-family homes. Bombardier says emergency management officials are still assessing the damage.

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A large mixed-use development proposed for Exit 4 on Interstate 89 has attracted statewide attention as a district environmental commission weighs the impact on farmland.

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It appears a troubled broadband service provider is still operating in Vermont, but officials say there’s a great deal of confusion over who’s operating it.