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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A meeting on a new state lab planned for Randolph Center drew a crowd of area residents Tuesday evening.

The new Vermont Agriculture and Environmental Laboratory is the last major state project slated for rebuilding in the wake of Tropical Storm Irene.

Since the old Waterbury facilities were flooded, the lab functions have been scattered among a number of different locations.

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The Public Service Department is asking FairPoint Communications to provide more information in an effort to determine how many customers did not receive bill credits for telephone repair delays.

The department contends FairPoint failed to provide more than 10,000 customers with the credits for delays from July through December, 2014. The state wants to determine if many more are also due credits for service delays experienced prior to July 2014.  

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Since October, about 20 Vermont schools have been competing in a first-of-its-kind project that combines high tech 3D printing and old fashioned local history.

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It wasn’t exactly a romantic event, but it was billed as a matchmaking opportunity, complete with a "speed dating" session.

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For years, Vermont Castings has been passed from owner to owner and the results have not been good. By all accounts, what was once the world’s largest manufacturer of cast iron wood stoves has lost ground to competitors and suffered quality problems.

Data: Department of Public Service / Visualization: Amanda Shepard

The state says thousands of Vermonters who lost telephone service in recent months should have received credit on their bills from FairPoint Communications.

Vermont Castings will close its Bethel assembly plant within the next year, according to the Herald of Randolph.

Vermont Castings Group President Ricardo Leon told the newspaper the closing has been planned for some time and workers are aware of it.

Leon says the company’s foundry in Randolph will remain in full production and some of the Bethel operation will be moved to Randolph.

According to paper, the closure “will entail the loss of at least 40 job…some of which are not full-year jobs.”

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In recent years, taxes from higher gas prices, generous federal highway funding, and money poured into Tropical Storm Irene recovery helped the state make progress in repairs to transportation infrastructure.  

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Since the state's registry was established in 2013, 160,000 Vermonters have signed up to be organ donors. Those who have will only become donors under very specific circumstances.

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A significant hurdle to the resumption of Amtrak rail service through Vermont to Montreal was cleared Monday when the United States and Canada signed an agreement allowing the creation of a U.S. Customs facility in Montreal.  

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