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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Like Vermont, New Hampshire’s political landscape has changed over the years. And while the state now has a larger proportion of voters who hold more liberal views, there are still strong conservative areas.

Vermont’s economy has always been influenced by larger forces, whether global recession or changes in the nation’s trade policies. But the economic impact of climate change is a newer force.

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On the agenda at the annual Vermont Beekeepers Association meeting this week was an item about the lack of an apiary inspector since the recent retirement of the former state inspector Steve Parise.

The District 3 Environmental Commission says it cannot approve a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between parties involved in a review of a proposed development at the Randolph exit off I-89.

Vermont’s statewide unemployment rate dropped .1 percent from November to December. It now stands at 3.6 percent compared to a national average of 5.0 percent.

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Well-known former Vermont journalist Rod Clarke has died at 77.

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Billions of little plastic K-Cup packs have been produced since Waterbury-based Keurig Green Mountain began producing single serve hot beverage machines.

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Lawmakers on both the left and right found things to criticize in Gov. Shumlin's budget address. They focused both on the math used to build the budget, and some of the specific spending proposals.

Environmental groups and developer Jesse Sammis have told the District 3 Environmental Commission they intend to use mediation to try to resolve their differences over a large multi-use project proposed for 172 acres at the Randolph exit on I-89.

In November, after several sessions during which the commission heard sometimes contentious testimony, parties asked for time to try negotiate an agreement.

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A fund created nearly two years ago amid fears the IBM plant in Essex Junction would be closed or sold has been generating a lot of debate this week.

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The Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules has voted to object to a proposed rule that would allow limited use of all-terrain vehicles on state lands.  

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Walk through the business district in the Orange County community of Randolph and you get the sense of a town that's doing pretty well. There are nice restaurants, a locally owned variety store, a little movie theater and a couple of busy cafes.

But a series of overdoses, including the death of a man in a convenience store restroom last spring, have underscored the heroin problem that exists here, as it does in so many other communities.  

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A Canadian company could begin hiring as early as this spring at a new manufacturing facility in St. Johnsbury.

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The Public Retirement Study Committee, created by the legislature two years ago to look at ways to help private sector employees save for retirement, wants lawmakers to let it continue its work. 

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Waterbury-based Keurig Green Mountain hopes the holiday season will propel sales of its recently introduced cold beverage system. 

It’s not the first such product on the market, but at a recent demonstration, the company touted its unique aspects.

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It’s already against regulations to bring untreated firewood from other states onto state lands and the Green Mountain National Forest, but a proposed rule would impose a statewide ban on transporting firewood into Vermont.

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Once again a group of local citizens is stepping in to save a Vermont general store in danger of closing. This time the effort is focused on giving people a chance to become part owners. 

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Once upon a time the phone book was an integral part of every home reference library; a source of emergency contacts, a map of time zones, a listing of area codes from here to Alaska – and all those phone numbers. 

But FairPoint Communications says it is no longer issuing residential phone listings in New Hampshire and Maine. However, the printed residential phone directory lives on in Vermont. At least for now.

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The Public Service Board has given its approval to a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that concludes an investigation into FairPoint Communications.

The investigation centered on service quality issues, primarily repair delays experienced by FairPoint customers in late 2014. It also concerned a system outage in November, 2014 that affected Vermont’s E-911 services.

The Vermont Department of Labor says the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate held steady at 3.7 percent in November. It was the third consecutive month in which the rate remained unchanged.

The civilian labor force declined by 1,100 workers from month-to-month to 344,100. This is the fourth straight month the figure has dropped, and it represents the smallest labor force since August, 2002.

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