Vermont Edition brings you news and conversation about issues affecting your life. Hosts Jane Lindholm and Bob Kinzel consider the context of current events through interviews with news makers and people who make our region buzz.
FILE- A puppy named Lilly is vaccinated at an animal shelter in Kinston, N.C. Animals routinely are transported from overloaded Southern shelters like this one with high euthanasia rates to the puppy and kitten-starved states of the North.
Animal shelters say they see an increase in people wanting to adopt pets this time of year. “Many times people might think that getting a dog or a puppy as a gift for someone during the holidays might be a good idea," says Lisa Peterson of the American Kennel Club. "You know, it’s really not the best time to bring a new dog to your family.”
The impending closing of Vermont Yankee has everyone worried about job losses in southern Vermont. But a group of people in Windham and Bennington counties have been working for years to try to understand the region’s underlying economic situation.
It’s the holidays, a time when friends, families and co-workers unite to celebrate. Quite often with alcohol flowing.
We take a look at some of Vermont’s liquor laws and how they developed with Department of Liquor Control Director of Enforcement Bill Goggins. And we’ll hear how law enforcement agencies around the state work to keep impaired drivers off the highway from Ted Minall, Chief of the Governor's Highway Safety Program and Vermont State Police Sergeant Gary Scott.
Last week, some business leaders called for a one year delay in implementing Vermont Health Connect, the state health care exchange. State officials were hoping that the exchange would be fully operational at the beginning of December but the online payment program still hasn’t been put into place. Some individuals and small businesses are concerned that time is running out for them to purchase policies through the exchange in order to have coverage beginning in January.
After years of gathering data, filing reports and debating where to base the F-35 fighter jets, a decision has been made. The Vermont Air National Guard at Burlington International Airport will serve as a base for the planes beginning in 2020.
But rather than ending the debate, the decision may just change the discussion. Supporters and opponents of the decisions will weigh in on the Air Force’s choice. And we’d like to hear from you.
If your idea of a perfect winter evening involves a basket of yarn and the rhythmic click of knitting needles, you’ll want to tune in to Vermont Edition, Tuesday at noon. We’ll be talking with fiber artists of all kinds about their crafts and the community that forms around weavers, felters, and, yes, knitters. Our guests include Eric Robinson, a knitter and pattern designer with Green Mountain Spinnery, and Phillis Bont, a weaver with Six Loose Ladies.
Vermont state Department of Corrections has beds for sixteen hundred inmates. But the prison population has remained higher than that for years, despite efforts by the Governor and lawmakers to reduce it.
Monday, December 2nd, we'll talk with Andy Pallito, the Commissioner of the Department of Corrections, about the prison population, recidivism, and efforts to reduce incarceration.
Those early Thanksgiving participants who were so thankful to have made it through the previous year, with the help of their Native American neighbors, were especially grateful for the bountiful food they had before them. There were no grocery stores selling shrink-wrapped frozen turkeys and gelatinous cans of cranberry sauce.