Vermont Edition

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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.

Efficiency Vermont might seem like a non-profit that helps you get cheaper, more environmentally friendly light bulbs, but actually, it is a utility. Efficiency Vermont was created by the Public Service Board in 2000 to help Vermonters use less electricity. That savings is the energy Efficiency Vermont, as a utility, produces. It’s about 13% of our total electric consumption.

Lieutenant Governor Phil Scott is running for his third term as Vermont’s second in command and as the highest-ranking Republican in the state.

He shares his thoughts on single-payer health care, school funding, renewable energy, job creation and stimulating the Vermont economy. And we’ll get his reaction to the IBM sale of the Essex plant.

Also on the program, we talk with Christine Ryan, executive director and lobbyist for the Vermont State Nurses' Association, about the shortage of psychiatric nurses in the state.

"It's been a long summer," says Frank Cioffi of the Greater Burlington Industrial Corporation, referring the long-awaited announcement that IBM is offloading its microchip manufacturing division, which includes the IBM plant in Essex Junction, to GlobalFoundries. We look at why IBM is paying Global Foundries $1.5 billion over three years to take over that business, what it means for employees,  and the impact on the state's economy.

Publicly held companies have a financial responsibility to their shareholders: they have to make money. But benefit corporations can be responsible to the environment, their employees, and their communities. Businesses that have become benefit corporations say they are taking it into their own hands to make the world a better place.

We’ll talk to Tom Payne of King Arthur Flour and Ashley Orgain of Seventh Generation, two Vermont companies who have gone through the certification process to become benefit companies.

Election Day is a little more than two weeks away. That has candidates and parties scrambling to connect with voters.

As part of our ongoing coverage of Campaign 2014, we hear from Vermont Republican Party Chairman David Sunderland, Progressive State Representative and House Caucus Leader Chris Pearson, and Democratic State Representative Kesha Ram.

They discuss their priorities as voters go to the polls to elect members of the Legislature. And we look at whether  the Democrats will be able to maintain their large majority in the Vermont House and Senate. 

He was the first Chief Justice of Vermont, a Governor of the early republic (before Vermont became a state), and one of the first Senators elected to represent Vermont in nation's the capitol. Yet many people don't know his name.

We talk to Judge Robert Mello, author of a new book about Moses Robinson, who he calls a founding father of Vermont.

Broadcast live on Thursday, October 16 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

Some people love to hear the howl of the coyote in the wild. Others chill at the sound of it, fearing that their livestock and pets might be at risk.

Having first arrived in Vermont in the 1940s, there are as many as 8,000 Eastern Coyotes in the state.

UVM Professor Jed Murdoch and State Wildlife Biologist Chris Bernier discuss the role coyotes play in our ecosystem and how the state manages the coyote population.

Among the 435 representatives in the US House, only one represents the interests of the Green Mountain State. That position has been held by Democrat Peter Welch since 2007. This year he faces a challenge from Republican Mark Donka and Liberty Union candidate Matthew Andrews. His opponents argue that it’s time for new blood in Washington. All three candidates meet in a live hour-long debate on VPR.

We take today's show in three acts:

First, how far would you go to help those who are being taking advantage of? We hear of a Bangladeshi woman who is helping girls in her country escape lives of servitude and she’s doing it by climbing the highest peak on each continent. Wasfia Nazreen started the Bangladesh on Seven Summits Foundation to raise awareness, and she’s been in Vermont this Fall to further her cause.

Vermont’s Secretary of State oversees election law, voter rights, state archives and record administration, professional regulation, the registration of business entities, notaries public, municipal programs and the filing and publication of administrative rules by all state agencies.