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VPR Newscast for 6/14/2018 at 12:05 p.m.

Jun 14, 2018

VPR Newscast for 6/14/2018 at 12:05 p.m.

Joe Biden waves at a crowd while Secret Service stands behind him.
Glenn Russell / For VPR

Layoffs are not uncommon in the newspaper industry these days, but the recent layoff of a local veteran newspaper photographer seems to indicate another shift in 21st-century journalism — and one that is being felt in Vermont.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup kicks off this week in Russia. Here's the nitty-gritty and a few stories to watch as 32 national soccer teams begin their pursuit of the copa mundial.

When does it start?

The tournament starts on Thursday, June 14, and runs through Sunday, July 15.

VPR Newscast For 6/14/18 at 704am

Jun 14, 2018

VPR Newscast For 6/14/18 at 704am

As national pride month picks up steam, members of Maine’s LGBTQ community are celebrating a fresh victory. The Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles will no longer require people getting IDs and driver’s licenses to select only male or female to indicate their gender.

VPR Newscast for 6/13/2018 at 5:15 p.m.

Jun 13, 2018

VPR Newscast for 6/13/2018 at 5:15 p.m.

The newspaper that serves the Upper Valley of Vermont and New Hampshire is cutting jobs, moving its print operation and shrinking the width of its paper.

"Vermonters don't stand for that," said Attorney General TJ Donovan of Volkswagen's emissions cheating.
Henry Epp / VPR

Vermont has secured an additional $6.5 million from Volkswagen and its affiliates Porsche and Audi.

VPR Newscast for 6/13/2018 at 12:10 p.m.

Jun 13, 2018

VPR Newscast for 6/13/2018 at 12:10 p.m.

In a memo to lawmakers and the Scott administration, State Treasurer Beth Pearce, right, warned of dire consequences if they don't soon resolve their budget impasse.
Angela Evancie / VPR file

State Treasurer Beth Pearce says Vermont will begin to experience serious fiscal setbacks if Gov. Phil Scott and Democratic lawmakers don’t resolve their budget impasse soon.

The sign outside of the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington.
Taylor Dobbs / VPR File

Union nurses at the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington have voted to authorize a two-day strike if necessary.

The union and the hospital have been in contract negotiations since March, and the nurses' contract expires July 9.

Members of the Vermont Poor People's Campaign block traffic in downtown Montpelier on Monday, June 4. The group says it's using non-violent protest to call attention to poverty, systemic racism and ecological destruction.
Peter Hirschfeld / VPR

Inspired by the organizing tactics of Martin Luther King Jr., a coalition of Vermont activists is using 40 days of nonviolent protest in Montpelier to launch the “fusion movement” they say is needed to alleviate poverty.

VPR Newscast for 6/13/2018 at 6:30 a.m.

Jun 13, 2018

VPR Newscast for 6/13/2018 at 6:30 a.m.

It was a big night for supporters of ranked-choice voting. 

A Trump administration effort to shift family planning funding away from organizations that offer comprehensive reproductive health services, including abortion, could cripple federal efforts to stop a dramatic increase in sexually transmitted diseases in the U.S., some public health officials fear.

"This is the perfect storm, and it comes at absolutely the worst time," says Daniel Daltry, program chief of the HIV/AIDS, STD and Viral Hepatitis Program at the Vermont Department of Health.

Gov. Phil Scott discusses the Administration's property tax plan with Budget and Finance Commissioner Adam Greshin at the Statehouse on Tuesday afternoon
Bob Kinzel / VPR

Gov. Phil Scott says he'll veto the newly passed state budget unless lawmakers agree not to increase the state's non-residential property tax rate.

Scott says he's giving legislative leaders until Thursday to find a solution that meets his requirements. But House Speaker Mitzi Johnson says she's not giving in to Scott's demands.

States attorneys in Chittenden and Windsor Counties held 'expungement days' to help people with marijuana misdemeanors start petitions to clear their records.
Liam Elder-Connors / VPR

On Tuesday, more than 30 people in Chittenden County began the process of clearing their records of minor marijuana offenses.

VPR Newscast for 6/12/2018 at 5:15 p.m.

Jun 12, 2018

VPR Newscast for 6/12/2018 at 5:15 p.m.

Alexandra Kosiba, a UVM scientist, documented the recovery of red spruce trees in the Northeast after decline due to acid rain.
Courtesy / Alexandra Kosiba

A University of Vermont researcher says red spruce forests in the Northeast that were once damaged by acid rain are recovering, thanks to stronger pollution controls.

President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau standing outside at the 2018 G-7 summit.
Evan Vucci / Associated Press

Tuesday's headlines are all about President Donald Trump's historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, but it was just a few days ago that Trump lashed out at one of the United States' closest allies: Canada.

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