Regional Report

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The New York State Legislature is wrapping up its session, one that's been chock full of bills, with some far-sweeping and controversial legislation on the agenda. 

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Vermont's Open Meeting Law requires that all meetings of public committees be open and accessible to the public — and in today's world of electronic communication the state says this applies to emails, too. 

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A former employee at the University of Vermont is suing the school, saying she was paid less than her male counterparts because of her gender.

A national nursing home chain under federal investigation for fraud is looking to acquire more properties in Vermont.

Genesis Healthcare has put in a bid to purchase five Vermont homes that care for seniors and disabled people. If the purchase passes muster with Vermont regulators, it would make the national corporation the largest nursing home operator in Vermont.

A civil rights group is calling for an investigation into the abrupt dismissal of a Castleton University football player who was cut from the team without warning. 

It's happened in the Upper Valley and now it's happening in the southern Vermont town of Whitingham--neighbors are expressing displeasure with noise and other activities at a private shooting range.

A group of residents is so upset by what's happening at the range that they want to limit the hours and days of the week that it's open.

The Open Door Clinic

Changes at a clinic in Middlebury have some concerned that migrant workers could lose access to medical care. 

The Vermont Telephone Company V-Tel is looking at some fast-approaching deadlines to complete a statewide wireless broadband network.

The city of Montpelier is threatening the owners of Montpelier Discount Beverage with eminent domain, the apparent result of failure to reach an agreement.

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Montpelier Mayor John Hollar on Tuesday said that the city should proceed cautiously on a downtown smoking ban, something that City Council has been discussing recently.

Planning is underway for a controversial land deal that will develop a parcel of open space in Burlington that used to be owned by Burlington College.

Molly Walsh has been following that story for Seven Days and she joined VPR's Mitch Wertlieb for our Friday Regional Report.

The recent allegations that a Vermont State Senator may have sexually assaulted three different women has been big news in Vermont, and even more so in Franklin County, represented by senator Norm McAllister.

McAllister pleaded not guilty to the charges last week.

For our Friday Regional Report, VPR's Mitch Wertlieb spoke with Michelle Monroe, reporter for the St. Albans Messenger.

It's been a contentious week in Vernon. The small southern Vermont town that's been struggling to re-shape itself following the closure of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant.

The town has also had to react to the resignation of two select board members this spring, and voters have twice rejected the school budget.

Selectman George McNaughton wants to give the Springfield Police Department “another tool on their tool belt” to fight drug crime in town.

McNaughton and Selectwoman Stephanie Thompson, members of the town’s ordinance subcommittee, met Wednesday afternoon to discuss the possibility of what McNaughton has dubbed a “drug den ordinance.” Violations would be civil, not criminal.

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A month before three towns are set to vote on an $850,000 project to replace the Lake Fairlee Dam, its private owner is voicing objections that could call the deal into jeopardy.

In phone interviews this week, Bryan Gregory, 62, a Maine resident who plans to retire to a Thetford camp house perched on top of the dam that has been in his family for generations, called one of his concerns a deal-breaker.

This week, a major contract was awarded for a big construction project. A construction consortium has won the bid to replace the Champlain Bridge in Montreal. That span is familiar to any Vermonter as the bridge that carries them  from the highway across the St. Lawrence River into the city.

There was some good news recently for Vermont's only state home for veterans. Vermont House members in Montpelier voted to fund the Vermont Veterans Home in Bennington with $5.4 million from the state's General Fund.

Things got so heated at Plainfield’s Select Board meeting Monday night in a discussion about Goddard College’s planned biomass-fueled heat plant, that one elected official told board members they’d be in “deep water” if they disregarded some residents’ wishes to have another meeting on it.

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A Rutland jury found Christopher Sullivan guilty Thursday of two felony counts related to the hit-and-run death of a Mendon woman in 2013.

The former longtime attorney for the city was ordered jailed on $500,000 bail by a judge who said he would “likely” face jail time at his future sentencing.

Vermont is proud of its Town Meeting tradition but it's certainly not the only state that has kept the tradition alive. Neighboring New Hampshire had many of its towns meeting this week to decide their annual business.

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