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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

How Can Young Vermonters Become More Financially Savvy?

Many young people feel under-prepared for managing their own money, figuring out financial aid and saving for retirement.
Wavebreakmedia Ltd Thinkstock

Financial literacy is a required topic in Vermont's educational standards, but many young people still feel under-prepared for managing their own money, figuring out financial aid and saving for retirement. The State Treasurer’s Office has partnered with the Vermont Department of Libraries to declare April 5th-12th Money Smart Week and April as a whole Financial Literacy Month.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Sen. Campbell Discusses Single-Payer Health Care

Senate President John Campbell
AP/Toby Talbot Senate President John Campbell

Senate President Pro Temp John Campbell made some waves last week when he said lawmakers might have a hard time supporting $2 billion in financing for a single-payer health care system.  His comments cast doubt on the viability of a single-payer health care system in the state.  Campbell is Bob Kinzel's guest to look at that question and discuss some major topics before the state Senate.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Lessons Learned From Health Connect Failures

Lawrence Miller, Secretary of the Agency of Commerce and Community Development, and Mark Larson, commissioner of the Department of Vermont Health Access.
Taylor Dobbs VPR

The problems that plagued the rollout of Vermont Health Connect were both self-inflicted, and beyond the state’s control. That’s the assessment in an independent report that was presented last week.

We'll talk to Lawrence Miller, Secretary of the Agency of Commerce and Community Development, who was assigned to get the online health care exchange back on track.

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Vermont Edition
1:12 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Vermont Biologist On Why You Should Eat Invasive Species

Preparing Japanese knotweed for dinner.
Wayne Marshall Flickr

Oh, those frustrating invasives. From Japanese knotweed to the menacing Asian carp, what to do with these unwanted interlopers? Well, some people say, if you can’t beat ‘em, eat ‘em! 

Take zebra mussels, a species that has wreaked havoc in Vermont. Since 1993, the mussels have been clogging pipes, encrusting boats and docks, and altering Lake Champlain’s ecological balance.

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Vermont Edition
9:51 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Ruling Outlines Vermont Yankee's Final Year

The Public Service Board's 98-page ruling was released Friday, March 28, 2014.
VPR

The Public Service Board has given the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant the ‘ok’ to operate through the end of 2014, at which point Entergy, the plant's owners, says it will shut down Vermont Yankee.  

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Signs Of Spring? Baseball Season Begins

Boston Red Sox Koji Uehara pitches in the seventh inning of an exhibition baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in Port Charlotte, Fla., Tuesday, March 25, 2014. The Red Sox won 4-2.
Gerald Herbert AP

There may still be snow on the ground in Vermont, but thank goodness that won't stop the start of baseball season. The Red Sox are trying to become the first club since the 1999-2000 Yankees to repeat as back-to-back World Series Champs. And the re-fashioned Yankees look to captain Derek Jeter to see what his final year of baseball will bring. Jeter announced his decision to retire after the 2014 season on his Facebook page in February.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

'The Address' Brings Meaning Of Gettysburg Alive At Vermont School

Photograph of the first draft of Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, delivered on Nov. 19, 1863. It is written on one side of two sheets of paper in ink. Most of the concluding sentence is written in pencil.
AP

The ‘Gettysburg Address’ is one of the most important speeches in American history, delivered 150 years ago by President Abraham Lincoln. Now, a new documentary by acclaimed filmmaker Ken Burns tells the story of students at the Greenwood School in Putney, whose study of the Gettysburg Address brings new understanding to the students' own personal struggles and aspirations.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Racism Within A Racial Group

Colorism, racism based on the tone of skin, exists within the African-American community.
borgogniels Thinkstock

Being a member of a minority group in a homogenous state like Vermont is challenging enough. Now add the racism that exists within the African-American community, based on the tone of a person’s skin.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Crime And Punishment: A New Approach To Drug Offenders

The Northwest State Corrections Facility in St. Albans on a snowy day in 2008.
Toby Talbot AP

One of the Shumlin administration’s top priorities this session is to change the options for the treatment and sentencing of opiate addicts in the criminal justice system. A bill currently working its way through the legislature would allow prosecutors and judges more latitude before a case gets to trial.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Just Give Me The Truth (And A Good Story)

"The Written Word" used under CC / cropped from original
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The label ‘non-fiction’ seems pretty straight forward. But when non-fiction writers pen a story in a literary style, they brush up against thorny questions of accuracy, imagination and how events can be remembered differently based on a person’s point of view.

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