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6:14 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Technology Looms As Obstacle To Single-Payer Health Care

A legislative oversight committee is concerned that problems with information technology could hamper the move to single payer.
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Technology may prove the tallest hurdle in Gov. Peter Shumlin’s quest for single-payer health care. Problems with the state’s on-line insurance exchange have prompted new concerns among legislators about the next phase of health care reform. 

Six weeks ago, analysts for the Vermont Legislature quietly released an issue brief that focused on the role of technology in the state’s push for a universal, publicly financed health care system

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Vermont Edition
1:26 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

The Lives Of Women In Prison

Julie Brisson says the saddest day in prison is Mother's Day. This photo was taken May 3 2014 inside the Folsom Women's Facility in California.
Rich Pedroncelli AP

On any given day, there are around 160 women in prison in Vermont. That’s a small percentage of the overall population, but the number of women in prison has been steadily increasing over the last few years.

On the next Vermont Edition, we’ll talk about the specific challenges faced by Vermont women in prison with Jill Evans, Director of Women and Family Services at the Department of Corrections. We'll also talk to Julie Brisson, coordinator of the Wellness Workforce Coalition at the Vermont Center for Independent Living, who served time in Swanton prison in 2009.

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VPR News
5:43 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Leahy Urges Obama To Name New Attorney General Soon

Senate Republican leaders don't want to hold confirmation hearings on Eric Holder's replacement until the start of the new Congress in January, but Sen. Patrick Leahy is urging President Barack Obama to make the appointment as soon as possible.
Taylor Dobbs VPR

As chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Leahy will play a key role in reviewing the President’s nominee for attorney general.

Congress is in recess until after the November election but it is expected to hold what is known as a “lame duck” session at that time.

Senate Republican leaders don’t want to hold confirmation hearings on Eric Holder’s replacement until the start of the new Congress in January. That’s because they hope to win enough seats in the election to regain control of the U.S. Senate.

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VPR News
5:30 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Vermont Launches Search For Out-Of-State Prison Contractor

In this Dec., 2008 file photo, the Northwest State Corrections Facility is seen in St. Albans. But some Vermont inmates will be sent much farther away.
Toby Talbot AP

State corrections officials are searching for a contractor to house the inmates it doesn’t have room for in Vermont. But the process isn’t likely to dramatically improve conditions for the approximately 500 Vermonters serving time in Kentucky and Arizona.

Vermont’s four-year contract with Corrections Corporation of America is set to expire next July. And Commissioner of Corrections Andrew Pallito has started the bidding process to secure a new long-term new deal.

But Pallito says Vermont won’t bring a strong hand into its negotiations.

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VPR News
10:27 am
Sun September 28, 2014

Austine Advocates Say Deaf Children Need Their Own School

Deaf people from around Vermont came to Montpelier Saturday to call for the state to re-open the Austine School for the Deaf.
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About 200 deaf people and their supporters rallied in Montpelier Saturday and called on the governor and the Legislature to re-open the closed Austine School for the Deaf.

The school shut its doors this summer due to financial troubles. State officials say the education needs of deaf children can meet through mainstream programs in public schools.

But the protesters who marched on the Statehouse yesterday say deaf children need a learning environment with their peers that’s based on American sign language.

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VPR News
5:24 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Auditor Hoffer: Fix Health Exchange Before Launching Single Payer

State Auditor Doug Hoffer says an upcoming audit of Vermont Health Connect will reveal if the Shumlin Administration has effectively dealt with many of the problems that have surfaced at the exchange’s website.

Hoffer says the results of the audit could play a critical role in the Legislative debate about the future of health care in Vermont.  

It’s been a very difficult year for the state’s health care exchange, known as Vermont Health Connect, since it opened its doors for business last October.

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Commentary
5:10 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Adrian: Code Talkers

One of the greatest threats to a functioning political system is the tendency of our elected leaders to “speak in code.”
 

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Incumbent Auditor Doug Hoffer

In this Jan. 10, 2013 photo, Auditor Doug Hoffer takes his oath of office in Montpelier.
Toby Talbot AP

Incumbent Vermont State Auditor Doug Hoffer is running unopposed in this election. He has accepted the nomination of both the Democratic and the Progressive parties. We'll talk to Doug Hoffer about the focus of his audits in the last two years, and why he thinks he deserves your vote in November.

Also on the show, we'll get an analysis of this election season with Paul Heintz, who writes the political column Fair Game for Seven Days.

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VPR News
6:13 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Two Vermont Rivers Headed For 'Wild And Scenic' Status

The Missisquoi River winds through several communities in northern Vermont. It has been recommended for "wild and scenic" status under federal law.
Charlotte Albright VPR

Two rivers in northern Vermont appear headed for federal recognition as wild and scenic waterways.

The Missisquoi and Trout Rivers would be the first in Vermont to get that status. Supporters say the law would protect and bring national attention to the unspoiled resources.

One of the gems in the Missisquoi near Troy is a majestic waterfall well hidden off a dirt road.

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VPR News
5:09 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Vermont Officials Consider A Ban On Hunting With Drones

The Department of Fish and Wildlife is considering a ban on the use of drones like this one to assist hunters.
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Vermont Fish and Wildlife officials are considering a ban on the use of aircraft while hunting, and the big concern isn't about helicopters and small planes - it's unmanned aerial vehicles, also known as drones.

Officials aren't so much worried about a drone flying around shooting at deer (though that would certainly be alarming), but they want to make sure hunters don't violate landowners' rights, get too much of an unfair advantage in their hunt or disrupt other hunters.

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