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12:00 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Douglas Reflects On Political Life In New Autobiography

Former Gov. Jim Douglas speaks during a meeting of the State Budget Crisis Task Force at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, June 2013. Douglas' memoir is 'The Vermont Way.'
Matt Rourke AP File

Former Governor Jim Douglas says people still ask him how he, a Republican, could be repeatedly re-elected in a liberal state like Vermont. He says the question stems from deep political divisions that see "red states" growing redder and "blue states" turning deeper blue.  Douglas reflects on that political trend and how to rebuild a moderate center in his new autobiography, The Vermont Way: A Republican Governor Leads America's Most Liberal State. We talk with Douglas about his book and his career in Vermont politics, on the next Vermont Edition.

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Commentary
11:20 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Holvino: A Brother's Addiction

This winter, my brother lay in a comma in a San Juan Regional Hospital bed dying from Kaposi’s sarcoma. This fatal type of cancer had spread to his internal organs and was now shutting them down. Rober, as we affectionately called him, had abused heroin for more than thirty years and this was the final result and my last moment with him.

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VPR News
5:30 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Primary Election Results Finalized Today

At 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, representatives of Vermont’s Republican, Democrat, Progressive and Liberty Union political parties will gather in the wood paneled conference room in the offices of Secretary of State Jim Condos to certify the results from 275 voting precincts across the state. 

If all goes according to plan, they will review the results from the primary election and then certify them.

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VPR News
7:00 am
Mon September 1, 2014

Blue Bins Coming To Parades And Tractor Pulls

A truck unloads recycled material in E. Montpelier.
Toby Talbot AP/file

This year, for the first time in its 38-year history, there will be a full-on recycling effort at the popular Northfield Labor Day Weekend

It’s a voluntary effort on the part of event organizers, but next year recycling will be mandatory at this and other public events across the state.

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VPR News
5:30 am
Mon September 1, 2014

Budget Cuts Threaten Some Mental Health Services For Teens

Micah Porter and Katie O'Day, with a program called Youth In Transition, seek out teens who may need help in the Upper Valley
Charlotte Albright vpr

Earlier this summer, the Shumlin administration announced that revenue projections have been too rosy and that budget cuts will now be needed.

That’s creating stress among social service providers.

One program that faces an uncertain future due to cuts endeavors to help at-risk young people in the Upper Valley. 

Micah Porter is 19, with a mop of curly red hair springing out of a baseball cap.

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Vermont Edition
1:28 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Resiliency After Irene

Sue Minter hopes we can make Vermont's roads more resilient in the future.
VPR

Tropical Storm Irene is phrase we have spoken on this program an uncountable number of times in the three years since devastating floods tore apart a third of the state on this date in 2011. Since then, the name “Irene” has become shorthand for huge issues like disaster recovery, flood plain management, climate change and personal loss.

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The Frequency
10:51 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Mark Donka To Challenge Peter Welch

Mark Donka will challenge Congressman Peter Welch for Vermont's lone seat in the U.S. House of Representatives this November.
Angela Evancie VPR File Photo

A veteran law-enforcement officer who wants to repeal Obamacare has won the Republican nomination for the U.S. House of Representatives.

Mark Donka eked out a 321-vote victory in Tuesday’s GOP primary, where three candidates had to wait until Wednesday for the Associated Press to call the hotly contested race.

Donka took 36 percent of the vote, ahead of Don Russell’s 33 percent and Donald Nolte’s 31 percent.

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VPR News
5:07 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Corren Has Democratic Nomination, But Party's Support Still An Open Question

Rep. Kesha Ram was among the handful of Democratic lawmakers standing next to Progressive Dean Corren at his campaign event outside the Ward 1 polling station in Burlington on Tuesday.

That doesn’t mean he can count on her vote just yet.

“I really like what I’m hearing from Dean Corren. I am glad that he is working on championing single-payer and other issues that are important to us as Democrats,” Ram said. “And he has not directly asked me for my support, but today seems like the start of that request.”

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VPR News
2:57 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

One Northeast Kingdom State's Attorney Out And Another In

In the Northeast Kingdom, final results of two races for State’s Attorney are still trickling in. One  incumbent appears to have lost his job, but another is widening his  lead. 

In Essex County, former state senator and current State’s Attorney Vincent Illuzzi is leading Julianne Woolard, a public defender for juvenile offenders.

During the campaign Woolard criticized Illuzzi for being too quick to prosecute first-time or juvenile offenders who might turn away from crime if diverted to alternative justice programs, like drug courts.

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VPR News
9:00 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Windham County Democrats Choose Balint And White To Run for Senate

Voters in Windham County’s democratic senate primary chose incumbent Senator Jeanette White  of Putney to run for a seventh term in November. White was the top vote-getter in a four-way race for two senate seats.

"I think it says that people think I listen to their concerns," White says. "I don’t know that they always like the votes that I take, but I think they like the way I approach issues."

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