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NEK Community Rallies To Bring Back Albany General Store

The general store is the heart of many small Vermont towns, but the rise of online shopping and big box stores has made it hard for some more traditional stores to stay open. Some Vermont towns are turning to public-private partnerships to keep their general stores viable. In one Northeast Kingdom town they’re counting on that model to get their store back.

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A bacterial disease spread by tick bites is getting attention this week in the Statehouse.

Lyme disease patients and their advocates are pushing for a bill that requires insurance companies to cover long-term antibiotic care for the debilitating illness.

The bill highlights a debate in the medical community about the most effective treatment, because it sanctions a medical practice that critics say is not recommended by state and federal agencies.

Doctor Elliott Fisher has had a note on his office wall for several years now that states his professional mission - try to help fix health care.

This week the physician and researcher is even better positioned to do just that.The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice just named Fisher as its new director.

Fisher has been integral to the Dartmouth Institute's purpose of studying how to make health care systems work better. He spoke with Vermont edition about some of the inherent problems in how health care is delivered.

House

Scheduled to go into session at 10 a.m.

Favorable with Amendment H. 169 Relieving employers' experience-rating records

Favorable H. 474 Amending the membership and charge of the Government Accountability Committee

Senate

Scheduled to go into session at 9:30 a.m.

Third Reading S. 129 Workers' compensation liens

Agency of Natural Resources / Map of Water Street in Jamaica, VT. The red area, the Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA), has a 1% annual chance of a flood; the

More than 100 Vermont families lost their homes in Tropical Storm Irene. At least six had houses that were destroyed by the flood, but were deemed ineligible for a FEMA buy-back program because of where they appear on FEMA's maps.

Property-owner Karin Hardy had completely renovated her 150-year-old house in Jamaica, exposing the original beams, painting historic colors and building a stone bench above the quiet Ball Mountain Brook. But the brook changed on August 28, 2011.

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A bacterial disease spread by tick bites is getting attention this week in the Statehouse.

Lyme disease patients and their advocates are pushing for a bill that requires insurance companies to cover long-term antibiotic care for the debilitating illness.

The bill highlights a debate in the medical community about the most effective treatment, because it sanctions a medical practice that critics say is not recommended by state and federal agencies.

This year Senator Bill Doyle tabulated almost 14,000 surveys from all parts of the state, and by a margin of 56 to 33 percent, those responding to the Survey said they didn't want to increase the gas tax to pay for road and bridge repairs.

Doyle says he was surprised by these results.

"I will say that I knew it would go down but I didn't think it would go down 2 to 1, said Doyle. Most of us drive to work and when you drive to work you're using a lot of gasoline."

Senate To Consider Driver's Licenses For Migrant Workers

Apr 2, 2013

The Vermont Senate will soon consider allowing immigrant farm workers to get state driver's licenses.

The Senate Transportation Committee last week moved out a bill that would do just that by a vote of 4-to-1.

Vermont dairy farms employ an estimated 1,500 Mexican farm workers, many of whom are here illegally.

They say without drivers licenses, they are often isolated in rural areas.

The bill would allow them to get driver's licenses if they have proper documentation.

Derby Recreation Center Closes

Apr 2, 2013

An indoor community recreation center in Derby has closed due to financial problems.

Indoor Recreation of Orleans known as IROC in Derby was taken over by the bank on Sunday after failing to pay its mortgage.

The chairman of the board and executive director said he hopes that the facility can be purchased and continue serving the entire community.

The center has a pool, skating rink, gym and offered fitness and recreation programs, as well as basketball, volleyball and soccer leagues.

FAHC Wants To Convert To Only Single Rooms

Apr 2, 2013

Vermont's largest hospital is considering expanding, so it can offer most of its patients private rooms.

Fletcher Allen Health Care wants state permission to build 48 new patient rooms in a new two-story building. Cost estimates run up to $85 million.

The hospital is planning to submit its application for the planning phase within the next few weeks. Once the planning is done, the hospital could apply for permission to construct the building.

A spokesman for the hospital says the goal is to make sure 90 percent of the hospital's patients are in private rooms.

The principal of Champlain Valley Union High School in Hinesburg is the finalist in the search for a new superintendent of schools in Winooski.

Sean McMannon will meet with teachers, parents, students and the Winooski School Board on Thursday.

Another finalist was picked and scheduled to meet the school community but dropped out of the running last week.

Yutaka Tamura of a Boston Charter School told the Burlington Free Press that he decided to stay there.

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Michael and Stacy Lee stand in the front yard of their white, one-story ranch just after sunset in early spring.
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How Is Climate Change Affecting Vermont Right Now?

We know the predictions are dire; we know there are urgent conversations to be had about policy. But to answer this listener question, we stay focused on the present.

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'Live From The Fort' collaborates with the Flynn Center's New Voices Project to bring you a showcase of West African music from Sabouyouma on May 2, 2019.
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May 2 | New Voices, Live From The Fort: Sabouyouma

VPR and the Flynn Center’s New Voices Project come together to present Sabouyouma at the next Live From The Fort on Thursday, May 2.

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Event: New Voices, Live From The Fort

Join us on May 2 to hear how Sabouyouma uses the balafon and polyrhythmic grooves to bring us on a cultural journey to West Africa, uncovering the roots of jazz, funk and blues.

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But Why: A Podcast For Curious Kids

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"Do Skunks Like Their Own Smell?" And Other Stumpers!

Good Question! In this episode of But Why , we answer some questions that make us say, huh? Why do shoes get stinky? Why are little brothers so annoying? Also, why don't tow trucks have sirens?

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A six-part series featuring conversation and original writing from Vermont's recovery community.

Eye On The Sky

A 5-part podcast about a school shooting that didn't happen, and the surprising things that did.