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Reporter Debrief: Barre Electronics Company, Once A Top Vt. Employer, Shuts Down

A Vermont company that once showed promise of being a key supplier to the electric vehicle industry is no more: SB Electronics, based in Barre, shut its doors earlier this week. It manufactured capacitors, used in electric cars, solar and wind power systems, and other technologies.

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Brave Little State

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How Can Vermonters Drive Less?

For a state that calls itself green, Vermont sure has a lot of drivers. So what can be done?

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A Joint Investigation From VPR & Seven Days

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A New American Finds Purpose, And 'Family,' In Caregiving

After 12 years in caregiving, Malinga Mukunda still works long days. The Burlington resident starts most mornings at Community Health Centers , where she acts as a health coach for refugees, before switching into scrubs for her full-time job in the memory care unit at the Converse Home , an assisted living facility in Burlington. Her shift ends at 11 p.m.

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Jim Reardon, who served as Vermont's finance commissioner for a decade, died Monday at the age of 61. He is being remembered by state officials as a dedicated public servant who worked with members of different political parties in order to serve Vermonters.

VPR Presents: An Evening With Audie Cornish

Nov 27, 2019
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Elodie Reed / VPR

Earlier this month, NPR's All Things Considered co-host Audie Cornish visited Vermont for two events. Audiences at VPR's Stetson Studio One and at Colchester's Elley-Long Music Center heard Cornish speak about her career in public radio and the challenges journalists may face in covering the upcoming 2020 election.

Former Vermont Governor Howard Dean has a new role with the Democratic National Committee, overseeing its voter data exchange.
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In less than 10 weeks, voters in Iowa will caucus in the first step of the Democratic presidential primary race. Currently the four front-runners of the race are former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Sen. Bernie Sanders, and South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, a 2004 presidential candidate, knows the primary process — and perils of Iowa — only all too well. He spoke with Vermont Edition about the 2020 primaries and priorities of voters today.

An image of author Jason Barney and the cover of his new book, "Northern Vermont In The War Of 1812."
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Barely a generation removed from the Revolutionary War, the United States again found itself fighting Great Britain in the War of 1812. Vermont Edition talks about a new book by St. Albans author Jason Barney that explores the role small Vermont towns near the Canadian border played in the larger conflict.

Out of all the Thanksgiving dishes Kim Yates has helped prepare for her large family over the years, one batch of mashed potatoes stands out clearly in her memory.

About 30 guests were gathered that year, at her sister's home in Palo Alto, Calif., and Yates had made a point of taking on responsibility for the mashed potatoes so that her young daughter Tessa (who was dealing with extreme food allergies to eggs, dairy, wheat, peanuts, tree nuts and shellfish) would have at least one safe side dish to eat.

'Worse For Care': About This Series

Nov 27, 2019

Families who make the difficult decision to place an elderly relative in a residential care or assisted living home must then ask: Which home?

A red building, snow on the ground
Jeb-Wallace Brodeur / Seven Days

Cota’s Hospitality Home looked just as you might picture a mom-and-pop eldercare residence in rural Vermont. Residents of the modest farmhouse outside Barre could sit on the porch under a rusty metal awning to watch cars pass by. The owners lived and worked there.

But inside the residential care home, regulators found chronic problems. Beginning in 2006, Cota’s operated in what the Vermont Attorney General’s Office would later describe as “substantial or habitual violation” of state rules.

A dam with snow on it.
Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR File

The municipal utility in Morrisville says a recent court ruling threatens the future of the popular Green River Reservoir.

Peter Gelb has not enjoyed a particularly smooth tenure as the general manager at New York's Metropolitan Opera. But the company's board expressed its faith in him on Monday by extending his contract through 2027.

The agreement — which arrived a full two and a half years before Gelb's current contract expires — signals the board's strong commitment to Gelb, who earned some $2.17 million in combined pay and benefits during the company's last reported financial year.

Bishop Coyne at a June 2018 ordination ceremony at St. Joseph Co-Cathedral in Burlington.
Jillian Alderman / Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington, Courtesy

The Catholic Church in Vermont sheltered an estimated $500 million in assets more than a decade ago to shield its property from a torrent of new lawsuits and allegations of sexual abuse by priests, new reporting from VT Digger shows. And amid new revelations of abuse and new lawsuits, those trusts could be challenged in future settlements.


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Why Are Some Words 'Bad'?

In this episode, we tackle why some words are considered bad. Plus: Why do people say bad words? Why aren't kids allowed to say cuss words? Why is the middle finger bad? Adults, don't worry: we won't actually be using any bad words in this episode!

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