VPR News

A white board reads truckers be safe, set against a tree in a lawn.
Elodie Reed / VPR

Vermont reporters provide a roundup of top news takeaways about the coronavirus and more for Tuesday, April 13.

Rubber gloved hands hold a syringe
Mary Altaffer / Associated Press File

Updated 3:10 p.m.

Gov. Phil Scott and his top health advisors sought to allay concerns Tuesday about the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine after federal regulators asked states to “pause” use of the single-dose vaccine, pending a safety review by the Food and Drug Administration.

An ASL interpreter signs that research shows vaccines are safe, in a sign language public safety warning from the CDC.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

In 2016, the Vermont Legislature passed a bill creating the Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Deaf/Blind Advisory Council. Now the state has acted on one of the council's key recommendations: hiring someone to be a single point of contact for the estimated 70,000 to 100,000 Vermonters who are deaf or hard of hearing.

ATV riders on a greenery-filled trail.
Toby Talbot / Associated Press File

Riders of all-terrain vehicles in Vermont are increasingly asking for access to town roads. ATV clubs have found a warm welcome in a dozen or more towns statewide, as local officials look to boost businesses that may be hurting from a year of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mud City

11 hours ago
Lara Dickson / For VPR

The pros and cons of ATVs on town roads. Plus, protests against curfews in Montreal, Barre police seek more information in the case of Ralph Jean-Marie, and Millennial Monday.

Montreal skyline.
Mlenny / iStock

Protests in Montreal turned raucous Sunday night as the city pushed up its curfew from 9:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. The stricter measures come as Quebec and much of Canada see spiking COVID-19 case numbers and a vaccine rollout that's much slower than here in the U.S.

Sunrise over the backdrop of the mountains, looking out across a pasture at an undercast.
Elodie Reed / VPR

Vermont reporters provide a roundup of top news takeaways about the coronavirus and more for Monday, April 12.

Lara Dickson / For VPR

The long-lasting effects the pandemic has had on hospice workers. Plus, vaccinations for those 30 and up, wealth disparities in Chittenden County, and potential changes to the state constitution.

Duke University in North Carolina has announced that it will require students to have a COVID-19 vaccine when they return this fall. And the list of campuses with such policies is growing.

Howard Weiss-Tisman / VPR

All over Vermont small, family-owned sugarhouses lie tucked into hillsides. Some haven’t been used in decades and at others, families are still producing maple syrup like they have for generations.

A tractor with a line of cars behind it on a curving road next to a fallow field against a blue sky
Elodie Reed / VPR

Vermont reporters provide a roundup of top news takeaways about the coronavirus and more for Friday, April 9.

This black and white photo, thought to have been taken in a mill in Winooski, includes a caption suggesting that the man's name is Abair.
Vermont Historical Society

We explore an aspect of the state's history that some say is overlooked — and answer listener questions about Anglicized names and discrimination — in this encore episode of Brave Little State.

Lara Dickson / For VPR

Asking a contact tracer questions about asking questions as a contact tracer. Plus, new school guidelines, COVID vaccinations in Vermont’s prisons, and the return of trains.

A man wearing a t-shirt and fishing vest leans against a wooden railing, with his pole out over the placid river. There are no leaves on the trees in the backdrop and the ski is blue.
Elodie Reed / VPR

Vermont reporters provide a roundup of top news takeaways about the coronavirus and other news for Thursday, April 8.

Black and white photo showing hands holding a small house made out of cardboard
adl21 / iStock

A recent report conducted by Vermont Network examined the cost of domestic and sexual violence for the state -- specifically through public expenditures. This hour, we speak with members from Vermont Network about what the report says, what resources Vermonters are in need of and the call-to-action required to change the narrative around violence. 

Lara Dickson / For VPR

Preserving Vermont’s historic maple sugaring operations. Plus, money from the American Rescue Plan, vaccines during Ramadan, and COVID-19 numbers.

A painted sign reading thank you esssential workers nailed to a tree.
Elodie Reed / VPR

Vermont reporters provide a roundup of top news takeaways about the coronavirus, a request for the Vermont Humans Rights Commission to investigate the Bennington Select Board and more for Wednesday, April 7.

A police department building
Peter Crabtree / VPR File

Two former Bennington residents say the town select board illegally retaliated against them after the couple raised concerns about discriminatory policing practices.

A white piece of printer paper with the question If travel restrictions were lifted today, where would you go? hangs on a white wall, with written answers below.
Mary Carol Maganzini / VPR

The Scott administration has unveiled its Vermont Forward Plan, a three-month roadmap to lift most COVID-19 restrictions by July 4. In our weekly health update, we take an in-depth look at the Vermont Forward Plan with Health Commissioner Dr. Mark Levine, and we answer your questions.

Lara Dickson / For VPR

How much COVID relief money did Vermont’s ski industry get? Plus, Gov. Scott’s reopening plan, a third variant, and frog day.