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Newscast: Monday, March 4, 2013, 5:50 p.m.
Monday, 03/04/13
By Dave McGown
Newscast: Monday, March 4, 2013, 5:50 p.m.
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In Wake of Newtown, Schools Walk Tightrope on School Safety
Monday, 02/04/13
By Kirk Carapezza
When students in South Burlington arrive at school Monday, new surveillance cameras will be filming the entry ways. It's part of the South Burlington School District's response to the tragedy in Newtown, Conn. School administrators across Vermont are struggling to balance increased security while maintaining a warm atmosphere.
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Burlington Council Approves Weapons Ban
Tuesday, 01/08/13
By Kirk Carapezza
City officials in Vermont's largest city have passed a ban on assault weapons, despite state statute that prohibits such ordinances.
VPR News
With Local Support, Environmentalists Hope To Stop Tar Sands Pipeline
Monday, 01/07/13
By Kirk Carapezza
In March, voters in Burlington will vote on a resolution that would oppose the shipment of tar-sands oil across northeastern sections of the state. Now, environmental activists want voters to put the issue on Town Meeting Day ballots in other towns.
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Burlington Council Takes Up Gun Ban Resolution
Monday, 01/07/13
By Kirk Carapezza
The right to bear arms is the law of the land. But after an unprecedented series of shooting rampages last year, some state and local governments are now considering bans on assault weapons on their streets.
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Strafford To Vote On Constitutional Amendment
Thursday, 01/03/13
By Kirk Carapezza
Nearly a year after many Vermont towns supported resolutions calling for the reversal of the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision that gave corporations the same rights as people, a new grassroots effort plans to expand the idea by giving the Earth "rights."
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Amid Protests, Vermont Gas Files For Permit To Build Pipeline
Thursday, 12/20/12
By Kirk Carapezza
On Thursday, Vermont Gas Systems filed a petition for a state permit to begin construction of its underground pipeline project, which has already collided with opposition from local residents who don't like the route.
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In Vermont, FEMA Denies 33 Home Buyouts
Wednesday, 12/19/12
By Kirk Carapezza
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has rejected buyouts for 33 Vermont properties damaged by Tropical Storm Irene and spring flooding last year.
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VPR News
State Appeals FEMA Culvert Ruling
Tuesday, 12/18/12
By John Dillon
The state is appealing a ruling by the Federal Emergency Management Agency that denied full funding for a culvert in Townshend destroyed by Tropical Storm Irene.
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VPR News
Barre Is Counting On Co-op To Generate Traffic Downtown
Wednesday, 12/19/12
By Kirk Carapezza
Planners looking to boost downtowns around the state have been focusing on home grown stores that specialize in fresh produce and local products. In Barre, a group hopes a new co-operative grocery store will revive the city's central business district.
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VPR News
State Awards TIF District To Barre
Thursday, 12/13/12
The state has given Barre authority to establish a special tax district that's designed to help the city pay for public works that will attract economic development.
VPR News
Pittsford Opens Door For Medical Marijuana Dispensaries
Thursday, 12/06/12
By Kirk Carapezza
In Pittsford Wednesday night, town officials voted against prohibiting medical marijuana dispensaries. The vote comes as many towns continue to grapple with the contentious issue.
VPR News
Pittsford Considers Medical Marijuana Dispensaries
Wednesday, 12/05/12
By Kirk Carapezza
As leaders at the Statehouse prepare to debate whether to decriminalize marijuana for recreational use, city and town officials across Vermont are grappling with how to handle the prospect of medical dispensaries coming to their community.
VPR News
FEMA Delay Pits Brandon Couple Against Bank Of America
Monday, 12/03/12
By Nina Keck
Eighty-one property owners in the state who were especially hard hit by Irene remain in a sort of financial limbo. They were the first accepted into FEMA's hazard mitigation buyout program - but they are all still waiting for the money. It's a delay that's pushed many to the breaking point, including Brandon residents Linda Bunn and Mary McManus.
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Vt. Towns, In Holding Pattern, Await Flood Mitigation Funds
Monday, 12/03/12
By Kirk Carapezza
As many prepare for the holidays, dozens of homeowners affected by Tropical Storm Irene are still waiting for the funds they need to get back on their feet. In Vermont, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved buyouts of 81 properties, but none of the owners has gotten any money yet.
VPR News
Newscast: Wednesday, November 21, 2012, 5:50 p.m.
Wednesday, 11/21/12
By Neal Charnoff
Newscast: Wednesday, November 21, 2012, 5:50 p.m.
VPR News
Middlebury Officials To Discuss Natural Gas Project
Monday, 11/19/12
By Kirk Carapezza
Vermont Gas Systems is inching forward with its plan to expand natural gas service to Addison County and points south, with the support of town officials.
VPR News
In St. Albans, Energizer Workers Brace For Job Losses
Monday, 11/19/12
By Kirk Carapezza
Energizer expects a decrease in the demand for its batteries, so the company plans to shutter its St. Albans plant in September. The drop in demand may be a good sign for the environment, but it's been a shock for a community that has come to rely on those jobs.
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Mayor Pushes Bond Despite Anti-Democrat Super PAC Campaign
Monday, 11/05/12
By Kirk Carapezza
Voters in Vermont's largest city will decide on Tuesday whether to support a $9 million fiscal stability bond. Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger has proposed the ballot item to essentially refinance the city's debt, but the new mayor is seeing some new opposition from a conservative super PAC.
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Vt. Towns Prepare, Wait For Sandy
Monday, 10/29/12
By Kirk Carapezza
Storm-weary cities and towns across the state continued to prepare for Hurricane Sandy Monday afternoon, as they closely monitor the path of the massive storm.
VPR News
FEMA Turns Down State's Request For Larger Culverts
Friday, 10/26/12
By John Dillon
A stream crossing in Townshend is the test culvert for building back town infrastructure in a more resilient fashion after the devastation of Tropical Storm Irene. The Federal Emergency Management Agency says it won't pay for larger culverts like the one in Townshend that the state says are needed to withstand future floods. FEMA says the state is applying inconsistent standards.
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Petition Circulates To Recall North Bennington School Vote
Thursday, 10/25/12
By Susan Keese
Days after North Bennington voters agreed to close their public school and establish an independent school in its place, a petition is circulating to recall the vote.
VPR News
Vt. Business Leaders Collect 11,000 Signatures To Support F35 Basing
Thursday, 10/25/12
By Kirk Carapezza
The Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce has released results of its petition drive in support of basing the F-35 jet fighters at the Vermont Air Guard Base in South Burlington, asking South Burlington's City Council to reverse its vote in opposition.
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Irene Fresh In Mind, Vermont Braces For Hurricane Sandy
Thursday, 10/25/12
More than a year after Tropical Storm Irene devastated the state, town and state officials from Bennington to Bethel are getting questions from residents concerned about Hurricane Sandy as it moves north from the Carribean.
VPR News
North Bennington Votes To Create Independent School
Wednesday, 10/24/12
By Susan Keese
The bid to close the North Bennington Graded School won by a much smaller margin than last March, when voters agreed to close the school by July of this year.
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