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Legislative Update From Senate President John Campbell
Tuesday, 04/05/11
By Bob Kinzel
Senate President John Campbell charts the course for the Senate over the next several weeks. Plus, rocker-turned-professor Joe Gittleman relates his experiences from life on the road in a Lyndon State classroom.
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Franklin Lawsuit Questions Prayer At Public Meetings
Thursday, 03/31/11
By Mitch Wertlieb
Marilyn Hackett and the Vermont chapter of the ACLU are suing the town of Franklin and its moderator, Timothy Magnant, in Vermont Superior Court for allowing a pastor to recite the invocation before Town Meeting business each year.
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Voters Boost Tax Benefits For Disabled Veterans
Tuesday, 03/08/11
By John Dillon
Voters in 31 towns have decided to boost a property tax benefit for disabled veterans. State law allows towns to exempt the first $40,000 of a disabled veteran's property value from local taxes. But up until a few years ago, many towns did not allow the full benefit.
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Doyle Surprised By Town Meeting Survey Results
Tuesday, 03/08/11
By Bob Kinzel
The preliminary results of Senator Bill Doyle's town meeting survey are in. And as VPR's Bob Kinzel reports, Doyle was surprised by some of the results.
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ACLU Sues Franklin Over Town Meeting Prayer
Thursday, 03/03/11
A Franklin County town is in trouble for its practice of beginning town meeting with a prayer.
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Addison Northwest Backs Unified Union
Wednesday, 03/02/11
By Melody Bodette
For the second consecutive year, the five towns of the Addison Northwest Supervisory Union have voted to form one unified school district. The vote passed along a similar margin in 2010, but opponents in the town of Addison were able to overturn the results in a re-vote.
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Stowe Voters Reject Ice Rink Plan
Wednesday, 03/02/11
Voters in Stowe say they don't want to spend $6.5 million on a new ice rink.
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Town Meeting Results From Newspapers Around The Region
Wednesday, 03/02/11
Here's the round-up of Town Meeting Day headlines from newspapers around the region.
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Burlington Voters Pass Two Charter Changes
Wednesday, 03/02/11
Voters in Burlington passed two City Charter amendments and defeated a third in Town Meeting yesterday.
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Concord Votes To Keep High School
Wednesday, 03/02/11
By Charlotte Albright
For several years, voters in the Northeast Kingdom town of Concord have been squabbling about whether to close their high school.
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Brattleboro Wants To Keep Tabs On Vermont Yankee
Wednesday, 03/02/11
By Susan Keese
By a more than two-to-one margin, voters approved a nonbinding resolution asking the Brattleboro select board to sign on to a letter sponsored by the group Safe and Green Campaign.
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Rutland Approves New Recreation Center
Wednesday, 03/02/11
By Nina Keck
In Rutland, the most hotly debated issue was not the municipal or school budgets but a $3.9 million bond vote to upgrade the city's recreation department.  
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Southern Vermont Mixed On School Renovations
Wednesday, 03/02/11
By Susan Keese
A number of Southern Vermont towns had ambitious school renovations on the ballot. School officials have been saying that even in a time of austerity, it's economically unwise to put off building improvements. But the results were mixed.
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St. Johnsbury Voters Keep Non-Profits Alive
Wednesday, 03/02/11
By Charlotte Albright
Many town warnings ask voters to shell out money for worthy causes, but in the Northeast Kingdom, the stakes are especially high for non-profits who depend on tax dollars. Private donations can be hard to come by these days, and in recent years, voters have also become choosy about how to divvy up scarce public resources.
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Town Meeting In Stowe Includes Vote On Skating Rink
Monday, 02/28/11
By Ross Sneyd
Voters in Stowe will be weighing whether to spend a $6.5 million bond to build a new ice skating rink. The old arena is 37 years old and has begun to fall into disrepair. The proposal calls for a fully enclosed, 34,000 square foot building.
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Energy On Voters' Minds In Six Communities
Tuesday, 03/01/11
By John Dillon
Saving energy was on the minds of Town Meeting day voters in at least six towns around the state. The communities debated whether to allow homeowners to pay for energy upgrades through their property tax bills instead of with a bank loan.
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West Windsor Town Meeting Follows Tradition
Tuesday, 03/01/11
By Betty Smith-Mastaler
VPR has been visiting West Windsor for the past few years as an example of the traditional town meeting, and to take the pulse of this basic building block of democracy. And indications are that Town Meeting is still alive and well in West Windsor.
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Town Clerk Is Honored In Calais
Tuesday, 03/01/11
By John Dillon
The Calais town meeting is known as much for the quality of its food as it is for the civility of its debate. But this year's pot-luck banquet featured a special treat: A huge cake honoring town clerk Eva Morse, who is retiring after 48 years of service.
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Waterbury Moderator Describes How He Leads Town Meeting
Tuesday, 03/01/11
By Mitch Wertlieb
As people in Vermont gather for their town meetings, some last night, and some today there's one person in the room who's in charge, and that's the town moderator.
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Vt. Town Meetings Tackle Elections, Budgets, Rec Facilities
Tuesday, 03/01/11
By Ross Sneyd
Town moderators across the state called their town meetings to order this morning. Voters in cities and towns all over Vermont are deciding municipal and school budgets and a range of other issues.
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Vernon's Biggest Issue Isn't Even On Town Meeting Ballot
Tuesday, 03/01/11
By Susan Keese
Voters in Vernon met Monday for the first part of their annual town and school meetings. They'll vote Tuesday by secret ballot on budgets and town officers. But the biggest issue in town - the prospect of closing Vermont Yankee in 2012 -- isn't on the warning.
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Town Meeting 2011 Special
Tuesday, 03/01/11
By Bob Kinzel
Bob Kinzel hosts VPR's Town Meeting Coverage Tuesday evening at 7:00pm. Tune in to hear what towns are voting on around the state. VPR reporters will file reports live from town meetings and news from various meetings will be posted throughout the day on VPR.net.
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Hammering Out The Town Budget
Monday, 02/28/11
By Jane Lindholm
We look at what goes into preparing a town budget and the steps it goes through for approval. Plus, two UVM professors discuss research exploring a link between a specific hormone and PTSD. And we hear the First Baptist Church of Brattleboro's 103-year-old Estey pipe organ.
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Moderators Prep For Town Meeting Day With Refresher Course
Monday, 02/28/11
By Nina Keck
For the men and women who oversee town meetings, there's a lot more to the job than banging a gavel.  100 town moderators gathered recently for a refresher course on the finer points of parliamentary procedure and protocol.   
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Education, District Consolidation Discussions Planned For Town Meeting
Monday, 02/28/11
By Susan Keese
Hard economic times, shrinking student populations and rising costs have put pressure on school districts to merge and consolidate. Only one district actually has merger on the ballot. But the prospect of restructuring education will be a topic of discussion at many town meetings.
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