vt http://wamc.org en Sanders Questions High Gas Prices in Burlington http://wamc.org/post/sanders-questions-high-gas-prices-burlington <p>Vermont U.S. Senator Bernie&nbsp;Sanders is asking if northwestern Vermont residents are getting ripped off at the gas pump.&nbsp; WAMC&rsquo;s Tristan O&rsquo;Neill reports&hellip;&nbsp;</p><p>The left-leaning independent is calling for a federal investigation of the fact that gas&nbsp;prices are higher in Chittenden, Franklin and Grand Isle counties than elsewhere in Vermont or New England.</p><p>Sanders says Vermont&#39;s gas&nbsp;prices tend to run higher than New Hampshire&#39;s. On Monday, regular unleaded averaged $3.55 a gallon in Vermont, versus $3.36 in New Hampshire.</p> Thu, 05 Jul 2012 11:48:54 +0000 Tristan O'Neill 42470 at http://wamc.org Sanders Questions High Gas Prices in Burlington Farm Bill Has Market Stabilization Plan for Milk http://wamc.org/post/farm-bill-has-market-stabilization-plan-milk <p>Vermont&#39;s congressional delegation says the farm&nbsp;bill passed by the U.S. Senate that includes a program aimed at stabilizing milk prices is a good step forward.&nbsp; WAMC&rsquo;s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports&hellip;</p><p>A provision of the voluntary program is designed to stop the dramatic swings in prices, by discouraging the oversupply of milk and allowing farmers to buy insurance that pays out when prices plummet.</p> Tue, 03 Jul 2012 10:49:22 +0000 Pat Bradley 42352 at http://wamc.org Farm Bill Has Market Stabilization Plan for Milk Petitioners Ask VT Council to Reconsider Jet Vote http://wamc.org/post/petitioners-ask-vt-council-reconsider-jet-vote <p>More than 1,600 people in the area of South&nbsp;Burlington, Vt., have signed a petition in support of locating new Air Guard jets at Burlington International Airport.&nbsp; WAMC&rsquo;s Pat Bradley reports&hellip;</p><p>The petition presented Monday urges the South&nbsp;Burlington City Council to reconsider its opposition to basing the new jets locally.</p><p>The Council voted last month against basing the F-35A at the Vermont Air Guard base. It sent questions to the Air Force related to a draft environmental impact statement related to elevated noise levels.</p> Wed, 20 Jun 2012 12:04:22 +0000 Pat Bradley 41421 at http://wamc.org Petitioners Ask VT Council to Reconsider Jet Vote Vermont Opts Out of ‘No Child Left Behind’ Waiver http://wamc.org/post/vermont-opts-out-no-child-left-behind-waiver <p>After applying for a waiver for flexibility from the Bush-era No Child Left Behind law, Vermont has changed its mind and will not pursue the application.</p><p>The U.S. Department of Education announced this week that it has approved waivers for another eight states. A total of 19 states have gotten waivers to date in exchange for providing their own plans to improve student outcomes and teaching quality.</p> Mon, 04 Jun 2012 11:06:20 +0000 40354 at http://wamc.org Vermont Opts Out of ‘No Child Left Behind’ Waiver Quebec Premier Postpones Vermont Visit http://wamc.org/post/quebec-premier-postpones-vermont-visit <p>Quebec Premier Jean&nbsp;Charest is postponing his visit to Vermont where he had planned to meet with Governor Peter Shumlin and other business and government leaders.&nbsp; WAMC&rsquo;s Tristan O&rsquo;Neill reports&hellip;</p><p>Charest planned to sign a trade and environmental protection agreement with Shumlin on Thursday and then attend events with the state&#39;s business community and at the University of Vermont.</p><p>Shumlin&#39;s office says Charest will remain in Quebec City so he can attend debates in the national assembly.</p> Thu, 24 May 2012 11:58:32 +0000 Tristan O'Neill 39670 at http://wamc.org Quebec Premier Postpones Vermont Visit Human Remains Found in Vermont http://wamc.org/post/human-remains-found-vermont <p>Vermont State Police say human remains, including part of a skull, have been found on private property that was being excavated in Northfield.&nbsp; More from WAMC&rsquo;s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley......</p><p>Police say the skull piece and other skeletal remains found at the construction site will be sent to the Federal Bureau of Investigation laboratory for further investigation.</p><p>The office of the Vermont chief medical examiner and a University of Vermont anthropologist determined that the bones are human.</p> Thu, 24 May 2012 11:53:18 +0000 Pat Bradley 39668 at http://wamc.org Human Remains Found in Vermont VT Building Evacuated Because of Chemical http://wamc.org/post/vt-building-evacuated-because-chemical <p>A government building that houses the Vermont governor&#39;s office had to be evacuated after some state workers starting feeling sick.&nbsp; WAMC&rsquo;s Tristan O&rsquo;Neill reports&hellip;</p><p>The employees at the Pavilion Building in Montpelier reported having headaches and watery eyes on Wednesday.</p><p>The source appears to have been a waterproof sealant that was being applied to the outside bricks and wafting into the building.</p><p>The employees were sent home and the building was being ventilated.</p> Thu, 24 May 2012 11:36:37 +0000 Tristan O'Neill 39666 at http://wamc.org VT Building Evacuated Because of Chemical VT Now Part of Feds' ‘Secure Communities’ Program http://wamc.org/post/vt-now-part-feds-secure-communities-program <p>The state of Vermont is now a part of a federal program aimed at identifying illegal immigrants arrested and charged with crimes.</p> Wed, 23 May 2012 11:45:35 +0000 Pat Bradley 39572 at http://wamc.org VT Now Part of Feds' ‘Secure Communities’ Program Quebec Premier to Visit Vermont, Sign Pact http://wamc.org/post/quebec-premier-visit-vermont-sign-pact <p>Quebec Premier Jean Charest is due in Vermont this week to meet with Gov. Peter Shumlin and other business and government leaders.&nbsp; WAMC&#39;s Tristan O&#39;Neill reports...</p><p>The visit is set for Thursday, when Charest and Shumlin are to gather at Shelburne Farms to sign an updated agreement between the state and the province on environmental, trade and other issues.</p> Mon, 21 May 2012 12:00:26 +0000 Tristan O'Neill 39408 at http://wamc.org Quebec Premier to Visit Vermont, Sign Pact New Fund to Help Displaced VT Mobile-Home Owners http://wamc.org/post/new-fund-help-displaced-vt-mobile-home-owners <p>&nbsp;A total of 524 mobile homes were damaged in Vermont during Tropical Storm Irene. And many homeowners are still recovering, some paying more for housing.&nbsp; WAMC&#39;s Tristan O&#39;Neill reports...</p><p>A new fund has been set up to help mobile-home owners in Vermont who were victims of Irene or flooding last spring.</p><p>It was started with a gift of $50,000 from a Middlebury couple, David and Eleanor Ignat.</p><p>Organizers say $500 grants will be awarded to eligible applicants. The deadline is July 16.</p> Mon, 21 May 2012 11:24:41 +0000 Tristan O'Neill 39400 at http://wamc.org New Fund to Help Displaced VT Mobile-Home Owners