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North Country News
8:04 am
Tue April 24, 2012

Vermont to Expand Farm to School Program

Vermont is planning to expand a program that connects schools to local farms.  WAMC's Tristan O'Neill reports...

Since 2006, the Vermont Farm to School program has provided nearly 50 Vermont schools with funding to get more nutritious food into cafeterias and nutrition and agriculture education into classrooms.

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North Country News
8:32 am
Mon April 23, 2012

VT Debates Letting Parents Say No to Vaccines

Vermont is embroiled in a debate over ending the philosophical exemption that allows parents to have their kids skip childhood immunizations required for attending school.  WAMC's Tristan O'Neill reports...

The state Senate voted 25-4 recently to end the exemption, while the House has voted 93-36 to preserve it.

Vermont is among the highest states in the number of parents who exempt their children from immunizations. State health officials say Vermont had 102 pertussis cases between January and the first week of April, more than were reported in the state all last year.

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North Country News
7:56 am
Mon April 23, 2012

VT Speaker: Adjournment Likely Delayed

Legislative leaders say Vermont lawmakers won't be going home for the year this coming Friday, as they originally had hoped.  WAMC’s Tristan O’Neill reports…

But they're still technically ahead of schedule. The Legislature budgeted for 18 weeks this year, and this coming week will be their 16th in session.

House Speaker Shap Smith and Senate President Pro Tem John Campbell say lawmakers should plan on being in session through the first week in May, possibly including Saturday the 5th.

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North Country News
7:40 am
Mon April 23, 2012

VT Power Merger Critics Push for House Debate

This could be the climactic week in an effort by some Vermont lawmakers to get the Legislature to intervene in the proposed merger of Vermont's two largest electric utilities.  WAMC's Tristan O'Neill reports...

The House may be asked to debate a measure that would have the Legislature direct the Public Service Board on how $21 million is repaid to customers of Central Vermont Public Service Corp.

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North Country News
8:05 am
Fri April 20, 2012

VT House Passes Corporate Personhood Resolution

The Vermont House has passed a resolution calling on the U.S. Congress to start the process of amending the federal Constitution to reverse a 2010 Supreme Court decision expanding the rights of corporations to influence political campaigns.  WAMC's Tristan O'Neill reports...

The 92-40 vote on Thursday came after more than two hours of debate in which supporters said corporate money has come to distort the political process in the United States. Opponents called the effort an assault on First Amendment freedoms.

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North Country News
7:57 am
Fri April 20, 2012

VT Returning to Pre-Irene River Work Rules

The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources says the emergency rules that allowed people to work in the state's rivers and streams to help clean up after Tropical Storm Irene are no longer valid.  WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports…

Effective immediately, anyone who wants to work in a waterway must comply with all rules and regulations and get a permit from a state river engineer.

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North Country News
9:15 am
Thu April 19, 2012

VT Governor Wants to Keep Vaccination Opt-Out

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin has reversed a position pushed by his administration earlier this year and has come out in favor of continuing to allow parents to opt out of having their kids vaccinated for philosophical reasons.  WAMC’s Tristan O’Neill reports…

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North Country News
8:42 am
Thu April 19, 2012

Some VT Cell Customers to Be Able to Text 9-1-1

For the next six months some Vermont cellular telephone users will be able to text 911 emergency calls for help.  WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports…

Vermont's Enhanced 911 Board says that Verizon Wireless customers will be able to send a text message to 911 that will be answered at a public service answering point in Williston.

The people who receive the messages will coordinate the emergency response with the appropriate agency.

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North Country News
7:36 am
Wed April 18, 2012

Air Force Considers Basing F-35's at VT Air Guard

The United States Air Force will hold a public hearing next month on a plan to add F-35A fighter jets to the Vermont Air National Guard base in South Burlington.  WAMC's Tristan O’Neill reports…

The public has 45 days to comment on the draft environmental impact statement that was released on Friday.

The Air Force is looking at several different scenarios for where the jets would be based. Burlington is one of two preferred locations.

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North Country News
8:13 am
Fri April 13, 2012

VT House Debates Childhood Immunization Law

The Vermont House has voted to uphold a philosophical exemption for parents who want to skip the requirement that their children get a series of vaccinations before being allowed to attend school or child care.

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