North Country Public Radio/Champlain Valley reporter for the Innovation Trail

Sarah Harris covers the Champlain Valley for Innovation Trail. She was an assistant teacher for the first class of the Transom Story Workshop in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.  Sarah's work has aired on NPR's All Things Considered, Morning Edition and Weekend Edition. Sarah is a 2010 recipient of the Middlebury Fellowship in Environmental Journalism, has lived abroad in the Maldives and Nepal, and is a graduate of Middlebury College.

Rural Jobs Council
9:57 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Workforce Training a Priority in Rural Parts of the State

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Governor McDonnell’s Rural Jobs Council is out with its final report with recommendations on how to create and retain jobs in the rural parts of the Commonwealth.  Beverly Amsler spoke with Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling.

Six months after Governor McDonnell established the Rural Jobs Council, its members came back with a number of suggestions, mainly in three areas - investing in the economic development infrastructure, workforce training and development-especially for young adults, and providing services to existing businesses to become better established and/or grow. 

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A Cell with a View
8:50 am
Fri June 14, 2013

A Photographer's Project: The View Outside from the Inside

The Bridge: Some Other Places We've Missed
Credit Mark Strandquist

More than 33,000 people live behind bars in Virginia, and from their cells few have a view of the outside world, but a Richmond artist aims to change that.

If you were locked up for months, years or a lifetime and could look out a window, what would you most like to see?  That’s the question Mark Strandquist has put to inmates in Virginia jails and prisons.

“And then I go to that place, photograph it and bring the image to them, and then they write about it.”

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Medicaid and Medicare
8:13 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Virginia Hopes to Simplify Process for Dual Enrollees

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Several organizations are still advocating for Virginia lawmakers to expand Medicaid within the Commonwealth. Opponents have argued that it is already too costly, is the largest single item in the state budget, and is in need of many reforms. But as Virginia Public Radio’s Tommie McNeil reports, the Department of Medical Assistance Services says it is addressing one major expense-by simplifying the process for providing care to those who receive both Medicaid and Medicare. . .

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Arts & Culture
1:55 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

In Memory of a Civil Rights Activist

One of the nation’s most controversial artists has announced a surprising new work. It's a  living tribute to W.E.B. Dubois. Carrie Mae Weems is a photographer who has reached back in history to honor millions of people who never got their due – women, people of color, and now the early civil rights activist W.E.B. Dubois. 

On the 50th anniversary of his death, she began thinking about her favorite flower – and an unusual way to preserve the memory of Dubois.

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Health & Medicine
12:50 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

The Roanoke Times to Present Medicaid Series

The Roanoke Times will tackle the major parts of the Affordable Care Act over the next several months.  The first installment of the series will run in Sunday's edition.  Beverly Amsler talked with Laurence Hammack, who's one of the writers of the series.

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Affordable Care Act
6:23 am
Thu June 13, 2013

Will Free Clinics Still Be Needed with the ACA?

On the surface, one could assume that the comprehensive nature of the Affordable Care Act will provide some level of medical care for all Americans. As such, what is the future of free clinics? Tab O’Neal reports:

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Government & Politics
4:45 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Virginia Democrats Show a United Front

Painting themselves as the "mainstream ticket," the Democratic nominees for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Attorney General say Virginians have a clear contrast between them and the Republican nominees, which the Democrats have dubbed “the Tea Party ticket.” And as Virginia Public Radio’s Tommie McNeil reports, as a show of solidarity, the defeated primary candidates announced that they’re now committing themselves to getting their former opponents elected. 

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Environment
11:58 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Fox Penning in Virginia

One of the most contentious issues the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries has faced in recent years, is regulation of an activity known as ‘Fox Hound Training.” 

Opponents call it “Fox Penning” and consider it a cruel practice for the animals involved.  Supporters say their dogs are being trained to hunt under controlled conditions aimed at protecting all the animals involved. The DGIF board will vote Thursday on new safety requirements proposed at its meeting in March. 

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Primary Results
6:22 am
Wed June 12, 2013

VA Primary Election Results

Credit www.washingtonpost.com

Less than three percent of registered voters cast ballots, but Virginia Democrats selected two state lawmakers as their nominees for lieutenant governor and attorney general in yesterday’s primary election. 

Most of the Republican and Democratic incumbents running in 11 House of Delegates districts won their parties’ nominations, although there were two surprising upsets.  Virginia Public Radio’s Anne Marie Morgan has more details.

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