Starting next week, the town
of Hartford will try something new, putting the fire chief in
charge of the police department. The plan has the support of the selectboard, but even the Town Manager admits
it’s an experiment.
On Monday, the Vermont Department of Health
announced that it had run out of a free shingles vaccine it was distributing at
its Burlington District Office. Jane Lindholm talks with Don Swartz, Medical Director for the Vermont Department
of Health, about the vaccine and the illness it’s designed to
Vermont’s Fish and Wildlife Department says the health of the
state’s big-game species is generally good. Biologists
say they want that to continue. So they’re drafting new policies that will
guide wildlife management for the next decade.
Ross Sneyd reports.
The Senate has given its final approval
to legislation that supporters call the most important education bill of the
session. The bill eliminates the State Board of Education and
allows the governor to directly appoint the commissioner of education.
Vermont will close one of its prisons and help more prisoners
deal with drug addiction under legislation approved by the Senate today. The
bill passed with bipartisan support. Backers hope it will help slow the rapid growth
in corrections spending.
Bill Schenk, a former chairman of the Theater Department at the University of Vermont, died this week.
came to UVM in 1965 and was instrumental in the growth of theater arts
school. In the 1970’s he oversaw the renovation and move into the
Royall Tyler Theatre, where the department still resides today.