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Newscast: Wednesday, May 15, 2013, 12:04 p.m.

At a little after 10:20 last night, House Speaker Shap Smith brought the gavel down on the 2013 Legislative session. As the legislature wrapped up a number of were up for final approval, including a plan to finance Vermont’s new Health Care Exchange beginning in January 2015. This week is Way To Go Week,  and Vermonters are being encouraged to carpool or use mass transit to get to work.  That’s become easier in recent years with the expansion of commuter bus service. But connecting by bus to more distant points is a  problem.   Now the state has a plan to make it easier for Vermonters to catch an intercity bus. Congressman Peter Welch says he hopes the farm bill will help stabilize milk prices for dairy farmers, include disaster insurance for vegetable growers and promote the use of local fruits and vegetables in school lunches.

Melody is the Contributing Editor for But Why: A Podcast For Curious Kids and the co-author of two But Why books with Jane Lindholm.
Peter was a Producer/Announcer at VPR until 2015. He began his public radio career in 2007 at WHQR-FM in Wilmington, North Carolina where he served as Morning Edition host and reporter, covering county government and Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base. His work has won several Associated Press awards and has appeared on NPR's All Things Considered, Weekend Edition, and PRI's This American Life. A graduate of the creative writing program at the University of Maine at Farmington, Peter enjoys writing, cooking and traveling.
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