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Newscast: Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, 7:34 a.m.

A new report by the federal government says Vermont’s homeless population is on the rise. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced its annual Homelessness Assessment Report to Congress today, including state-by-state information on the issue. North Country Hospital in Newport is facing about $42,000 in fines for what Vermont’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspectors say were “serious” problems relating to the storage and handling of blood borne pathogens. Vermont's two U.S. Senators voted with majority Democrats to support changes to Senate rules aimed at what they call Republican abuse of filibusters.

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.
A graduate of NYU with a Master's Degree in journalism, Mitch has more than 20 years experience in radio news. He got his start as news director at NYU's college station, and moved on to a news director (and part-time DJ position) for commercial radio station WMVY on Martha's Vineyard. But public radio was where Mitch wanted to be and he eventually moved on to Boston where he worked for six years in a number of different capacities at member station WBUR...as a Senior Producer, Editor, and fill-in co-host of the nationally distributed Here and Now. Mitch has been a guest host of the national NPR sports program "Only A Game". He's also worked as an editor and producer for international news coverage with Monitor Radio in Boston.
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