Analysis: Pertussis Prompts Review Of Immunization Exemption Law

Lawmakers are reconsidering the philosophical and religious exemption to the childhood immunization law in the face of a rise in pertussis (whooping cough) cases. They’re also set to discuss the contentious end-of-life bill next week. VPR’s Bob Kinzel talks with Peter Biello about the week in legislative news.

Hearings Begin On Assisted Death Bill

The Vermont Senate Health and Welfare Committee has started its week-long review of one of the most controversial and emotional issues of the session. A bill under consideration would allow physicians to prescribe drugs to help terminally ill people end their lives.

Vermont Summer Olympians

Only a handful of Vermonters have competed in the Summer Olympics and a few of them join us to share their memories of reaching the highest goal in athletics. Also in the program, the Vermont Supreme Court will be hearing a case that tries to determine what the death of a pet is worth.

Memory Loss and Alzheimer’s

We talk with two Vermonters – a medical researcher and a reporter – about the cutting edge work underway to understand and treat memory loss and Alzheimer’s Disease. We’ll also hear from farmers about the difficult loss when a farm animal dies unexpectedly.

Community devastated by death of mother and two children

Police are still trying to figure out why 40 year old Nicole Waring of Wolcott avoided a would-be rescuer and plunged into the Wardsboro Brook carrying her 6-year-old daughter on Saturday. Both died, and the body of 2 1/2-year-old Grace Waring was found yesterday, although police haven’t said how she got into the brook.

Vermont soldier remembered

Another Vermont family is grieving the loss of a loved one in the war in Iraq. 21 year old Adam Muller died Monday when the Humvee he was riding in struck a roadside bomb. Muller served as a gunner in the U.S. Army.