Sam Sanders

Sam has worked at Vermont Public Radio since October 1978 in various capacities â

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4:09pm

Wed April 1, 2015
The Two-Way

California Governor Issues 1st-Ever Statewide Mandatory Water Restrictions

Originally published on Thu April 2, 2015 11:50 am

Morning traffic makes its way toward downtown Los Angeles along the Hollywood Freeway, past an electronic sign warning of severe drought. California Gov. Jerry Brown introduced the state's first mandatory water reduction measure this week.
Richard Vogel AP

Gov. Jerry Brown instituted California's first-ever statewide mandatory water reductions on Wednesday, as the state endures its fourth year of drought.

"This historic drought demands unprecedented action," Brown said, mandating several new conservation measures:

  • A reduction in water use by 25 percent for California cities and towns.
  • New pricing structures by local water agencies to encourage conservation.
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5:24pm

Tue March 24, 2015
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Do-Si-Don't: China To Regulate Outdoor Square-Dancing

Originally published on Wed March 25, 2015 12:50 am

Chinese women holding toy guns dance to a revolutionary song during their daily exercises at a square outside a shopping mall in Beijing. The Chinese government is beginning to regulate public square-dancing, after the practice drew complaints about noise.
Andy Wong AP

China.org.cn, China's national online news service, is reporting that the country's General Administration of Sport and Ministry of Culture are planning to regulate outdoor square-dancing in China. The news website says the government has introduced 12 "choreographed practices" for dancers.

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3:57pm

Mon March 23, 2015
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Wilson Sporting Goods Acquires Louisville Slugger Brand

Originally published on Tue March 24, 2015 11:31 am

A 120-foot-tall replica bat fronts the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory in Louisville, Ky. Hillerich & Bradsby on Monday announced a deal to sell its Louisville Slugger brand to Wilson Sporting Goods Co. for $70 million.
Timothy D. Easley AP

Update at 7:21 p.m. ET. Jobs to be lost in deal:

Baseball's most iconic bat has a new owner. Monday, Hillerich & Bradsby Co., which owns Louisville Slugger, announced the brand would be acquired by Wilson Sporting Goods Co. for $70 million in cash. The move means that Wilson, maker of Major League Baseball's official glove, will soon own the maker of MLB's official bat.

Jacob Ryan of NPR member station WFPL reports that some jobs will be lost in the acquisition:

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6:33pm

Sun March 22, 2015
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Starbucks Will Stop Putting The Words 'Race Together' On Cups

Originally published on Mon March 23, 2015 12:08 am

Larenda Myres holds an iced coffee drink with a "Race Together" sticker on it at a Starbucks store in Seattle. Starbucks baristas will no longer write "Race Together" on customers' cups starting Sunday.
Ted S. Warren AP

The most visible part of Starbucks' campaign to get customers talking about race — putting the slogan "Race Together" on coffee cups — has come to an end.

In a memo sent to all Starbucks employees Sunday, CEO Howard Schultz wrote: "This phase of the effort — writing 'Race Together' (or placing stickers) on cups, which was always just the catalyst for a much broader and longer term conversation — will be completed as originally planned today, March 22."

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9:39pm

Wed March 18, 2015
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Microsoft Is Phasing Out Internet Explorer

Originally published on Thu March 19, 2015 9:41 am

The logo of Microsoft's Internet Explorer, the Web browser due to be phased out in the next version of Windows.
Damian Dovarganes AP

Clippy will soon get a roommate in Microsoft heaven or hell, depending on your perspective. This week, Microsoft announced that it will phase out Internet Explorer, its much-maligned Web browser, beginning with Windows 10.

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3:46pm

Tue March 17, 2015
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U.S. Air Force Veteran Charged With Trying To Aid ISIS

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 6:21 pm

A federal grand jury in New York has indicted a U.S. Air Force veteran on charges of attempting to join the self-described Islamic State.

Tairod Nathan Webster Pugh was indicted on two counts, including obstruction of justice, the U.S. Justice Department said in a statement, adding he will be arraigned Wednesday.

NPR's Carrie Johnson tells our Newscast unit that prosecutors say Pugh was born and raised in the U.S., but "turned his back on the country in an attempt to join ISIS," as the Islamic State is also known.

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9:39pm

Mon March 16, 2015
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UConn, Notre Dame, South Carolina, Maryland Earn No. 1 Seeds In NCAA Women's Bracket

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 6:40 am

Members of Connecticut's women's basketball team react after their 84-70 victory over USF in an NCAA college basketball game in the finals of the American Athletic Conference tournament. UConn is the returning champ in this year's women's bracket.
Fred Beckham AP

The NCAA has announced the women's basketball bracket for 2015. UConn (32-1), Notre Dame (31-2), South Carolina (30-2) and Maryland (30-2) have all earned No. 1 seeds.

The NCAA also says five schools are making their first appearances in the tournament this century: New Mexico State, Ohio, Seton Hall, Tennessee State and Northwestern.

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4:35pm

Mon March 16, 2015
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Robert Durst Charged With Murder, May Face Death Penalty

Originally published on Mon March 16, 2015 9:00 pm

This booking photo provided by the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office shows Robert Durst after his arrest Saturday in New Orleans on an extradition warrant to Los Angeles. Durst's return to LA has been delayed by authorities in New Orleans.
Uncredited AP

Updated at 8:11 p.m. ET

The Los Angeles County District Attorney's office has charged Robert Durst with one count of first-degree murder in the 2000 death of Susan Berman. A statement announcing the charge also said that Durst is being held without bail in New Orleans, after being arrested Saturday by FBI agents. The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office says the charge against Durst makes him eligible for the death penalty. The case is still under investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department.

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5:19pm

Tue March 10, 2015
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Ireland Rushes To Ban Possession Of Several Hard Drugs

Originally published on Tue March 10, 2015 6:48 pm

The Irish government hopes to vote on emergency legislation quickly to counter today's Irish Court of Appeal ruling, which on a technicality legalized a number of hard drugs in the country, including ecstasy and "magic mushrooms." The three-person court found that government officials had not gotten parliamentary approval when they added drugs to the list outlawed by the 1977 Misuse of Drugs Act.

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7:28pm

Mon March 9, 2015
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Sam Simon, Co-Creator Of 'The Simpsons,' Dies At 59

Originally published on Mon March 9, 2015 7:51 pm

Sam Simon, co-creator of The Simpsons, shown here in 2013 at his home in Pacific Palisades, Calif., died Sunday at 59.
Frazier Moore AP

Sam Simon, the philanthropist and multiple Emmy-award winning TV producer and writer who played a key role in making the animated series The Simpsons a success, died Sunday evening at the age of 59, having suffered from colon cancer.

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