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Vermont Gas gains federal waiver for International Paper project

Vermont Gas Systems' South Burlington offices. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission says plan to build natural gas pipeline under Lake Champlain does not need federal environmental impact study.

 

Study predicts $11 million annual revenue from legalized pot

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The marijuana market in Vermont is worth approximately $54 million annually, a personal finance website estimates. Vermont's own Rand study due in January.

 

NECAP science scores down

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Scores dropped noticeably from 2013. Vermont education leaders say the federal No Child Left Behind focus on reading and math takes class time away from hands-on science education.

 

AG looking into Burlington College’s diversion of scholarship fund

Burlington College on North Avenue in Burlington. Photo by Laura Krantz/VTDigger
The financially troubled school says it is cooperating with an investigation into whether it should have used principal from a scholarship trust fund to pay operating expenses.

 

Fletcher Allen seeks approval for $175M inpatient facility

Architect's drawing shows Fletcher Allen Health Care's proposed inpatient facility. Courtesy of Fletcher Allen
The hospital has applied to the Green Mountain Care Board for a certificate of need allowing construction of a proposed 180,000-square-foot building that would include 128 single-occupancy rooms.

 

In Profile: Will Corren’s principled stands on issues sway voters?

Dean Corren, a Progressive candidate for lieutenant governor. Photo by Hilary Niles/VTDigger
While lieutenant governors in the past have promoted issues, Corren's ambition to be a key player in the health care debate would expand significantly the role of the office.

 

In This State: Artist Charlie Hunter’s ‘murky paintings of decaying American infrastructure’

Charlie Hunter finds poignant subject matter in the neighborhood around his studio, which is located in Bellows Falls' former industrial center. His T-shirt, which he designed, reads: “Bellows Falls, Vermont: Not Nearly As Bad As You Thought." Photo by Mark Bushnell
Drawing a darker vision of the world hasn’t hurt Charlie Hunter’s career. He has been receiving national recognition as a painter with a unique viewpoint.

 

Seneca Mountain Wind pulls the plug

A turbine at Green Mountain Power's Kingdom Community Wind project on Lowell Mountain.  Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger
The company confirmed it has not started construction or site preparation in Ferdinand or at any of the other three MET sites authorized under a certificate of public good issued to it by the Vermont Public Service Board.

 

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Commentary

Tiffany Bluemle and Linda Tarr-Whelan: For economic growth, invest in women and girls

Vermont would be wise to take a lead from the widely accepted international development strategy that investing in women and girls is a powerful economic growth and stability tool.

David Mears: Waterbury Reservoir’s future

The Agency of Natural Resources is holding an informal meeting on Oct. 7 to get public input before we begin the formal legal process of issuing a water quality certification…

Rob Roper: Constitutional amendment a dangerous incumbent protection act

On Sept. 11, 54 U.S. senators voted along party lines to amend the U.S. Constitution so as to essentially do away with the First Amendment.

Quote of the Day

“To have the administration working so hard putting together the details of not only the financing plan and have a lieutenant governor act as an anchor slowing things down, making things tougher to explain than they already are, that was intolerable.” – Dean Corren, Progressive/Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor

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