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IBM to pay $1.5B to drop unprofitable semiconductor manufacturing unit; GlobalFoundries will maintain operations in Essex Junction

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GlobalFoundries will acquire thousands of patents and experienced technical teams as part of the deal.


IBM to make announcement this morning about GlobalFoundries deal

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IBM will pay GlobalFoundries $1.5 billion to take over its microelectronics unit, which includes the chip making plant in Essex Junction. IBM employs about 4,000 people in Vermont.


‘New Economy’ movement finds fertile ground in Vermont

Marjorie Kelly (center) moderated a panel discussion Wednesday among (left to right): Gwen Hallsmith of the Public Banking Institute; Paul Millman of Chroma Technology; Rich Carpenter of the Addison County Relocalization Network; and Kathy Ruhf of Land for Good. Photo by Hilary Niles/VTDigger
Instead of assuming the value of limitless, money-driven growth, the new economy paradigm promotes careful choices about when and how — or even whether businesses and the economy should get bigger. When ownership is local, the impact of those decisions are more likely to benefit communities, proponents argue.


Copley Hospital could face big bill from feds

The new emergency room entrance at Copley Hospital in Morrisville. Stowe Reporter photo by Glenn Callahan
Copley is one of seven small hospitals in Vermont that together could be ordered to repay as much as $12 million.


In This State: Progressive publisher Chelsea Green has found a novel way to success

Chelsea Green started out with one unlikely book back in 1984, an eco-fable called "The Man Who Planted Trees." Now co-founder Margo Baldwin has some 250 titles that cram the bookshelves at the publishing office in White River Junction. Photo by Andrew Nemethy
Vermont publisher Chelsea Green has been putting out books with a progressive view for 30 years now. After years of struggle to survive in its niche, today its books, practical to political, hot-button to how-to, are thriving and finding an eager audience.


CMS survey reveals near drowning in Brattleboro Retreat’s adolescent unit

The incident happened on the Tyler 3 adolescent unit, where there have been two suicide attempts in the last six months


Ello entrepreneur committed to Vermont

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Paul Budnitz, the founder of the social media phenomenon Ello, says he will expand the company in Vermont, and he says that with the right branding the state could see more and more stories like his popping up in national headlines.


Bargaining resumes, but South Burlington teachers strike continues

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School board and SBEA fail to reach agreement after first bargaining session in more than a week. Meanwhile, school officials have decided to allow extracurricular activities to continue as scheduled.


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A User's Guide to Vermont Health Connect

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Willem Post: Biodiesel from sunflowers in Vermont — another RE folly?

As part of the Vermont Bioenergy Initiative, Green Mountain Power hopes to reduce consumer costs, CO2 emissions and other pollutants. It has teamed up with several “pioneering” farmers who grow…

Tom Pelham: Don’t wait until after the election

The key question before Vermonters this election season is can our legislative leaders and governor change their ways and chart a course of sustainable spending.

Jack Hoffman: State policy choices make a difference

Jon Margolis did a nice job of popping some campaign balloons earlier this week with his column about the Vermont economy.

Quote of the Day

“Everyone just assumes I want to run for governor. I may never run for governor, I don’t know. I enjoy being lieutenant governor at this point in time. In the future, if all the stars aligned for me personally and for Vermont as a whole, maybe I’ll do it. If I don’t ever run for governor, that wouldn’t be the worst thing in my life.” — Lt. Gov. Phil Scott

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