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Nurse describes trip to intercept Peter Italia at JFK Airport

Joanne Calvi, Rutland District director for the Vermont Health Department, accompanied Peter Italia as he was returned to Vermont after spending about a month in West Africa. Italia is in voluntary quarantine so health officials can make certain that he did not contract the Ebola virus. Photo by Laura Krantz/VTDigger
Joanne Calvi, a public health nurse and state health department official, was dispatched on Monday with the Rutland County sheriff to retrieve Peter Italia upon his return from West Africa. Calvi describes how Italia was handed over to them by federal officials, and her conversation with him during the five-hour drive to Rutland.


Rutland mayor exchanged emails with quarantine subject Italia

Rutland Mayor Chris Louras (center) endorsed Democrat Rose Kennedy in her race against Republican incumbent Marc Brierre. Photo by Wade Goodenough.
Chris Louras was in email contact with Peter Italia during the latter’s trip to Africa. The Mayor said he wanted to track Italia’s activities and learn when he planned to come home. The last email, from Oct. 26, indicated that Italia was returning to the U.S. He was met by state officials at the airport and put into voluntary quarantine to ensure he is not infected with the Ebola virus.


GMO labeling rules concern Vermont retailers

Under Vermont's GMO labeling law, Retailers would be responsible for labeling unpackaged foods, such as bulk and prepared foods. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger
Food manufacturers are waging a legal battle against Vermont’s GMO labeling law, but some retailers worry that the law will affect them more than expected. They will be responsible for labeling unpackaged foods, including produce, bulk foods, and prepared foods. Enforcement rules are still being written by the Attorney General's office.


In Profile: The many sides of Peter Shumlin

Gov. Peter Shumlin addresses a volunteer crew in Waterbury cleaning up after Tropical Storm Irene in 2011. Photo by Jeb Wallace-Brodeur
Vermont’s two-term governor is strong in a crisis but can be exasperating to work with, friends and colleagues say. With his biggest challenge ahead, it’s all a matter of trust.


Italia’s Africa trip was discovered by Deputy State’s Attorney

Peter Italia outside Conakry airport in Guinea with his friend and guide Francis, who is from Sierra Leone. Peter Italia Facebook photo
The first official discovery of Peter Italia’s visit to West Africa came from a county prosecutor, who was seeking him as a witness in an unrelated case. She noticed Italia’s postings on Facebook, and triggered a series of events that led to Italia’s voluntary confinement upon his return to America.


Vermont Health Connect customers encouraged to renew offline

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Existing Vermont Health Connect customers looking to renew coverage during the open enrollment period that starts Nov. 15 will be asked to avoid the exchange’s web portal, a state official said. Chief of Health Care Reform Lawrence Miller said the VHC web portal is expected to relaunch before Nov. 15, but those seeking changes will […]


Margolis: Disobedience was civil, but was it warranted?

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Protesters occupying the Pavilion in opposition to the Vermont Gas pipeline perhaps invest the issue with more significance than it deserves.


Experts, advocates say early childhood development is crucial

Children sang and played at the launch event for Let's Grow Kids, a statewide public education campaign about the importance of early childhood experiences. Photo by Hilary Niles/VTDigger
Neuromedical research on brain development shows that early childhood is crucial. A new film exploring the subject was screened Tuesday in Montpelier, and experts made the case that quality care in a child’s first years can have a lifetime of positive impact.


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Randy Brock: Voter fraud in Vermont — fact or fiction?

As someone who in 2006 lost a statewide election by a minuscule 102 votes, I wanted to know if there was voter fraud in Vermont.

Mari Cordes: A message from health care professionals

Like you, instead of sensationalism, we want sensible action to protect you, and to protect workers from Ebola.

Catherine Rader: Embrace your civic duty – Vote on Nov. 4

Voting is the one time when all citizens have an equal say in standing up for the issues and priorities that matter most to us and our community.

Quote of the Day

“I think we should feel comforted we have a company in this business that wants to be in it.” – Gov. Peter Shumlin on GlobalFoundries takeover of IBM’s chip-making business.

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