Launch of Vermont Tech’s lunar CubeSat delayed by government shutdown

A cube satellite built and programmed at Vermont Technical College measures just 4 inches cubed. Photo by Viola Gad/VTDigger

A small satellite built and programmed at Vermont Technical College will be the first from a New England college to be launched from NASA’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport in Virginia.

Secretary of State’s Office ‘strongly disagrees’ with rejection of rule giving naturopaths right to prescribe more drugs

Christopher Winters, director of the Office of Professional Regulation in the Secretary of State's Office. Photo by Viola Gad/VTDigger

Secretary of State tells rules committee the proposed regulation did ‘everything LCAR asked.’

Need for child mental health services growing, lawmakers told

Charles Biss, right, Charles Biss, director of the Child, Adolescent and Family Unit of the Vermont Department of Mental Health, listens to testimony at the Legislature's Mental Health Oversight Committee hearing on Wednesday. Photo by Viola Gad/VTDigger

Keeping acutely ill adolescents and children close to families during treatment is vital, officials say.

90 percent of Vermonters can now text 911

David Tucker, executive director of Vermont's Enhanced 911 board, demonstrates how 911 texting works in the Statehouse in Montpelier on Monday. Photo by Viola Gad/VTDigger

With the new system, Vermont will be the first in the country to provide statewide 911 texting.

Developer to build new $200 million ski village on Okemo Mountain


The state has given the green light to a $200 million development project at Okemo Mountain. State officials granted the resort an Act 250 permit on Sept. 14. The developer, Timber Creek at Okemo, along with five partners, is planning to build South Face Village, which will connect to the existing Okemo ski resort in […]

Drive to require paid sick days kicks off

Lindsay DesLauriers,(in green) director of the Vermont Paid Sick days campaign, stands among supporters at a news conference at Red Hen Bakery in Middlesex on Thursday. Photo by Viola Gad/VTDigger

Lawmakers, advocates rally at Red Hen Bakery to launch an effort to reintroduce legislation that would require employers to offer 7 days of sick time for full-time employees. Some business groups say it’s too expensive.

Putting the people’s budget into practice

Vincent Villano, of the National Economic Social Rights Initiative, speaks about participatory budgeting in front of state legislators and advocates at the Unitarian Church in Montpelier on Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013. Photo by Viola Gad/VTDigger

“This isn’t about having everyone in Vermont having a say on every penny spent in Vermont,” said Jack Hoffman of the Public Assets Institute. “But there are some issues where people could be more involved.”

State veterinarian recommends vaccinating horses against EEE

After two dead horses in Franklin County tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), the state veterinarian has urged all horse owners to vaccinate their animals against the mosquito-borne disease. This is the first time there has been evidence of EEE in Franklin County. EEE killed two Vermonters and two horses in Addison County in […]

State officials prepare for another cut in LIHEAP funding

Gov. Peter Shumlin has directed an initial $13.5 million LIHEAP payment to assist families in need of heating assistance and called on Congress and the White House to boost heating aid to northeastern states. VTD/Josh Larkin

While Congress dithers over how much to cut from a program that helps low-income people heat their homes, Vermont officials work to manage the uncertainty.

Norwich, Middlebury compete in international solar power competition

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The purpose of the competition is also to educate students and the public about the environmental benefits of clean-energy products.

Naturopaths to receive authority to prescribe more drugs

Naturopaths will be able to prescribe more prescription drugs starting in 2015. Creative Commons photo by jeffk via flickr

Vermont Health Commissioner Dr. Harry Chen supports the move, but the Vermont Medical Society has voiced some concerns.

Burlington metro area ranks high in new report on high-tech start-ups

A newly released report ranks Burlington and South Burlington 40th among 386 U.S. metro areas in density of high-tech start-up companies. The report, released by the Kauffman Foundation and Engine last month, shows that the region’s density of high-tech companies surpassed some of the more prominent clusters such as San Jose and Seattle. Based on […]

‘One-hour requirement’ controversy slows down emergency restraint regulations

AJ Ruben, attorney for Disability Rights Vermont, testifyies before the Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules at the Statehouse on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013. Photo by Viola Gad/VTDigger

The main area of contention surrounds who should tend to mentally ill patients within an hour after they have been involuntarily restrained or secluded.

Season’s first case of West Nile in humans reported in Lamoille County

This summer’s first case of West Nile virus in humans was confirmed by the Vermont Department of Health on Wednesday. A Lamoille County resident fell ill with the virus in early August and has since recovered. As with the human cases of West Nile virus and Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) last year, the person was […]

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