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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.

Welch urges FairPoint back to bargaining table

Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., has written a letter to the CEO of FairPoint Communications, urging him to “promptly” reach a settlement with striking workers. “I strongly urge you to return to the bargaining table in good faith and find common ground with the working men and women of your company,” Welch wrote in a short […]

Public meeting on marijuana study set for Nov. 12

The state will hold a public meeting next month to take comments on a study of issues surrounding the legalization of marijuana in Vermont. The meeting will run from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Nov. 12 and will be carried statewide at Vermont Interactive Technologies centers. The meeting is planned in conjunction with a study authorized by the […]

Sanders urges FairPoint to return to the bargaining table

Dennis Barr (left), Lisa LeFebvre-Barr and Matt Orr picket outside FairPoint Communication's central office in Montpelier on Friday, joined by LeFebvre-Barr's mutt Spike. The three are going without pay to protest the company's imposed compensation package. Photo by Hilary Niles/

Over 2,000 employees in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine went on strike Oct. 17 after contract negotiations with the communications employer broke down.

LL Bean opens retail store in Burlington on Nov. 7

L.L. Bean will hold a three-day grand opening celebration at Burlington Town Center on Nov. 7-9. The event includes giveaways, seminars, clinics and the famous Bootmobile, according to a press release from the Freeport, Maine company. On Friday, when the doors open at 9 a.m. L.L. Bean will give away gift cards to the first […]

First step toward cross-border rail service

A railroad crossing sign on Taylor Street in Montpelier. Photo by Roger Crowley/for VTDigger

The U.S. and Canada agreed to establish a U.S. Customs and Border Protection location in Montreal’s Central Station, but a Vermont-Quebec passenger rail crossing is still years away.

VSEA makes offer to buy Montpelier Elks Club

The Montpelier Elks Club.

The Vermont State Employees Association is looking to buy the 133-acre Montpelier Elks Country Club. Members of the Elks Lodge #924 are expected to vote on the offer next week.

Farm to Plate tackles food equity issues

Abel Luna translates for Enrique Balcazar, both of the organization Migrant Justice, as Cheryl O'Neil of the Abenaki Heritage Garden, at a panel discussion on food justice at the fourth annual Farm to Plate gathering Thursday. Photo by Hilary Niles/VTDigger

At its fourth annual gathering, Vermont’s Farm to Plate Network celebrates a growing industry, but also focuses on creating systems that are sustainable in terms of social equity as well as profit.

Public responds to proposed GMO labeling rules

Products containing genetically modified ingredients would have to disclose that information on the back of the package near the nutritional facts under Vermont’s bill. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

The Attorney General’s Office is taking comments on rules that will govern the labeling of food products that contain genetically modified ingredients.

FairPoint and striking unions spar over misconduct allegations

FairPoint Communications has accused striking workers of jamming the company’s phone lines and harassing replacement workers. The unions representing about 2,000 employees say the allegations are “outrageous and unfounded.” The parties were at odds for months even before contract negotiations began in early 2014. Bargaining fell apart in August, when FairPoint declared an impasse and […]

Milne pitches tax-free time for business

Growler Garage co-owner Liam O'Farrell (right) and staffers for Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Milne staffers look on at a news conference Wednesday afternoon. Photo by Hilary Niles/VTDigger

In a news conference at South Burlington’s Growler Garage, Scott Milne unveiled an economic development plan that includes a five-year corporate income tax holiday for new businesses, and an exemption from capital gains taxes for capital investments made within three years. He offered no cost estimate for his plan.

Burlington Mayor seeks agreement with Uber

Car-sharing company Uber is operating in violation of Burlington city ordinances but Mayor Miro Weinberger intends to work out a way for it to operate legally, the city attorney said Tuesday in a letter to the company. Uber is a car-sharing service that allows regular citizens to transport passengers in their own vehicles for a […]

Who are the Tram Haus investors?

Jay Peak Slider

Many of the 20 dissatisfied foreign investors in Jay Peak’s Tram Haus EB-5 project say they poured their savings into the investment and “are most certainly not millionaires.”

A sense of betrayal: EB-5 investors go public

Jay Peak’s Tram Haus Lodge. Photo by Justin Cash/

A group of investors in the Tram Haus project at Jay Peak goes on the record to protest what they say is a lack of openness by developer Bill Stenger. An outside audit won’t be allowed unless investors promise to keep it secret, Stenger says.

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