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Vermont Attorney General: Scammers are posing as IRS agents

Hundreds of Vermont consumers have received phone calls from people who are falsely identifying themselves as IRS agents, according to the Vermont Attorney General’s office. The scammers threaten legal action if an alleged outstanding debt to the IRS is not paid immediately, according to a press release from the attorney general. The poseurs urge consumers […]

Shumlin orders another $17 million in budget cuts

Gov. Peter Shumlin and Secretary of Administration Jeb Spaulding announced a reduction in revenue forecasts for fiscal year 2015 at a news conference Thursday, July 24. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

State agencies were directed Wednesday to find $17 million in savings during the current fiscal year, on top of $31 million in earlier cuts. Legislators challenge administration’s authority to do so.

State takes a last shot at hooking hatchery money from FEMA for Roxbury hatchery

Floodwaters remain at the Roxbury fish hatchery shortly after Tropical Storm Irene struck in August 2011. Photo courtesy of Vermont Fish and Wildlife

It’s a Catch 22: Tropical Storm Irene wiped out the state’s oldest fish hatchery in Roxbury but FEMA is balking at replacing it with a facility that meets EPA requirements.

J.C. Penney and Stonebridge to pay $400,000 for improper charges

A “discount membership” program affiliated with J.C. Penney Co. will pay the state and Vermont consumers $400,000 to settle claims the company improperly charged consumers for services they didn’t know they had signed up for. Texas-based Stonebridge Benefit Services Inc. sells discount membership programs through which consumers can claim discounts on various purchases, from cars […]

Turkey day a mixed blessing for West Glover farm

Turkeys are packaged and ready for pickup at Tangletown Farm in West Glover. Photo by Elizabeth Hewitt/for VTDigger

Tangletown Farm owners David Robb and Lila Bennett embrace the diversified agriculture model, but they still hate to see their turkeys go. “They love people,” Robb says of the holiday’s featured entree.

Storify: Marijuana dominates second VTDigger tweetchat

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Discussion of the pros and cons of legalizing the recreational use of marijuana in Vermont led the, um, buzz. Join us next time by using #VTDchat

Panel makes recommendations on distribution of Entergy funding

The Vermont Yankee nuclear plant in Vernon. Photo courtesy Vermont Business Magazine

The Vermont Economic Progress Council has made its recommendations for the first installment of the $10 million Windham County Economic Development Program.

Weinberger wants speedy public process on $200M mall renovation

An artist's rendering shows a view of Cherry Street promenade looking west from the new L.L. Bean store and transit center area. Courtesy image.

The mayor expects a green light by mid-December to enter a development agreement with Burlington Town Center owner Don Sinex. Weinberger said tax credits likely will be pursued to fund the city’s investment in the public-private partnership.

Auditor questions state’s role in liquor sales

Shopping at a New Hampshire State Liquor Store. Photo by Joe Shlabotnik/Creative Commons https://www.flickr.com/photos/joeshlabotnik/

A report by State Auditor Doug Hoffer suggests privatizing the distribution of liquor and recommends other changes in Liquor Control operations. State says the current system works just fine.

Marijuana, FairPoint strike up next at #VTDchat

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Join us at noon Tuesday for our second hour-long tweetchat. Topics will be legalizing marijuana in Vermont and the FairPoint Communications strike. Join us by using the hashtag #VTDchat

Stowe opens for season

A refurbished gondola cabin hangs from its lift cable at Stowe Mountain Resort on Tuesday, with outside racks that can handle snowboards. Photo by Glenn Callahan/Stowe Reporter

Upgrades made since last winter include a complete refurbishment of the gondola and a three-year, $9.8 million snowmaking expansion.

Vermont unemployment steady at 4.4 percent

Vermont’s unemployment rate held steady at 4.4 percent in October, according to a report released Friday by the Department of Labor. The leveling follows four consecutive months of increases in the seasonally adjusted jobless rate. The U.S. average unemployment rate ticked down one-tenth of a point to 5.8 percent. Nationwide, Vermont tied with Kansas for […]

New portal to provide broad access to public data in Vermont

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Public data abounds in modern times, but most is difficult to access or analyze. A new online portal, Vermont Insights, is meant to provide free and useful access to a trove of public data.

FairPoint accuses strikers of using intimidation, vandalism

FairPoint Communications says some of its striking employees or their supporters are following replacement workers to the homes and businesses of customers in an attempt to disrupt service. FairPoint in a news release called the tactic “mobile picketing” and warned customers to be aware. “Once on site, this type of picketing can include groups of […]

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