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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 […]

Irasburg couple arrested for deer poaching

Wayne and Jennie Dion were arrested last week for running an elaborate deer poaching operation from their home in Irasburg, according to a press release from the Vermont Department of Fish & Wildlife. The couple is accused of deer baiting and illegal night hunting. Game wardens obtained a search warrant and found 91 deer antler […]

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 […]

Public comment on statewide education plan closes Dec. 4  

A statewide strategic education plan is open for public comment until Dec. 4. The five-year plan describes how Vermont will help school boards improve student performance. A draft version was adopted by the State Board of Education at its Nov. 19 meeting. Since starting the process at a June 2014 retreat, the Board has discussed […]

Adjunct faculty at Burlington, Champlain colleges vote to unionize

Adjunct professors at Burlington and Champlain colleges voted by wide margins on Monday to join Service Employees International Union. Their counterparts at Saint Michael’s College are expected to vote Dec. 1. Burlington College’s adjunct faculty voted 23 to 4 to unionize. The tally for Champlain College was 118 to 30. They were organized by the […]

Leach Farms fined for dumping manure in Bogue Brook in Enosburg Falls

A dairy farm in Enosburg Falls agreed to pay a $40,000 civil penalty on Thursday for rinsing farm equipment in the Bogue Brook, which is a violation of the state’s water quality standards, state officials say.

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 […]

Vermont Gas protester found not guilty of trespassing

A jury Thursday found Henry Harris not guilty of trespassing at Vermont Gas’ South Burlington headquarters at a protest in May. During the protest, the 36-year-old Plainfield man, dressed in a shirt and tie, entered the building and went up on the roof, where he dropped a 300-square-foot banner protesting the pipeline. He was arrested […]

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 […]

Woman to be charged in Townshend double homicide

Editor’s note: This article is by the Brattleboro Reformer, in which it was first published Nov. 20, 2014. TOWNSHEND — A 62-year-old town lister was due in court Thursday to face charges related to the slaying of two men in Townshend. Robin O’Neill was to be arraigned in Windham Superior Court in connection with shooting […]

Vermont businesses land $103 million in government contracts

Vermont business contracts with government agencies are on an upswing. In Fiscal Year 2014, Vermont companies landed 519 government contracts at the local, state and federal levels. That’s nearly a threefold increase over FY12, and a 25 percent rise from FY13, according to the Vermont Procurement Technical Assistance Center, a division of the state’s Agency […]

Faith leaders host Moral Economy presentations Thursday

Vermont’s faith leaders will convene their final presentations on a “moral economy” Thursday in Montpelier, Middlebury and Brattleboro. The Clergy Caucus of Vermont Interfaith Action (VIA), which encompasses Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, Unitarian Universalist, and Muslim leaders, invited all newly elected legislators to engage in a discussion about how the state’s budgeting process and other legislation […]

Entergy to lay off 165 Vermont Yankee workers in January

Entergy said Wednesday it will lay off 165 employees on Jan. 19, shortly after the company plans to shut down the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant in Vernon. The Louisiana-based company filed the notice with the Vermont Department of Labor and the Town of Vernon. There were 554 active employees working at the plant as […]

Police investigating double homicide in Townshend

Editor’s note: This article is by the Brattleboro Reformer, in which it first appeared Nov. 19, 2014. TOWNSHEND — Police officials on Wednesday morning were investigating a double homicide that occurred late Tuesday night in Townshend. According to a news release from the Vermont State Police, at just before 9 p.m. on Tuesday, troopers responded […]

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