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Shumlin administration to release economic modeling calculations for single payer

Gov. Peter Shumlin told reporters and the public last week that he would release information about the economic modeling and calculations that his administration used in the lead-up to his announcement on Wednesday that he is pulling the plug on a single payer health care system for the state. Shumlin said that the latest calculations […]

T-Mobile to pay Vermont $1 million to settle ‘cramming’ charges

BURLINGTON — About 500 T-Mobile customers in Vermont may be eligible for a refund following a national consumer protection settlement totalling at least $90 million, the Vermont Attorney General announced on Friday. The cell phone carrier has agreed to settle a lawsuit filed by the Federal Trade Commission over the placement of unauthorized charges on […]

Vermont U.S. Attorney Tristram Coffin to step down next month

Vermont’s top federal prosecutor announced Friday that he will step down next month. U.S. Attorney Tristram Coffin submitted a resignation letter to the Obama administration and will step down Jan. 12. His top deputy, Eugenia Cowles, will become acting U.S. attorney. Cowles will be the first woman to serve as U.S. attorney in Vermont. Coffin, […]

Burlington announces $15.7M airport bond refinancing

The city of Burlington recently refinanced a Burlington International Airport bond, saving nearly $1 million, officials said in a news release. The city was able to refinance the $15.7 million airport bond because Moody’s Investors Service elevated its bond rating from “junk” bond status to investment grade. “Today’s closing is more evidence that the nearly […]

Vernon, Entergy reach Vermont Yankee tax deal

Town officials say they have reached a one-year tax agreement with Vermont Yankee owner Entergy, a deal that will establish a value for the nuclear plant when it is no longer producing power.

Allen Prue gets 50 years to life in killing of Melissa Jenkins

Allen Prue is led into court by Caledonia County Deputy Sheriff James Hemond on  Wednesday.

Allen Prue is led into court by Caledonia County Deputy Sheriff James Hemond Wednesday. Photo by Michael Beniash/The Caledonian Record

This article is by Todd Wellington of The Caledonian Record, in which it was first published Dec. 18, 2014. ST. JOHNSBURY — Allen Prue maintained his innocence to the end insisting one last, desperate time during his sentencing hearing on Wednesday that it was his wife, Patricia Prue, who had single-handedly kidnapped and murdered Melissa […]

Report: Vermont second-healthiest state in the U.S.

For the second consecutive year, Vermont ranks as the second-healthiest state in the U.S., according to America’s Health Rankings 2014 report. The report was is based on an evaluation of four categories of health determinants including behaviors, community and environment, clinical care and policy as well as the health outcomes those determinants yield. Vermont ranked […]

Direct flights to Toronto return to Burlington airport

Porter Airlines has resumed its direct flights between Burlington and Toronto. The Canadian airline offers seasonal flights from Dec. 14 to April 5 between Burlington International Airport and Billy Bishop Airport in Toronto. It is the fourth year of serving BTV, a news release said. “The City of Toronto is a perfect destination for both […]

Second accused killer of Melissa Jenkins wants life sentence

Patricia Prue. Caledonian Record photo

This article is by Todd Wellington of The Caledonian Record, in which it was first published Dec. 16, 2014. ST. JOHNSBURY — Patricia Prue wants to plead guilty to murdering Melissa Jenkins in exchange for a life prison sentence but a judge wants her to undergo a competency evaluation first. Prue, who is scheduled to […]

Keurig expands deal with Caribou Coffee

Keurig Green Mountain last week extended and expanded its agreement with Caribou Coffee. The companies announced a 10-year deal in which Waterbury-based Keurig would continue to produce K-cup varieties of Caribou Coffee and add Caribou to its lineup of carafe-sized packs. Keurig’s new 2.0 and Bolt systems allow consumers to brew a single serving of […]

State okays Waterbury Dam with new management plan

The state has re-certified the Waterbury Dam, on the condition that the Waterbury Reservoir feeding the dam be kept at consistent summer-time water levels year round. The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation issued a water quality certification for Green Mountain Power’s hydroelectric dam on Friday. The dam management plan is intended to match the natural […]

Liz Gamache to serve as director of Efficiency Vermont

Liz Gamache. VTDigger file photo

St. Albans Mayor Liz Gamache has been named director of Efficiency Vermont. Gamache will replace current director Jim Merriam on Jan. 19, according to a news release. Efficiency Vermont is an arm of the Vermont Energy Investment Corp. and serves as the state’s energy efficiency utility. Merriam will serve as VEIC’s operations director, overseeing work […]

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock to replace Shumlin at DGA

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock will succeed Gov. Peter Shumlin as chairman of the Democratic Governors Association. Bullock, who was first elected governor in 2012, was chosen as chairman Tuesday at the DGA’s annual convention. Shumlin served as DGA chairman for the past two years. Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy was named chair-elect and will become chairman […]

Vermont-NEA donates $12,200 to FairPoint strikers

The state’s largest teachers’ union has donated $12,200 to support striking FairPoint Communications workers, union officials said. The board of the Vermont-NEA made the contribution in solidarity with about 2,000 workers in two unions who have been on strike for about two months. The labor dispute with Northern New England’s FairPoint landline telephone provider is over […]

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