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Single-payer advocacy group endorses legislative candidates

The single-payer advocacy group Vermont Leads has endorsed 10 legislative candidates the group says are committed to the goal of bringing a publicly financed, single-payer health care program to Vermont. “We know these candidates will work with their colleagues and Gov. Peter Shumlin in the coming year to make Green Mountain Care a reality,” said […]

Funeral set Friday for Vermont Law School’s Cheryl Hanna

Vermont Law School professor and constitutional scholar Cheryl Hanna died July 27, 2014. Courtesy photo

A funeral service for Vermont Law School professor Cheryl Hanna will be held at 3 p.m. Friday in Ira Allen Chapel on the University of Vermont campus, VLS officials said Tuesday. Hanna, 48, died Sunday at her home in Burlington. The cause of death had not been revealed as of Tuesday evening. J. Scott Cameron, […]

Essex Junction to pay $22,625 in wastewater discharge settlement

The Village of Essex Junction has agreed to pay the state $22,625 in penalties for the release of nearly two million gallons of non-disinfected wastewater into the Winooski River last year. The Department of Environmental Conservation’s Compliance and Enforcement Division said the village wastewater treatment facility accidentally released a total of 1,954,853 gallons of treated, […]

Vermont Gas begins planning on Rutland phase of pipeline expansion

The state’s natural gas utility announced Monday it will begin planning for the third phase of its pipeline extension through Addison County to Rutland. Vermont Gas is exploring routes that would connect a proposed pipeline from the International Paper mill in Ticonderoga, New York, to Rutland. The company aims to bring natural gas to Rutland […]

State to launch household health care survey next month

A Vermont household insurance survey, which will begin next week, is expected to give the state a window into how close it is to achieving universal health care coverage. The survey will begin in August and be completed in November. Preliminary results are expected in “early 2015,” according to a news release from the Department […]

Healthfirst names director for its commercial shared-savings program

The independent physician network Healthfirst Inc. announced Monday that Amy Cooper will serve as executive director for its commercial shared-savings care programs. Cooper had been managing the organization’s Medicare shared-savings program for the past year. Shared-savings programs are offerings to provider networks known as accountable care organizations. If the network can meet certain quality standards […]

PSB halts Vermont Gas pipeline project along VELCO route

The Vermont Public Service Board late Friday ordered Vermont Gas to halt construction of its natural gas pipeline extension along certain sections of the proposed route until the company submits a soil management plan. Pipeline opponents say construction in the VELCO transmission line corridor will release a “hazardous” chemical lodged in the soil. The wood […]

Barre awarded $1.6 million to recover from flood damage

BARRE — The Granite City received $1.6 million in federal disaster recovery grants Thursday to repair damage caused by flooding. Pointing to a nearby flood-damaged foundation of a former dry cleaning site on Enterprise Alley, city and state officials said the majority of the money will be used to clean up the contaminated site and […]

Five of six damaged Air Guard fighters return to duty

The Vermont National Guard said Thursday that three of six F-16 fighter jets damaged in a powerful storm this month are back in service. Two more are expected to be ready to return to service by the end of the day, the Guard said in a news release. The sixth jet was more severely damaged […]

State hires MIT economist to vet single-payer proposals

Vermont has hired a policy architect of the Affordable Care Act as an economic consultant to help the Shumlin administration vet different single-payer financing scenarios.

State reports privacy issue with Vermont Health Connect

A Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont employee last month received personally identifying information for MVP Health Care and Delta Dental clients, a state official said Wednesday.

Report details April shooting of suspect by Brattleboro Police

Before Michael Santiago was shot and killed by Brattleboro Police Department Sgt. Mark Carignan, he was described as having a “‘thousand yard stare’ in his eyes and his face was completely emotionless,” according police Sgt. Chad Emery.

State accuses Dollar Tree of violating agreement on jewelry sales

Vermont has sued the retail chain Dollar Tree for allegedly violating consumer protection laws prohibiting the sale of children’s products that may contain lead. The Virginia-based national discount chain agreed in 2010 to stop selling children’s jewelry products or other items containing lead above 300 parts per million. Lead is a chemical used to treat […]

TransCanada, Vermont towns negotiate over property tax increase

Editor’s note: This article is by Mike Faher of the Brattleboro Reformer, in which it was first published July 22, 2014. VERNON — Though a sit-down meeting did not produce a solution, some of those involved in a lengthy legal dispute over the value of two hydroelectric stations still believe the case may not have […]

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