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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 […]

Public interest groups seek to help Vermont defend GMO labeling law

Two consumer advocacy groups filed a motion in federal court Monday seeking to help the state defend a law that would require food manufacturers and retailers to label certain products containing genetically modified ingredients. The Center for Food Safety and the Vermont Public Interest Research Group are asking to intervene on behalf of the state […]

Scott Milne to kick off campaign Wednesday in Barre

To listen to Milne’s statement, click here Republican candidate for governor Scott Milne will formally kick off his campaign Wednesday in Barre. Milne, president of Milne Travel American Express, declared his intention to run June 12, but had not formally launched his campaign to unseat Democratic Gov. Peter Shulmin. Milne, who attended school in Barre […]

FairPoint workers authorize strike

Unionized workers for FairPoint Communications in Maine and Vermont have voted to support a strike. The strike authorization is a precursor to a work stoppage; it gives union leaders the go-ahead to call for a strike at some point in the future. Workers at FairPoint are represented by two different unions: the Communications Workers of […]

Storm-damaged F-16s can be repaired, Air Guard says

Four of six Vermont Air National Guard F-16s damaged by a recent storm will be back in the sky in two to three weeks, Guard officials said Thursday. Strong winds from thunderstorms passing through northern Vermont on July 8 caused hangar doors at the Air Guard’s facility at Burlington International Airport to collapse inward, damaging […]

State launches map of recycling, compost facilities

A map released by the Agency of Natural Resources on Thursday is designed to make recycling and composting easier under Vermont’s new mandatory recycling law. The map includes the locations of a wide range of facilities that process food waste, recyclables, compost and trash. The map was created to help residents and businesses coordinate services […]

Vermont Conservation Voters group endorses ‘pro-environment’ candidates

The political advocacy group Vermont Conservation Voters has endorsed a slate of 40 candidates in state House and Senate races, based on their voting record on environmental issues. The nonprofit said it released an early round of endorsements before Vermont’s Aug. 26 primary and will issue a complete list of endorsements in September. The organization […]

Brattleboro Reformer publisher to lead New England Newspapers Inc.

Brattleboro Reformer publisher Ed Woods. Photo by Ben Garver/Berkshire Eagle

Editor’s note: This article is by Tony Dobrolski, of the Berkshire Eagle, in which it was first published July 16, 2014. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Ed Woods has been named regional vice president and publisher of New England Newspapers Inc., which operates the Brattleboro Reformer, Bennington Banner, Manchester Journal, all in Vermont, and The Berkshire Eagle […]

Trail Mix: Who the Boies are

Editor’s note: Trail Mix is an occasional column about Vermont politics. One of the few revelations from Tuesday’s campaign finance report filings was the slow fundraising start by Republican hopeful Scott Milne. Milne, who hopes to challenge incumbent Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin in November, reported just under $20,000 in contributions, one-fifth of the amount Shumlin […]

Private nudist campground in Sheldon docked $28,750

A communal campground for nudists reached a $28,750 settlement with the state over environmental violations, the Agency of Natural Resources announced Monday. Maple Glen’s 300-acre campground in Sheldon includes an in-ground heated pool, a hot tub, RV hook-up sites with a water tap, sewer access, a communal fire pit, recreational courts, a golf course and […]

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