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State biologists don’t expect major impact from spiny water flea

Biologists for the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife say the discovery of a new invasive species in Lake Champlain is unlikely to have a major impact. Scientists say the spiny water flea, a tiny crustacean, caused only minor concerns when it arrived in the Great Lakes. The department said in a news release that […]

ICYMI: Video from WDEV gubernatorial debate

WDEV hosted a debate with four candidates for governor on Saturday at the Tunbridge World’s Fair: Emily Peyton, an independent, Dan Feliciano, a libertarian, Scott Milne, a Republican and Gov. Peter Shumlin, a Democrat. Mark Johnson, the host of the hourlong debate, asked the candidates questions about health care reform, property taxes, the state budget, […]

Newport State Airport lands $8.8 million federal grant

The Newport State Airport in Coventry has won $8.8 million in federal grants to help pay for expansions. The two Federal Aviation Administration grants come on the heels of $8.1 million awarded to Rutland-Southern Vermont Regional Airport for safety improvements, according to a news release from Vermont’s congressional delegation. The Newport airport’s runway will be […]

Feds distribute $2.1 million to health centers in Vermont

The federal agency of Health and Human Services announced Friday that Vermont’s federally qualified health centers will receive $2.1 million in Affordable Care Act money. The money will allow 10 health centers across Vermont to hire 47 new staff, including direct care providers, extend hours and expand services, according to a news release from the […]

VELCO to make up for property tax underpayments

FERRISBURGH — Vermont Electric Power Co. has agreed to pay about $200,000 to five Vermont towns to make up for property tax revenue those towns have lost since 2009 due to a what a VELCO official called a “miscalculation” on how it assessed property in those five towns and Shelburne. Because of its error, VELCO […]

Credit card processor to pay restitution to 20 Vermont clients

Twenty Vermont businesses stand to collect $169,568 in restitution from the Los Angeles-based credit card processing company Merchant Processing Solutions LLC, doing business as Payment Systems. The state of Vermont also will collect $100,000 in fines. Payment Systems landed 20 business clients through cold calls it started making to Vermont companies in 2010, according to […]

House approves Welch-backed Lyme disease bill

The U.S. House of Representatives approved legislation co-written by Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., meant to bolster the federal response to Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses on a voice vote late Tuesday. Welch and his co-sponsor, Rep. Chris Gibson, R-N.Y., represent states in which Lyme is a growing public health concern. The number of confirmed […]

Single-payer advocate Vermont Leads issues endorsements

Vermont Leads, a single-payer advocacy group, announced Wednesday a list of candidates it has endorsed for the General Election. The organization is backing 61 incumbents and 12 challengers in House races, as well as 16 incumbents in the Senate and six challengers. “On Election Day, I believe the vast majority of Vermonters are going to […]

Yankee decommissioning panel appointed

Gov. Peter Shumlin and lawmakers Tuesday announced the appointment of six members to a committee to oversee the decommissioning of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant. Entergy Corp. announced last year it would close the nuclear power plant in Vernon for economic reasons by the end of 2014. The 19-member Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel […]

Custodian of New York state pension fund troubled by FairPoint labor talks

The guardian of the nation’s third-largest public pension fund has voiced concern over FairPoint Communications’ negotiating practices with unionized workers in northern New England. New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli is sole trustee of the New York State Common Retirement Fund, which invests in FairPoint through a hedge fund. In a letter to fund manager […]

Vermont to collect portion of national pharmaceutical settlement

Vermont will recover $81,708 from a U.S. Department of Justice settlement with a national pharmaceutical services company. Omnicare Inc., the nation’s largest provider of pharmaceuticals and pharmacy services to nursing homes, is accused of cutting deals with skilled nursing facilities in order to land lucrative Medicaid contracts. Omnicare is paying out $16.5 million to settle […]

State settles with rental company Aaron’s over alleged privacy invasions

Three Vermont consumers will collect $2,000 in fines to make up for violations of their privacy by a computer leasing company. The state additionally will collect $45,000 in civil penalties and legal costs from SEI/Aaron’s. The store, with shops in Barre, Brattleboro, Burlington, Rutland and St. Albans, is a franchise of Aaron’s Inc., according to […]

FTC settles with Google over unauthorized app store charges

The Federal Trade Commission announced last week it had reached a settlement with Google Inc., to compensate parents for unauthorized charges incurred by their children. The $19 million agreement responds to complaints that Google unlawfully billed parents for their children’s unauthorized charges for using mobile applications downloaded from the Google Play app store. Many consumers […]

Keurig adds Coke’s Honest Tea to hot brewing lineup

Expanding a partnership announced earlier this year, Keurig Green Mountain will now offer select Coca-Cola hot beverage brands, starting with Honest Tea, in Keurig’s instant brewing machines. The lineup opens with black tea and unsweetened green tea K-Cup portion packs for Keurig’s “Brew Over Ice” products. The marketing suggests brewing hot beverages over ice to […]

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