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Vermont health officials issue warning about “spice,” which caused overdoses in New Hampshire

Health officials Tuesday warned Vermonters of the dangers of “spice,” a synthetic marijuana product that caused several overdoses in New Hampshire over the weekend. The drug commonly known as “spice” is a mixture of herbs and spices that is sprayed with chemicals similar to the active ingredient in marijuana. Other chemicals are sometimes also sprayed […]

Keurig Green Mountain coffee prices to increase 9 percent in November

The Waterbury-based company said in a press release the price hike responds to increased costs of green coffee and cocoa, plus the rising expense of packaging materials, energy and transportation costs.

Shumlin away on vacation for two weeks

Gov. Peter Shumlin will be away for the next two weeks in Nova Scotia. The governor is leaving to spend time with his family at his second home in Cape Breton, according to his press secretary, Sue Allen. He’ll stay at his cabin, also known as “The Yellow House.” The Cape Breton property is a […]

Vermont Air Guard members out of hospital after toxic fuel spill

SOUTH BURLINGTON — Six members of the Vermont Air National Guard returned to work Friday after being hospitalized due to exposure to a toxic fuel spill, Guard officials said. Guard spokesman Maj. Chris Gookin said the Guard members were given First Aid treatment and later transported to Fletcher Allen Health Care in an ambulance after […]

Burlington auto shop owner to pay $70,000 in hazardous waste settlement

Owners of a former auto shop near the Winooski River in Burlington agreed this week to pay $70,000 to settle claims that it violated state environmental regulations for hazardous waste disposal and storage. Members of Burlington’s Handy family admitted to violating 11 of the state’s hazardous waste management rules. A Washington Superior Court judge approved […]

Developer of proposed transmission line to hold public hearings

The developer of a proposed 150-mile high-voltage transmission line through Vermont said Monday it will host six public meetings in communities affected by the project. TDI New England, a subsidiary of the financial services firm Blackstone Group, plans to build a privately funded “merchant” transmission line to bring Canadian hydropower to southern New England energy […]

Council seeks public input on DCF improvements

A committee tasked with addressing poverty seeks feedback about how the state can improve services delivered by the Department for Children and Families. The 30-member Pathways from Poverty council, created by Gov. Peter Shumlin, seeks feedback in three ways: 1. Attend a public hearing: • 6 p.m. Aug. 28 • 2 p.m. Sept. 5. Members […]

Woodchuck Hard Cider has big plans for its new facility

MIDDLEBURY — U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy told stories to a group of 50 invited media and friends gathered outside the new 100,000-square-foot Woodchuck cidery and bottling facility in Middlebury on Wednesday of how Woodchuck Hard Cider was part of the “holy water” he keeps in stock at his office in the halls of Congress. Click […]

Dr. Karen Hein will not seek reappointment to Green Mountain Care Board

Dr. Karen Hein will leave the Green Mountain Care Board when her three-year term is complete on Sept. 30. Hein is leaving the five-member board to take care of her husband, Dr. Ralph Dell, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in November 2011 and whose condition has worsened. “Serving as a founding member of the […]

Vermont-NEA endorses Shumlin, Corren

The Vermont-NEA will throw its support behind Gov. Peter Shumlin and Progressive candidate for lieutenant governor Dean Corren. The union, which represents 12,000 teachers in Vermont, made the announcement Thursday. The board of the Vermont-NEA met with all four major candidates for governor and lieutenant governor on Wednesday. Martha Allen, president of the Vermont-NEA, said […]

Lawsuit claims misconduct in 1994 murder probe

John Grega appears in Windham District Court in July 2012 for a status hearing. Brattleboro Reformer file photo

John Grega believes a blend of incompetence, ignorance and misconduct put him in prison for more than 17 years for a murder he did not commit.

Burlington’s south end parkway gets a go-ahead

After 40 years of off-and-on consideration, the construction of the Champlain Parkway in Burlington may yet move forward. Last week, the Vermont Environmental Court approved an Act 250 permit to complete the road meant to lessen traffic between I-189 and downtown Burlington. The road would run from Lakeside Avenue in Burlington’s South End to Pine […]

IBM offered to pay GlobalFoundries to take chip division, Bloomberg reports

Talks between IBM and GlobalFoundries over Big Blue’s fabrication operations broke down because IBM was not willing to pay the potential buyer enough to take the under-performing unit, Bloomberg news reported Tuesday. According to Bloomberg, IBM offered GlobalFoundries $1 billion to take over its chip-making operations, but the Abu Dhabi-owner conglomerate wanted twice that much […]

Attorney general settles telephone ‘cramming’ case for $200,000

Nearly 300 Vermont businesses will receive a total of $75,000 in refunds due to a state settlement with an alleged landline telephone “crammer,” the state Attorney General’s Office said. The Attorney General’s Office announced Monday that Enhanced Services Billing Inc. had agreed to pay $200,000 to settle a lawsuit alleging that ESBI passed on unauthorized […]

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