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Lawmakers to revisit fossil fuel divestment

Sen. Anthony Pollina, file photo by Josh Larkin.

In 2014, a bid to divest state retirement funds from fossil fuel industries failed in the legislature. Activists plan a new push in the new year, and one state senator promises to reintroduce divestment legislation. State Treasurer Beth Pearce opposes the move, saying she prefers to have “a seat at the table” with the industry.

Opiate treatment center to open in Bennington

Gov. Peter Shumlin announced an opiate addiction center in Bennington on Friday. Photo courtesy of Bennington Office of Economic and Community Development

Southwest Vermont will get a new opiate treatment center next year. A public-private partnership will provide services that are currently available an hour’s drive away. The new initiative was unveiled at a news conference Friday with Gov. Shumlin, state and local officials, and caregivers.

Republican Milne: ‘I Think I’ve Got a Shot’

Republican candidate for governor Scott Milne speaks with editors at the Valley News in West Lebanon, N.H., on October 22, 2014. Photo by Sarah Priestap/Valley News

In an interview with the Valley News editorial board, Scott Milne outlined his policy proposals and his differences with incumbent Gov. Peter Shumlin; and commented on his prospects in the campaign for Governor. He also discussed his involvement in a controversial development plan in Hartford, Vermont.

Gov. Peter Shumlin’s public appearance schedule for the week of Oct. 25

News Release — Governor’s Office Oct. 24, 2014 Saturday, Oct. 25 8:30 a.m.: Wheels for Warmth, Dubois Construction, 46 Three Mile Bridge Road, Montpelier 6:30 p.m.: March in the annual Rutland Halloween Parade, Downtown Rutland Monday, Oct. 27 11:00 a.m.: Press Conference; Re: Transportation and Downtowns, Ripley Bridge, Ripley Road, Rutland 12:00 p.m.: Speak to […]

Farm to Plate tackles food equity issues

Abel Luna translates for Enrique Balcazar, both of the organization Migrant Justice, as Cheryl O'Neil of the Abenaki Heritage Garden, at a panel discussion on food justice at the fourth annual Farm to Plate gathering Thursday. Photo by Hilary Niles/VTDigger

At its fourth annual gathering, Vermont’s Farm to Plate Network celebrates a growing industry, but also focuses on creating systems that are sustainable in terms of social equity as well as profit.

Senate candidate sparks controversy with Burma Shave signs

Sen. Mark MacDonald, D-Orange, and Republican challenger Robert Frenier appear at a forum Tuesday in Randolph. Photo by Morgan True/VTDigger

Orange County Republican Bob Frenier has put up 24 road signs in the style of the old Burma Shave ads. Some claim that seniors could see Medicare changes under single-payer health care. Democrats say the signs are wrong, and accuse Frenier of fearmongering.

Gov. Shumlin, Mayor Weinberger, tech businesses announce upcoming Tech Jam

Joined by Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger, tech business owners, economic development officials and others at the new business Ello in Burlington, Gov. Peter Shumlin today touted the upcoming 2014 Vermont Tech Jam being held on Friday and Saturday, and highlighted Vermont’s growing high-tech industry and national recognition.

On the issues: Where the candidates for governor stand

Governors race

VTDigger’s beat reporters compare the views of Dan Feliciano, Scott Milne and Peter Shumlin on health care, the environment, criminal justice and the economy.

GlobalFoundries to keep IBM plant in Essex going

Gov. Peter Shumlin holds up a cell phone to emphasize the viability of the semi-conductor manufacturing business that takes place in Essex Junction. IBM announced Monday it would sell the division to California-based, Abu Dhabi-owned GlobalFoundries. Photo by Hilary Niles/VTDigger

IBM will pay GlobalFoundries $1.3 billion over three years to take its semiconductor manufacturing wing. The new owner says Vermont employees will keep their jobs.

IBM to make announcement this morning about GlobalFoundries deal

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IBM will pay GlobalFoundries $1.5 billion to take over its microelectronics unit, which includes the chip making plant in Essex Junction. IBM employs about 4,000 people in Vermont.

Bargaining resumes, but South Burlington teachers strike continues

South Burlington High School

School board and SBEA fail to reach agreement after first bargaining session in more than a week. Meanwhile, school officials have decided to allow extracurricular activities to continue as scheduled.

Gov. Peter Shumlin’s public appearance schedule for the week of Oct. 18

News Release — Gov. Peter Shumlin Oct. 17, 2014 Saturday, Oct. 18 1:00 p.m.: Attend inauguration ceremony for newly appointed Champlain College President Donald J. Laackman, Champlain College, IDX Student Life Center, Argosy Gym, 262 S. Willard Street, Burlington Monday, Oct. 20 12:00 p.m.: Invited to speak to the Rutland Rotary, The Palms, 36 Strongs […]

Shumlin launches new campaign spot

Gov. Peter Shumlin on Thursday released his fourth television ad, this time highlighting the state’s response to opiate addiction. The 30-second spot features Raina Lowell, a former opiate addict who was featured in the documentary “The Hungry Heart,” about opiate addiction in Vermont. She calls Shumlin “caring and courageous” for approaching addiction as a health […]

Economic development groups bid for Entergy funds

Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant, Feb. 21, 2010

Brattleboro Development Credit Corp. and Southeastern Vermont Economic Development Strategies are seeking $300,000 of the $2 million provided by Entergy to offset the impact of Vermont Yankee closing.

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