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Vermont among nation’s best for breastfeeding rates

For the second year in row, Vermont is one of only four states to exceed the Healthy People 2020 breastfeeding goals established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Unemployment ticked up to 3.7 percent in July

How to Survive Unemployment. Photo by Vernon Chen.

The national rate is 6.2 percent. Vermont is tied with South Dakota for the third lowest unemployment rates. North Dakota tops the list at 2.8 percent, followed by Nebraska at 3.6 percent.

Sen. James Jeffords dies at 80

Sen. Jim Jeffords, R-Vt.

Legendary Vermont senator left Republican Party in 2001 over funding for special education. Jeffords was a freshman congressman when he proposed the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act in 1975.

300 miles of modern architecture in Vermont

House II, designed by Peter Eisenman, is in Hardwick. Photo by Donald M. Kreis

The cool and sometimes quirky designs of modernist architects hide here and there around Vermont, sometimes in plain sight.

Leahy, Klobuchar introduce legislation to improve North Country Scenic Trail route

Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) introduced legislation to improve the North Country Scenic Trail. The bill would extend the trail into Vermont, connecting it to the Appalachian Trail, allowing hikers to journey the entire 4,600 miles from North Dakota to Vermont.

Vermont is No. 2 in nation for inmate health care spending

John Perry, who retired last year as director of planning for the Vermont Department of Corrections, said sending hard-core drug addicts directly to treatment instead of prison could save the state’s taxpayers roughly $4 million a year. StockXchng illustration.

Cost per inmate from 2007 to 2011 grew $10,092 to $11,761, but officials say paying more to keep convicts healthy saves money in the long run.

By the numbers: Part-time work casts shadow over low unemployment rating

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Vermont’s unemployment rate was 9.3 percent in 2013 when part-time and long-term unemployed workers are factored in. VTDigger’s Hilary Niles uses visualizations to show jobless rate data from 2003 to 2014.

Matt Fisken: Back to the Garden

Jack Kerouac Shrine at Phish IT Festival. Photo courtesy of Anderson Giles.

With tongue-in-cheek, Trey Anastasio scolded the crowd, “some of you aren’t getting the message …” and suggested they could read “The Book.”

Margolis: Despite the kvetching about Vermont being bad for business, the numbers don’t add up

The view from East Hill in Plainfield. VTD/Josh Larkin

Actual evidence, then, as opposed to impressionistic griping, shows that Vermont is about as good a place to start and run a business as any other state.

Vergennes aerospace company lands $6.7 million defense contract

Editor’s note: This article is by the Addison Independent, in which it was first published May 26, 2014. VERGENNES — Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) has announced a new $6,723,732 Defense Department contract with UTC Aerospace Systems based in Vergennes to develop and test improved guidance systems for U.S. munitions, which would allow greater precision and […]

Dan DeWalt: For the love of money

Vermonters are not gazing wistfully outside of our borders waiting for a CEO to come riding in on a white horse.

Charlie Nardozzi: A guru of the garden, springing up all over

Charlie Nardozzi, holding his dog Rosie, has become a familiar voice and household name when it comes to all things gardening in Vermont. He traces his interest in growing food and flowers back to his Italian upbringing on a diversified farm started by his grandparents, and his time at the University of Vermont. Photo by Andrew Nemethy

Raised on a farm in an extended Italian family, Charlie Nardozzi’s rural roots were too deep to resist the call of the garden. Today, he’s become a horticultural whirlwind, offering advice all over Vermont and across the nation on all things gardening on radio, in print and on the worldwide web.

National study investigates the presence of feral swine in Vermont

Free-ranging feral swine are on the move and a new national study looks to see if they have entered Vermont.

In This State: The man who tends the Northern Forest Canoe Trail

NFCT trail director Walter Opuszynski of Calais says he would love some day to canoe the full length of the 740-mile long trail, a feat accomplished over the years by some 80 paddlers. Photo by Dirk Van Susteren

As trail director for the 740-mile Northern Forest Canoe Trail, Walter Opuszynski oversees a route that joins a total of 79 rivers, ponds and lakes and runs across five watersheds.

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