State unemployment holds steady in October

Vermont’s unemployment rate held steady at 3.7 percent in October, the state Department of Labor reported Friday. That’s the same seasonally adjusted number reported in September, the first month the state’s unemployment rate increased in a year. The national unemployment rate for October was 5.0 percent, the department said in a news release. The reported […]

Vermonters to receive $60,000 under for-profit college settlement

Some Vermonters who attended for-profit colleges, such as Argosy University, The Art Institutes, Brown Mackie College and South University, will share $60,000 in loan forgiveness under a national settlement with Education Management Corp. The Vermont Attorney General’s Office said 67 Vermonters are eligible under the company’s $102.8 million settlement with 39 states. EDMC, based in […]

State flag to be lowered in honor of Barbara Snelling

Gov. Peter Shumlin has ordered the Vermont state flag to be flown at half-staff for the next three days in honor of the late Barbara Snelling. Snelling, a former Vermont lieutenant governor, state senator and the wife of former Gov. Richard Snelling, died Nov. 2. Vermont state flags will be lowered for three days starting […]

VTDigger editor Tom Brown leaving for Arizona

Assignment Editor Tom Brown is leaving VTDigger for warmer, and drier, climes. After two-and-a-half years of managing the newsroom of the independent, online news daily VTDigger, Brown is moving to Arizona, where he will direct media operations for the Center for Biological Diversity’s public lands program. “It’s been a privilege to help VTDigger grow to […]

Administration proposes spending $10.4 million on water quality over two years

The Shumlin administration laid out its two-year spending plan for the state’s Clean Water Fund on Monday. The Clean Water Fund Board, which includes the secretaries of Administration; Agriculture, Food and Markets, Commerce and Community Development, Natural Resources, and Transportation, recommended spending $10.4 million in FY 2016 and FY 2017 on water pollution abatement. The […]

Southbound Exit 8 on I-89 in Montpelier to be closed starting Thursday

Hundreds of state workers and others who commute to Montpelier from Burlington, Waterbury and points north will find the Interstate 89 exit to the Capital City closed for the next week or so. Exit 8 will be closed on the southbound side of I-89 beginning Thursday and continuing until Nov. 13. Both the off-ramp and […]

Feds issue final EIS for transmission line beneath Lake Champlain

The U.S. Department of Energy on Thursday issued its final environmental impact statement for a 154-mile high-voltage transmission line that would run beneath Lake Champlain. The $1.2 billion, 1,000 megawatt transmission line, proposed by TDI New England and known as the New England Clean Power Link, would carry hydroelectric and wind power generated in Canada […]

Vermont unemployment edges up for the first time in a year

Labor statistics for September show Vermont’s unemployment rate ticked up for the first time in 12 months. The seasonally adjusted figures released Tuesday by the Department of Labor show September unemployment in Vermont at 3.7 percent, up 0.1 percentage point from the August level of 3.6 percent. The national unemployment rate held steady at 5.1 […]

NG Advantage extends natural gas deal with International Paper

NG Advantage, based in Colchester, has extended a contract to truck compressed natural gas to the International Paper Co. plant in Ticonderoga, New York, for another 18 months. NG Advantage, a subsidiary of California-based Clean Energy Fuels Corp., began in April trucking compressed natural gas from its loading station in Milton to the paper mill. […]

Bernie gets down with Ellen

Grumpy? Irascible? Not to Ellen DeGeneres. Sen. Bernie Sanders, known for his impatience with the media and his no-nonsense demeanor, boogied with the TV talk show host Wednesday. Sanders, fresh off a strong performance in the first Democratic presidential debate, not only danced with DeGeneres he engaged in celebrity banter. Among the facts America was […]

Amtrak to restore northbound Vermonter service Thursday

Northbound Amtrak service between Washington, D.C., and St. Albans will resume Thursday following Monday’s derailment near Northfield, Amtrak officials said Wednesday. Southbound service will remain disrupted as workers clean up the site of the Amtrak Vermonter derailment Monday. No one was seriously hurt in that accident, which occurred when the train encountered a rockslide on […]

Keurig Green Mountain begins sale of cold beverage system

Just in time for holiday shopping, Keurig Green Mountain has begun the sale of its new cold beverage system. The maker of the Keurig hot beverage system announced Wednesday that it will sell its Keurig KOLD system for $369.99. The system will brew cold beverages using pods similar to its disposable K-Cup hot beverage units. […]

Merchants Bank to close Malletts Bay branch as part of consolidation

Merchants Bank announced Wednesday that it will close its Malletts Bay branch in Colchester early next year as part of its corporate consolidation. The Valley News reported Tuesday that Vermont’s only statewide bank was laying off 16 employees, mostly those involved in direct customer contact, to reflect changes in the way people access their bank […]

Vermont unemployment rate holds at 3.6 percent

Vermont’s unemployment rate held steady at 3.6 percent in August, according to figures from the state Department of Labor. The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was the same in July and the August numbers mark the 11th consecutive month that the jobless rate has not increased, the department said in a news release. “This week the […]