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Court finds Republican Governors Association violated campaign finance law

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 5:01pm -- tim

The Vermont Superior Court, Washington Unit, issued a decision today concluding that the Republican Governors Association (RGA) violated Vermont law by accepting contributions in excess of $2,000 during the 2010 gubernatorial campaign. The RGA claimed it should be exempt from contribution limits because it qualified as an independent-expenditure-only committee.

Merchants Bancshares announces third quarter 2014 results

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 4:38pm -- tim

Merchants  Bancshares, Inc (NASDAQ: MBVT), the parent company of Merchants Bank, today announced net income of $2.81 million and $9.62 million, or diluted earnings per share of $0.44 and $1.52 for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2014, respectively. This compares to net income of $3.67 million and $11.31 million, or diluted earnings per share of $0.58 and $1.79 for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2013, respectively.

Burlington Elementary School teacher named 2015 Vermont Teacher of the Year

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 3:53pm -- tim

Rebecca Haslam, a Champlain Elementary School teacher and District Social Studies and Equity Curriculum Coach for grades K-5, has been selected as the 2015 Vermont Teacher of the Year (VT-TOY), the Agency of Education announced today. In addition to team-teaching first grade, she helps develop curriculum, working with teachers in each of the Burlington School District’s six elementary schools to employ resources that are more inclusive in content, language, and practice.

Vermont unemployment rate up again, rises three-tenths to 4.4 percent

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 10:34am -- tim

Vermont Unemployment Rate Rises to 4.4 percent in September The Vermont Department of Labor announced today that the seasonally-adjusted statewide unemployment rate for September 2014 was 4.4 percent. This represents an increase of three-tenths of a percent from the revised August rate (4.1 percent). The increase was driven by both an increase in the number of unemployed and a decrease in the number of employed. The equivalent national average was 5.9 percent, which decreased by two-tenths of a percent from the previous month’s estimate.

VA to offer GI Bill scholarships for surviving spouses

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 10:04am -- tim

US Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) announced today that the Department of Veterans Affairs will begin accepting applications for college scholarships for surviving spouses of service members who died in the line of duty. Sanders worked hard to get the provision in the recently-passed veterans bill. He urged all eligible spouses to take advantage of it.

Hotel Vermont named #14 best hotel in US by Condé Nast Traveler

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 9:33am -- tim

Condé Nast Traveler announced today the results of its 27th Annual Readers’ Choice Awards, recognizing Hotel Vermont in Burlington as #14 in the 25 Best Hotels in the US. More than 76,600 dedicated readers cast votes for 7,721 hotels, 642 cities, 453 cruise ships, and 148 islands, with an average survey time of 16.5 minutes. The result? The 1,182 best travel experiences in the world.

Dartmouth: Corruption of the health care delivery system

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 5:09am -- tim

The foundation of evidence-based research has eroded and the trend must be reversed so patients and clinicians can make wise shared decisions about their health, say Dartmouth researchers in the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes. Doctors Glyn Elwyn and Elliott Fisher of The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice are authors of the report, which highlights five major problems set against a backdrop of “obvious corruption.” They say there is a dearth of transparent research and a low quality of evidence synthesis; and, the difficulty of obtaining

Fletcher Allen named as leader in Healthcare Equality Index

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 4:59am -- tim

Fletcher Allen Health Care has been recognized as a “Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality” in the Healthcare Equality Index 2014, an annual survey conducted by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the country’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) organization. Fletcher Allen earned top marks for its commitment to equitable, inclusive care for LGBT patients and their families, who can face significant challenges in securing adequate healthcare.

This is the second year on a row that the organization has been recognized in this manner.

State employee medical plan premium rates announced, up 17.9 percent

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 4:40am -- tim

The annual open enrollment period for State employees to choose among medical plans begins November 1. Human Resources Commissioner Maribeth Spellman announced today that the plans will see a 17.9 percent premium increase in 2015 for active State employees and non-Medicare retirees, while Medicare retirees will see a decrease or very small increase (-2.3 percent or +1.0 percent) depending on their plan.

SVMC becomes teaching hospital for podiatry

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 3:21am -- tim

A new program at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) is attracting podiatry students from across the country who want to train with an outstanding medical staff in a rural hospital. The new podiatry surgical residency program, which launched earlier this year, began with two recent graduates, Dr Vu Nguyen from Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, CA, and Dr Michael Banh from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio.