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Opponents of Vermont's GMO law appeal ruling

Wed, 05/06/2015 - 3:50pm -- tim

Attorney General William H Sorrell announced that the Plaintiffs who are seeking to invalidate Act 120, Vermont’s law requiring the labeling of food produced with genetic engineering (GE or GMO), are now asking the federal appeals court in New York City to rule on their request to halt the Vermont law. On April 27, 2015, the United States District Court for the District of Vermont denied Plaintiffs’ motion for a preliminary injunction in its entirety.

Bond Auto, Champlain Cable, and SD Ireland named finalists for Deane Davis Business of the Year award

Wed, 05/06/2015 - 3:01pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine and the Vermont Chamber of Commerce have selected the three finalists for the Deane C Davis Outstanding Business of the Year Award: Bond Auto Parts, Champlain Cable Corporation, and S.D. Ireland. One of these impressive finalists will be named the Deane C. Davis Outstanding Vermont Business of the Year on Thursday, May 21 in an awards presentation ceremony that kicks off the 31st annual Vermont Chamber Business & Industry EXPO. The award winner will be announced at 10 am in the foyer of the Sheraton Burlington Conference Center.

State of Vermont surplus state vehicle auction May 9

Wed, 05/06/2015 - 2:52pm -- tim

The Department of Buildings and General Services will be auctioning a large assortment of State vehicles and equipment to the general public beginning at 10 am on Saturday, May 9, 2014. The May 9 physical auction of State vehicles is expected to be very well attended. The auction will be held at the Agency of Transportation Central Garage located at 1756 US Route 302, in Berlin, Vermont (05602), across from the Wayside Restaurant.

Governor Shumlin: More Cuts, Fewer Taxes

Wed, 05/06/2015 - 2:47pm -- tim

by Governor Peter Shumlin Even as Vermont’s economy continues to show signs of progress, the message I hear from Vermonters is that they don’t feel the economic recovery is reaching their pocket books. While we have the 6th lowest unemployment rate in America and Vermont employers have thousands of job openings, incomes and wages for working Vermonters have not recovered fast enough from the depths of the Great Recession. This is a national trend from which Vermont is not immune, and it’s why I am so focused on making this economy work for every single Vermonter.

FairPoint Communications reports 2015 Q1 results, revenues down

Wed, 05/06/2015 - 12:09pm -- tim

by Timothy McQuiston Vermnt Busness Magazine FairPoint Communications, Inc (Nasdaq: FRP), Vermont's largest communications provider, today announced its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2015. The landline phone and Internet company reported that accrued pension and other post-employment benefit obligations have declined a combined $680.3 million from December 31, 2014 to March 31, 2015, based primarily on the new collective bargaining agreements following the resolution of the prolonged strike, which ended in February.

SJC hearing Wednesday on Leahy's Freedom of Information Act bill

Wed, 05/06/2015 - 10:52am -- tim

The Senate Judiciary Committee is holding a hearing entitled, “Ensuring an Informed Citizenry: Examining the Administration’s Efforts to Improve Open Government.”  Ranking Member Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) has long worked to improve government openness and transparency, and was inducted into the FOIA Hall of Fame in 1996 for his work.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock receives three distinctions for patient care

Wed, 05/06/2015 - 6:37am -- tim

by Mike Barwell, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Three national organizations have confirmed Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center’s (DHMC) leadership for  providing the highest quality of patient care. The distinctions include accreditation with the Gold Seal of Approval by The Joint Commission, a four-star rating for patient satisfaction on Hospital Compare; and recertification as the region’s primary trauma center:

Brookfield to celebrate opening of 'floating bridge' May 23,24

Wed, 05/06/2015 - 5:18am -- tim

The Brookfield Floating Bridge Celebration Planning Committee has announced today two-day celebration focused around the opening of the 8th Brookfield Floating Bridge on May 23 and 24. Festivities will take place in the center of Brookfield, Vermont, in the vicinity of Hippo Park, the floating bridge, and the Old Town Hall. The Brookfield Floating Bridge is the only bridge of its kind east of the Mississippi. There have been seven bridges over the past centuries, and the opening of this bridge marks the eighth bridge traversing the lake. The bridge, designed by TY Lin and constru

Governor to sign Vermont Captive Insurance bill into law

Tue, 05/05/2015 - 1:40pm -- tim

Governor Peter Shumlin will sign new legislation passed in the 2015 session strengthening Vermont’s captive legislation in a variety of areas including groundbreaking changes to the investment guideline to allow marketable securities along with cash, trusts and letters of credit to meet the minimum capital requirement. Governor Shumlin will hold a ceremonial signing of the bill alongside captive insurance industry professionals on May 7, in Burlington.