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US motorists to save $1.4 billion at the pump this Labor Day weekend, Vermont gas prices below average

Thu, 09/03/2015 - 12:51pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Americans hitting the road this weekend stand to see the cheapest Labor Day prices at the pump in over a decade, leading to huge savings - $1.4 billion - over the four-day weekend. Vermont gasoline prices are 4 cents lower than the national average and more than a dollar lower than they were a year ago ($2.399 vs $3.563). The lowest prices in Vermont are found in the Rutland area, down to $2.21.

Grants totaling $8.3 million to support upgrades at Newport Airport

Thu, 09/03/2015 - 12:32pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont), Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) and Representative Peter Welch (D-Vermont) Thursday announced two federal grants totaling more than $8.3 million to make critical improvements to Newport State Airport as it expands to accommodate a continued increase of economic growth in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. Leahy, Sanders and Welch said: “These grants are an investment in the economic growth of the Northeast Kingdom.

Sterling College again sets record in enrollment and fundraising

Thu, 09/03/2015 - 10:33am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine As headlines across the country declare that “small colleges are in trouble” and highlight dire predictions for small, private higher education institutions, Sterling College in Craftsbury Common is once again setting records for enrollment and fundraising. Enrollment for the environmental stewardship college will be 128 students when the fall semester starts, the college’s largest student body in its history, and up nearly 25 percent from three years ago.

Comfort Colors to close in Northfield, 60 to lose jobs

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 3:23pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Comfort Colors in Northfield will be closing by the end of October, according to a story on WCAX.com. Comfort Colors (previously known as Barry T Chouinard) was bought by Montreal-based Gildan Activewear Inc (GIL; TSX and NYSE) for $100 million last February. At the time, it stated that no changes were planned. But WCAX reported that all 60 emplloyees at the plant would lose their jobs as Gildan is consolidating the upscale t-shirt and sweat shirt company's operations at other plants.

Social psychologist, former Blue Man heading to Johnson State

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 2:55pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Johnson State College has hired two new full-time faculty members: social psychologist Leslie Johnson and longtime actor, artist and writer Isaac Littlejohn Eddy. Johnson is teaching undergraduate psychology courses in the Behavioral Sciences Department. Eddy is teaching acting classes as a visiting assistant professor in JSC’s Department of Fine & Performing Arts.

Vermont AG asks federal appellate court to affirm state’s GMO food labeling law

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 12:06pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Attorney General William H Sorrell and a number of supporting states and interested parties have asked the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York City to affirm a decision by the US District Court for the District of Vermont upholding Act 120, Vermont’s law requiring the labeling of foods produced with genetic engineering (GE or GMO).

Matt Dunne announces he will run for governor

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 10:41am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Democrat Matt Dunne announced this morning that he has joined the race to become Vermont's next governor, in an email entitled: "I am running for Governor." Dunne was expected to announce that he would seek Vermont's highest office once again. He ran a strong race for the Democratic nomination against a strong field in 2010, which Peter Shumlin won in a very tight contest over Doug Racine. Dunne, 45, is a Google executive who lives in Hartland. He was born in Connecticut and graduated from Brown University.

Hunger Free Vermont: UVM study harmful and misleading

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 9:36am -- tim

by Marissa Parisi, Hunger Free Vermont All of us working in the school nutrition and food security field were blind-sided by a study published last week by University of Vermont (UVM) researchers claiming that children were throwing out more fresh fruits and vegetables from their school lunches after an increase in nutrition requirements were implemented in the fall of 2012.  The study was conducted in two Vermont schools during a critical transition time when schools were required by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to make changes to nutrition guidelines to improve

Vermont wins hearing over Vermont Yankee decommissioning trust fund

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 3:41pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Attorney General William H Sorrell and the Department of Public Service won a victory yesterday in a ruling by a three-judge Licensing Board of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). The ruling grants the State of Vermont a hearing on several of its challenges related to Entergy’s planned use of the Vermont Yankee decommissioning trust fund. “We remain steadfast that Entergy must use the decommissioning fund appropriately,” said Attorney General Sorrell.

Vermont Auditor Doug Hoffer issues stern report on 'contract' worker misclassification

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 1:25pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Saying that the Vermont Department of Labor has failed to effectively implement numerous measures, Vermont State Auditor Doug Hoffer on Monday released the findings of an audit concerning worker misclassification. The audit report identifies deficiencies in program management at VDOL and details the actions needed to better detect and prevent misclassification of actual employees as "contractors." The auditor also maintains that the Department of Buildings and General Services and the Agency of Transportation (VTrans) have not adequately fulfilled their responsibilities.

Central Vermont Medical Center receives Michael Feulner Award

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 12:46pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine On Tuesday, August 25, 2015, the Vermont Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports presented the Second Annual Michael Feulner Award to University of Vermont Health Network – Central Vermont Medical Center in recognition of having the most employees participate in the Vermont Corporate Cup Challenge and State Agency Race on May 14, 2015. UVM Health Network – Central Vermont Medical Center had over 320 employees registered for this year’s race.

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