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Two Rising Tide protesters arrested at Vermont Gas pipeline site in Williston

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 7:45am -- tim

by John Herrick vtdigger.org Two protesters were arrested Tuesday during an attempt to block construction of a natural gas pipeline extension. The demonstrators sat on pipes being laid in a ditch with their necks locked together at the construction site along Redmond Road in Williston, halting construction for more than an hour.

KeyBank, VBM present 5x5x5 Growth Awards

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 5:08pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Twenty-five Vermont companies were honored Monday night for their success over the last five year during the 2014 5x5x5 Growth Awards. Governor Peter Shumlin presented the awards to the companies who represented five different industry categories. The event is sponsored by KeyBank Vermont and Vermont Business Magazine. KeyBank and VBM started the growth awards in 2003 to create an opportunity to celebrate and recognize the success and contributions that Vermont businesses make to the Vermont economy.

Shumlin Administration takes down Vermont Health Connect website to prepare for open enrollment

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 11:52am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Shumlin administration today announced that Vermont Health Connect has shut down its website temporarily to complete ongoing operational, technical, performance and security improvements necessary for a well-functioning customer experience when the next open enrollment period begins in November. The site is scheduled to be offline until November 15. The state made the decision to take down the website after consultation with its federal partners at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

Rutland Regional Planning Commission spearheads economic development campaign

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 7:34am -- tim

The Rutland Regional Planning Commission is sponsoring a groundbreaking campaign to spur economic development in the area with locally-led, regional efforts. Finding the Sweet Spot: New Approaches to Economic Development in the Rutland Region, kicks off the evening of October 1, 2014 with an economic development summit at the Franklin Conference Center in Rutland. The event is open to the public. Erik Pages from EntreWorks Consulting, an economic development and policy development firm, will lead the discussion on New Approaches to Economic Development in the Rutland Region.

Milne touts polls that show him trailing Shumlin by 10 to 12 points, Davis questions accuracy

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 6:48am -- tim

Scott Milne, the Republican gubernatorial candidate, has recently cited two polls as evidence that he is gaining on Governor Peter Shumlin, a Democrat. A New York Times/CBS/YouGov.com opt-in, online poll of 430 Vermonters conducted Aug. 18-Sept. 2 shows a 11 percentage point gap between Milne and Shumlin. In the survey, 41 percent of Vermonters supported Shumlin, and 30 percent backed Milne.

$130,000 raised for children facing life-threatening medical conditions

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 6:31am -- tim

On September 14th, Make-A-Wish Vermont celebrated past, present, and future wish children at the 11th annual Walk For Wishes at the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, VT, and over $130,000 was raised to grant wishes! Hundreds of people joined together to help raise awareness and funds for Vermont children living with life-threatening medical conditions, and local businesses and volunteers donated goods and services to the event.

Hospital budgets approved virtually unscathed by GMC Board

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 5:34am -- tim

by Morgan True vtdigger.org State regulators approved a 3.1 percent overall increase in hospital revenue for the coming year, budgeting a combined $2.2 billion for Vermont’s 14 hospitals. The Green Mountain Care Board approved the six remaining hospital budgets at its Thursday meeting, though the revenue figures won’t be final until hospitals receive signed orders Monday. The hospital budget year begins October 1. The overall increase is worth $67.8 million, and is larger than the approved increase from last year of $57.9 million.

Kelly Brush Century Ride raises $320,000 for adaptive sports, ski racing safety

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 5:14am -- tim

The Kelly Brush Century Ride Powered by VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations drew more than 700 riders who raised $320,00 for adaptive athletic equipment for individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI) and to improve ski racing safety. Riding as teams and individuals, 724 cyclists, including 28 handcyclists, rolled out from Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont on September 6 raising a record amount for the Kelly Brush Foundation’s mission to conquer the challenges of paralysis through love of sport and to raise awareness about and raise the bar for ski racing safety.

Vermont among nation’s best for breastfeeding rates

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 2:01am -- tim

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). A 2014 Breastfeeding Report Card published by CDC in August showed Vermont women breastfeed their babies at birth, three months and six months at a rate well above the national average. Vermont exceeded the national goals in five categories including rates of exclusive breastfeeding at three and six months.

Environmentalists petition FTC to investigate GMP claims that energy is from 'renewable' sources

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 3:01pm -- tim

Four Vermont citizens and environmental leaders -- Bruce Post, Curt McCormack, Charles W. Johnson, and Kevin B Jones -- filed a petition Monday with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate what they claim are deceptive trade practices of Green Mountain Power in the marketing of renewable energy to Vermont consumers. The petition was filed by the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic at Vermont Law School.

EPA: Vermont ferry company to minimize emissions, pay $100,000 fine

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 2:36pm -- tim

Lake Champlain Transportation Company, which operates ship repair and painting facilities in Burlington and Shelburne will take actions to minimize air emissions and protect air quality. In addition, under the settlement, Lake Champlain Transportation Company will pay $100,000 in penalties to resolve EPA claims that the company violated both federal and state clean air regulations.

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