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Senate passes Sanders-McCain veterans bill

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 3:35am -- tim

The Senate on Wednesday voted nearly unanimously for a bill to expand hospitals and clinics run by the Department of Veterans Affairs and to hire more doctors and nurses to provide timely, quality care for veterans. The bipartisan bill by Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Senator John McCain (R-AZ) would let veterans facing long delays for doctor appointments at VA facilities go elsewhere. Their measure also would hold VA officials accountable for trying to conceal patient wait times.

Vermont Gas requests waiver from PSB to begin staging for pipeline construction

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 4:42pm -- tim

Vermont Gas Systems on Tuesday asked the Vermont Public Service Board to waive part of its Certificate of Public Good so it could begin receiving materials necessary to the construction of its Addison natural gas pipeline. VGS said it is about a month behind schedule because of a delay in receiving the necessary permit from the Agency of Natural Resources, which happened on Monday. The Army Corps of Engineers said it now will have to review the ANR permit before issuing its own, which could take until the end of June. VGS wanted to start the process May 1.

Vermont taxpayer trends for 2014: Less paper, more fraud

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 8:03am -- tim

The Vermont Department of Taxes announced statistical findings for the 2014 tax season showing a rise in tax refund fraud in Vermont, a decrease in paper-filed returns coupled with an increase in e-filed returns, and other taxpayer trends in Vermont. According to Tax Commissioner Mary Peterson, a top priority for the department is guarding taxpayers and taxpayer money against tax refund fraud. “While the additional scrutiny affected the timing of some refund payments, it is critical to protect taxpayers,” Peterson said. “We believe our diligence has paid off.

Community access TV weighs in on future sale of Burlington Telecom

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 7:44am -- tim

The Burlington Telecom Advisory Board held a special meeting recently to discuss CCTV, VCAM & RETN’s (Burlington’s Access Management Organizations – BAMO) proposal for a transparent, public process to protect the public interest when the City of Burlington sells Burlington Telecom to new owners. The city has been trying to sell BT because of the financial burden the all-fiber network has been on the city. BT owes the city $17 million and has dragged down the city's bond rating, which includes Burlington International Airport.

Climate change, national security focus of Vermont Journal of Environmental Law symposium edition

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 5:54am -- Conor

On the heels of the Obama administration’s climate change plan announced last week and a recent government-funded report on climate change’s threat to national security, Vermont Law School’s Vermont Journal of Environmental Law (VJEL) explores the national security implications of a warming planet.

Marble Mill outlet complex opens in Manchester Center

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 5:02am -- tim

Manchester Designer Outlets announces the opening of The Marble Mill, a new 20,000 square foot retail complex located in the heart of Manchester Center, VT at 135 Depot Street. Leading designer brands located at The Marble Mill include such world-class names as Armani Outlet, Eileen Fisher Company Store, Eddie Bauer Outlet and New Balance Factory Store. 

VEDA: Loan limits on agricultural and forest products borrowers increased to $2 million

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 4:01pm -- tim

The Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA) has announced that aggregate loan limits for agricultural and forest products borrowers have increased substantially. Effective July 1, 2014, the statutory limit on the aggregate outstanding loan balances to any borrower at any time through VEDA’s agricultural loan program, the Vermont Agricultural Credit Corporation (VACC), has gone from $1.355 million to $2.0 million.

Shumlin signs toxics bill designed to protect children from potentially dangerous chemicals

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 3:46pm -- tim

Governor Peter Shumlin today signed into law a bill requiring manufacturers of products with toxic chemicals that can cause harmful health effects to disclose when those chemicals are present in children’s products. The new law identifies some chemicals of particular concern.

Keurig Green Mountain, SUBWAY finalize hot beverage partnership

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 3:35pm -- tim

Keurig Green Mountain, Inc (NASDAQ: GMCR), based in Waterbury, a leader in specialty coffee, coffee makers, and innovative brewing technology, and the SUBWAY restaurant chain today announce a partnership to bring Keurig's single serve brewers to thousands of the restaurant brand's North American locations. The Keurig K150 brewer expands the restaurants' hot beverage options, providing freshly brewed coffee on demand. Currently, more than half of the SUBWAY restaurants in the United States and Canada have adopted a Keurig system. SUBWAY is the world's largest restaurant chain.