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US News and World Report: Vermont Law School ranked first in environmental law again

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 10:03am -- admin

US News & World Report has released its rankings for the Best Law Schools for 2015, and has rated Vermont Law School as the No. 1 environmental law school in the nation for an unprecedented sixth consecutive year.
In addition, U.S. News ranked Vermont Law No. 18 nationally for clinical training. This category recognizes the best law schools for providing “hands-on experience.”

Shumlin’s Medicaid rate increase faces trouble in the Vermont House

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 8:41am -- admin

by Morgan True
Governor Peter Shumlin’s proposal to raise the state’s Medicaid reimbursement rate by 2 percent may not pass muster in the House of Representatives.
Increasing the Medicaid reimbursement rate is important to addressing the shift in health care costs from people with publicly financed coverage to the commercially insured, according to state regulators and other officials.

Business is up 300 percent for drug diversion unit

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 6:09am -- admin

by Laura Krantz What do a South Burlington doctor, a Williston health clinic secretary, a Price Chopper pharmacist and a relapsed drug addict and his brother-in-law have in common? Prescription fraud charges.
As Vermont public health officials drill down on how to help drug addicts recover, police are pursuing sticky-fingered individuals – from all walks of life – whom they believe funnel painkillers into the wrong hands.

A Vermont State Police cruiser.

Opiate abuse may be up, but overdose deaths are flat

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 5:56am -- admin

by Laura Krantz Governor Peter Shumlin highlighted the opiate addiction crisis in Vermont in his State of the State address, but statistics show no significant rise in accidental drug overdose deaths from opiates over the past eight years, according to a new Health Department report.
In 2013 there were 62 drug overdose deaths in Vermont from Schedule II, III or IV drugs, the report says. In 2006 there were 57 overdose deaths. In the interim years, the number of overdose deaths rose and fell slightly.

Teva Pharmaceuticals and Volunteers in Medicine partner to expand access to healthcare in the US

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 4:36am -- admin

Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, a subsidiary of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (NYSE:TEVA) and Volunteers in Medicine (VIM), based in Burlington, Vermont, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping communities provide free primary healthcare clinics for families and individuals, today announced their 2014 National Partnership to make healthcare services more readily available to the uninsured.

This week in the Legislature: Crossover deadline occupies committees

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 4:32am -- admin

by Anne Galloway
Crossover — the deadline for bills to be passed out of committees in the Statehouse — is Friday, and that means lawmakers will be scrambling to nail down language for a large number of bills that are still in play.
In the Senate, the Finance Committee will review a jobs bill, while the Economic Development Committee considers new legislation that would require testing for toxic materials in consumer products.

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters changes name to Keurig Green Mountain Inc

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 2:01pm -- admin

by Timothy McQuiston, Vermont Business Magazine Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc, based in Waterbury, Vermont, has legally changed its name to Keurig Green Mountain Inc. The name change received overwhelming approval at the company's annual meeting held March 6. When the name change was suggested by management in January, it received a generally negative reception in Vermont, but shareholders approved it last week by over 130 million votes. Less than 2 percent of shareholders did not vote for the name change.

Governor, legislative leaders call for increase in Vermont’s minimum wage

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 12:33pm -- admin

Joined by several business owners, Governor Peter Shumlin today called on lawmakers to approve a phased-in increase in Vermont’s minimum wage to $10.10 by 2017. The governor, President Obama and several regional governors had issued a similar appeal for an increase at the national level, and are supporting an increase in the wage in their respective states. 

CCTA strike averted; services in Burlington available as scheduled

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 10:06am -- admin

by Anne Galloway
The Chittenden County Transit Authority announced on Sunday morning that bus services will operate as scheduled on Monday in the Burlington area.
Last week the local Teamsters union threatened to strike on March 10 if CCTA and union members couldn’t agree to a three-year contract in negotiations this weekend.