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2002 Q&A: Jeffords changed everything

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 12:24pm -- katie

Senator James M. Jeffords, I-VT, turned the Washington, DC, establishment upside down when he left the Republican Party on May 24, 2001. Republicans had enjoyed control of the White House after the inauguration of President George W Bush in January; they had a comfortable majority in the House of Representatives; and, by virtue of the tie-breaking vote held by Vice President Richard Cheney, they controlled a Senate composed of 50 Republicans and 50 Democrats.

Senator James Jeffords dies at 80 in Washington, D.C.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 12:14pm -- katie

Anne Galloway, vtdigger.org and Vermont Business Magazine

Sen. James Jeffords died this morning at the Knollwood Military Retirement Residence in Washington, D.C.
He was 80 years old. Jeffords had lived at the residence since his wife died of ovarian cancer eight years ago.

The Vermont congressman and senator served 32 years in Congress until 2005 when he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Jeffords became famous in May 2001 when he left the Republican party to become an independent and began caucusing with the Democrats in the Senate.

Opinion: Single Payer is the Only Campaign Issue

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 11:08am -- katie

“Single payer” is the buzzword of Vermont’s 2014 election.  A candidate’s pledge to support single payer is the litmus test for some.  Big money – mostly from out-of-state unions – is flowing into Vermont to support candidates who pass the single payer test.

So, what’s the big deal?  If the State delivers on its promise: the same or better health care at a lower cost, we’re ALL going to support single payer!  This is really a non-issue.

Sonnax Purchases Valve Body Xpress

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 11:07am -- katie

Bellows Falls, Vt. - The employee-owners of Sonnax Industries are pleased to announce the acquisition of Valve Body Xpress (VBX) and Valve Body Xtras of Paulsboro, N.J. Founded in 2006, VBX is a leading remanufacturer of automatic transmission valve bodies and solenoids. Valve Body Xtras is a VBX subsidiary focused on valve body components.

Vermont Unemployment Rate Rises to 3.7 percent in July

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 11:03am -- katie

The Vermont Department of Labor announced today that the seasonally-adjusted statewide unemployment rate for July 2014 was 3.7 percent. This represents an increase of three-tenths of a percent from the revised June rate (3.4 percent). The equivalent national average was 6.2 percent, which increased by one-tenth of a percent from the previous month’s estimate. This is the second monthly increase to the statewide unemployment rate in Vermont in the past year. Vermont’s unemployment rate is tied for fourth lowest in the country. 

Fletcher Allen One of 78 Hospitals in the Nation to Meet Stage 2 Federal Requirements for Electronic Health Records

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 10:52am -- katie

Fletcher Allen announced that it has met the electronic medical record (EMR) system Stage 2 requirements for quality, safety and efficiency that were developed by the federal government’s Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).  These standards, part of the CMS Meaningful Use program, help hospitals focus on aspects of EHR implementation deemed most important by CMS, namely those that improve patient safety, quality of care and health system efficiency. 

Fuel spill sends six Vermont Air Guard members to hospital

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 3:52pm -- tim

Six members of the Vermont Air National Guard were hospitalized Friday after toxic fuel spilled at the South Burlington base Friday morning, the Guard said in a statement. Guard spokesman Major Chris Gookin said the Guard members were given First Aid treatment and later transported to Fletcher Allen Health Care in an ambulance after experiencing a bad taste in their mouths. He said it was a precautionary measure.

Student loan borrowers cautioned about offers that promise loan debt ‘relief’

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 3:52pm -- tim

US Representative Peter Welch, D-Vermont, says Vermont student-loan borrowers need to protect themselves  from a new breed of predatory debt relief companies targeting $1.2 billion in education loans. “Unfortunately, these types of companies prey on borrowers who may be struggling to pay their education loans. Unsuspecting borrowers could end up paying more – a lot more – without any added benefit but with the potential to suffer real consequences,” Welch said at an event with Vermont Attorney Bill Sorrell and the Vermont Student Assistance Corp.

Sanders, Leahy join senators in calling for stop to postal cuts

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 3:18pm -- tim

US Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) organized an effort joined by 49 other US senators, including Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) who have called for a one-year moratorium on plans by the US Postal Service to close mail processing plants and slow first-class mail delivery. The senators said Congress should block a proposal by Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe to close up to 82 mail processing plants, slow mail service and eliminate up to 15,000 jobs.

Simollardes: Respect for landowners

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 2:25pm -- tim

by Eileen Simollardes, Vermont Gas There is no doubt that the Addison Rutland Natural Gas Project will strengthen our economy, help retain and create jobs by cutting heating bills by 40 to 50 percent and significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions – advantages that help Vermont transition toward a cleaner and more affordable energy future. However, one of the most challenging elements of all public infrastructure projects is their impact on landowners.

Parent company of Shaw's reports credit card security incident

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 2:05pm -- tim

AB Acquisition LLC, which operates Albertsons stores under Albertson's LLC and ACME Markets, Jewel-Osco, and Shaw's and Star Markets under New Albertson's, Inc, recently learned of an unlawful intrusion to obtain credit and debit card payment information in some of its stores, including in Vermont. The appropriate federal law enforcement authorities have been notified, and AB Acquisition is working closely with its third party IT services provider, SUPERVALU, to better understand the nature and scope of the incident.

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