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Barrier on Morpion Creek to reduce lamprey populations

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 5:49am -- tim

In a unique example of the international cooperation that is at the heart of resource management in the Lake Champlain Basin, the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the town of Notre-Dame-de-Stanbridge in Québec have worked together to construct a barrier to prevent sea lamprey from moving upstream to spawn on the Morpion Creek, a tributary to the Pike River.

Bennington wetlands group gets funding for Morgan Street land acquisition

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 5:18am -- tim

Members of the Friends of Morgan Street Wetlands group have received verbal notification that the group’s request to the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board for funding assistance to acquire and preserve a parcel of land in Bennington was approved. The 140-acre piece of property known as the Morgan Street Wetlands currently provides recreational opportunities for those in the surrounding area, but those opportunities are currently at risk said Bennington’s Planning Director, Daniel Monks.

EPA tool to help Vermont communities become more flood resilient

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 5:16am -- tim

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a new tool today to help communities prepare for, deal with and recover from floods. The Flood Resilience Checklist offers strategies that communities can consider, such as conserving land in flood-prone areas; directing new development to safer areas; and using green infrastructure approaches, such as installing rain gardens, to manage stormwater.

Patten: Accountability is not a person

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 4:55am -- tim

by Cyrus Patten Campaign for Vermont The Agency of Human Services and the Department for Children and Families have come under fire for recent events including the death of two children at the hands of irresponsible adults – unimaginable tragedies for most of us.  But consider the hundreds of children whose lives are being irreparably harmed every day by a combination of poor parenting and a system that is failing to ensure their social-emotional wellbeing.

Abbey Group donates $2,500 to Vermont Foodbank

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 3:47am -- tim

The Abbey Group has partnered with the Vermont Foodbank to educate students on childhood hunger and the hardship of food insecurity.  The effort started in May when all lunch menus featured facts about childhood hunger in Vermont and “Kate,” an illustration of a girl who represents the nearly 25,000 Vermont children who struggle with hunger.  As a part of the effort, The Abbey Group hosted canned food drives at over 25 schools around the state and donated $2,500 dollars to the Vermont Foodbank.

Vermont tax revenues reach targets, personal income tax still struggles

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 12:09pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont tax revenues reached their targets for the month and the fiscal year, which ended June 30, but just barely, as the vital personal income tax continued to lag. State revenues have been bailed out the last few months mostly by the corporate and estate taxes. General Fund revenues totaled $124.67 million for June 2014, $.31 million or 0.25 percent ahead of the monthly target.

$100M in Vermont highway projects stalled

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 11:58am -- tim

by Anne Galloway The Vermont Agency of Transportation will have to put $100 million worth of bridge, road and rail projects on hold if Congress does not shore up the federal highway trust fund by August 1. In all, 38 projects could be affected. The agency was counting on $195 million from the trust fund this year. Unless Congress transfers $9.7 billion from the General Fund to the federal highway trust fund by the end of the month, all states will be forced to cut projects.

AG fines country store $3,000 for failing to notify consumers of security breach

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 11:12am -- tim

Shelburne Country Store in Shelburne, Vermont, will pay a $3,000 civil penalty for failing to inform 721 internet buyers of a security breach of their credit card information. In late 2013, the company’s website was hacked and credit card information stolen. Upon being informed of the breach in January 2014, the company quickly fixed the problem, but did not notify consumers until it was contacted by the Attorney General’s Office.

Cash Cure to pay $78,000 to settle claims in Vermont

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 11:03am -- tim

Cash Cure, LLC, a Delaware company that provides short-term, high-interest internet loans, will pay almost $78,000 to Vermont consumers and pay the State of Vermont $15,000 to settle claims that the company violated Vermont consumer protection and lending laws. Attorney General William H. Sorrell described the settlement as the fourth in a recent effort to protect Vermonters from predatory lending: “On April 23, 2014, my office announced a sweeping effort to protect consumers from lenders who ignore Vermont’s laws and take advantage of Vermonters in economic distress.

Fitch rates Vermont HFA multiple purpose bonds 2014 series A & B 'AA'; outlook Stable

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 4:59am -- tim

The 2014 series A & B bonds are expected to be used to refund outstanding obligations previously issued under a separate single-family indenture and to finance the purchase of mortgage-backed security (MBS) certificates. In conjunction with the refunding of previously issued debt obligations, the mortgage loans and certificates securing the refunded bonds will be transferred to this indenture. As of May 31, 2014, the multiple purpose portfolio consisted of: 63.1% single-family whole loans, 26.7% MBS certificates, and 10.1% multi-family loans.

CSWD seeks participants for Citizen Advisory Committee

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 4:53am -- tim

The Chittenden Solid Waste District (CSWD) is forming a Citizen Advisory Committee to get public input on a proposal to change how trash and recycling is picked up from households in Chittenden County. CSWD has been examining a system called "consolidated collection," whereby the County is divided into trash and recycling collection districts. Each district would be serviced by one hauler, who will be selected based on how they meet specific criteria.