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Storm to hover over Northeast, unleash snow and rain

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 4:35pm -- tim

AccuWeather reports Tuesday afternoon that colder air will invade the storm in the Northeast bringing heavy snow in upstate New York and a change to snow in other parts of the mid-Atlantic and New England Wednesday into Thursday. A surge of warmer air and heavy rain will continue to push northward through New England and into New Brunswick and Nova Scotia into Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the slow movement of the storm will allow cold air to catch up with lingering moisture farther to the southwest in the Northeastern states Wednesdayinto Thursday.

Burlington College signs purchase and sale agreement with Eric Farrell

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 4:28pm -- tim

Burlington College has executed a purchase and sale agreement with developer Eric Farrell today at its Board of Trustees meeting by unanimous vote. The deal includes an increase to two acres of public green space and another $150,000 to the school. The purchase and sale agreement mirrors the Memorandum of Understanding with one major difference. Of the 33 acres of property, the College will retain six acres and Farrell will purchase the balance.

University of Vermont Medical Center remains in top ranks of academic medical centers

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 3:37pm -- tim

The University of Vermont Medical Center (formerly Fletcher Allen Health Care) is again being counted as a top performer among leading academic medical centers in the 2014 University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC) Quality and Accountability Study, nationally recognized as the most important analysis of its kind. UHC is an alliance of nearly all of the academic medical centers in the United States. Excellent results in infection prevention, low rates of complications and readmissions, and overall efficiency of care contributed to the high ranking.

Health care advocates push for ‘equity’ in single-payer financing

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 12:19pm -- tim

by Morgan True Members of Vermont’s Health Care Is a Human Right campaign are calling on Gov. Peter Shumlin to “equitably” finance the state’s planned universal health care program. Advocates say the Shumlin administration’s single payer program should be supported by a progressive tax structure that doesn’t shift costs from large businesses to smaller ones and individuals.

1,000 MW New England Clean Power Link files permit with Vermont PSB

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 10:41am -- tim

TDI New England announced Monday that the company has filed a state permit application seeking approval of its proposed New England Clean Power Link project. The application states that the project, once completed, will provide $136 million in ratepayer relief for Vermonters as part of a total public benefits package of $298 million. Over the 40-year life of the project, TDI estimates the project will create approximately $1.5 billion total economic benefits to the State and its residents.

GMP President & CEO Mary Powell wins Power-Gen 2014 Woman of the Year award

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 9:57am -- tim

GMP's Mary Powell received a national award last night. Powell, president and CEO of Vermont's largest electric utility, was just named Power-Gen 2014 Woman of the Year at a ceremony in Florida.  Judges selected Powell because of how she has advanced the power generation industry, the positive impact she has made on her community, and her leadership.

Saint Michael’s adjuncts vote to unionize

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 7:26am -- tim

By a margin of 46 to 26, Saint Michael’s College adjunct faculty on December 1 voted to unionize through the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). In November, adjunct professors at Burlington and Champlain colleges voted to join the SEIU.

All 101 adjuncts teaching this fall semester at Saint Michael’s were eligible to vote, meaning about three-fourths of those eligible actually voted.

Milne won't concede governor's race, asks Legislature to decide

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 6:48am -- tim

Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Milne has chosen to continue the race for governor by asking the Legislature to decide the election when it convenes in January. Governor Peter Shumlin received the most votes in the November election, but not a majority. The Vermont Constitution states that in such cases where no candidate receives a majority that a simple majority of the Legislature will decide. Each representative and senator gets one vote. In modern Vermont politics, the runner up in a plurality election has not challenged the outcome of the election in the Legislature.

Newman's Own Foundation awards $90K grant to NOFA-VT

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 5:40am -- tim

The Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA Vermont) has been awarded a two-year $90,000 grant from Newman’s Own Foundation, the independent foundation created by the late actor and philanthropist, Paul Newman. The award to NOFA Vermont was made by Newman’s Own Foundation as part of its $10 million commitment over three years to improve fresh food access and nutrition education for underserved communities.

UVM study casts doubts on benefits of added screening for women with dense breasts

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 4:05am -- tim

A new study released in the Annals of Internal Medicine and led by Brian Sprague, PhD, at the University of Vermont Cancer Center, concludes that supplemental ultrasound screening for women with dense breasts would substantially increase costs with little improvement in overall outcomes.

McClaughry: Dubious remedies for restraining education costs

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 3:07am -- tim

by John McClaughry Governor Shumlin and the legislative leadership have recently discovered that Vermonters are really, really unhappy about ever rising school property taxes. In a commentary published December 3, the governor observed quite correctly, “We all know that rising property taxes to fund education have put an unsustainable burden on Vermonters. Despite a steady decline in school enrollment over the last two decades, property tax payers have not seen a decline in their property taxes; they’ve seen the opposite.”

GMP preparing for upcoming storm

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 3:37pm -- tim

Green Mountain Power is preparing for the upcoming storm to ensure timely restoration of power by assembling internal teams and lining up additional outside crews to supplement GMP’s workforce. The storm is predicted to begin in southern Vermont early Tuesday and spread across the state during the day. Wet, heavy snow could cause a significant number of outages by bringing down trees and branches onto the power lines. Crews will be available in all parts of the state to begin to restore outages as they occur.