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Welch calls on VA to reconsider outsourcing of services from Vermont

Thu, 06/04/2009 - 7:18am -- tim

US Representative Peter Welch called on Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki Thursday morning to reconsider the outsourcing of pension claims and inquiry call functions from the White River Junction VA Benefits Office. Recently, the VA has moved to centralize Veterans Benefits Administration functions to out-of-state call centers and processing centers. Rather than receiving timely and personalized service from the White River Junction office, Vermont veterans have found their inquiries and certain claims rerouted to impersonal, centralized facilities.

Vermont pilot project to expand voter accessibility for elderly

Thu, 06/04/2009 - 7:14am -- tim

Vermont Secretary of State Deb Markowitz, along with Jason Karlawish, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine and Medical Ethics, University of Pennsylvania; and Charles Sabatino, Director of the American Bar Association s Commission on Law and Aging, released the results of a study of Vermont s mobile polling pilot project. 

Vermont Biosciences Alliance and Governor Douglas launch statewide network June 23

Thu, 06/04/2009 - 6:01am -- tim

What do these products all have in common?

Antibodies for the diagnosis of cardiovascular and infectious diseases,
Microscope imaging systems to help researchers find cures to devastating diseases such as Alzheimer s, Parkinson s and Autism,
Diagnostic test devices for the prevention of heart attack, stroke and the complications of diabetes,
Precision optics to help diagnose cancers and assist genetic research,
Infusion syringe pumps for automated medication delivery.

Keurig and Cuisinart announce coffeemaker partnership

Thu, 06/04/2009 - 4:45am -- tim

Conair Corporation and Keurig, Incorporated, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (NASDAQ: GMCR), today announced entering into a licensing and distribution agreement that will enable Conair to develop, market and sell, in the United States and Canada, single-cup coffeemakers under the Cuisinart brand. The launch is currently planned for spring 2010. The products will be co-branded Cuisinart® and Keurig® and will be designed to work with the 200+ varieties of gourmet coffees, teas and hot cocoa packaged in Keurig s patented K-Cup® portion packs.

Montshire Museum receives $492,704 grant from NASA

Wed, 06/03/2009 - 9:56am -- tim

The Montshire Museum of Science in Norwich has received a NASA grant worth $492,704. NASA has selected 13 informal education providers to share $6.9 million in grants through the Competitive Program for Science Museums and Planetariums. The Montshire program is called, The Dynamic Earth: You Have to See It to Believe It! The five-year grant is intended to produce a comprehensive and high-quality Earth Science program at the Montshire Museum that supports state-wide goals for learning in science.

City Market customers donate 500lbs of food to Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf

Wed, 06/03/2009 - 9:38am -- tim

City Market customers helped to donate 530lbs of food to the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf at the first of three Fill a Truck for Hunger food drives. The Vermont Foodbank was on hand at the Co-op to collect food from 1:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Monday, June 1. A variety of non-perishable food items were collected and donated to the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf. 

Weekly unemployment claims continue to decline

Wed, 06/03/2009 - 8:04am -- tim

Week Ending May 30, 2009. There were 932 new regular benefit claims for Unemployment Insurance last week, a decrease of 26 from the week before. Altogether 15,020 new and continuing claims were filed, 366 less than a week ago and 7,590 more than a year earlier. The Department also processed 2,688 First Tier claims for benefits under Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008 (EUC08), 59 more than a week ago. In addition, there were 661 Second Tier claims for benefits processed under the EUC08 program which is a decrease of 434 from the week before.

VEDA approves $17.1 million in commercial and ag financing

Tue, 06/02/2009 - 12:12pm -- tim

Commercial and agricultural development projects totaling $38.5 million throughout the state will receive more than $17 million in financing assistance from the Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA). Included in this round of approvals is more than $2 million in low-interest agricultural stimulus financing to Vermont farmers seeking immediate assistance.
The Authority is making investments in projects that will add jobs in almost all sectors of Vermont s economy, said Jo Bradley, VEDA s Chief Executive Officer.