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UVM College of Medicine alumnus and family establish $1 million fund for Vermont Cancer Center

Mon, 06/24/2013 - 7:10am -- tim

A 1952 alumnus of the University of Vermont College of Medicine and his family have established a $1 million endowed fund at the university to support the work of the Vermont Cancer Center at UVM and Fletcher Allen Health Care.
Arthur J Perelman, MD’52, of Summit, NJ, sons Robert, Jon and Carl and their children established the Charlotte E Perelman Cancer Research Fund in honor of their late wife, mother and grandmother. Nearly fifty family members and friends were on campus Saturday, June 22, to celebrate the gift and honor the late Mrs Perelman.

Public Assets Institute: Job growth inches upward

Mon, 06/24/2013 - 2:36am -- tim

Despite an apparent drop last month, the trend in Vermont job growth has continued in the right direction. As of May, employers had added almost 10,000 jobs since the recession’s lowest point, although Vermont needs another 4,000 to get back to the high reached in April 2008. Meanwhile, Vermont’s unemployment rate’which is based on a survey of households’was essentially unchanged: It moved from 4.0 percent in April to 4.1 percent in May. Vermonters without jobs and actively seeking work rose from an estimated 14,000 in April to 14,400 last month.

GMP: outages nearly restored

Mon, 06/24/2013 - 2:23am -- tim

Green Mountain Power crews responded quickly to Sunday’s damaging storms and made significant progress overnight restoring power to approximately 10,000 customers. Customers were affected across the state, but most severely in the Rutland area. The high winds and rain brought down trees, poles and wires. 
‘Crews worked hard through the night,’said Dorothy Schnure, GMP’s corporate spokesperson. ‘With much of the damage concentrated in Rutland, we were able to bring many crews together into one area and restoration went quickly.’ 

Brown message to Vermont GOP: Unify the party or bust

Mon, 06/24/2013 - 2:19am -- tim

by Andrew Stein June 23, 2013 Former Massachusetts Republican Sen. Scott Brown delivered one salient message to the Vermont GOP on Friday night: ‘Have tolerance for other people in the party.’
If factions continue to divide the Republican Party, he said, candidates will not be successful in Vermont or anywhere else in the country.

Vermont Dept of Health awards grant to Idle-Free VT for fleet project

Fri, 06/21/2013 - 12:08pm -- tim

The Vermont Department of Health has awarded a grant to Idle-Free VT Inc., Bristol, VT, to implement Idle-Free for Fleet$, a vehicle fleet operators educational effort. The grant award supports the Vermont Asthma Program’s efforts to reduce the burden of asthma and improve air quality through the reduction of vehicle idling.

Leahy amendment passes to limit border zone vehicle stops and searches of private land

Fri, 06/21/2013 - 11:59am -- tim

The bipartisan immigration compromise reached in the Senate Friday includes a key provision championed by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) to help protect the privacy and property rights of millions of people who live near the Northern Border.  It makes significant progress in addressing the broad border zones where officials may stop vehicles and enter private land without warrants.

Vermont's unemployment rate increases one-tenth to 4.1 percent

Fri, 06/21/2013 - 5:09am -- tim

Vermont's unemployment rate ticked up one-tenth to 4.1 percent in May over the April rate. Vermont has the fourth lowest unemployment rate in the nation; it was third lowest in April. Vermont also continued to see a decrease in jobs, following a year-to-year trend in which the number of employed, unemployed and total workforce are all down. On a month-to-month basis this time, however, the number of unemployed actually increased; this does not include the recent IBM layoffs that occurred in June. The labor force also increased from April.

Rosy revenue receipts won’t change deficit outlook, state officials say

Thu, 06/20/2013 - 5:11pm -- tim

by Hilary Niles June 20, 2013 Vermont’s General Fund could finish the month a little richer than expected, but perhaps not enough to banish red from the forecast.
Secretary of Administration Jeb Spaulding expressed optimism about the state’s economy, but cautioned against reading too much into some higher than expected tax revenues from April and May. The General Fund is currently $31.88 million above its year-to-date forecast, although corporate tax refunds yet to be paid out could diminish any surplus from personal income tax receipts.

Leahy scolds House GOP over failure to pass Farm Bill

Thu, 06/20/2013 - 12:43pm -- tim

On Thursday afternoon, the House defeated the Farm Bill in a vote of 195 to 234. Earlier in the day the House approved the Goodlatte Amendment to the dairy program, in a vote of 291 to 135. The Senate passed its version of the Farm Bill on June 10 in a vote of 66 to 27. Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy lashed out at Republicans in the House for its defeat of the Farm Bill. Leahy's statement follows:
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