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Leahy reintroduces bill to restore rights of Americans affected by forced arbitration

Wed, 03/08/2017 - 12:34pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) on Tuesday reintroduced legislation to restore the rights of Americans who too often are forced out of the courthouse and into mandatory arbitration in civil rights cases, employment disputes, and other lawsuits.  Leahy was joined by Senator Al Franken (D-Minn.), who is the lead cosponsor of the legislation. A House companion bill was introduced by Congressman David Cicilline (D-R.I.).

Sterling College achieves highest STARS Gold rating in Vermont

Wed, 03/08/2017 - 12:22pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Sterling College has received a STARS Gold rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), ranking first in sustainability performance in Vermont and fourth in North America. AASHE is the most widely recognized framework in the world for publicly reporting comprehensive information on a college or university’s sustainability performance.

UVM to host March 20 conference on French-Canadian migration

Wed, 03/08/2017 - 4:31am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The University of Vermont will host an international conference on March 20 highlighting the historical, cultural and economic contributions made by French Canadians from Quebec who migrated to Vermont and New England. The conference, called French Connections/Franconnexions, will take place from 9 am to 3:30 pm in the Davis Center on the UVM campus. Registration is required. Between 1830 and 1930, some 900,000 immigrants from Quebec poured into New England

Welch to meet with President Trump on lowering prescription drug prices

Tue, 03/07/2017 - 3:47pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Representative Elijah E Cummings, the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, is scheduled to meet with President Donald J Trump on Wednesday to discuss lowering prescription drug prices.  Cummings will be joined by Representative Peter Welch (D-Vermont), a senior Democrat on the Oversight Committee and the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and Dr Redonda G Miller, President of The Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Sugarbush joins international 'Mountain Collective' for 2017-2018 season

Tue, 03/07/2017 - 2:14pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Sugarbush, Vermont, and Snowbasin, Utah, have joined The Mountain Collective as full partners for the 2017-2018 season. These two classic North American ski mountains offer challenging terrain and plenty of variety for every level of skier or rider. This is the latest news in a trend toward multi-resort agreements that allow for skiers to venture far and wide on a single pass. Vail announced last month it was buying Stowe Mountain Resort, which will also allow for a single passholder to roam coast-to-coast and into Canada. The Mountain Collective is led by Aspen, Vail's chief Colorado rival. This year's agreements with major Vermont resorts is the first for Vail and Aspen, as they reach out toward the heavily populated East Coast market.

Day-long 'Digital Threats Forum' at Champlain College Friday

Tue, 03/07/2017 - 1:41pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Join Champlain College and the US Department of Justice for a free one-day conference outlining key current cyber threats to businesses, nonprofits, and organizations of all sizes, as well as what tactics you should be using to prepare and to respond to those threats. The conference will also include guidance on how to proceed when you are targeted - and conversations about real-life scenarios in Vermont and lessons learned from organizations across the country.

VELCO alerts Vermont residents to phone scam

Tue, 03/07/2017 - 12:58pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Electric Power Company (VELCO) is alerting Vermont residents that a scam usually aimed at distribution utility customers has grown to now include VELCO - the electric transmission grid operator.  Callers claiming to be representing VELCO have targeted at least one Vermont business demanding credit card information to pay an account balance or face disconnection.

AG seeks to ensure all Vermonters are protected in sale of Vermont Yankee

Tue, 03/07/2017 - 11:59am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Attorney General Thomas J Donovan, Jr, filed a motion to intervene as a party in the Vermont Public Service Board’s review of the sale of Vermont Yankee. Entergy is requesting the Board to authorize the sale of the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant and its decommissioning trust fund to New York based NorthStar Group Services, Inc.

Healthy Vermonters 2020 midterm report card reveals good and bad

Tue, 03/07/2017 - 11:07am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine On March 3, his final day as Vermont’s health commissioner, Harry Chen, MD released the Health Department’s "Healthy Vermonters 2020" midterm report card. The report summarizes where we’ve made significant progress (eg, lower smoking rates, insurance coverage), what challenges we still face (eg, teen suicide plans, maternal weight, drug use), and where we’ve met our targets.

UVM Health Network employs new treatment for heart valve leak

Tue, 03/07/2017 - 10:27am -- tim

by Harold Dauerman, MD, UVM You may have a leaking heart if your mitral valve is damaged. What is the mitral valve you ask? It’s located between the left atrium (where blood enters the heart from the lungs) and the left ventricle of the heart (which pumps the blood to your entire body). Mitral valve regurgitation means that your mitral valve is letting blood leak backward into the atrial chamber of the heart.

Vermont Drug Task Force makes arrests in Windham County

Tue, 03/07/2017 - 10:00am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Between February 27th and March 3rd, 2017, members of the Vermont Drug Task Force conducted arrest operations in Windham County after a several months of investigation. The Vermont Drug Task Force was assisted by the Westminster State Police Barracks, and the Brattleboro Police Department while executing these arrests. This enforcement action took place following numerous drug investigations into the distribution of heroin and cocaine.