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Donovan settles $1 million false claims act case with Mylan (re EpiPen)

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 3:41pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Attorney General TJ Donovan announced today that the State of Vermont has agreed in principle to join the Federal Government and other states to settle allegations under the Vermont False Claims Act against Mylan Inc and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Mylan Specialty LP (collectively “Mylan”). The settlement will resolve allegations that Mylan knowingly underpaid rebates owed to the Medicaid program for the drugs EpiPen and EpiPen Jr (“EpiPen”). Under the settlement, Mylan will pay $465 million to the United States and the States.

Change Corridor to fight opioid addictions unveiled at Burlington International Airport

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 10:56am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Burlington International Airport Director Gene Richards said "a couple million people a year" will walk through the sunny, second floor corridor where rocking chairs offer comfort and a view of the airfield and Green Mountains. They will also be challenged to think about the opioid crisis that plagues Vermont and America. In honor of National Recovery Month, Aspenti Health unveiled on Monday the Change Corridor at BTV. The Change Corridor, located on the second floor of the North Terminal, is a multi-year-long public campaign designed to build awareness about substance use disorders, educate individuals about addiction and recovery, and shine a new light on how Vermonters are coming together to address the opioid epidemic.

VEC distributes $1 million in patronage capital to member-owners in 2017

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

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Electric Cooperative (VEC) has announced a distribution of $1 million in patronage capital funds. This will be the fifth consecutive year that VEC members have received a patronage capital distribution with a total distribution of $3,350,000 in patronage capital dollars to active and former members over those five years.

Vermont reaction to Las Vegas shootings

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 9:37am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont's governor and congressional delegation issued the following statements in response to the deadly shooting in Las Vegas on Sunday night at an outdoor concert. At least 59 people were killed and 527 wounded. Among the dead was 35-year-old Sandra Casey of Dorset, who received her bachelor's and master's degrees from the College of St Joseph in Rutland, before moving to California and becoming a special educator.

LOGIC Source from HIMSS Analytics provides health IT contract intelligence

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 3:22am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Burlington-based HIMSS Analytics has announced the addition of its CapSite tool to the company's larger health IT market intelligence platform, LOGIC. Now known as LOGIC Source, the tool offers over a decade's worth of data supplying competitive contract intelligence to help inform and guide strategy for health IT solutions professionals and healthcare providers. Source offers valuable transparency into health IT contracts and the added insights needed to make an impact when pursuing these contracts. 

October proclaimed Farm to School Month, new grant opportunities

Mon, 10/02/2017 - 4:40pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott today signed a proclamation designating October 2017 Farm to School Month in Vermont. "I'd like to recognize how important the Farm to School program is to Vermont. Farm to school has always been a source of pride for our state, and that pride grows from the program as it gets stronger," Scott said. "We have $200,000, that's the most money we have ever had in this program...we continue to lead the nation in this program.

Final deadline for Property Tax Adjustment and Renter Rebate claims Oct 16

Mon, 10/02/2017 - 3:29pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Taxes would like to remind Vermonters that the last date to file a Property Tax Adjustment or Renter Rebate Claim is October 16, 2017. The Vermont Property Tax Adjustment and Renter Rebate programs assist in making housing more affordable for thousands of Vermonters. These programs provide over $180 million in assistance to Vermonters annually. All Vermont homestead owners must file a Homestead Declaration (form HS-122) even if they are not seeking an income based property tax adjustment.

Scott appoints Lorman as Family Division Magistrate for Addison, Rutland, Bennington

Mon, 10/02/2017 - 3:25pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott today announced the appointment of Joseph Lorman as Family Division Magistrate serving Rutland, Bennington and Addison Counties. The Family Division of the Superior Court has jurisdiction over all family-related legal matters, including divorce, separation, civil union dissolution and parentage. As magistrate, Lorman will preside over and make decisions in family-related proceedings.

Weinberger, del Pozo urge courts to take stronger action

Mon, 10/02/2017 - 2:31pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger and Police Chief Brandon del Pozo today urged the court system to take stronger action in dealing with repeat offenders. They were reacting to the incident at 4:40 am Saturday, September 30, in Burlington in which Jason Breault cut a Burlington Police Department officer with a knife.

Beardsley, Simpson and Collamore named to VAB Hall of Fame

Mon, 10/02/2017 - 12:01pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Two veteran radio broadcasters will join Vermont’s first female television news director in this year’s Vermont Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame class. Radio Vermont’s Tom Beardsley, Catamount Radio’s Brian Collamore and WCAX-TV’s Judy Simpson will be enshrined in the Hall of Fame at the annual Hall of Fame Banquet December 2 at the Hilton Burlington.

Lake Champlain Committee final 2017 weekly cyano monitoring report

Mon, 10/02/2017 - 11:44am -- tim

Lake Champlain Committee, Burlington Below is the LCC's last weekly report for the 2017 cyanobacteria monitoring season. From September 24 through mid-week, a record-setting heat wave helped spawn or perpetuate blooms at over 20 monitoring sites along the Lake Champlain shoreline. The wet spring and summer had already flushed lots of nutrients into our waterways priming conditions for cyanobacteria to take off during the spate of hot, still weather. Additionally, we observed a genus of cyanobacteria in the area of the Burlington Coast Guard ramp that presents differently than other cyanobacteria (scroll down for pictures and more information about Scytonema).

Smith: Start with an apology

Mon, 10/02/2017 - 7:53am -- tim

by Mike Smith Here’s the question state officials should be asking themselves: Just because you can do something, should you be doing it? Defrauded investors in Jay Peak Resort are suing state officials for negligence in their oversight of the EB-5 program.

In a court hearing last week, the Vermont Attorney General’s office argued that the state of Vermont is immune from the lawsuit and, as a result, officials are not required to release pertinent information hidden in state files.