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VSECU donates $10,000 to Vermont's Clinics for the Uninsured

Tue, 11/03/2009 - 10:20am -- tim

As Vermont families struggle to make ends meet, health care often is neglected due to inadequate health insurance or no insurance at all. In response to this health care crisis, the Vermont State Employees Credit Union (VSECU) recently donated $10,000 to the Vermont Coalition of Clinics for the Uninsured to give more Vermonters access to quality health care.

General Dynamics awarded $17 million gun system contract by Raytheon

Tue, 11/03/2009 - 9:17am -- tim

General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products has been awarded a $17 million contract to produce gun systems for the Phalanx Block 1B Close-In Weapon System (CIWS) and the Centurion Land-Based Phalanx Weapon System by Raytheon Missile Systems (NYSE: RTN) of Louisville, KY.  General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products is a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD). Project management for this contract will be performed in Burlington, Vermont, and product testing will be done at the General Dynamics firing range in Jericho. General Dynamics employs about 450 in Burlington.

Bruegger's launches 'Kids Helping Kids Campaign' to benefit Toys for Tots

Tue, 11/03/2009 - 8:50am -- tim

Bruegger's Bakery-Cafe, based in Burlington, Vermont, is teaming up with the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation to meet the dramatic increase in requests for toys this holiday season and to brighten the lives of less fortunate children across the US. Through its "Kids Helping Kids" campaign, nearly 275 participating Bruegger's bakery locations across the country will become toy drop-off locations for Toys for Tots from now until December 15.

Citizens Bank, City Market, Burlington Free Press raise 9,439 pounds of food for local shelters

Tue, 11/03/2009 - 6:19am -- tim

Citizens Bank, the Burlington Free Press, Vermont Lake Monsters, Campus Kitchen and City Market partnered for the fourth year in a Kids CAN Help food drive to help raise awareness about hunger in Vermont and the year-round struggle for many families in our communities. The campaign, which ran from October 12 to 16 at participating schools, was also a contest to see which school could collect the most non-perishable items.

Institute says Vermont has lost 6 percent of private sector jobs

Tue, 11/03/2009 - 6:05am -- tim

The first year of the recession hit hard in Vermont's private sector, especially in construction and manufacturing. About 6 percent of private sector jobs have disappeared since the recession started nearly two years ago. But the losses have also spread to the public sector in 2009, as state government made cuts to reduce state spending. The administration is on track to reduce the number of state jobs by more than 8 percent by the end of the year — eliminating a total of over 700 positions.

Vermont to get $60,000 in affordable housing grants from TD Charitable Foundation

Tue, 11/03/2009 - 5:59am -- tim

The TD Charitable Foundation announced today the 56 winners of its annual Housing for Everyone grant competition. Award winners will receive a total of $2 million in grants to support affordable housing initiatives from Maine to Florida, a $500,000 increase in program awards from 2008. Among the awardees are three Vermont organizations which will receive a total of $60,000.

New study offers first demographic picture of same-sex spouses

Mon, 11/02/2009 - 10:04am -- tim

The Williams Institute for Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy at UCLA Law issued a report today analyzing newly released data from the US Census Bureau. The study examines data from the 2008 American Community Survey (ACS).
For the first time, the Census Bureau has released data in which same-sex couples who refer to one another as "husband" or "wife" are differentiated from those who refer to one another as "unmarried partners." This study is the first to examine the difference and similarities among same-sex couples and married different-sex couples in the ACS.

Vermont legislative leaders request energy summit

Mon, 11/02/2009 - 9:55am -- tim

Senate President Peter Shumlin and Speaker Shap Smith today sent a letter to Senator Cummings, Chair of Senate Finance, and Representative Klein, Chair of House Natural Resources and Energy, requesting that they hold a meeting to analyze Vermont's wholesale electricity market.  The legislative leaders had set a deadline of November 1 for Entergy to offer a new power contract for Vermont Yankee. That deadline has now passed without a contract offer.

Central Vermont Public Service seeks 5.91 percent rate increase

Mon, 11/02/2009 - 5:19am -- tim

Central Vermont Public Service (NYSE-CV) has asked the Vermont Public Service Board to authorize a 5.91 percent rate increase under the company’s alternative regulation plan, which would leave the company’s rates among the lowest of the major utilities in New England.
The change would take effect with bills rendered starting Jan. 1, 2010. 

BestWeek: Competition among insurance domiciles heats up

Mon, 11/02/2009 - 4:37am -- tim

Competition among domiciles is heating up as many countries and US states vie to host insurance companies and their related business, according to the November 2 BestWeek US/Canada. Regulating insurers is a good business for governments. Insurance business brings jobs without pollution and boosts tax revenue. In 2007, Vermont, the top captive domicile in the United States, and third-largest in the world, said its busy captive market brought in just about as much revenue as the state lottery.