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Northfield's Microcheck helps expand microbial identification libraries

Tue, 04/14/2009 - 8:57am -- tim

Microcheck has announced that it is working with scientists at Applied Biosystems, a division of Life Technologies Corporation, to further enhance Applied Biosystems validated libraries that provide the most complete information for microbial identification in pharmaceutical manufacturing. These libraries contain information about bacteria and fungi, enabling users of Applied Biosystems MicroSEQ® Microbial Identification System to perform accurate identifications.

$20 million in stimulus funds go towards water and air quality projects

Tue, 04/14/2009 - 7:59am -- tim

Governor Jim Douglas today announced that Vermont will receive more than $20 million in economic recovery funding from the US Environmental Protection Agency to create jobs through water infrastructure and air quality projects.
These stimulus funds will put local contractors and engineers to work as we plan and build out the projects, the Governor said. There is a tremendous need for these economic recovery funds. We ve identified $380 million in drinking and clean water projects in Vermont.

Amtrak Offers Reduced Fare to Passengers Traveling to Vermont’s Downtowns

Mon, 04/13/2009 - 6:02am -- admin

Passengers on the Amtrak Vermonter can take advantage of a reduced ticket price and a variety of lodging specials when traveling between any two Vermont stops on the train s daily route.
Amtrak and the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing are offering Downtowns by Rail, which includes a special passenger rate of $12 on the Amtrak Vermonter. In addition, 15 lodging properties in communities along the route have put together special packages to encourage overnight and multiday stays in Vermont s historic downtowns.

Key Top-Named Bank on BusinessWeek’s “Customer Service Champ” List

Mon, 04/13/2009 - 6:00am -- admin

In its March 2, 2009 issue, BusinessWeek, using data from market researcher J. D. Power & Associates and the magazine itself, named KeyBank #11 and the top-named bank on its list of top 25 Customer Service Champs. In receiving this award, KeyBank joins a group of companies known for excellence in customer service, including, Lexus, Apple, LL Bean, JetBlue and Nordstrom.

General Fund tax revenues exceed targets for March, Transpo still down

Fri, 04/10/2009 - 9:40am -- tim

Secretary of Administration Neale F Lunderville announced today that Vermont s General and Education Funds were above target and the Transportation Fund was below target for the March. General Fund revenues exceeded target for the month as compared to the consensus revenue target revised in mid-January. The General Fund revenues of $69.91 million for the month of March 2009 were +$7.75 million or +12.47% above the $62.16 million consensus revenue forecast for the month.

GMP reduces renewable energy premium for customers by 25%

Fri, 04/10/2009 - 7:58am -- tim

It just got a little cheaper for Green Mountain Power customers to support new renewable energy. The Vermont Public Service Board approved GMP's request to lower the premium its customers voluntarily pay to support the development of renewable energy in Vermont. Under the GreenerGMP program, customers can now opt to pay three cents per kilowatt hour more than their normal rate to support renewable energy projects. The fee had been four cents per kWh.
"Our GreenerGMP program gives our customers

Cigar association stresses 'Freedom, Unity' for all Vermont citizens

Fri, 04/10/2009 - 7:29am -- tim

Contrary to its motto - 'Freedom and Unity' - the state of Vermont is one step closer to tightening its current smoking ban by prohibiting the use of tobacco and other smoking products in all workplaces throughout the state.
The International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers Association says the freedom of all Vermont citizens - smokers and non-smokers alike - is at stake and state legislators should be spending their time on issues that truly matter - like jobs and the economy.

The Marriage Right, Part 2

Fri, 04/10/2009 - 7:19am -- tim

The House vote overriding the governor s veto on same-sex marriage provided a stunning example of how much the debate on the subject has changed in the past nine years. To have 100 representatives vote to override is a remarkable demonstration of the sea change that has taken place.
The adoption of the marriage equality act this year also serves as an example of the wisdom of the Supreme Court in 1999: They had a pretty good feel for the shape of the political landscape a decade ago.

Shumlin presents new health care billing plan

Thu, 04/09/2009 - 11:15am -- tim

Senator Shumlin today announced the development of a state of the art health care billing system.  The system will include health care insurance cards, a health care payment card and an established network where providers and payers can connect via a central hub.  This new structure will fix our broken and confusing collections system by
improving efficiency and saving Vermonters money.  

$24 million in stimulus funds released to Vermont

Thu, 04/09/2009 - 11:01am -- tim

Senator Patrick Leahy, Senator Bernie Sanders and Congressman Peter Welch announced Thursday the release of $24 million in federal stimulus funds to Vermont.
The five grants were authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which President Obama signed into law on February 17. Vermont is expected to receive more than $700 million from the ARRA.
The grants announced this week support a variety of programs, including support for food pantries and shelters, child care, vaccines for children, drinking water improvements and pollution cleanup efforts.