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September 18, 2014

Scott’s camp says four debates are enough

By Tom Brown, VTDigger.org

Republican Lieutenant Governor Phil Scott answered challenger Dean Corren’s call for at least 10 debates Tuesday with a number of his own—four.

Scott’s campaign manager, Rep. Patti Komline, R-Dorset, said the three-term incumbent lieutenant governor would rather travel the state listening…

State News
September 18, 2014

Shumlin launches campaign for third term

By Anne Galloway, VTDigger.org

Democratic Governor Peter Shumlin declared at his campaign launch on Monday Sept. 8 that he has put Vermont on a “progressive path” through a “bold” leadership style and investments in job creation, renewable energy, early childhood education and opiate addiction treatment….

State News
September 18, 2014

U.S. House approves Gibson-Welch legislation to tackle Lyme disease

Washington, D.C.–Tuesday evening, Sept. 9, the House of Representatives approved by a voice vote legislation authored by Rep. Chris Gibson (R-NY) and Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) to address the growing problem of Lyme disease. The incidence of this debilitating disease has increased dramatically in recent…

State News
September 17, 2014

Feds distribute $2.1 million to health centers in Vermont

By Morgan True, VTDigger.org

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced Friday that Vermont’s federally qualified health centers will receive $2.1 million in Affordable Care Act money.

The money will allow 10 health centers across Vermont to hire 47 new staff, extend hours…

  • Vt. sunflowers to provide power
  • Vt. sunflowers to provide power
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September 11, 2014

Vt. sunflowers to provide power

Collaboration leads to innovative farm-to-energy biodiesel. Two fields of sunflowers growing in Vermont will have an unusual future: the flowers’ seeds will be converted to biodiesel and livestock feed. The fuel will be used in Green Mountain Power’s fleet of vehicles and for building…

State News
September 3, 2014

Federal grant to help Vermont bat research

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department will receive a grant for $42,895 from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service this year to support bat research and monitoring related to white-nose syndrome. This funding will support conservation and recovery of the six cave bat species affected by…

State News
September 3, 2014

GMP gets green light to lower rates

Green Mountain Power (GMP) is pleased to announce that state regulators have approved the company’s proposal to decrease electric rates by 2.46 percent for residential and commercial customers starting Oct. 1. The rate decrease will be the second decrease offered by GMP in three years…

Hospital payment reform focuses on primary care
State News
September 3, 2014

Hospital payment reform focuses on primary care

By Morgan True, VTDigger.org

If hospitals are going to be paid based on keeping the people they serve healthy—one of Vermont’s health care reform goals—they need to invest in primary care services, according to state regulators and hospital executives.

That’s difficult when hospital income is…