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State to bear hunters: send us teeth
State News
August 16, 2017

State to bear hunters: send us teeth

Early bear hunting season starts Sept. 1

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is reminding successful bear hunters that a regulation now requires them to submit a bear tooth so wildlife managers can collect important information on Vermont’s bear population.

Teeth submitted by hunters are…

State News
August 16, 2017

Properly disposing of household medical waste

By Julia Gosselin

If you have diabetes, you most likely have insulin needles in your home. Leaving these syringes around your home could not only look bad, but it could pass on possible diseases. Diseases like Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV can all be…

State News
August 16, 2017

Working parents affected most by minimum wage ‘benefits cliff’

By Cyrus Ready-Campbell, VTDigger

Vermonters with incomes near the federal poverty line stand to lose more in benefits than they would gain from an increased minimum wage if they have young children, experts told the Minimum Wage Study Committee on Thursday, Aug. 10.

The Legislature…

Grassland bird populations decline in Vermont
State News
July 26, 2017

Grassland bird populations decline in Vermont

Grassland-nesting bird populations continue to decline in numbers in Vermont, according to recent surveys conducted by the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department (VTF&W) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Bird species that nest in grasslands include vesper sparrows, grasshopper sparrows, bobolinks, and eastern meadowlarks,…

Two fish certified as new Vermont state records
State News
July 26, 2017

Two fish certified as new Vermont state records

Two fish caught in tributaries of Lake Champlain earlier this year have been certified as new Vermont state records.

A new state record carp, weighing 33.25 pounds and measuring 40 inches in length, was caught in Otter Creek in April by Ferrisburgh angler Chase Stokes….

State News
July 26, 2017

Vermont unemployment rate holds steady in June

The Vermont Department of Labor announced today that the seasonally-adjusted statewide unemployment rate for June was 3.2 percent. This reflects no change from the revised May rate. (The national rate in June was 4.4 percent.) Vermont’s overall unemployment rate was tied for the seventh lowest…

State News
July 26, 2017

Lawmakers consider cuts after $28.8 million revenue downgrade

By Anne Galloway and Erin Mansfield, VTDigger

Economists told lawmakers on Friday, July 21, that revenue for the state’s base operating budget will come in $28.8 million lower than expected this fiscal year.

Tom Kavet, the economist for the Vermont Legislature, and Jeffrey Carr, the…

State News
July 19, 2017

Settlement over $650,000 site cleanup falls through

By Alan Keays/VTDigger

An attorney for the state says a Rutland businessman hasn’t lived up to a pledge to provide needed documents to finalize a settlement over the $650,000 environmental cleanup of his property.

Assistant Attorney General Justin Kolber has now asked Judge Helen Toor…

State News
July 19, 2017

Foodbank works to provide summer meals

Nationally, more than 22 million children receive meals through the National School Lunch Program during the school year. But when school is out during the summer, the USDA Summer Food Service Program reaches less than 4 million kids.

To combat summer hunger, the Vermont Foodbank…