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Opening day tradition
State News
November 25, 2014

Opening day tradition

Photo submitted Governor Shumlin joined Vermont Fish & Wildlife Commissioner Louis Porter for a morning deer hunt last week. The governor did not match last year’s opening day success, when he harvested a 186-pound 6-point buck, but the pair did see some deer activity. Vermont’s deer rifle…

Woman charged with two counts of Second Degree Murder
State News
November 25, 2014

Woman charged with two counts of Second Degree Murder

Father and son found dead with apparent gunshot wounds

TOWNSHEND — On Nov. 19, at approximately 8:58 p.m. the Vermont State Police responded to a reported shooting at a residence on Abby Road in Townshend, Vt. Rescue personnel were also dispatched. Upon arrival, troopers made contact…

State News
November 25, 2014

Gruber agrees to take pay cut for single-payer work

By Morgan True, VTDigger.org

Health care economist Jonathan Gruber has agreed to forgo roughly $120,000 in compensation from the state.

Lawrence Miller, chief of health care reform, said on Wednesday, Nov. 19, that Gruber’s comments denigrating the public and suggesting that passage of the Affordable…

State News
November 25, 2014

Clif Bar, other food makers side with Vermont on GMO labeling

By John Herrick, VTDigger.org

Three national businesses are helping to defend Vermont’s GMO labeling law. The companies told a federal court last week that the state statute, which requires food manufacturers and retailers to label certain products containing genetically modified ingredients, would not be difficult…

State News
November 25, 2014

Vermont businesses earn $103 million in government contracts

In fiscal year 2014 Vermont companies earned 519 government contracts worth $103 million dollars—close to a 300 percent increase over FY12 and a 25 percent increase from FY13. This was thanks to the outstanding quality of Vermont products and services and the hard work of…

State News
November 25, 2014

EPA: State must reduce phosphorus in Lake Champlain by 36 percent

By John Herrick, VTDigger.org

Vermont’s plan to improve Lake Champlain’s water quality does not go far enough to comply with federal regulations, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

The EPA released phosphorus pollution reduction targets for Lake Champlain at a meeting in Middlebury on Monday,…

Secretary of State Jim Condos to conduct election audit
State News
November 19, 2014

Secretary of State Jim Condos to conduct election audit

Secretary of State Jim Condos announced Monday, Nov.17, that Vermont’s Elections Division will be conducting a random audit of the 2014 general election results.

The audit will include six towns — a 50 percent increase from previous years.

The random audit of…

State News
November 12, 2014

GOP tells Shumlin to shut down Vermont Health Connect

By Anne Galloway, VTDigger.org

The Vermont GOP, newly strengthened by an unexpectedly close gubernatorial race and gains in the House and Senate, sent a message to Gov. Peter Shumlin in the aftermath of Election Day upsets: Drop Vermont Health Connect immediately and transfer…

State News
November 12, 2014

Milne declines to concede; awaits official numbers

By Laura Krantz, VTDigger.org

As Gov. Peter Shumlin scheduled a 3 p.m. news conference on his slim lead over Republican Scott Milne on Wednesday, Nov. 5, Milne left his hotel vigil without speaking to the media.

Just after 2 p.m. Wednesday, Milne’s…