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October 15, 2014

Feliciano claims Shumlin wants to “take over” Medicare

By Morgan True, VTDigger.org

Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Dan Feliciano says Gov. Peter Shumlin is planning to “take control” of Medicare benefits as part of a single-payer health care program. A Shumlin campaign official called the claim untrue and a “scare tactic.”

Feliciano said he is…

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October 15, 2014

State police investigate theft of firearms

GOSHEN—On Wednesday, Oct. 8, State Police at the New Haven Barracks responded to a report of a home burglary in the town of Goshen. Reported missing are two firearms, a Ruger Vaquero and a Springfield Arms AR-15. Due to the active investigation the victim’s information…

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October 15, 2014

State police warn businesses of possible counterfeit money

The Vermont State Police (VSP) began receiving complaints at the beginning of October from businesses statewide that received counterfeit $50 and $100 bills. Upon investigation, detectives learned that the passing of these counterfeit bills has been ongoing for several weeks, and detectives are now actively…

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October 15, 2014

Vermont AG charges nonprofit with fiscal mismanagement

By Laura Krantz, VTDigger.org

Attorney General Bill Sorrell’s office has filed a petition in court to remove the board of directors of an Upper Valley nonprofit, claiming it allowed the organization’s director to inflate her own salary, pad her expense reimbursements and mismanage money for…

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October 15, 2014

Shumlin, Milne go head-to-head in WCAX debate

By Hilary Niles, VTDigger.org

Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin and his Republican challenger, Scott Milne, sounded familiar chords Wednesday evening, Oct. 9, in their first one-on-one live debate.

None of the other five gubernatorial candidates, including Libertarian Dan Feliciano or Liberty Union Party nominee Peter Diamondstone,…

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October 15, 2014

AT&T settles “cramming” case for $105 million

By Hilary Niles, VTDigger.org

About 45,000 Vermonters stand to collect roughly $1 million from a national settlement with AT&T Mobility. The $105-million deal settles allegations that the company improperly charged customers for services they had not authorized.

Known as “cramming,” the practice entails third-party companies…

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October 8, 2014

Sept. revenue holds steady

By Hilary Niles, VTDigger.org

Three months into fiscal year 2015, General Fund receipts are about $3.83 million, or 1 percent, behind revenue projections. The $327 million haul, however, exceeds General Fund receipts from the same period last year.

“That is positive as an economic barometer,”…

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October 8, 2014

Shumlin pushes for “right-sized” school districts this session

By Hilary Niles, VTDigger.org

Secretary of Education Rebecca Holcombe has received her marching orders for the 2015 legislative session. In a letter dated Aug. 19, Gov. Peter Shumlin laid out his priorities for the state’s public education system and requests specific initiatives from the Agency…

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October 8, 2014

Budget gap and spending cuts on the table

By Hilary Niles, VTDigger.org

State agencies are being asked to stick to their strategic plans while drafting budget cuts up to 5 percent for fiscal year 2016, which starts July 1.

Instructions from Gov. Peter Shumlin’s administration include notification that departments will be expected to…

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October 8, 2014

New report examines medical service price variations

By Morgan True, www.VTDigger.org

A new report prepared for the Green Mountain Care Board confirms wide variations in the price of medical services throughout the state and examines policy approaches to regulate them.

Prices that Vermont’s 14 hospitals and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire…