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August 23, 2017

Unemployment rate falls slightly in July

By Erin Mansfield, VTDigger

Vermont’s economy added 1,700 jobs in July, causing the unemployment rate to fall from 3.2 percent to 3.1 percent.

Just as it has been for several years, the state unemployment rate continues to be far lower than the national rate, which was…

State News
August 23, 2017

HEAT Squad receives $250,000 grant to expand to Northeast Kingdom

HEAT Squad, an energy efficiency service developed by NeighborWorks of Western Vermont, is expanding to the Northeast Kingdom with the help of a $250,000 Northern Border Regional Commission grant. The strategy of HEAT Squad focuses on educating homeowners about energy efficiency; offering low-cost energy audits…

State News
August 23, 2017

Green Mountain Power certified as “B Corp”

Just over three years have passed since Green Mountain Power was recognized as the first utility in the world to become a Certified B Corp – and the Colchester-based energy company has received recertification. B Corps are companies that believe business can be a force…

State News
August 23, 2017

Food insecurity still high among U.S., Vermont seniors

The Vermont Foodbank announced Thursday, Aug. 17, the release of The State of Senior Hunger in America in 2015, a study of food insecurity among seniors in the U.S. produced by Feeding America. Food insecurity refers to the lack of access to enough nutritious food….

State News
August 23, 2017

Vt. to receive FEMA funds for June/July flooding

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has announced that federal disaster assistance will be made available to Vermont to supplement state and local recovery efforts in areas affected by severe thunderstorms and flooding from June 29 to July 1, 2017.

Federal funding is available to state…

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….