USDA technology grant connects schools

11/26/2014 11:34 PM EST
BRATTLEBORO >> The U.S. Department of Agriculture is investing almost $500,000 in a distance learning project in four Vermont school districts that will use Marlboro Graduate Center as a training hub for the technology. The USDA Rural Development Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant will help 19 Vermont schools purchase videoconferencing equipment and software that will allow students 
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Deerfield Valley Rescue celebrates 40 years
11/26/2014 11:33 PM EST - WILMINGTON >> Training officer Bobby Maynard joined Deerfield Valley Rescue 27 years ago and says it's important to have the service for two reasons. The Southwestern Vermont Medical Center Deerfield Valley Campus next door on Route 100 South is only open during the day and does not offer all the services a hospital does. Full Story

Upgrades proposed for Wilmington Wastewater Treatment Facility
11/26/2014 11:28 PM EST - WILMINGTON >> A bond vote will likely be presented to residents in March as town officials began talking about potential upgrades at the Wilmington Wastewater Treatment Plant estimated to cost $1.6 million. Although all Wilmington voters would decide, it would be the responsibility of the facility's users to pay for the project if the vote passed. Full Story

GMP becomes first utility to get B Corp Certification
11/26/2014 12:52 PM EST - Colchester -- Green Mountain Power will be joined by Ben Cohen & Jerry Greenfield, founders of Ben & Jerry's, and Jay Coen Gilbert/Co-Founder of B Lab to announce GMP's B Corp Certification. B Corps are certified by the nonprofit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. Full Story

Shumlin Administration directs $17 million in spending reductions to ensure balanced budget
11/26/2014 12:50 PM EST - MONTPELIER -- Although Vermont's slow economic recovery continues, state revenues have not performed as well as economists had projected and the State has experienced upward budget pressures. The Shumlin Administration today directed State agencies and departments to prepare plans to reduce General Fund spending by up to $17 million for the current fiscal year to ensure a balanced budget Full Story

Odds & Ends: Dispute over deer settled with coin flip
11/26/2014 12:39 PM EST - Dispute over deer settled with coin flip A dispute over a nine-point buck in Wisconsin was settled with a coin flip. Wisconsin's deer season was just a couple hours old on Saturday when D.J. Jorgenson says his 11-year-old son, Kameron, wounded the buck in the town of Oneida. "Deer hit the ground, and it came back up, and took off running," Jorgenson said. Full Story

State Board seeks public comment on strategic plan
11/25/2014 04:59 PM EST - BARRE -- The Vermont State Board of Education is seeking public input as they draft a statewide strategic plan for the coming five years. Pursuant to 16 V.S.A. ยง 164a., which requires the State Board of Education to "adopt through a public process a statewide strategic education plan to describe how the agency will help schools boards to improve student performance", the Board voted to Full Story

GMP crews prepared for first major snowfall of the season
11/25/2014 04:55 PM EST - COLCHESTER -- The first major storm of the season is expected to hit Vermont just before Thanksgiving, and Green Mountain Power is ready, activating its workforce and external contractors to ensure that any power outages are restored as quickly as possible. "Getting the lights on quickly and safely is priority number one for everyone at GMP, and we are especially aware of the importance Full Story

Vermont unemployment steady at 4.4 percent
11/25/2014 03:52 PM EST - Vermont's unemployment rate held steady at 4.4 percent in October, according to a report released Friday by the Department of Labor. The leveling follows four consecutive months of increases in the seasonally adjusted jobless rate. The U.S. average unemployment rate ticked down one-tenth of a point to 5. Full Story

Outside report criticizes DCF handling of child deaths
11/25/2014 03:52 PM EST - WILLISTON >> The Department for Children and Families failed to follow its own policies and moved too quickly to reunify two children with their families when it was not safe, an outside report released Friday found. That push to reunify, along with other system failures, contributed to those children's deaths this year, the report found. Full Story

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Trooper: Driver is lucky dog food didn't crush him

FIFE, Wash. (AP) — Authorities in Washington state say a semitruck driver is lucky he wasn't crushed by 50-pound bags of dog food when he fell asleep at the wheel, crashed into a ditch and spilled the kibble. Full Story
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Thanksgiving: Turkey, parades, shopping deals

NEW YORK (AP) — Turkey, stuffing and a helium-filled Thomas the Tank Engine were on the menu as friends and families gathered across the United States to celebrate Thanksgiving. Full Story