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Apples of New England: Expert writes book detailing history, varieties of the region's apples

11/22/2014 08:52 PM EST
GREENFIELD (AP) >> There's Old Nonesuch of Massachusetts, Paw Paw, Melvin Sweet, Cogswell, Fallawater ... Do you know your apples? Like, for example, that the first apple seeds in this country were planted three years after the Pilgrims landed and that the first named variety — Roxbury Russets — was cultivated in 1635 in Boston? 
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Lessons from Vt. Health Connect
11/21/2014 10:05 PM EST - Vermont has changed its vendor management structure in the wake of its frustrating experience with technology giant CGI, state officials say. The changes are meant to strengthen the management of large-scale IT projects as the state overhauls its human services infrastructure in the next five years. Vermont will need to sign a new contract with Optum early next year to complete its health Full Story

Three Vermont salmonella cases part of northeast investigation associated with bean sprouts
11/21/2014 04:31 PM EST - BURLINGTON -- An outbreak of Salmonella illnesses in the northeastern United States, including three cases in Vermont, has been associated with bean sprouts. This is the finding from an investigation by the Vermont Department of Health along with other state health departments, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Full Story

Minter to replace Searles at Agency of Transportation
11/21/2014 01:07 PM EST - BERLIN >> Deputy Transportation Secretary Sue Minter will assume the agency's top job in January, Gov. Peter Shumlin announced Tuesday. Minter has held the deputy secretary position since 2011 and served as Shumlin's Irene Recovery Officer after Tropical Storm Irene devastated 500 miles of Vermont state and local highways. Full Story

EPA: State must reduce phosphorus in Lake Champlain by 36 percent
11/21/2014 12:54 PM EST - MIDDLEBURY >> 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. It also ran a model of the phosphorus reduction plan Vermont submitted in May to determine whether Full Story

Lessons learned from Vermont Health Connect lead to oversight changes for next major IT project
11/21/2014 12:50 PM EST - Vermont has changed its vendor management structure in the wake of its frustrating experience with technology giant CGI, state officials say. The changes are meant to strengthen the management of large-scale IT projects as the state overhauls its human services infrastructure in the next five years. Vermont will need to sign a new contract with Optum early next year to complete its health Full Story

Body found was that of missing College of Saint Rose student
11/21/2014 12:35 PM EST - ALBANY, N.Y. >> A body found along the Hudson River in Coeymans, N.Y., has been confirmed to be Connor Trapatsos, the College of Saint Rose student who went missing five weeks ago. Trapatsos, 17, of Fairport, N.Y., was last seen by his roommate on Oct. 15. Police do not suspect foul play in the death, which was caused by blunt-force trauma. Full Story

Burlington College agrees to land sale
11/21/2014 12:33 PM EST - Burlington College has signed a deal with real estate developer Eric Farrell to sell some of the school's lakefront property, according to a copy of the agreement obtained Wednesday by VTDigger. A memorandum of understanding, signed Nov. 14 by a college board member and Farrell, calls for the developer to pay $7 million for 25 acres of the financially troubled college's North Avenue property, and Full Story

Gruber agrees to take pay cut for single-payer work
11/21/2014 12:25 PM EST - 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 that Gruber's comments denigrating the public and suggesting that passage of the Affordable Care Act relied on deception has damaged his credibility in Vermont. Full Story

Clif Bar, other food makers side with Vermont on GMO labeling
11/21/2014 12:07 PM EST - 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 to implement. Organic energy bar manufacturer Clif Bar and Company, filed an amicus brief in support of Full Story

City's 'ugly' Christmas tree prompts public outcry

READING, Pa. (AP) — A Christmas tree that might make Charlie Brown think twice is getting kicked to the curb a little early after residents of a Pennsylvania town complained it was too ugly. Full Story
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'Blind Massage' big Golden Horse winner in Taiwan

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — A Chinese-French film about blind masseurs and Chinese actor and director Chen Jianbin scooped the most accolades at Taiwan's 51st Golden Horse movie awards, considered the Chinese-language equivalent of the Oscars. Full Story