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    Vermont Information Technology Leaders appoints CFO

    12/18/2014 04:52 PM EST
    BURLINGTON -- Vermont Information Technology Leaders has named Nancy Rowden Brock as chief financial officer. In this position, Brock will be responsible for human resources, budgeting, auditing, financial reporting, grants management, contract review, and act as liaison to various state agencies. Brock joins VITL from World Learning, an accredited educational institution that provides 
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    Surplus vegetables shared in time for the holidays
    12/18/2014 04:37 PM EST - WINDSOR -- This holiday season, Salvation Farms distributed more than 35,000 pounds of unmarketed potatoes from farms in the Upper Valley, Northeast Kingdom, and Capital Region. That's close to 100,000 servings of a crop used in many meals. Through their partnership with the Southeast State Correctional Facility in Windsor Salvation Farms works with a dedicated crew of inmates who help sort Full Story

    Vermont Health Connect extends deadline for January coverage
    12/18/2014 04:27 PM EST - Vermont Health Connect quietly extended the deadline for people to buy insurance coverage that would start Jan. 1, a spokesman confirmed Tuesday. The previous deadline was Monday, but VHC officials said people who sign up for coverage before Dec. 31 can still select a Jan. 1 start date. VHC notified navigators and assistors, who help people sign up for coverage, but did not include the extension Full Story

    Vermont rivers win federal recognition
    12/18/2014 04:27 PM EST - Congress on Monday approved legislation that will add the Upper Missisquoi and Trout rivers to the National Wild and Scenic Rivers system. The designation makes towns eligible to apply for modest amounts of federal funding for projects along those rivers. "I'm looking at this as a chance to get federal funding in perpetuity to help restore and maintain the rivers that we have here," said John Full Story

    Report: Vermont second-healthiest state in the US
    12/18/2014 04:27 PM EST - For the second consecutive year, Vermont ranks as the second-healthiest state in the U.S., according to America's Health Rankings 2014 report. The report was is based on an evaluation of four categories of health determinants including behaviors, community and environment, clinical care and policy as well as the health outcomes those determinants yield. Full Story

    Shumlin backs off single payer plan
    12/18/2014 04:25 PM EST - Gov. Peter Shumlin will not pursue a single payer health care plan this legislative session or in the near future. The governor said Wednesday that economic conditions forced the decision. "We obviously wish that the numbers were different. It's a huge disappointment for me, it's the biggest disappointment of my public service so far, but we'll make progress by pushing forward in other ways," Full Story

    Utilities to reduce solar credit
    12/18/2014 04:24 PM EST - The value of solar power credits will go down if rate adjustments sought by Vermont utilities are approved by regulators. The change comes as part of the state's new net metering law that was signed in April. The program allows residents to generate their own electricity and receive a credit on their electric bills. Full Story

    Vermont Chamber praises Governor Shumlin's health care decision
    12/18/2014 02:58 PM EST - Berlin -- The Vermont Chamber of Commerce praised the Governor's decision to discontinue the pursuit of a single-payer, publicly financed health care system that would have levied steep payroll and income taxes on Vermont's businesses and their employees. "Our members were concerned that single-payer could have added significant costs of doing business forcing them to make negative Full Story

    Gov. Shumlin says single payer not affordable now
    12/17/2014 08:17 PM EST - Gov. Peter Shumlin said Wednesday he will not pursue a single payer health care plan in the near future. The governor had pinned his hopes on making Vermont the first state in the nation to implement a single payer system. Three years ago, Shumlin touted Act 48, the framework for single payer as an unparalleled political achievement. Full Story

    Gov. Shumlin details health care financing report to Business and Consumer Advisory Councils
    12/17/2014 03:09 PM EST - MONTPELIER -- Gov. Peter Shumlin, a long-time supporter of moving to a universal, publicly-financed health care system in Vermont, today detailed his administration's health care financing report, set to be delivered to the Legislature in January. The financial models unveiled by the Governor today would require both a double digit payroll tax on Vermont businesses and an up to 9. Full Story

    Dog injures Wyoming man in accidental shooting

    SHERIDAN, Wyo. (AP) — Police in northern Wyoming say a rifle discharged after a dog apparently stepped on it, injuring a 46-year-old man. Full Story