Secretary of State issues polling information for primary

08/21/2014 03:23 PM EDT
The Vermont primary election is on Tuesday, Aug. 26. Jim Condos, the Secretary of State, said in a statement that all polls in Vermont are open between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. For a list of polling places go to: Absentee ballots may be requested from town clerks in person, by phone or by mail. 
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Nina's gift
08/09/2014 12:01 AM EDT - BRATTLEBORO -- Jan Ori knew she would have to return to Middleton, Wisc., every year on July 1 to honor and memorialize the life of her daughter, Nina, who died that day in 1989 of a brain tumor.  Full Story

Burlington College used restricted scholarship money for operating costs
08/21/2014 03:21 PM EDT - The administration of Burlington College used $50,000 from a scholarship fund to pay for daily operating costs, according to documents obtained by VTDigger. The tiny liberal arts college is financially strapped and the administration used scholarship money from the estate of G. Jason Conway to cover expenses, according to financial statements and people who managed his estate. Full Story

Top ANR official calls for streamlined permit process
08/21/2014 03:19 PM EDT - Vermont's environmental permit review process must be changed, according to a top state regulatory enforcement official. David Mears, commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation, told members of the Associated Industry of Vermont on Tuesday that the state must make it easier for developers to apply for environmental permits such as those for stormwater, septic and wetlands. Full Story

Business outlook neutral to mildly optimistic
08/21/2014 03:18 PM EDT - For the second quarter in a row, a majority of Vermont business leaders expressed mild optimism about the state's business climate, according to the latest Business Conditions Survey of Vermont Business Roundtable members. Their positive outlook is tempered by concerns about health care policy and difficulty hiring, as well as cumulative tax burdens, according to VBR president Lisa Ventriss. Full Story

Child abuse/neglect cases spiked in 2014, data shows
08/21/2014 03:16 PM EDT - The number of alleged child abuse or neglect cases filed in courts across Vermont last year grew 21 percent from the year before, according to data from the state. The Department for Children and Families attributes the rise to the impact of opiate addiction on child safety. One state prosecutor said chronic homelessness is also a huge factor. Full Story

State to take public comment on 10-year telecom plan
08/21/2014 03:13 PM EDT - The state will take public comment on Vermont's draft Telecommunications Plan Aug. 25-28 at four locations around the state. The Telecommunications Plan is a 10-year policy roadmap for meeting state government's goals of providing stable and predictable rates for telecom services within a technologically advanced network that reaches all areas of the state. Full Story

Milne skips GOP event in Essex; Feliciano wins straw poll
08/21/2014 03:10 PM EDT - Scott Milne, the party-endorsed Republican candidate for governor, skipped a primary debate on Tuesday held by the Essex Town Republicans. Milne says he didn't participate in the event because it wasn't "media sponsored." Independent Emily Peyton is seeking the Republican Party nomination, as is Dan Feliciano, a libertarian candidate, who is running a write-in campaign. Full Story

170 Rutland Plywood workers laid off after fire
08/21/2014 02:55 PM EDT - RUTLAND (AP) - Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin says a fire that destroyed a building housing the Rutland Plywood Corp. has caused 170 layoffs. Firefighters thought that they had put out the blaze first reported Wednesday afternoon, but it re-ignited early Thursday and destroyed the building, despite resumed efforts by about 100 firefighters. Full Story

Vermont Health Department urges young adult vaccinations
08/21/2014 09:42 AM EDT - BURLINGTON (AP) - They Vermont Health Department is urging young adults to be sure they are up to date with their vaccinations. Full Story

Woman pays fine for climbing into giraffe pen

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A California woman who got kicked in the face after trying to climb into the giraffe exhibit at a Madison zoo has paid a fine and apologized. Full Story
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Dominican Republic bans Miley Cyrus concert

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — The Dominican Republic government commission that oversees public performances is banning a Sept. Full Story