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Vermont Pushes for ‘Livable Wage,’ But Can Employers Survive It?

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By Jon Street | Vermont Watchdog BURLINGTON — State lawmakers are driving a bill that would raise the hourly minimum wage in Vermont to $12.50, but Rep. John Moran says he doesn’t think that’s enough to survive. “For me personally, I would like to reach what we call a livable wage,” Moran told Vermont Watchdog…

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Police Seize 270 Grams of Marijuana in Stanstead, Quebec

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STANSTEAD, QC — On January 25, officers were patrolling downtown Stanstead when they noticed two individuals walking down the road. According to the police report, one of the individuals threw a bag he was carrying. The officers stated that they witnessed the suspect ditch the bag. “The police picked up the bag and found that…

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Two Men Arrested for Burglary Spree Across Vermont

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WILLISTON — Since December 2013, there were multiple burglaries in Chittenden, Franklin, and Lamoille counties, including the towns of Westford, Underhilll, Jericho, Milton, Fletcher, and East Fairfield. The items stolen and method of burglary revealed a pattern of crime. Through the course of the investigation, law enforcement officials learned that Kyle Tetreault, age 23 of…

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December Winter Storms Declared Disaster For Vermont By President

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NEWPORT — The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to the State of Vermont to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe winter storms during the period of December 20-26, 2013. The President’s action makes federal funding available…

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Sen. Bernie Sanders Statement on State of the Union

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WASHINGTON — Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) issued the following statement yesterday after President Barack Obama delivered his fifth State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress: “I welcome President Obama’s focus on reducing inequality and helping working families in America. The American economy is not sustainable when so few have so much…

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The 10 State Jobs You Didn’t Know Your Vermont Taxes Covered

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By Yaël Ossowski | Vermont Watchdog In keeping with Vermont Watchdog‘s mission of keeping state government accountable, a quick peek at the state payroll is always important. The state of Vermont has 7,805 public employees, according to the Department of Human Resources, a number that has stayed relatively stable for a decade. The average state…

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Lyndon State College Hosts Chinese Journalism Students

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LYNDON — Lyndon State College is playing host to five students from Beijing Foreign Studies University. The students, chosen by the university on the basis of interest and English ability, are all majoring in journalism. The three graduate students and two sophomores are attending classes at Lyndon’s award-winning Electronic Journalism Arts (EJA) program to observe…

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Dangerous Road Conditions Cause Two Accidents Yesterday

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NEWPORT — Strong winds and blowing snow yesterday created dangerous road conditions in the area. Two accidents were reported. Yesterday at around 1 p.m. a Vermont Agency of Transportation highway maintenance truck was involved in a two vehicle crash on Vermont Route 105 in Newport. Jason Kerr, 38, of Newport, was traveling east at about…

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I Heart Newport Collects Clothing for Lyndon State College Graduates

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NEWPORT — For young people trying to enter the workforce without a job, it can sometimes be difficult to afford the clothes you need to “dress for success.” Lyndon State College has the answer. A “Dress for Success” clothing drive. The goal is to provide a free business-ready outfit for each junior or senior who…

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St. Johnsbury Academy Announces Dual-Enrollment Agreement with CCV

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St. Johnsbury — St. Johnsbury Academy announced a dual-enrollment agreement with the Community College of Vermont (CCV). The deal is a step toward helping students prepare for higher education while gaining college credit in high school. “We are excited to add another partner in CCV to our dual-enrollment program, after finalizing the program this year…

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Major Arrests Made: Two Fugitives Caught in Barton and Greensboro

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BARTON — Yesterday, at 9:30 p.m. the Vermont State Police learned that two fugitives from the state of Connecticut, were eluding law enforcement with family members in Vermont. Jaheem Synpe, 19, of New Britain, CT was wanted for assault, criminal attempt to commit murder, assault on a police officer, and larceny in the second degree.…

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Grammy Nominated Teacher from Vermont Gets National Attention for Children’s Charity

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WESTMINSTER — Kurn Hattin Homes for Children, a charitable Vermont residential school for disadvantaged children, gained national media attention recently after its Music Director, Lisa Bianconi, was named a top-ten finalist for the inaugural Grammy Music Educator award. Bianconi was featured on Monday night’s CBS Evening News. After viewing her story on WCAX in Burlington,…

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Local Photographer Makes Albany Fire Department Calendar

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All photos by Jane Peters ALBANY — Jane Peters, a local photographer and freelance writer, has a strong connection with the Albany Fire Department. Donald Peters, Jane’s brother, is the fire chief. She also has a niece and a nephew on the department. As a photographer she has been documenting the department for years. On…

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Stanstead College Clears Up Local Rumors Following the Arrest of Sylvain Bergeron

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STANSTEAD, QC — According to a spokesman for the Stanstead College, Sylvain Bergeron was on vacation when he was arrested, and, he was not traveling in a school vehicle. Bergeron, a security guard at the school, is charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. He was arrested by Illinois State…

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New Hampshire Marijuana Vote Pushes Vermont to New England ‘Domino Effect’

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By Yaël Ossowski | Watchdog.org The dominoes are falling all across New England. The New Hampshire House of Representatives made history last week when it became the first state Legislature to vote in favor of a bill to legalize the sale and possession of recreational marijuana. “Polls show 60 percent of voters in the state…

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North Country Union High School to Present Falcapalooza Friday Night

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NEWPORT — Move over Lollapalooza, this Friday night North Country Union High School is proud to present Falcapalooza. On January 28, starting at 6 p.m. inside the auditorium, seven local student bands will take the stage. One of the bands to perform will consist of North Country Union High School teachers. There is a $5…

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Shumlin’s Spending Proposal Outpaces Vermont’s Economic Growth Rate

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By Jon Street | Watchdog.org MONTPELIER — Gov. Peter Shumlin wants a 5-percent hike in the upcoming budget while Vermont’s economy is growing at just 1.2 percent annually. The governor’s proposal for fiscal year 2014-15 came Wednesday during a joint-session of the Vermont Legislature, during which he delivered his annual budget address. Shumlin said his…

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Vermont Requests Federal Disaster Declaration

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MONTPELIER – On Friday Gov. Peter Shumlin made a formal request for a federal disaster declaration for Caledonia, Chittenden, Essex, Franklin, Grand Isle, Lamoille, and Orleans counties for public infrastructure damage suffered in December’s ice storm. The Public Assistance disaster declaration, if granted, would allow communities and public utilities in those counties to receive at…

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