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Vermont Requests Federal Disaster Declaration

in Feature/News/Vermont

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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Stanstead College Employee Charged with $1.3 Million Worth of Cocaine

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STANSTEAD, QC — Sylvain Bergeron, the director of security at Stanstead College, just across the border from Derby Line, was arrested last Friday on charges connected to cocaine possession. Illinois state police stopped Bergeron, 42, for a traffic violation on Interstate 355, outside Chicago. The Herald News, based in Joliet, IL, reported that when troopers…

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Car Overturns on VT Route 105 in Newport Center Thursday

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NEWPORT — At 7:40 a.m. Joseph Tito of Lancaster, NH was operating a 2007 Subaru Outback west on VT Route 105 in Newport Center. Tito lost control of his vehicle on the snow covered roadway when attempting to negotiate a curve. The Subaru traveled off the south side of the highway where it overturned. Tito…

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Despite Expert Claims, Shumlin Denies Spike in Health Coverage Premiums

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By Jon Street | Watchdog.org BURLINGTON — Leading experts say health care costs in the Green Mountain State are climbing to new heights, but Gov. Peter Shumlin denies it. “If it were true, we wouldn’t be doing it,” he told Vermont Watchdog at an annual legislative breakfast at the Sheraton Hotel Conference Center in South…

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NSA Director Does Not Rule Out Collecting Intelligence on Members of Congress

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WASHINGTON — Responding to an inquiry by Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, The National Security Agency director did not rule out collecting intelligence on members of Congress. “In recent months, the American people have learned that a record of virtually every telephone call made in the United States is placed in an NSA database, that…

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Flavored Mints Claiming to be a “Vermont” Product Actually Made in Canada Will Pay the State $30,000 Fine

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NEWPORT — The Vermont Attorney General’s Office has settled a lawsuit alleging that VerMints, Inc., violated the law by labeling its flavored mints as “Vermont” products when in fact they were made in Canada, from out-of-state ingredients. The settlement requires VerMints and its President, Gary Rinkus of Braintree, Massachusetts, to donate $35,000 to the Vermont…

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$21 Million Military Contract to Bring 43 Jobs to Newport

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NEWPORT — In October, Revision Military laid off 35 its 57 workers in Newport when it didn’t get the government contract that company official had counted on. On Monday, the company announced that they had won a new contract worth $21 million, that will bring 43 jobs back to Newport. The contract is to supply…

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Vermont State Police Derby Weekly Recap for 01/06/14 – 01/13/14.

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In an effort to keep the citizens of Orleans County informed, the Vermont State Police, Derby Barracks, reports the following activity for the week of 01/06/14 – 01/13/14. ORLEANS COUNTY TOTAL CASES – 70 # PERSONS ARRESTED – 3 # CHARGES – 3 ALBANY 911 Hang up – 2 Agency Assist – 1 BARTON/ORLEANS Alarm…

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Pressure Mounts for Vermont Lieutenant Governor to Take Single-Payer Position

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By Jon Street | Watchdog.org BURLINGTON — Prominent members of his own party wonder why, after more than 2 1/2 years, Republican Lt. Gov. Phil Scott refuses to take a position on the state’s single-payer health-care law. Scott said he remains “skeptical.” In an interview with Vermont Watchdog, that’s the best Scott could offer as…

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Leahy Reintroduces Personal Data Privacy and Security Act to Protect Americans In Digital Age

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WASHINGTON — Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) reintroduced sweeping legislation to protect Americans’ personal information and ensure their privacy. Leahy also announced the issue of data privacy would be the subject of a committee hearing early in the new Senate session. Leahy’s bill comes just weeks after the department store chain, Target, suffered…

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Trading Post Radio Show Returns to WIKE 1490 AM

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NEWPORT — The WIKE Trading Post radio show is returning to local radio station WIKE 1490 AM on Sunday mornings from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m. The show is for listeners who want to buy, sell, swap, or trade items on the radio airwaves. “Years ago this was a very popular show that people would listen…

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Gov. Shumlin Asks Congress to Extend the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Program

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MONTPELIER – Gov. Peter Shumlin called on Congress today to extend the Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program, which expired on Dec. 28. The Governor said about 650 Vermonters lost benefits with the program’s expiration, losing an average weekly benefit of approximately $300. Up to 2,300 Vermonters could lose assistance over the first half of 2014.…

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[AUDIO] Discovering the Beauty of Sacred Harp Singing in Derby Line

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Sacred Harp singing is a tradition of sacred choral music. It is part of the larger tradition of shape note music. Sacred Harp music is performed a cappella (voice only, without instruments) and originated as Protestant Christian music. A group of shape note singers gathered at the First Universalist Parish in Derby Line, Sunday afternoon…

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[AUDIO] Saturday Night Swing in Newport

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A wise man once said, “It don’t mean a thing, if it ain’t got that swing.” Saturday night at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, the 18 piece Swing North Big Band played their Swinging Epiphany Celebration. The show was part of the Now Playing Newport music series. Press play below to hear the story. For more…

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U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont Asks NSA if They Are Spying on Members of Congress

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BURLINGTON — On Friday, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders asked the National Security Agency director whether the agency has monitored the phone calls, emails and Internet traffic of members of Congress and other elected officials. “Has the NSA spied, or is the NSA currently spying, on members of Congress or other American elected officials?” Sanders asked…

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Federal Farm Services Encourage Sugar Bush Owners in Orleans County to Call to Report Damage from Ice Storm.

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NEWPORT – As Vermonters start to check on their sugar woods, the damage from last week’s ice storm is being revealed. The federal Farm Services (FSA) offices have started taking applications for the Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) for maple sugar makers. Orleans County is listed as one of the areas most affected, with FSA officials…

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REAL ID Cards Issued at Vermont DMV Jan. 2

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The Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles will start offering REAL ID cards on January 2. To obtain a REAL ID, you will need an original or certified copy of your birth certificate or other proof of identity, proof of U.S. citizenship or lawful presence in the United States, and proof of your Social Security numbers.…

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600 Vermonters Affected as Long-Term Jobless Benefits Expire

in Feature/News/Vermont

BURLINGTON — U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders said Friday that Congress must restore unemployment benefits that expired today for 1.3 million Americans, including some 600 Vermonters, who have been out of work for longer than 26 weeks. Unless Congress acts, jobless benefits will lapse during the first half of 2014 for an additional 1.9 million people,…

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From Horse Lying to Lengthy Beer Tasting, the 10 Strangest Vermont Laws

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By Yaël Ossowski | Watchdog.org In many aspects, Vermont isn’t not afraid to buck the status quo. After the Revolutionary War, it existed as its own republic for nearly 14 years. It was the first state to introduce women’s suffrage in 1880, allow civil unions in 2000 and pass same-sex marriage in 2009. And while…

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