FILE- A puppy named Lilly is vaccinated at an animal shelter in Kinston, N.C. Animals routinely are transported from overloaded Southern shelters like this one with high euthanasia rates to the puppy and kitten-starved states of the North.
Animal shelters say they see an increase in people wanting to adopt pets this time of year. “Many times people might think that getting a dog or a puppy as a gift for someone during the holidays might be a good idea," says Lisa Peterson of the American Club. "You know, it’s really not the best time to bring a new dog to your family.” While the intentions are good, a lot of careful thinking should go into adopting pets – including research on how shelters, breeders and rescue groups manage the health of the animals they offer for adoption.
A New York federal appeals court says the legality of a tax on Vermont's only nuclear plant is best left up to a state court. But it shot down some of the plant operator's arguments against the tax anyway.
The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan ruled Tuesday. The case stems from a tax affecting the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant.
The plant, which began operating in 1972, is run by the New Orleans-based Entergy Nuclear Operations Inc.
The company has argued that the electricity tax is unconstitutional and is not really a tax.
Voters in Vergennes voted Tuesday to support the expansion of a natural gas pipeline into their city.
Vermont Gas has asked the Public Service Board for approval to expand an existing pipeline from Chittenden to Addison County to provide service to Vergennes and Middlebury.
The Vergennes City Council had previously voiced support for the project. The referendum was triggered by a petition asking whether city residents supported the council’s endorsement. In the end the gas pipeline referendum passed 345 to 143.
Reports dating back to early this summer highlight continuous and growing concerns about the state’s ability to launch Vermont Health Connect successfully.
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When Gov. Peter Shumlin appeared at this May 29, 2013 press conference, the Department of Vermont Health Access had recently received a recommendation to "elevate missed deliverable dates or milestones to highest levels within the state and CGI."
The Shumlin administration was warned repeatedly over the past year that staffing shortages, technical problems and other issues with its main contractor threatened the launch of the state’s health exchange, documents show.
A series of reports prepared for the Department of Vermont Health Access highlight continuous and growing concerns about the state’s ability to launch Vermont Health Connect on time, dating back to early this summer.
Starting in January, Vermonters will be able to get a new kind of driver’s license. It’s called the Real ID. Supporters say the new cards will protect federal courts, nuclear power plants and commercial aircraft against terrorism.
The impending closing of Vermont Yankee has everyone worried about job losses in southern Vermont. But a group of people in Windham and Bennington counties have been working for years to try to understand the region’s underlying economic situation.
The select boards in Manchester and Dorset met concurrently at the Bennington County Court House last week and signed a five-page memorandum "to study further collaboration and consolidation of public safety functions."