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7:10 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Report: Scott Milne Splits With Campaign Manager

Less than eight weeks before the general election, Scott Milne is without a campaign manager.
Angela Evancie VPR

The Burlington Free Press reports that Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Milne and campaign manager Brent Burns have parted ways after just two months working together.

"I resigned Friday," Burns confirmed Monday. "For the last six years, I have been working in super high stress jobs. I needed to take a step back," Burns explained when asked why. "All the rest is between Scott and I."

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The Frequency
1:11 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Corren, Sorrell Take On Gasoline Price Gap

Dean Corren, right, explained a graph showing the gap between Burlington gas prices and the statewide average.
Taylor Dobbs VPR

Dean Corren, Lieutenant Governor candidate for both the Progressive and Democratic parties, joined Attorney General Bill Sorrell for a campaign stop at a gas station in Burlington Monday morning, but they weren’t filling up.

The pair were hoping to bring attention to the discrepancy in gas prices between northwestern Vermont and other areas of the state, like Rutland. In photos taken Sunday, a gas station in Rutland showed a price of $3.39 for regular while a Burlington station was charging $3.58 – a 19 cent difference.

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Public Post
11:41 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Weekend Vandalism At Saxtons River Treatment Plant

Vermont State Police are asking for information about a break-in at the water and sewage treatment plant in Saxtons River. 

Police are investigating the incident, which took place between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday evening, as a vandalism case.

A State Police press release states:

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The Frequency
9:30 am
Sun September 14, 2014

Craftsbury Gets New Solar Tracker, Thanks To Wind Power

A new solar tracker at the Craftsbury town garage will meet about one third of municipal energy needs.
Charlotte Albright VPR

The town of Craftsbury expects to cover about a third of its municipal energy needs with a new solar tracker. The 20-kilowatt panel recently installed at the town garage was funded by a payment made to the town by Green Mountain Power, which placed 21 turbines atop nearby Lowell Mountain. The select board opposed that wind project.

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Public Post
8:15 am
Sat September 13, 2014

Public Post: Craftsbury Solar Tracker, Fall Cleanup Events, Waitsfield Library Plans

Craftsbury installs a solar tracker using money from the Kingdom Community Wind project. Essex and Rutland hold cleanup events to reduce stormwater runoff pollution. Library Trustees in Waitsfield consider renovations after the town office relocates to a new building.

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VPR News
2:52 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Where Have The Prime-Age Workers Gone?

Vermont job growth by age group
Vermont Dept. of Labor

Unlike a mathematical equation, where a calculation leads to a single correct answer, economic numbers don’t always point to clear answers.

The accompanying chart from the Vermont Dept. of Labor shows the state's job growth by age group from September 2011 to March of this year.* 

One striking feature is the only age group that saw an increase in jobs over the period is workers 54 and older. 

Even more striking: Prime-age workers, ages 25 to 54, actually saw a decline.

As is often the case, Vermont trends mirror national trends. 

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The Frequency
10:23 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Regulators May Reconsider Phase 1 Of Vermont Gas Pipeline

The Vermont Supreme Court has granted a request from the state Public Service Board that will allow the board to reconsider its December 2013 ruling that approved Phase 1 of the Vermont Gas Systems pipeline for construction.

The project in question is planned to extend Vermont Gas' network south from Chittenden County to the Middlebury area. It is the first phase of a three-phase project that is ultimately planned to bring Vermont Gas service to Rutland.

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The Frequency
9:36 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Vt. Congressional Delegation Agrees With Obama's Approach To ISIS

Vermont's delegation largely supported Obama's plan to combat ISIS.
Toby Talbot AP/file

Vermont’s congressional delegation says they agree with President Barack Obama’s decision to train and equip Syrian rebels to oppose the Islamic state terrorist groups.

In statements released after last night’s address, all three members said they support the president’s strategy.

Senator Patrick Leahy:

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Public Post
10:17 am
Wed September 10, 2014

West Rutland To Get Water, Sewer Service

There will soon be new sewer and water lines between West Rutland and Rutland Town. The United States Department of Agriculture  has awarded $2,007,100 in grants and loans to expand municipal sewer and drinking water to parts of West Rutland.

"These upgrades will have environmental, health and economic impacts for hundreds of Vermonters in and around West Rutland," USDA Rural Development Vermont and New Hampshire State Director Ted Brady said in a press release.

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The Frequency
1:19 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Champlain College Downtown Housing Project Moves Forward

A downtown housing project planned by Champlain College is again moving forward after months of delay caused by a dispute with Burlington's Development Review Board.

The housing, which was originally designed to accommodate 300 Champlain College students on St. Paul Street in Burlington's South End, got a nod of approval from city politicians last year when the city agreed to sell a parking lot to the school for the project.

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