Vermont's unemployment rate rose by .3 percent to 3.7 percent in July. It's the second straight monthly increase, following a .1 percent jump in June.
In a news release, Vermont Department of Labor Commissioner Annie Noonan said the increase, “mirrors the same trend we saw last summer in Vermont and we hope this will resolve as we move forward into early fall.”
Last year, the unemployment rate rose .2 percent from May to July, remaining at a high of 4.5 percent before dropping in October.
Former Vermont Senator Jim Jeffords has died. A lifelong moderate Republican, Jeffords earned national fame in May 2001 when he abandoned his party and became an independent, single-handedly shifting the balance of power in the Senate.
Rutland Town is drumming up volunteers to spread the word about stormwater pollution. Berlin Mall owners announce a Kohl's department store is part of their plan for Berlin Corners. This fall St. Albans will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the St. Albans Raid.
For the past few weeks, the wood-fired McNeil Generating Station in Burlington has been using wood chips from Pinewood Manor in Essex Junction, a 7.4 mile drive away. But the wood from Pinewood Manor has been taking a longer route, traveling nearly 80 miles by truck and train before it can be burned at McNeil.
Following the first negotiating session since labor contracts with FairPoint Communications expired 12 days ago, an official with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers in Vermont expressed frustration with the status of the talks.
Mike Spillane, who is part of the IBEW negotiating team, said the two sides met with a federal mediator in Portland, Maine on Wednesday.
Spillane says Thursday morning the union offered a contract package that was “further than we wanted to go.”
Keurig Green Mountain says it will increase prices on portion packs by 9 percent in November. The increase includes the company's popular K-Cups.
The Waterbury-based company, formerly known as Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, says the decision is the result of rising commodity prices as well as increased costs for packaging, transportation and materials.
Officials have been working for two years to figure out the source of a slow petroleum leak that’s repeatedly caused a sheen on the water flowing into Burlington’s waterfront wastewater treatment facility.
But so far, they’ve had very little luck.
The petroleum leak resulted in a smell or a visible sheen on top of the water at the facility, according to Gary Kessler, who oversees the compliance and enforcement division of the Department of Environmental Conservation.
“What I was told was that it’s a very low level, but it’s perceivable,” Kessler said.