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VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE

It's a big day at Lemon Fair Wildlife Management Area in Bridport and Cornwall. This morning the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife is celebrating the addition of 330 acres to what it calls some of the most productive wildlife habitat in that part of the state.

Carrie Clement

Milton has a new chief administrative officer. Donna Barlow Casey started work last week as the tenth Milton Town Manager, and the first woman to hold the job since its creation in 1978.

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Gov. Peter Shumlin joined a growing group of politicians and advocates calling for an ethics commission to examine conflicts of interest and other ethical issues within Vermont state government.

On Vermont Edition Monday, Shumlin said he supports the premise, though “the devil’s in the details.”

Shumlin said he wanted to be sure such a commission would hold everyone in all three branches of state government equally accountable and wouldn’t grow into a costly bureaucracy.

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Economists for the legislative and executive branches issued their biannual report on the state economy Monday. They say that Vermont is on pace to continue its slow recovery from the Great Recession. 

Vermont’s Veterans’ Cemetery is getting larger and adding some features designed to help people find friends or loved ones buried there. A new grant that will fund the improvements.

The Windham County Economic Development Program has been re-launched to distribute funds negotiated from the closure of Vermont Yankee. The High Meadows Fund promotes and finances a new watershed resilience initiative. The Vermont Steampunk Festival is coming to Springfield in September.

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A new survey from the AARP shows major gaps in public knowledge about the Vermont Gas Systems pipeline to Addison County. It also raises questions about whether the public feels the state department tasked with representing ratepayers has met those obligations.

Efficiency upgrades can save homeowners a lot of money. But nonprofits can benefit from tightening up as well.

The union representing state employees filed an official allegation of unfair labor practices against the judiciary branch this week with the Vermont Labor Relations Board.

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The board of Castleton State College voted unanimously Thursday to change the school’s name to Castleton University. The change makes Castleton the state's second public university.

University president Dave Wolk said the change reflects the institution that Castleton is becoming. Wolk said growth in the number of graduate programs and students, Castleton’s international recruitment efforts and its expanding presence around Vermont fit better with the “university” name.

“It reflects who we are as well as who we aspire to be,” Wolk said.

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