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2:53 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Boil Water Order Issued In Fair Haven

State officials issued a boil water notice in the town of Fair Haven Tuesday because water samples tested positive for fecal coliform (E. coli).

Tests on Monday were positive, indicating "that the water may be contaminated with human or animal wastes," according to a release.

The release said officials expect to have the problem resolved within 24 to 48 hours.

The Frequency
1:32 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Scott Milne Up With First TV Ad Of 2014 Elections

With seven days until the primary election, the first television ad of the 2014 election cycle hit the airwaves Tuesday.

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The Frequency
1:05 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Vermont Unemployment Rate Up Again

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.

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The Frequency
11:11 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Former Senator Jim Jeffords Dead At 80

In 2001, Jim Jeffords separated from the Republican party, taking away the GOP majority in the Senate.
Toby Talbot AP File Photo

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.

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Public Post
9:29 am
Sat August 16, 2014

Public Post: Rutland Stormwater, Commerce At Berlin Corners, St. Albans Raid 150th

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.

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The Frequency
11:47 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Burlington Electric Fuel Takes 80 Mile Detour

The McNeil Generating Station gets most of its fuel from within a 60-mile radius, but some of that fuel travels much farther.
National Renewable Energy Laboratory AP File Photo

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.

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The Frequency
4:52 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Union Says Waiting For FairPoint Response To New Offer

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.” 

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The Frequency
9:01 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Keurig Coffee Prices Going Up

Keurig Green Mountain logo
Courtesy www.keuriggreenmountain.com/

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.

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VPR News
5:37 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

For First Time, Orleans County Leads In Job Growth

Orleans County, often described as one of the poorest in the state, is now leading the state in job creation.

That’s according to data supplied to the state legislature’s Joint Fiscal Committee by the Department of Labor. 

Bill Stenger, president of Jay Peak Resort, attributes the improvement partly to its expansion.

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The Frequency
4:37 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Officials Search For Source Of Petroleum Pollution In Burlington Groundwater

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.

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