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South Burlington students will be back in school on Monday, after a deal was reached between the teachers’ union and the school board to end a strike.

The South Burlington Educators Association and the South Burlington School Board agreed on Friday to allow mediator Joseph McNeil to join in the session, which began on Saturday morning.

On November 4, Voters in many Vermont towns will be weighing in on local ballot initiatives as well as electing local and statewide candidates. Local votes include school renovation projects, utility projects and municipal charter changes.

When Google announced its 2014 eCity list of the country's most tech-friendly metropolises, some Vermonters reacted, "Stowe? Really?"

The South Burlington School Board and teachers still haven’t come to an agreement after 11 hours of negotiations Thursday, but the school system announced yesterday that non-academic activities will resume.

According to a release from the school board, “the Teachers’ Association and School Board remain apart on both salaries and employee contributions towards health insurance premiums.”

FairPoint workers in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine have launched a strike. The 2,550 workers are holding out for a better contract deal after months.

Negotiations reached an impasse in early September, but at the time workers decided to hold off on a strike. Since then, FairPoint unilaterally reduced benefits for the unionized employees.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Milne voluntarily disclosed his personal financial information Thursday, despite Vermont’s lack of financial disclosure laws for politicians. Milne released his 2012 and 2013 tax returns and a completed “Ethics in Government Act Financial Disclosure Statement,” which is required for members of the U.S. House of Representatives.

When Vermonters go to the polls Nov. 4, many will vote on a local ballot initiative in addition to deciding upon candidates. Here are some of the local issues on Vermont ballots this Election Day. Let us know what your town is voting on by tweeting @AmyKolbNoyes with #ElectionDay.

Dean Corren’s media blitz is in full swing in October, as the Progressive/Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor’s $34,500 in media buys this month more than quadruple his previous spending. But the big increase doesn’t push Corren past incumbent Phil Scott, who dropped $50,000 this month for media help from Hen House Media in Williston.

A California company that supplies natural gas for commercial transportation has purchased controlling interest in NG Advantage of Colchester and Milton.

Clean Energy Fuels serves customers whose fleets are powered by natural gas.

NG Advantage LLC delivers natural gas to large users in New England and New York State. The company serves customers who are beyond the reach of natural gas pipelines.

Voters in Hinesburg will consider a $1.5 million bond vote in addition to making candidate decisions on Election Day. The bond would finance upgrades to the village water system, including two new wells and a pump house and filtration system.

A notice of public hearings on the project states:

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