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The Frequency
6:40 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Vermont Companies Generally Upbeat About The Economy

Chief Executive Officers of many of Vermont's largest employers are generally optimistic about the economy, according to a recent survey.

The 1st quarter VBR-EPR Business Conditions Survey was conducted by the Vermont Business Roundtable and Economic Policy Resources, a Williston research and analysis firm. 

The survey of Vermont Business Roundtable's membership, which includes CEOs of approximately 120 businesses in the state, is conducted quarterly. 

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The Frequency
2:06 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

High Water Recedes, But Many Roads Still Closed

Signs near Essex warned of high water on Route 128.
Taylor Dobbs VPR

Rivers across the state are high and rising with a combination of snow melt and rain contributing to a surge, which officials say is likely to lead to flooding.

Update April 16th 6:30 a.m. The National Weather Service says that most rivers around Vermont should drop below flood stage today. But this morning, the freezing temperatures mean that many roadways are slippery. Crews are out, but Vermont Emergency Management is asking drivers to slow down on the roads and be mindful of conditions.

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The Frequency
1:08 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Moody's Upgrades Burlington Credit Outlook

Moody’s Investors Service upgraded the city of Burlington’s credit rating outlook this week from “Baa3 negative” to “Baa3 stable,” indicating increased confidence in the city’s financial management.

The move comes after the city closed a financing deal to cover the cost of settling a multi-million dollar lawsuit with Citibank over borrowed money that hadn’t been paid back.

Moody’s accompanied the upgrade with this explanation:

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The Frequency
11:01 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Controversial Former NSA Director To Speak At Norwich Commencement

Keith Alexander, who stepped down as head of U.S. Cyber Command and the National Security Agency, delivered remarks at his retirement ceremony at the National Security Agency headquarters at Fort Meade, Md., March 28, 2014.
U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Aaron Hostutler DOD Photo

Norwich University will host recently retired National Security Agency director Keith Alexander as commencement speaker this year.

Alexander served as the head of U.S. Army Cyber Command and the National Security Agency and oversaw the agency’s moves toward the bulk collection of millions of Americans’ phone records and online activity.

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Public Post
1:54 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Hinesburg Debates Future Of Old Police Station

When the Town of Hinesburg first put forth a proposal to build a new police station, part of that plan was to demolish the converted farmhouse that served as the old police station. But now that the new station is built, some townspeople would rather see the old building put to a new use.

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Public Post
1:17 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Manchester & Dorset Issue Public Safety Study RFP

The two towns are looking to consolidate services such as law enforcement, fire, medical emergency and municipal emergency management.
Lee Krohn Town of Manchester

The towns of Dorset and Manchester are looking for help in proceeding with a public safety study. The end goal is a plan that will save both towns money by consolidating services such as law enforcement, fire, medical emergency and municipal emergency management.

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The Frequency
1:12 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Basement Flooding 'Likely' In Montpelier This Week

Officials in Montpelier are warning residents and business owners that a combination of melting snow Monday and rain on Tuesday could cause basement flooding along the North Branch of the Winooski River.

“Current trends indicate that the Winooski will crest at 14 feet late Tuesday night or Wednesday morning,” assistant city manager Jessie Baker said in a press release. Bakers said that level is "likely to result in basement flooding" near the river.

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Public Post
11:37 am
Sat April 12, 2014

Public Post Weekly Roundup

This Southern Vermont logo is part of a new regional marketing campaign.
SeVEDS

Public Post reports on a new marketing campaign for Southern Vermont; transportation topics in Quechee, Mount Holly and Rutland; and voters heading back to the polls for a school renovation bond vote in Wallingford.

Here's a sampling of the week's Public Post Twitter updates from Halifax, South Hero, Colchester, Middlebury and more:

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The Frequency
3:55 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

'Heartbleed Bug' Not Affecting Vermont Health Exchange, Banks

The Heartbleed Bug has raised doubts about the security of private information sent over the Internet.
Codenomicon

Vermont’s major banks and credit unions as well as the state health care exchange report that they are safe from the Heartbleed Bug, an online security vulnerability. 

The bug was a problem with the technology that secures online traffic, protecting things such as user passwords and banking information as it passes through the Internet. A problem with Open SSL, one such security technology, made it possible for third parties to intercept this privileged information without either the sender or the recipient noticing.

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The Frequency
2:37 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Rabies Detected In Burlington Area Raccoons

Four raccoons in the Burlington area have tested positive for rabies recently, and health officials say the disease has been detected in 11 animals this year, including in a bobcat in Clarendon.

“This is a good reminder to vaccinate your pets and not attract wild animals with food, compost, bird seed or exposed trash,” said Robert Johnson, DVM, state public health veterinarian in a press release.

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