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1:17 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Milfoil Pullers Wanted

Eurasian watermilfoil can get quickly out of control, as shown in this picture taken at Cayuga Lake in Ithaca, New York.
Robert L. Johnson Cornell University, Bugwood.org

The invasive water plant Eurasian watermilfoil has made its way into waterways around Vermont, and is nearly impossible to eradicate. At Dewey's Mills Pond, in Quechee, the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, the state of Vermont and the town of Hartford have been working together since 2003 to keep the invasive species at bay. This Saturday, the Hartford Parks & Recreation Department is hosting a volunteer day, to help in the effort.

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VPR News
5:46 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Human Services Changes Delayed To Solicit Public Input

The deadline for completing a reorganization plan for parts of the Agency of Human Services has been pushed back.

The decision came after an anti-poverty group established by the governor asked for the delay.

The reorganization follows the deaths of two children whose families were being monitored by the Department for Children and Families. 

The deaths prompted a legislative committee to hold public hearings on DCF.

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The Frequency
4:59 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

New PAC To Boost Pro-Business Candidates

Two state representatives have launched a new political action committee that will try to play a decisive role in local House and Senate races this fall.

Stowe Republican Heidi Scheuermann and Middlebury Democrat Paul Ralston say their group, called Vision to Action Vermont, will lend financial support to the campaigns of candidates who vow to push for economic development initiatives in Montpelier.

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The Frequency
12:09 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Where Are Vermont’s Turkeys? Officials Seek Public Help In Survey

The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife plans to conduct a turkey brood survey during the month of August, and officials are asking for help from Vermonters who see the birds around the state.

“Data gathered from the survey will help establish long-term trends in turkey reproductive success and recruitment,” said state turkey biologist Amy Alfieri. 

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The Frequency
11:55 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Pipeline Opponents Say Project Is No Longer Economically Justifiable

A group of opponents of the Vermont Gas Systems pipeline say the cost of Vermont Gas Systems’ pipeline from Colchester to Addison County is no longer justifiable in light of a recently announced cost increase.

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VPR News
10:52 am
Sat July 19, 2014

Union Says Majority Favors FairPoint Strike Authorization

There have been further delays in the final tally of voting by FairPoint Communications employees on whether to give their unions the authority to call a strike, but union officials say its clear the majority of workers  have voted for the authorization.

The voting is taking place in the three New England states served by FairPoint.

Mike Spillane with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers in Vermont says voting has been completed in Vermont and Maine, but delays persist in New Hampshire.

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Public Post
8:24 am
Sat July 19, 2014

Public Post: Nude Campground Fine, Open Meeting Law, Citizen Police Academy

Public Post looks at an Environmental Court settlement between the State and Maple Glen campground in Sheldon, that includes a $28,750 fine and permitting requirements. Towns are employing a few different different tactics in an effort to comply with the online posting mandates of the revised Vermont Open Meeting Law. And the Hartford Police Department is offering citizens a chance to learn more about law enforcement through a 10-week course this fall.

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The Frequency
4:16 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Unemployment Rises For The First Time In 10 Months

Vermont's unemployment rate has been well below the national average for the past year.
Taylor Dobbs VPR

Vermont's unemployment rate was up in June for the first time in ten months, according to a new report from the state Department of Labor. The state’s 3.5 percent unemployment rate is still well below the national average of 6.1 percent.

Labor Commissioner Annie Noonan said in a release that the uptick is consistent with data from previous years.

“If historical patterns hold,” she said, “this temporary period of adjustment should be present for the next month or two before returning to the recent downward trend.”

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The Frequency
4:36 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Ratepayer Advocates Back Burlington Telecom Settlement, Urge Approval

The state’s ratepayer advocates are in strong support of Burlington Telecom’s settlement with Citibank over past financial problems, and they are very optimistic about the potential sale of the public telecom to a private entity.

“The settlement that’s been reached with the city and Citibank, and the bridge financing agreement really offers the first realistic opportunity to move beyond the problems that have been plaguing Burlington Telecom and the city,” said Jim Porter, the senior policy and telecommunications director at the Department of Public Service.

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Public Post
12:49 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Hartford Offers Police Academy For The Public

Ever wonder what it takes to be a police officer? This fall you can give it a shot, at least in the classroom, at Hartford's annual Citizen Police Academy.

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