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Survey to Help Farmers Prepare for Produce Rule

Monday, April 27, 2015

Montpelier — The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets has released a survey to determine how farmers may be affected by the Food and Drug Administration’s new produce safety rule. The rule is part of the Food Safety Modernization Act — a reform of the country’s food safety’s laws — aimed to ensure that the food supply is safe by focusing on preventing contamination instead of responding to it. …

Amphibians Facing Perilous Migration

Monday, April 27, 2015

Concord — Northern New England’s annual amphibian migration is always perilous, but critters that cross roads to breed are facing an additional challenge this year: a delayed start after the long winter. Every spring, several species of salamanders and frogs travel to vernal pools — temporary bodies of water created by melted snow …

Norwich Now 100 Percent Solar Powered

Monday, April 27, 2015

Norwich — Norwich is now the first community in the state where all municipal buildings get their electricity from the sun through a deal with a local solar provider that sends more power from the sun onto the electric grid than is used in town buildings. The deal is expected to save the town about $2,000 on its $20,000 annual electric bill for …

New England Teams Up on Energy

Friday, April 24, 2015

Hartford, Conn. — New England’s governors agreed Thursday to a mix of regional and state actions to cut persistently high energy costs. Five of the region’s six governors said they will work across the region while each state pursues individual projects. New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan did not …

Local & Regional Briefs for Friday, April 24, 2015

Friday, April 24, 2015

Emails Show Hassan Asked Sony CEO For Campaign Cash Concord — A fundraising pitch from Gov. Maggie Hassan’s campaign to the chief executive officer of Sony Entertainment is among the documents released in last year’s Sony hack that are now posted on Wikileaks. The emails show Hassan’s campaign …

Vt. Senate Plan Keeps Prison Open

Friday, April 24, 2015

Montpelier — The Senate Appropriations Committee has scrapped plans to shutter Southeast State Correctional Facility. The committee removed language from the budget bill, H.490, that would have initiated a two-year plan to close the Windsor facility, but the committee kept language calling for the Department of Corrections to …

Vt. Proposes Ban on Ivory Sale

Friday, April 24, 2015

Montpelier — A debate in Vermont over a proposed ban on the sale of ivory and rhinoceros horns in the small New England state is bringing home much wider issues of international terrorism and animal extinction. The latest concern among supporters of the proposed ban is a move …

Vt. Senate Panels OKs School Merger Plan

Friday, April 24, 2015

Montpelier — The Senate Education Committee has unanimously passed H.361, the education reform bill, following testimony Wednesday evening from dozens of Vermont parents, teachers, school board members, administrators and citizens. The Senate version of H.361 contains generous incentives to spur more school district mergers. The goal of the …

Paid Sick Leave OK’d in House

Friday, April 24, 2015

Montpelier — The Vermont House of Representatives gave preliminary approval to the bill that would require employers to offer three days of paid time off to permanent employees starting in 2016. The House took three hours of debate on the bill before amending it and narrowly passing it …

Northern Stage Is Teaming Up With Counterpart Theaters

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Dorset, Vt. — Northern Stage will wrap up the inaugural season at its new theater next spring by staging one of the comedies in Alan Ayckbourn’s trilogy The Norman Conquests. Artistic director Carol Dunne this week announced the company’s plan to produce Living Together, the first Conquest play, …

Hassan: Casino Market Too Small

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Concord — Gov. Maggie Hassan on Wednesday questioned whether New Hampshire could sustain two casinos but didn’t say if she would veto a two-casino bill currently making its way through the Legislature. “I don’t think the market supports a second casino,” she said. “I’ll have to understand what …

Overhaul of Boston’s T Proposed

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Boston — Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker is proposing major changes to Boston’s public transit system after pounding snowstorms this winter slowed the nation’s oldest subway system to a crawl, frustrating hundreds of thousands of riders. Baker filed a bill Wednesday that would create a new Fiscal Management and …

Vt. AG Adopts GMO Labeling Rules for Food Retailers

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Montpelier — The Vermont Attorney General’s Office adopted new regulations last week for labeling food products containing genetically engineered ingredients sold in Vermont after July 1, 2016. The regulations require manufacturers to place a label anywhere on the package where it can be “easily found” with guidelines on …