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Vt. Soda Tax, Other Laws Now in Effect

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Montpelier — A six percent sales tax on sugary drinks went into effect Wednesday. The Vermont Legislature and Gov. Peter Shumlin approved the extension of the sales tax to soda and other sweet drinks as part of a tax package passed last session. Tina Zuk, director of government relations for the American Heart Association, was an advocate for an excise tax of 2 cents per ounce on all sugar-added drinks, …

Local & Regional Briefs for Thursday, July 2, 2015

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Fundraiser to Be Held for Organization That Helped Woodstock Horses South Woodstock — The Green Mountain Horse Association is fundraising for repairs to the barn that housed 23 Arabian horses free of charge during a high-profile neglect case last winter. Officials said the roof of the Upwey Barn, a 1937 building on the state’s Register of Historic Places, is rusted and leaking, and …

Sale Complete For IBM Chip Plants

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Montpelier — GlobalFoundries announced Wednesday it had completed its purchase of IBM’s microchip plants in Vermont and New York, giving a new lease on life to a big employer in Vermont and New York’s Duchess County. “Today we have significantly enhanced our technology development capabilities and reinforce our long-term commitment to investing in R&D for technology leadership,” said Sanjay Jha, chief executive officer …

Vt. Joins Agreement Over Online College Courses

Monday, June 22, 2015

Montpelier (ap) — Vermont has joined an agreement that will make it easier and cheaper for colleges and universities to provide online courses in other states. Vermont is among 24 states that have signed a “State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement” agreement, known as SARA. Vermont Public Radio reports that …

Monday, June 22, 2015

N.H. Ski Season Ranks As Fourth Best Lincoln, n.h. — This past ski season in New Hampshire is considered the fourth best on record, with over 2.5 million visits to resorts. Ski New Hampshire says this winter, alpine ski area visits were up nearly 2 percent increase. Cross-country …

Vt. Institute Helps Farm-to-School Grow

Monday, June 22, 2015

Montpelier — Vermont has made a name for itself in the national farm-to-school movement getting more locally raised foods into school cafeterias and curriculum about nutrition and agriculture into classrooms. Now the state will serve as a classroom …

Search for Killers Intensifies by Pa.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Friendship, n.y. — Investigators tracking two murder convicts who escaped from a northern New York prison scoured a rural area near the Pennsylvania border Sunday, saying an unconfirmed but credible report of a sighting had shifted the search across the state. About 300 law enforcement officers searched the …

13 States Catalog Their Culverts

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Duxbury, Vt. — Bridges get a lot of attention when they fail, but scientists are working to eliminate what they say can be an even greater scourge, because of their sheer numbers and their effect on wildlife: culverts. …

Invasive Beetle Makes Its Way North

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Rocky Point, n.y. — The southern pine beetle, which for generations has attacked forests throughout the southeastern United States, is methodically making its way into the Northeast, destroying thousands of trees in New York, New Jersey and elsewhere. …

At Summer Camps, Directors Put Background Checks on To-Do List

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Croydon — As the summer camp season opens in New Hampshire, new state rules require paid and volunteer workers at “skills” camps to undergo criminal background checks while anybody under 18 at both traditional and skills camps has …

Organizers Mum On Boston 2024

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Boston — Nearly three months after promising a statewide vote on its bid to host the 2024 Summer Games, many unanswered questions remain about the referendum process even as Boston Olympic organizers prepare to roll out a new master plan they hope will begin to address the concerns …

Maine Gov. Stalls Lawmakers’ Bills

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Augusta, Maine — Debate over the $6.7 billion Maine budget dominated discussions at the Statehouse this week, but lawmakers were also busy slogging through dozens of bills as they try to wrap up their work for the year. Even those measures approved by the Democrat-controlled House and Republican-led …

Calling All N.H. Turkey Counters

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Concord (ap) — See any families of turkeys lately? The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department wants to know about them. The department is asking for the public’s help in tracking wild turkey broods in the state this summer. People who observe “broods,” groups of young turkeys accompanied …