Alternative Taxes

electronic cigarettesLYNDON- A highly popular smoking alternative could soon be affected by three proposed bills brought in front of the house. The proposed bills were brought up by Representative Patricia Komline.

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Thick and Creamy with a Chance of Metal

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VERMONT- The popular franchise, Kraft, announces a recall of their original flavored Kraft Macaroni & Cheese products, because some packages may contain peices of metal.

 

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Body Cameras to Keep Law Enforcement Transparent

body cam thumbST. JOHNSBURY- St. Johnbsury Police Officers have been wearing body cameras to document their daily duties for years. Lawmakers in Burlington are in debate over an expansion project, which would require the distribution of body cameras to all officers in Vermont.

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Pushing the Limits

gunsVERMONT- Senate Bill 31 is no longer on the table, but, a new bill has passed through the Senate Judiciary Committee, looking to go into law. 

 

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911 Dispatch Centers Calling for Help

911 DispatcherVERMONT – In order to save $1.7 million for next year’s state budget, two 911 call centers, are in consideration of being shut down. The Derby and Rutland Public Safety Answering Points (PSAP's) have been targeted out of the state's 12 dispatch centers to shut their doors in order to save the state money after last year's shortfall of financial resources.

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The Fight For and Against Marijuana

The Choice on MarijuanaBURLINGTON – It’s causing quite a stir-up at the state house; Will Vermont legalize the recreational use of marijuana? One Vermont Senator is pushing for exactly that to happen.

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Vermont's Split Opinion on New Bill

renewablethumbnaiolcopyMONTPELIER- A new bill has been given preliminary approval by the Vermont House, with a vote of 127 to 11. The bill will require utilities to sell renewable electricity, some of which will come from wind, solar, and bio-methane sources that are in-state. The bill, H.40, is a program that will also reduce fossil fuel consumption by the electric utilitie's customers.

Privacy Act to Limit Govt.'s Power

privacy protectionVERMONT- Amendment IV states: "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."

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Obama's Plan for Affordable College

obamaNORTHEAST KINGDOM- If President Obama’s Community College Plan is passed, the Community College of Vermont could see an increase in enrollment.  

 

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Vermont Gas Pipeline

vermont gas finalVERMONT--- The pipeline project that would have gone from Middlebury, Vermont to Ticonderoa, New York will no longer be happening.The plan for the project known as Phase 2, was to connect the Middlebury pipeline to the International Paper Facility in Taconderoa New York, to bring natural gas under Lake Champlain.

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Vermonters vs. Vermonters

gun billMONTPELIER- Lawmakers have heard the side of numerous Vermonters about the proposed gun bill that has been introduced. With both sides filling the State House last night to speak to the Senate Judiciary and Health and Welfare Committee, it was not hard to pick out who was for the bill and who was against it, not only by the testimonies given, but also the colors that were worn.

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Fourth Attempt for VT Beverage Tax

beverage taxVERMONT- A previously disputed beverage tax has found its way back to the State House. The proposed tax that would ask for two cents per ounce on drinks with added sugar has already been rejected three times before in 2011, 2013, and 2014.

 

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Barnet Town Meeting

BARNET- The Selectboard for the town of Barnet met Monday night with two topics up for discussion.

 

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Gruber Gives Testimony

gruberWASHINGTON D.C - Jonathan Gruber, a consultant of the Affordable Care Act, testified to the House of Oversight and Government Reform yesterday.

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Vermonters: Rude on the Roads?

HandsFreeVERMONT - Ten states across America have been recognized in a survey conducted by Insure.com. The Green Mountain State was ranked for having some of the rudest folks out on the roads.

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Shumlin says, "Reign in on Education Spending"

shumlin approvalVERMONT - Governor Peter Shumlin says the state of Vermont has to cut back on school spending, while still improving the quality of students' education. 

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Unanswered 9-1-1 Calls During Outage Reportedly Double First Report

911outageVERMONT - The number of people who reportedly called 9-1-1 and did not successfully reach a dispatcher during last Friday's outage has nearly doubled; and at least two of them were made by residents of the Northeast Kingdom, the VCCJ has learned.

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Harvey Lake Dam

barnet damVermont - The Barnet select board took over an hour last night discussing about ways to fix the Harvey Lake Dam, which has taken the town ten years to get to this point.  The dam was built in the early 1970s and got maintenance more or less in a year, but this is the first major repair of the dam.

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Keeping Rights on Record

body camsVERMONT - As technology continues to evolve, the way our human rights are protected evolve as well. March 2nd, 1991, would forever change how news is covered and shared, and opened the eyes of many around the world.

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Should Gruber be Terminated

gruberVERMONT- Vermont State Senate Minority Leader Joe Benning is asking Governor Peter Shumlin to terminate Vermont's $400,000 contract with Jonathan Gruber.

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"NO" to Pipeline

pipelineNATIONWIDE- The United States Senate has voted down the bill to authorize the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

 

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Kinney's Release Delayed

release delayVERMONT - Tyler Kinney, the Colchester detective who was arrested for allegedly stealing from police storage, has been sent to rehab.

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Vermont Gets Disaster Response Vehicles

EmergencyResponseVehiclesESSEX JUNCTION - Vermont has purchased two brand new pickup trucks for emergency response situations.

 

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Governor's Race--Still Unknown

for governorVERMONT- Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Milne is not asking for a recount of election ballots.

 

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Price Chopper Rebranding

price chopperVERMONT - The supermarket chain Price Chopper has made plans to change the name of their stores in a rebranding move, that will cost around $300 million.

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