Who Screams for Ice Cream?

ben n jerryVERMONT - Ben and Jerry’s is looking to fight worldwide climate issues, by giving away free ice cream. Stores worldwide will have presenters discussing carbon taxing. For Vermont, there is a proposed gas pipeline within the state which is also the home of the world famous ice cream.

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Cold Freezes Maple Syrup Season

syrup2VERMONT - Vermont produced 42% of the United States maple production in 2014. One local maple farm in Barnet explained how they are doing their part in continuing the trend of keeping Vermont as the number one producer of maple syrup.

 

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School Zone Shrinkage

state houseVERMONT - After receiving a preliminary approval vote of 88-55, the House of Representatives passed the major change in Vermonts school systems. Vermont School System consolidation is intended to expand the school districts and shrink spending.

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Housing Our Veterans

homeless veteransVERMONT- With approximately 49,200, just about everyone in Vermont is bound to know a veteran or two. But not many know a homeless veteran. Approximately 4,000 of the 49,200 don’t have a roof over their head to call a home.

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Shumlin Bans State-Funded Trips to Indiana

Equal Rights thumbMONTPELIER (AP) - Gov. Peter Shumlin announced the banning of all "non-essential" state-funded trips to Indiana.  The ban comes after the new religious-freedom law, which restricts the government from preventing someone from following or practicing their religious beliefs.

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Growing Economically

economic growthVERMONT - Former Federal Reserve Chair Ben Bernanke spoke this morning about the economic and employment growth. Bernanke spoke on a number of things, including approaches on long and short term approaches for employment.

 

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Earn and Learn

vermontVERMONT - Public Hearings for the Vermont Apprenticeship Council took place across the state yesterday. Seven locations, including Lyndon State College, were home to talks regarding all aspects of the council.

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"Mud and Muck" Makes Money for Peacham Elementary

mud n muckPEACHAM - The people of Peacham came out in full support of this year's 22nd annual Mud and Muck Auction, this past weekend, helping the Parent Teacher Friends Group exceed their initial fundraising goals.

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Vermont Staying Healthy

health rankings2VERMONT-- Vermont is number two of the healthiest states in the country. And now Caledonia County is starting to go up for the healthiest counties in Vermont.

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Free Tuition: The Logistics

freetuition thumbnailVERMONT- President Barack Obama has recently pitched the idea of free tuition for community colleges. In Obama's State of the Union Address on January 20, he made it clear that getting a higher education needs to be a priority for the citizens of this country. Later in the address, the President backed his idea with statistics, saying, "forty percent of our [United States] college students choose community colleges."

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Push for Renewable Energy Sparks Concern

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MONTPELIEROver 100 people attended a Vermont Statehouse hearing Tuesday to voice concerns about about problems resulting in the state's push to build renewable energy.

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How Affordable is Affordable Care?

VTHealthConnectVERMONT- The out-of-pocket cost for Vermonter’s using Vermont Health Connect exchange is about to increase. This year, the state of Vermont and the Federal Government have subsidies in place to help customers pay for their health care.

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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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