A Vermont house committee has reversed course. After rejecting a penny-an-ounce tax on sugar-sweetened beverages last week, the measure has now been approved.
The Vermont House Health Care Committee had defeated the measure on a 5-5 tie vote on Friday after a committee member, a physician, abruptly left. Vermont Digger, an independent online newspaper, quoted committee chair Democrat Mike Fisher saying “The bill is dead”. But on Wednesday, the panel voted in two 7-4 tallies to advance the measure.
A Vermont nurse disfigured in a 2007 lye attack has received a new face at a Boston hospital.
Carmen Blandin Tarleton's full facial transplant at Brigham & Women's Hospital included transplanting a female donor's facial skin to Tarleton's neck, nose and lips, along with facial muscles, arteries and nerves.
Governor Peter Shumlin says Vermont's emergency fuel assistance has run out of funds, and that he's looking for another $900,000 to get people in need through the next three weeks.
Vermont budgeted $2.8 million this year for emergency fuel assistance, which provides crisis funding for low-income Vermonters who otherwise might go cold in the winter. It comes in addition to $8.8 million in regular state funding for low-income home heating assistance and $19.5 million in federal funding.
The looming automatic federal budget cuts - or sequestration - will trickle down to all parts of the economy. During a meeting on business confidence, northern New York officials predicted serious consequences for some economic sectors in the region. They are also disappointed that Congress can’t, or won’t, work to find the 2-percent cuts in the federal budget.
The Plattsburgh North Country Chamber of Commerce released the results of its annual Business Confidence Survey this morning. While the region’s businesses maintained a high confidence level, the index has dropped a point over last year.
A state supreme court judge says a canoeist had the right to paddle down an Adirondack stream crossing private land, and has ordered the landowner to stop posting signs denying paddlers access to the waterway.