A Vermont House committee has killed legislation that would have levied a new tax on sugary soft drinks.
In a move that drew the comment "Holy Smokes!" from a member of the Senate Health and Welfare committee, the House panel voted 5-5 on the measure. The tie vote killed the bill the committee had spent weeks drafting.
The money would pay for public health education and to help smooth the transition to a health care overhaul.
Democratic governors meeting with President Barack Obama say their state economies will be hurt by automatic, across-the-board federal government spending cuts scheduled to begin on March 1.
Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin, chairman of the Democratic Governors Association, says states have seen increased employment, but that their prosperity is being hindered by "the games being played by the Republicans in Congress."
Obama met with the Democratic governors Friday. The governors are in Washington for a National Governors Association meeting this weekend.
The international organization that deals with shared waterways between the U.S. and Canada is seeking public input on designing a study to mitigate future flooding on Lake Champlain and the Canadian river it flows into.
The International Joint Commission formed the International Lake Champlain - Richelieu River Plan of Study Workgroup after record spring floods in 2011 did tens of millions of dollars in damage.
Vermont Air National Guard Brigadier General Steven Cray is going to be the state's next adjutant general. Cray says it's an honor to be elected to the top post in the Vermont National Guard, but he's taking office at a challenging time.
Entergy has announced that the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant will be refueled this spring, despite the company facing negative financial analyses.
Entergy will not release the cost of refueling the Vernon reactor, but Vermont Business Magazine is reporting that the last process, done in October 2011, cost nearly 100-million dollars. Vermont Yankee Spokesman Rob Williams explains that the plant is on an 18-month refueling cycle and they continue to operate based on federal licensing and favorable court decisions.