Incidents of the flu appear to be rising in Vermont.
As of last week, about 20 percent of hospital visits were for respiratory illnesses and about 5 percent of visits to doctors' offices were for flu-like symptoms. Three adults have died so far, all of them in December.
Vermont's continuing effort to recover from Tropical Storm Irene is the focus of a conference at Norwich University today.
Vermont Irene Recovery Officer Sue Minter says the Irene and Beyond Summit will not only discuss continuing needs due to Irene damage, but also begin to shape a statewide response system for future disasters.
Vermont’s five state-wide elected officials were sworn in to their two-year terms of office on Thursday afternoon. The ceremonies included incumbent Democratic Governor Peter Shumlin taking his oath and delivering his second State of the State address.
Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin was sworn in to his second term Thursday, and devoted his inaugural address almost entirely to education
Governor Peter Shumlin is calling for tuition breaks for in-state students at the University of Vermont and other state colleges, as well as stronger high school math requirements. The Governor says the state needs to do a better job preparing people for the growing number of technical jobs in Vermont's economy.
The school board in South Burlington plans to continue to fight a proposed methadone clinic for heroin and prescription drug addicts near two of the city's schools.
The board decided Wednesday night to appeal the clinic's permit to the Vermont Environmental Court. The Burlington Free Press reports that the legal action could delay the clinic opening for a year or more.
Vermont lawmakers gathering for the opening of their session were greeted by hundreds of activists pushing issues ranging from unionization of early childhood and home care providers to providing driver's licenses to farm workers in the country without the required authorization.