Medical malpractice reforms and rewarding healthy behaviors with lower insurance rates are among the ideas being promoted by Vermont Republican gubernatorial candidate Randy Brock to curb the rising cost of health care.
Brock held a news conference Wednesday outside the Central Vermont Medical Center where he outlined a 25-point plan for cutting health care costs and criticized the administration of Gov. Peter Shumlin for its move toward a government-backed, single-payer health care system.
Vermont State Police say a trooper shot a man in Danville after the man said he had a bomb and threatened to kill people.
Police say 36-year-old William J. Mahoney of St. Johnsbury is in stable condition at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H., following the incident Tuesday night.
Police say they believe Mahoney was intoxicated when he took a friend's car without permission, got into an accident, broke into a home and later a Danville school bus, from which he allegedly radioed threatening messages to town employees.
The final parcels of U.S. Air Force property at the former air force base in Plattsburgh was formally transferred to the county Wednesday.
The Plattsburgh Air Force Base began operations in 1954, and closed in September 1995 following the third round of base Realignment and Closures. Since then the Plattsburgh Airbase Redevelopment Corporation - known as PARC - has worked with the Air Force Real Property Agency to redevelop the property. On Wednesday afternoon, the Air Force transferred ownership of the final parcels to the local community.
About 800 staff workers at the University of Vermont are voting on whether to join a union.
Technicians, research and library support staff and others cast ballots on Tuesday and Wednesday on whether they want to organize and, if so, whether they want to join a union affiliated with the Vermont NEA teachers' union or a group based at UVM called United Staff. The vote are expected to be counted Wednesday night.
The elections cover non-exempt UVM workers — meaning those who can get overtime pay — who aren't already represented by unions.
Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos plans in the upcoming session to ask lawmakers to move Vermont's primary for state offices to an earlier date.
General election ballots must be mailed 45 days before Election Day to military and other overseas voters. This is the second election cycle in a row in Vermont in which a gubernatorial primary recount has raised fears the state won't make that federal deadline. Secretary of State Jim Condos says the August primary needs to be moved to an earlier date, perhaps as early as May or June.
The trustees of the Vermont Veterans Home in Bennington are going to begin planning for a future without funding from the federal government.
Trustee President Joseph L. Krawczyk Jr. said the Sept. 26 meeting will focus on "operating strategies."
Last week the trustees revealed that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will stop paying for the care of veterans at the home due to deficiencies that included failure to report abuse in a timely manner and improper dressing of a wound.
The ongoing investigation into the overtime charged by a former Vermont State Police trooper has found that he wrote 973 traffic tickets over 12 years that were never given to a motorist or filed with the court.
That conclusion is among the latest findings in an investigation into alleged time-sheet padding by Sgt. Jim Deeghan, a former state police patrol commander in Chittenden County.
The details were in an affidavit filed by Detective Lt. Robert Cushing, who is investigating Deeghan's overtime practices.