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WAMC News
5:50 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Vermont Hospital Parent Company Sees Improvements

Fletcher Allen Health Care
Credit Fletcher Allen

The new parent company of Fletcher Allen Health Care and Central Vermont Medical Center says it has improved the quality of its care and saved about $1.1 million in its first year.

The company says the savings come from coordination of supply chain purchasing, human resources programs and other initiatives.

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WAMC News
5:40 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Vermont Officials Urge Adults to Get Vaccinated

Vermont health officials are urging adults to get a new vaccine for whooping cough as the state deals with an outbreak of the disease.

More than 500 people have been affected by whooping cough or pertussis this year. That's 10 times the amount reported by the end of 2011.

More than 20 babies younger than a year have had the disease and six infants have had to be hospitalized.

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WAMC News
5:30 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Vermont Legislative Panel Ponders Immigrant Licenses

A special Vermont legislative panel has put off issuing its final recommendation, but appears strongly in favor of allowing immigrant farmworkers in the country in violation of federal law to get state drivers' licenses.

The panel of nine, including lawmakers and people representing farm, immigrant and human rights groups, put the finishing touches Thursday to a report that's to be given to lawmakers as they convene next month.

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WAMC News
5:20 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Vermont to Receive $1.1m in Flood Grants

Credit Patrick Donges/WAMC

Vermont communities and businesses are receiving $1.1 million in flood recovery grants.

The awards announced Thursday by Governor Peter Shumlin represent the second round of funding made available from $21.7 million in community development block grant disaster recovery funds. They were allocated to the state from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development following Tropical Storm Irene.

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WAMC News
12:20 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Vermont’s Governor and Local Officials Travel to Florida to Listen to Jet Noise

F35
Credit USAF

The U.S. Air Force is considering basing its newest fighter jet - the F35 - at the Burlington International Airport.  But opponents are concerned about the noise level of the planes.  Vermont’s Governor and other officials traveled to Florida on Wednesday to listen to the planes.

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New England News
6:20 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Seven States Plan to Sue EPA Over Lack of Methane Regulations

New York’s Attorney General is leading a group of seven states that plan to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over methane emissions from oil and gas drilling.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has filed a notice of intent to sue the EPA, claiming the agency violated the Clean Air Act. Environmental Protection Bureau Assistant Attorney General and lead attorney for the case Michael Myers says the lawsuit is an effort to control a potent greenhouse gas.

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WAMC News
5:45 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Vermont Still 1st in Peace Corp Volunteers

Peace Corps officials say Vermont is continuing its ranking as the top state for the per capita production of Peace Corps volunteers.

Since the Peace Corp was created more than 50 years ago, 1,453 Vermonters have served as volunteers across the world.

Only the District of Columbia has a higher per capita ranking.

Officials announced the rankings Wednesday.

The same rankings found that New Hampshire ranked fourth and Maine eighth.

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WAMC News
5:15 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Vermont Governor in Florida to Hear F-35 Noise

F35
Credit USAF

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin was in Florida Wednesday to get a firsthand opinion about how loud the F-35 fighter jet is compared to an F-16.

The Burlington Free Press reports that the governor flew to Eglin Air Force Base in Florida Wednesday with the mayors of Burlington and Winooski so they could listen to the two types of aircraft.

The Air Force is considering basing F-35s at the Vermont Air National Guard base at the Burlington International Airport. Some area residents are worried about the noise from the planes.

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WAMC News
12:20 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Groups Lobby Governor to Sign Environmental Funding Bill

New York environmental groups are ramping up their lobbying to convince Governor Cuomo to sign a new funding bill for the state’s Environmental Protection Fund.

The New York Legislature passed the Environmental Protection Fund Enhancement Act earlier this year, to provide additional money for land, air and water protection and conservation. That bill has only recently moved to the Governor’s desk and New York Public Interest Research Group Senior Environmental Associate Laura Haight is concerned whether it will be signed.

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North Country News
6:20 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Health Care Financing Proposal Released

Credit Vermont Workers' Center

A Vermont labor advocacy group has released its own plan for how the state should finance a universal health care system.
    
The Healthcare is a Human Right Campaign, a project of the Vermont Workers’ Center, released their health care financing plan on Monday. VT Workers Center President Mary Gerisch says the goal is equity in cost sharing and access.

Mary Gerisch explains that their plan uses  income taxes as the primary funding source.

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