For the fourth year in a row, Vermont has been ranked as the healthiest state in the country.
Gov. Peter Shumlin and Health Commissioner Dr. Harry Chen say the state did well in categories including low incidence of low-birth-weight babies, low violent crime rate, and low infectious disease rates as keys to Vermont's success.
Vermont's obesity rate is growing, but not as fast as those in most other states.
Among the state's challenges: a relatively high rate of binge drinking and a higher rate of deaths from cancer than most other states.
Last week, the New England Coalition filed a complaint with the Vermont Supreme Court asking for an injunction to force the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant to cease operations until the Public Service Board rules on a Certificate of Public Good - the state’s operating license. On Monday, the Vermont Department of Public Service asked the Court to deny that petition.
The new president of the University of Vermont wants to make the school harder to get in to for out-of-state applicants.
President Tom Sullivan, who took office in July, says increased selectivity is a part of his vision for "enhancing quality and affordability" of the school.
By the standard measure of selectivity, UVM was slightly less selective in 2012 than it was a decade ago. In the fall of 2002, UVM agreed to admit 71.5 percent of applicants. This year UVM accepted 76.6 percent of applicants.
The head of a company targeted by Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders for allegedly overcharging for gasoline says his stations are competitive.
Rodolphe "Skip" Vallee — president of the company that owns the Maplefields gas stations and convenience stores — says he wants a meeting with Sanders to explain his point of view.
Sanders devoted part of a Monday news conference to complaining that the three companies that combined own more than half the gas stations in Chittenden, Grand Isle and Franklin counties are overcharging customers.
Advocates for the elderly across the region are raising red flags over potential cuts to Medicare and Social Security as federal leaders argue over what should be done to avoid the fiscal cliff.
AARP Vermont is concerned that last minute budget deals in Washington could have a negative impact on Vermonters. The group has issued an analysis of how a budget deal that may include Medicare and Social Security changes would impact the state’s seniors.
The Vermont developer working with a South Korean bio-technology company to build a plant in Newport says the company expects to create 450 permanent and 50 seasonal jobs.
That's double the amount of jobs AnC Bio proposed earlier this year.
Vermont Public Radio reports developer Bill Stenger says the company will need more clean rooms for research and development than originally thought. He addressed a panel of state and local officials that are working together on workforce development and related needs for transportation, housing, and services.
Nearly 400 small black beetles have been released onto four Vermont hemlock trees near the Massachusetts state line to feed off an insect that's been destroying the trees.
The trees in Pownal are infested by the woolly adelgid. The plan is for the beetles to reproduce, spread and control the adelgid population. The beetle, a native of the Pacific northwest, eats nothing but adelgids.
The Bennington Banner reports the trees are on property owned by Williamstown, Massachusetts.