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New England News
12:20 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Vermont Campaign Finance Reports Filed

Thursday was the deadline for candidates to file their post-election campaign finance reports with the Vermont Secretary of State's office. They indicate that incumbents spent far less than challengers and that Political Action Committees were not very successful in getting their candidates elected in the state.

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WAMC News
6:20 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Fairpoint Communications' Official Fights Phone Scammers

The head of Fairpoint Communications in Vermont is trying to stop seniors from being bilked by fighting back against phone scammers.

Fairpoint Communications Vermont State President Mike Smith is redoubling his efforts against phone scammers after Fairpoint’s internal security team and a York County, Maine law enforcement official alerted him to a call that had been recorded, and is now using as part of a public awareness campaign.

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WAMC News
6:10 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

UVM Staffers Vote Against Union Representation

University of Vermont

Office workers at the University of Vermont have voted against union representation.

They voted 443-189 Wednesday against joining the union, defeating an effort by University Staff Union-NEA to represent clerical, administrative, technical and specialist employees.

The balloting followed a September election in which the employees voted in favor of union representation, but failed to give a majority to either of two competing unions. University Staff Union-NEA received more votes than rival United Staff, so it advanced to the election.

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WAMC News
5:50 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

State Commission Says Vermont Discriminated on Pay

The Vermont Human Rights Commission has filed suit against the state over alleged gender discrimination it said showed up in a female Department of Corrections employee being paid significantly less than a man in the same job.

The commission said Thursday it had joined Lynne Silloway, an administrative services coordinator with the Corrections Department, in suing that department and the Department of Human Resources.

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WAMC News
5:40 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

GE Healthcare Lays Off 10 Percent

GE Healthcare is laying off about 10 percent of its approximately 500 employees at its Vermont operation in South Burlington.

But the company says it will try to find "alternate roles" for the workers.

GE Healthcare spokesman Benjamin Fox says the company needed to "make tough decisions in the current business climate."

Fox wouldn't say how many workers 10 percent represented, but the Burlington Free Press (http://bfpne.ws/ZBHr4W) is reporting the company had 527 workers last January.

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New England News
5:30 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Vermont Governor Spends $320k to Win Re-election

New campaign finance reports show that Vermont Republican gubernatorial challenger Randy Brock spent more than $806,000 in his unsuccessful attempt to unseat Democratic Governor Peter Shumlin.

In campaign finance reports filed Thursday, Brock said he spent $806,647, which included a $300,000 loan he made to his campaign.

Shumlin's finance report says he spent $320,761 and he still has $932,975 on hand.

Thursday was a deadline for candidates to file their post-election campaign finance reports with the Secretary of State's office.

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WAMC News
5:20 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Vermont Lawmakers Get Update on Disaster Funding

There's still no definitive word on how much Vermont can expect in federal help with recovery from Tropical Storm Irene.

Deputy Administration Secretary Michael Clasen told a legislative committee on Thursday that it's expected to be January before the state can expect a firm answer.

Officials in the administration of Gov. Peter Shumlin expressed confidence earlier this year that FEMA would cover up to 90 percent of the estimated $120 million in costs tied to recovery from the storm in late August of last year.

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WAMC News
12:20 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Groups Criticize Proposed Clean Water Act Regulatory Changes

The EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers want to expand the federal Clean Water Act by changing the definition of “Waters of the U.S.”.  A variety of groups in New York State are opposed to the move, saying it will harm New York’s economy and environment.

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New York News
6:20 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Northeast RGGI Reaction to California Carbon Cap and Trade

California has debuted a new cap-and-trade program that auctions greenhouse gas pollution permits.  While there has been a lot of attention regarding the California program, there has been a similar program in place in the Northeast for several years.

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WAMC News
5:45 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Burlington Receives IBM Grant

Burlington City Hall
Credit WAMC

Burlington has received a grant from IBM that city officials hope will help them achieve sustainable energy goals.

Mayor Miro Weinberger and IBM officials  announced Wednesday that  Burlington will  receive an IBM Smarter Cities Challenge grant

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