The number of mentally ill Vermonters being held in hospital emergency rooms for lack of a mental health bed is heading in the wrong direction.
That's the word from Mental Health Commissioner Patrick Flood. Flood tells a legislative committee that instances in which mental health beds weren't available and patients were held in hospital emergency rooms grew from 15 in June to 22 in July and 24 in August.
Students, faculty, and staff of the SUNY college here gathered at Hawkins Pond this afternoon, where a memorial to two alumna is placed. On September 11th, Robert Sutcliffe, class of 1984, and William Erwin, class of 1992, died in the collapse of the Twin Towers.
In front of the memorial, History Professor Doug Skopp remembers his late students.
Many of the students attending the college now were in elementary school when the Twin Towers were destroyed, including Student Association President Charles Sanchez.
More than a year after Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee, New York State has forwarded more than 400 applications for property buy-outs to the Federal Emergency Management Agency. And state officials say there are more pending.
A bridge replacement project linking Vermont and New Hampshire is a step closer to approval.
An environmental assessment has been completed and sent to federal authorities on a proposed Route 119 replacement bridge that would span the Connecticut River and connect Hinsdale and Brattleboro along the New Hampshire-Vermont border.
The Brattleboro Reformer reports the assessment looked at how water quality, wetlands, and historical resources would be affected by the project. Officials are examining its location near a gas company tank farm.
For all the debate in recent days around a recount in the Vermont Progressive Party's gubernatorial primary, party leaders say they want to keep their focus on winning more seats in the state House and Senate.
Party Chairwoman Martha Abbott appears to have won the Aug. 28 primary by one vote over write-in candidate Annette Smith, but Smith is seeking a recount.
Abbott responded to her apparent win by declining the nomination and saying she wants Progressive support to go for incumbent Democratic Governor Peter Shumlin.
The Progressive Party is a major party in Vermont, and the recent gubernatorial primary has resulted in a recount request from a write-in candidate and criticism from Republicans over how the state is handling the vote count.
The Vermont Public Interest Research Group has released its assessment of legislative votes over the past biennium.
The scorecard released by the advocacy group looks at votes on ten issues, including health care reform, clean energy and a fracking moratorium. Vermont Public Interest Research Group Executive Director Paul Burns says it represents a range of their priority issues over the past two years.