Unlike most states, Vermont does not have an ethics commission to review any questionable acts by state leaders and employees. There have been a number of high-level moves at the top of Vermont government that have raised some eyebrows over the past few years. That has led to a surge in calls for the creation of such a body. This week Governor Peter Shumlin agreed.
The University of Vermont Health Network-Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital in Plattsburgh announced the establishment of a new family medicine residency program today. As WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports, it’s supported by a million dollar grant.
New York State recently completed its second Invasive Species Awareness Week. The effort to expand awareness about the spread and prevention of invasive species is patterned on an effort that began in the Adirondacks.
Rocker Neil Young is lending his support to Vermont's efforts to label foods containing genetically modified ingredients.
Young, who performed in concert Sunday in Essex Junction, appeared earlier with Governor Peter Shumlin and donated $100,000 to a special fund devoted to defending Vermont's GMO labeling law from legal challenges.
Young has stepped up his activism on agricultural issues, and makes reference to the Vermont law in one of the songs on his new album "The Monsanto Years."
Confirmation that the overdose deaths of two brothers found dead in Burlington last month was caused by the high-powered drug fentanyl has re-focused attention in Vermont on the drug that can be 100 times more powerful than morphine.