A coalition of groups is again calling on Vermont’s leaders to impose a tax on sugar sweetened beverages to combat obesity.
The Alliance for a Healthier Vermont is once again proposing that the state impose a one cent per ounce tax on sugar sweetened beverages. The Alliance has failed to get such a measure through the Legislature in past sessions. American Heart Association Vermont Government Relations Director Tina Zuk says formal legislation will be introduced next week.
Some lawmakers in Montpelier are focusing on climate change and renewable energy this week. An advocacy group is releasing a renewable plan while testimony is given on how climate change is impacting business.
The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife says there will be a special snow geese hunting season this spring.
Vermont officials say the state's season is being adopted at the recommendation of federal and state wildlife scientists in response to concerns about a growing number of snow geese across North America.
State forest rangers say they had to rescue two men who started a nearly 40-mile hike in the Adirondack High Peaks while improperly clothed for the below freezing conditions and carrying only two bagels and one canteen of water.
Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy says closing loopholes in the background check system for gun purchasers won't threaten firearms owners' Second Amendment rights to own a gun, and is a matter of common sense.
Writer and environmental activist Bill McKibben is urging Vermont lawmakers to pass a big expansion of weatherization programs and block tar sands oil from being shipped on a pipeline that crosses northern Vermont.
The New York Farm Bureau has released its state priorities for this year. During a conference call, officials outlined their agricultural policy goals.
Officials with New York’s farm advocacy organization said their focus this year is strengthening the economy and future of farms and growers. Farm Bureau President Dean Norton noted that the average age of a New York farmer is 56. According to a 2007 Ag census, about 19-hundred farm operators are under the age of 35, while over 33-hundred are over age 75.