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Vermont unemployment rate up again, rises three-tenths to 4.4 percent

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 10:34am -- tim

Vermont Unemployment Rate Rises to 4.4 percent in September The Vermont Department of Labor announced today that the seasonally-adjusted statewide unemployment rate for September 2014 was 4.4 percent. This represents an increase of three-tenths of a percent from the revised August rate (4.1 percent). The increase was driven by both an increase in the number of unemployed and a decrease in the number of employed. The equivalent national average was 5.9 percent, which decreased by two-tenths of a percent from the previous month’s estimate.

VA to offer GI Bill scholarships for surviving spouses

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 10:04am -- tim

US Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) announced today that the Department of Veterans Affairs will begin accepting applications for college scholarships for surviving spouses of service members who died in the line of duty. Sanders worked hard to get the provision in the recently-passed veterans bill. He urged all eligible spouses to take advantage of it.

Hotel Vermont named #14 best hotel in US by Condé Nast Traveler

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 9:33am -- tim

Condé Nast Traveler announced today the results of its 27th Annual Readers’ Choice Awards, recognizing Hotel Vermont in Burlington as #14 in the 25 Best Hotels in the US. More than 76,600 dedicated readers cast votes for 7,721 hotels, 642 cities, 453 cruise ships, and 148 islands, with an average survey time of 16.5 minutes. The result? The 1,182 best travel experiences in the world.

Dartmouth: Corruption of the health care delivery system

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 5:09am -- tim

The foundation of evidence-based research has eroded and the trend must be reversed so patients and clinicians can make wise shared decisions about their health, say Dartmouth researchers in the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes. Doctors Glyn Elwyn and Elliott Fisher of The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice are authors of the report, which highlights five major problems set against a backdrop of “obvious corruption.” They say there is a dearth of transparent research and a low quality of evidence synthesis; and, the difficulty of obtaining

Fletcher Allen named as leader in Healthcare Equality Index

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 4:59am -- tim

Fletcher Allen Health Care has been recognized as a “Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality” in the Healthcare Equality Index 2014, an annual survey conducted by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the country’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) organization. Fletcher Allen earned top marks for its commitment to equitable, inclusive care for LGBT patients and their families, who can face significant challenges in securing adequate healthcare.

This is the second year on a row that the organization has been recognized in this manner.

State employee medical plan premium rates announced, up 17.9 percent

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 4:40am -- tim

The annual open enrollment period for State employees to choose among medical plans begins November 1. Human Resources Commissioner Maribeth Spellman announced today that the plans will see a 17.9 percent premium increase in 2015 for active State employees and non-Medicare retirees, while Medicare retirees will see a decrease or very small increase (-2.3 percent or +1.0 percent) depending on their plan.

SVMC becomes teaching hospital for podiatry

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 3:21am -- tim

A new program at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) is attracting podiatry students from across the country who want to train with an outstanding medical staff in a rural hospital. The new podiatry surgical residency program, which launched earlier this year, began with two recent graduates, Dr Vu Nguyen from Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, CA, and Dr Michael Banh from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio.

Burlington named top desitination for American Beer Day (Oct 27)

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 3:05am -- tim

American Beer Day returns on October 27th to honor the nation’s favorite cold beverage and celebrate US brewers who have perfected their craft from coast to coast. To help guide thirsty patriots as they seek to imbibe, has listed its top destinations for craft beer, from Portland, Oregon to Burlington, Vermont. Each brew city on the list boasts exceptional breweries, offering locals and travelers alike the opportunity to enjoy uniquely American creations.’s top seven craft beer destinations are:

Vermont Attorney General settles claims against Texas marketing company

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 4:23pm -- tim

Vermont will receive $90,000 from Lead Concepts, Inc, a company based in Grapevine, Texas, that generated leads for insurance agents by sending direct mailings to Vermonters, many of them elderly, asking them to return postcards with their age and spouse’s name and age, without explaining how the information would be used. Such activity is a violation of state and federal law.

IBM sells chip business, Vermont plant to GLOBALFOUNDRIES

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 9:19am -- tim

by Timothy McQuiston Vermont Business Magazine IBM (NYSE: IBM) and GLOBALFOUNDRIES today announced that they have signed a Definitive Agreement under which GLOBALFOUNDRIES plans to acquire IBM's global commercial semiconductor technology business, including intellectual property, workers and technologies related to IBM Microelectronics, subject to completion of applicable regulatory reviews. IBM will pay GLOBALFOUNDRIES $1.5 billion and in return receive some service contracts.