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Two suicide attempts highlight troubles at the Brattleboro Retreat, raise doubts about state oversight

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 4:34am -- tim

by Morgan True Two teenagers have attempted suicide in the past five months at the Brattleboro Retreat. One of the patients who attempted suicide later died, and her parents say it was a “direct result” of her injuries at the hospital. The two cases and a recent sexual assault on the same adolescent ward could jeopardize federal funding for the psychiatric hospital.

Vermont AARP selects BMH as Host of the Year

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 3:34am -- tim

Brattleboro Memorial Hospital has been selected by the Vermont AARP Driver Safety Program as the 2014 Host of the Year. According to David Peters, the Vermont State program coordinator, BMH "has hosted our classes for 20 years and the staff has always provided a level of support and cooperation that is exceptional. I hope that, working together, we have been able to have an impact upon highway safety in Vermont."

The award will be presented at AARP's Annual State Meeting on October 29, 2014, at Vermont Technical College in Randolph. 

Advocate says exchange copays hurt low income Vermonters with chronic conditions

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 3:27am -- tim

by Morgan True Many people with chronic health conditions who are covered through Vermont’s exchange are finding it difficult to pay out-of-pocket costs for care, a consumer advocate says. Trinka Kerr, who leads Legal Aid’s Office of Health Care Advocate, told lawmakers this week that the problem is the way health plans offered through Vermont Health Connect are designed.

Welch unveils bipartisan bill to provide regulatory relief to community banks

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 4:51pm -- tim

At the National Community Bank in Montpelier today, Representative Peter Welch unveiled bipartisan legislation to provide targeted regulatory relief to small community banks across the country. Joining Welch at the news conference were community bank leaders from around the state, including Mark Young (First Bank of Orwell), Reagan Howard (Community National Bank), Ken Perrine (National Bank of Middlebury), Steve Kendall (Union Bank) and Chris D’Elia (Vermont Bankers Association). Also participating was Tom Candon with the Vermont Department of Financial Regulation.

State agencies work together to promote zero-emission vehicles

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 3:02pm -- tim

Today, Governor Peter Shumlin’s Climate Cabinet released the Vermont Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Action Plan. The Vermont Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Action Plan sets out tasks and timelines Agencies and Departments including Natural Resources, Transportation, Health, Public Service, and Buildings and General Services will take to promote electric vehicle deployment in Vermont. The Vermont Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Action Plan is the product of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed with seven other governors to put 3.3 million ZEVs on the road by 2025.

Norwich University kicks off $100 million campaign with $55 million in pledged gifts

Sun, 09/21/2014 - 9:43pm -- tim

Norwich University has raised $55 million towards its newly launched five-year, $100 million comprehensive fundraising campaign known as “Forging the Future.” University President Richard W Schneider made the announcement as he kicked-off the campaign Friday night to 1,200 alumni, donors, trustees, faculty and staff at a gala event in Shapiro Field House.

Political leaders visit Vermont Castings Group to talk industry regulations

Sat, 09/20/2014 - 5:53am -- tim

Over the last few months, Congressman Andy Barr (R-KY) and Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin have met with Vermont Castings Group senior management team members at the manufacturer’s facilities in Kentucky and Vermont. The topic, among others, was increasing regulatory restrictions on the hearth industry and their effects on the welfare of the manufacturer, who has production facilities in Kentucky and Vermont employing over 600 people.

Citizens Financial Group introduces refinancing for federal student loans

Sat, 09/20/2014 - 2:52am -- tim

Citizens Financial Group has introduced a new way for student loan borrowers to manage the long-term cost of college – the ability to refinance federal student loans via its Education Refinance Loan, which Citizens launched earlier this year with an initial focus on private student loans.To date, Citizens’ Education Refinance Loan has helped private student loan borrowers lower their monthly payments by an average of

Merchants Bancshares announces resignation of CFO Janet Spitler

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 4:26pm -- tim

Merchants Bancshares, Inc (NASDAQ: MBVT), the parent company of Merchants Bank, announced Friday that Janet P Spitler, Merchants Bancshares, Inc Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, is resigning effective December 31, 2014, to pursue other professional interests. "Janet has been a significant contributor to our company over the past 24 years.