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Welch outlines bipartisan fight to reach consensus on federal highway funding

Tue, 07/07/2015 - 12:48pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Standing with VTrans Secretary Sue Minter and local transportation officials at the site of a crumbling East Montpelier bridge, Representative Peter Welch (D-Vermont) today outlined his bipartisan effort to reach consensus on a long-term transportation infrastructure plan funded by a sustainable revenue source. Most of Vermont's FY 2016 $616 million transportation budget (begun June 30), which includes $116 million for bridges, comes from the federal government.

Vermont drinking water systems now sampling for blue-green algae toxins

Tue, 07/07/2015 - 12:30pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine All 22 of the drinking water systems on Lake Champlain began sampling this week as part of a new program to monitor public drinking water supplies for blue-green algae toxins. Some blue-green algae blooms produce toxins that are harmful to humans and animals. Testing is the only way to know if an algae toxin is present in drinking water. This new 12-week monitoring program will bolster the state’s current efforts to visually monitor for blue-green algae blooms and protect the public from potential toxins in drinking water.

Graphic Controls gets VEGI award, will grow in Bellows Falls

Tue, 07/07/2015 - 12:05pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Last winter, Bellows Falls-based medical device maker Vermed was acquired by Buffalo, NY, based Graphic Controls, Governor Peter Shumlin and Graphic Controls CEO and Vermont native Sam Heleba today announced that the company has been awarded a Vermont Economic Growth Incentive award of over $500,000 and will remain committed to growing in Vermont. It also received another $200,000 in local development financing.

VEDA approves $10 million in business and agricultural financing

Tue, 07/07/2015 - 11:46am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA) approved loans of $10 million for economic development projects totaling nearly $16 million.  Four renewable energy generation projects are among those approved, receiving a total of $4.1 million in financing assistance. Agricultural, manufacturing and entrepreneurial projects are also included among the loan approvals.

Comcast increasing Internet speeds in Vermont

Tue, 07/07/2015 - 11:42am -- tim

Comcast today announced it is increasing the speed of its popular Blast! tier by almost 50 percent to 150 Mbps (formerly 105 Mbps) and introducing a new Performance Pro speed tier of 75 Mbps. New and existing customers who subscribe to many popular Xfinity Triple Play bundles will now receive Performance Pro, tripling their download speeds from 25 Mbps to 75 Mbps.

Study: Vermont ranks 39th in fiscal condition

Tue, 07/07/2015 - 9:43am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont ranks 39th overall in a study that looked at each state's financial outlook. Of the five categories studied, Vermont was at its worst in cost of state services relative to personal income and in budget levels relative to revenues (the state does not run deficits but for many years has had to scramble to make up for shortfalls). Vermont was its best in "Long Run" and "Trust Fund" solvency.

UVM study suggests link between eye color and alcohol dependence

Tue, 07/07/2015 - 6:15am -- tim

by Carolyn Shapiro UVM People with blue eyes might have a greater chance of becoming alcoholics, according to a unique new study by genetic researchers at the University of Vermont. The work, led by Arvis Sulovari, a doctoral student in cellular, molecular and biomedical sciences, and Assistant Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics Dawei Li, PhD, is the first to make a direct connection between a person’s eye color and alcohol dependence.

BMH awarded National Breast Cancer Foundation grant

Tue, 07/07/2015 - 6:08am -- tim

Brattleboro Memorial Hospital President and CEO, Steven R. Gordon announced today that the hospital has been awarded a $27,600 grant from the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) to underwrite the services of BMH’s Breast Care Nurse Navigator. BMH’s Breast Care Nurse Navigator supports patients and their families through diagnostic testing, screening, treatment and post-screening or treatment follow-up.

Vermont Health Connect announces 2015-2016 Navigator organizations

Tue, 07/07/2015 - 5:10am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA) has awarded contracts to five grantees representing 15 Vermont Health Connect Navigator organizations. Together, these organizations will ensure that Vermonters in every corner of the state have access to free in-person assistance if they need help understanding health insurance or signing up for a plan.

Saint Michael’s professor-therapist’s new book challenges reigning orthodoxies

Tue, 07/07/2015 - 4:59am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Modern society suffers from a troubling over-reliance on pharmaceuticals in the treatment of depression, anxiety, schizophrenia and other common psychological or psychiatric conditions, says Saint Michael’s College Psychology Professor Ronald Miller, who’d like to change that.

CMS announces new initiative to promote value-based home health care

Tue, 07/07/2015 - 3:41am -- tim

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today announced a proposal to launch a new model designed to support greater quality of care among Medicare beneficiaries. The model is included in the CY 2016 Home Health Prospective Payment System proposed rule, which updates payments and requirements for home health agencies under the Medicare program.