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UVM, Teamsters reach 3-year settlement

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 2:24pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The University of Vermont has successfully completed negotiations on a 3-year contract with the Chauffeurs, Teamsters, Warehousemen and Helpers Union No. 597. The union represents full-time and regular part-time police officers, service officers, and dispatchers employed by the university. Terms of the new contract include across-the-board wage increases of 2 percent for the fiscal year that began on July 1, 2 percent for Fiscal Year 2018 and 2 percent for Fiscal Year 2019.

English and math testing up from last year

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 1:24pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The new math and English standardized test scores for Vermont were released today and showed better results in nearly every category versus last year. However, the state Education secretary is downplaying any apparent improvement because the testing is only in its second year and she wants to use the new scores as the baseline going forward. As they were last year, the English scores showed greater proficiency among Vermont students than the math scores, except for the youngest students, with the discrepancy generally growing over time.

Statewide driver restoration program begins September 1

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 12:26pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Peter Shumlin announced today that starting September 1, individuals with outstanding traffic tickets that have led to license suspension may be eligible for a reduced fine through a statewide Driver Restoration Program. The Vermont Judicial Bureau and the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) are rolling out a three-month Driver Restoration Program. From Sept. 1 through Nov.

DC Cancer Moonshot Summit participant gives keynote at Vermont pharmacy college white coat ceremony

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 11:57am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Dr Sarah Scarpace Peters, PharmD, MPH, BCOP, gave the keynote address at the Vermont campus of the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (ACPHS) white coat ceremony for incoming Doctor of Pharmacy students last week. Peters was among the 300 individuals invited by the Office of Vice President Joe Biden to participate in the Cancer Moonshot summit held earlier this year in Washington, DC. In addition to her faculty role at ACPHS, she is President of the Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association (HOPA), a national association that seeks to optimize the care of individuals affected by cancer.

Kinney Drugs to offer overdose-reversing drug Narcan without prescription

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 11:37am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Following on Governor Shumlin's order from last week that a heroin overdose drug be made available across Vermont without prescription, Kinney Drugs announced that starting today, August 30, it will offer patients Naloxone, also known as Narcan, an opioid antagonist medication that counteracts the effects of an overdose from opioids, in both Vermont and New York.

Rutland Regional Medical Center begins Phase II of ER expansion

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 5:50am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine After seven months of construction, Rutland Regional Medical Center has completed phase I and has begun work on phase II of what is to be an expected 18-month long construction and renovation project involving the hospital’s Emergency Department. The first phase, which was completed just last week, involved the creation of 1,840 square-feet of new construction and partial renovation of the existing 13,657 square-foot area of the Emergency Department.

Darn Tough donates 300 pairs of socks to the Way To Go! Challenge

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 5:34am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Darn Tough Vermont has generously donated 300 pairs of socks to the Way to Go! Challenge this year. Individuals who sign-up will be automatically entered to win a pair of these battle-tested socks, which are Guaranteed for Life. The Way to Go! Challenge will take place between September 26 and October 7.

McClaughry: The invisible carbon tax alternative

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 3:59am -- tim

by John McClaughry Gubernatorial candidate Sue Minter, a Democrat, is an ardent believer in the idea that human –caused emissions of carbon dioxide will ultimately cause catastrophic “climate change” – “historic drought, fires, storm surge and seal level rise.” Accordingly she promises that her government will drive down CO2 emissions (“carbon pollution”), and make Vermonters rely on 90% renewable energy by 2050, no matter what.

Survey finds Vermont businesses less pessimistic than earlier in the year

Mon, 08/29/2016 - 1:33pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Nearly 200 Vermont businesses completed the latest semi-annual economic survey in July regarding the outlook of Vermont’s small- to medium-sized businesses. The survey, presented by Davis and Hodgdon Associates CPAs and the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, revealed that while business owners do not see improvement in the Vermont and US economies, they are less pessimistic than they were in January. The survey also revealed that health insurance costs (60.1 percent) was the top issue, ahead of taxes (49.4 percent) and finding qualified emplolyees (48.9 percent).