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Moody's upgrades Burlington's credit rating, improves outlook

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 11:37am -- tim

Moody’s Investors Service yesterday upgraded Burlington’s credit rating for both the City’s General Obligation Bonds and Certificates of Participation, and Moody’s improved the City’s rating outlook to positive from stable. This is the City’s first rating upgrade since Moody’s began downgrading the City’s rating in July 2010, and the first positive outlook in at least 10 years (See Burlington ratings table below).

Will Vermont be next to legalize recreational pot?

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 11:20am -- tim

While there has been a strong push to legalize marijuana in Vermont, despite what appears to be a legislative logjam this year, a researcher expects the state to be one of the next to legalize its recreational use. Laws went into effect last week that legalized recreational marijuana in both Alaska and Washington, DC. A University of Kansas researcher into the history of cannabis’ acceptance now has predicted the next five US states where voters or Legislatures could be inclined to approve marijuana use for relaxation and enjoyment.

FairPoint reports Q4 and annual 2014 results, strike and weather increase losses

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 8:25am -- tim

FairPoint Communications, Inc (Nasdaq: FRP), Vermont's largest telecom company with landline and Internet service, today announced its financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2014. As previously announced, on February 22, 2015, the two unions representing the majority of the Company's workforce in northern New England ratified collective bargaining agreements and the represented workforce returned to work on February 25, 2015.

Javarama coffee to be available in Keurig K-Cup packs beginning Spring 2015

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 3:18am -- tim

Keurig Green Mountain, Inc (NASDAQ: GMCR), a leader in specialty coffee, coffee makers, teas and other beverages with its innovative brewing technology, and DS Services of America, Inc, a subsidiary of Cott Corporation (Cott) (NYSE:COT; TSX:BCB) and a leading bottled water, coffee and tea direct-to-consumer services provider, today announced a multi-year agreement to offer DS Services' Javarama coffee in K-Cup packs for use in Keurig hot brewing systems.

UVM receives two $500,000 grants from USDA

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 3:08pm -- tim

Faculty in the University of Vermont’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences have received two $500,000 grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The grants are part of a USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture initiative designed to increase prosperity in rural America. A USDA Rural Communities and Regional Development grant went to a team led by rural sociologist Shoshanah Inwood, assistant professor in the Department of Community Development and Applied Economics.

Vermont’s 67 most promising jobs revealed by McClure Foundation

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 1:10pm -- tim

A new brochure from the J Warren & Lois McClure Foundation identifies the top high-pay, high-growth jobs projected for Vermont over the next 10 years — and the educational requirements needed to obtain them. For current and future jobseekers willing to invest in training and/or education after high school, it is clear: there are promising employment opportunities in Vermont.

Vermont-based social network Ello declares March 'NSFW Month'

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 12:14pm -- tim

Ello, the ad-free social network based in Burlington, Vermont, has named March "NSFW Month." Throughout the month, Ello will celebrate freedom of speech by highlighting the suppressive role that censorship plays in social media, government, and the arts. Those who believe in a censorship-free internet are invited to sign-up for Ello at They will receive an immediate invitation to join Ello, with a call to post content that symbolizes a stand against censorship on the Internet.

Shumlin dips into negative approval numbers, VTD/Castleton poll shows

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 10:05am -- tim

by Tom Brown For the first time in Governor Peter Shumlin’s tenure, more Vermonters disapprove of his job performance than approve of it. A new VTDigger/Castleton Polling Institute survey shows that 47 percent of those surveyed disapprove of the job Shumlin, a Democrat, is doing as governor and 41 percent approve. The poll of 700 Vermonters was conducted February 9-24 (see methodology below).

Bernie Sanders offers bill to improve dental care

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 6:50am -- tim

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.) have introduced legislation to dramatically improve access to dental care. The Comprehensive Dental Reform Act would expand dental coverage through Medicare, Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act and the Department of Veterans Affairs, filling the gap for the more than 1 in 4 Americans who lack dental insurance.

UVM on list of Online Masters in Public Health's 50 Most Beautiful Medical Schools

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 6:17am -- tim

Online Masters in Public Health has released the 50 Most Beautiful Medical Schools, including the University of Vermont in Burlington, the state's only medical school, which ranked 11th. The list features medical schools with amazing architecture, structural prowess, campus integration, and technological superiority, among many other factors that were considered. After evaluating hundreds of medical schools around the country, the online educator narrowed its list down to these 50. The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth in Hanover, NH, ranked 13. Duke University was ranked number 1.