UVM Medical Center nurses ratify contract

By AIDEN QUIGLEY VTDIGGER.ORG Nurses at the University of Vermont Medical Center have ratified a contract with hospital management with 70 percent of voting nurses in support. Just shy of 1,100 of the union’s 1,800 nurses voted in the election on Sept. 27. The hospital and the nurses came to a tentative agreement Sept. 19… Read More »

FDA has sweet news for maple producers

Maple producers and consumers are feeling sweet relief after the U.S. Food & Drug Administration announced that 100-percent pure maple products won’t have to display an added-sugar label on packaging. “This is a victory for common sense and democracy,” Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan said. “I want to thank the hundreds of Vermonters who stood… Read More »

Facing blank ballot, Republicans pick five nominees in state races

By Xander Landen VTDIGGER.ORG Facing a largely empty ballot just days away from this year’s general election candidate deadline, the Vermont Republican Party selected five nominees last week for statewide and federal offices. Before this year’s primary on Aug. 14, Republicans struggled to find a slate of candidates to take on incumbent Democrats in top offices.… Read More »

Citizens demand Vermont Gas pipeline investigation

By ELIZABETH GRIBKOFF VTDIGGER.ORG Opponents of a Vermont Gas pipeline want the Public Utility Commission to move forward on an independent investigation of the pipeline construction. The commission, at the behest of the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources and concerned citizens, ordered an expert review of the methods and practices used to construct the controversial… Read More »

Vermont voters make history, pick incumbents

Vermont voters make history, pick incumbents

By LISA SCAGLIOTTI Vermont made political history Tuesday by choosing Christine Hallquist as the Democratic nominee for governor. She now looks to unseat Republican Gov. Phil Scott in November. Hallquist, a Hyde Park resident and former CEO of Vermont Electric Cooperative, is the first transgender candidate in the nation to win a major party nomination… Read More »

Squirrel knocks out internet

By XANDER LANDEN and LOLA DUFFORT VTDigger.ORG A rodent brought down state government websites and interrupted internet service over a five-and-a-half-hour period last Wednesday, according to state officials. The next day, FirstLight, the state’s internet provider, explained that state government’s internet connection went dark after a squirrel chewed through a fiber optic cable, said John… Read More »

UVM nurses cut ties with credit union

By MIKE FAHER VTDigger.ORG Frustrated by the lack of a new contract, University of Vermont Medical Center’s unionized nurses are trying a different tactic – applying financial pressure. The union announced last week that its parent organization, AFT Vermont, is divesting its funds from New England Federal Credit Union because two hospital trustees also are… Read More »