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  • For Toll and Kitchel, both Democrats who live in the most conservative part of ultra-liberal Vermont, it's a recognition of their abilities that follows a lifetime of service and being immersed in current events, all a part of their family life for well over half a century. Toll and Kitchel still live within a few miles of where they grew up in Danville in Vermont's...

  • MONTPELIER, Vt.— The state has agreed to pay Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont $3.5 million to close out the insurer's line of business through the state's online insurance marketplace in 2015.. In some cases, Blue Cross never received premium payments for customers who purchased health plans. In others, Blue Cross unwittingly paid out claims for patients whose...

  • WILLISTON, Vt.— At Tomorrow's Harvest farm, you won't find acres of land on which animals graze, or rows of corn, or bales of hay. "We don't need everybody to eat insects," said Robert Nathan Allen, founder and director of Little Herds, an educational nonprofit in Austin, Texas, that promotes the use of insects for human food and animal feed. Interest in entomophagy— the...

  • The Republican, who was sworn in this month, said he sold his half share of DuBois Construction back to the company and he financed the deal. "DuBois Construction owes me money, yes," Scott said at a news conference. "I'm committed to ensuring the transparency of this business, this sale, and as well to any future contracts DuBois Construction may have or may elect to...

  • California, Maryland, Vermont and Illinois since 2014 have enacted statutes codifying the Affordable Care Act's contraception mandate in state law and expanding on the federal law's requirements. Democratic lawmakers in New York, Minnesota, Colorado and Massachusetts said they are pursuing similar measures this year, with Obamacare under mortal threat...

  • MONTPELIER, Vt.— A group formed to oppose a Mormon businessman's plans for a massive development in central Vermont wants residents of the towns where the project is planned to take a stance on it at town meeting in March. The vision of David Hall, of Utah, is for what he describes as an economically, ecologically and socially sustainable development, to be built...

  • NEW YORK— Keurig, the maker of single-cup coffee machines, says it is teaming up with beer giant Anheuser-Busch InBev to build an at-home booze maker. AB InBev, based in Belgium, makes Budweiser, Stella Artois and other beers. Waterbury, Vermont- based Keurig Green Mountain tried to grow beyond coffee makers before, but its Keurig Kold at-home soda makers sold poorly...

  • In a court motion approved Wednesday, receiver Michael Goldberg said contractors may either take a 33 percent payment and get the rest when the properties they worked on sell or get a total of 60 percent of the amount owed, The Burlington Free Press reported. Contractors for a partially built Jay Peak project and the Burke Mountain resort hotel allege they are...

  • Jan 4- Big U.S. banks are set on getting Congress this year to loosen or eliminate the Volcker rule against using depositors' funds for speculative bets on the bank's own account, a test case of whether Wall Street can flex its muscle in Washington again. In interviews over the past several weeks, half a dozen industry lobbyists said they began meeting with...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 3- In a wide-ranging request for documents and analysis, President-elect Donald Trump's transition team asked the Department of Homeland Security last month to assess all assets available for border wall and barrier construction. A spokeswoman for the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Customs and Border Protection declined to...

  • Cyber Security

    A code associated with a broad Russian hacking campaign has been detected on a laptop associated with a Vermont electric utility.

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 30- A code associated with a broad Russian hacking campaign dubbed Grizzly Steppe by the Obama administration has been detected on a laptop associated with a Vermont electric utility but not connected to the grid, the utility said on Friday. "We took immediate action to isolate the laptop and alerted federal officials of this finding," the...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 30- A code associated with the Russian hacking operation dubbed Grizzly Steppe by the Obama administration has been detected on a laptop associated with a Vermont electric utility but not connected to the grid, the utility said on Friday. "We took immediate action to isolate the laptop and alerted federal officials of this finding," the...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 30- A code associated with the Russian hacking operation dubbed Grizzly Steppe by the Obama administration has been detected within the system of a Vermont electric utility, The Washington Post reported on Friday, citing unnamed U.S. officials. Federal officials have shared the malware code used in Grizzly Steppe with utility executives...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 30- A code associated with the Russian hacking operation dubbed Grizzly Steppe by the Obama administration has been detected within the system of a Vermont electric utility, The Washington Post reported on Friday, citing unnamed U.S. officials. While it is unclear which utility reported the incident, there are just two major utilities in...

  • Pedestrians experience what we now call just a dusting of snow, with more in the forecast along Winter and Washington Streets in Downtown Crossing, Thursday.

    Blizzard conditions were possible in areas bracing for a foot of snow — maybe twice that in some locations, USA Today reports.

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 28- Democrats on the U.S. Senate's environment panel on Wednesday asked President-elect Donald Trump's choice to head the Environmental Protection Agency to disclose his ties to the energy industry ahead of his confirmation hearing early next year. The six senators sent a letter to Scott Pruitt, who as Oklahoma Attorney General led several...

  • Hillary Clinton speaks as Donald Trump looks on during the town hall presidential debate at Washington University on October 9, 2016 in St Louis, Missouri.

    Mostly Democratic lawmakers want their states to join a 10-year-old movement to work around the Electoral College.

  • NEW YORK, Dec 19- American sweet tooths may suffer this holiday season as a ready-made whipped cream shortage could leave such favorites as apple pie or a mug of hot chocolate without a little extra on top. "The timing is really unfortunate," said Stephanie McVaugh, vice president of Delaware- based Natural Dairy Products Corporation, the maker of Natural by Nature...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 14- The U.S. government should keep banks from cutting off the accounts of vendors who work with state-sanctioned marijuana businesses, 10 U.S. senators said in a letter to the Treasury on Wednesday. That nervousness has spread to landlords, security guards, chemists, lawyers and other vendors working with marijuana businesses, according to the...