September 18, 2018

A new pathway for cybersecurity careers

Gov. Phil Scott and the Vermont Agency of Education announced this week the start of two initiatives to develop statewide career pathways in advanced manufacturing and cybersecurity. [Read more…]

Task force formed to investigate orphanage murder and abuse allegations

The State of Vermont is creating a task force to investigate allegations surrounding St. Joseph’s Orphanage in Burlington. The allegations include murder, for which there is no statute of limitations, as well as abuse and sexual abuse. The allegations were described in an Aug. 27 article in BuzzFeed News. The Burlington Catholic Diocese, which operated St. Joseph’s Orphanage, has expressed willingness to fully cooperate with the investigation.

Later this week, the Burlington Police Department will announce a process for victims to reach the task force to share their experiences. In the meantime, the task force can be reached by emailing: Orphanage@bpdvt.org.

Sweet relief — FDA backs off ‘added sugars’ label for maple

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) announced this week that 100 percent pure maple products will not be forced to display a standard label declaring “added sugars” on the package. [Read more…]

Lawmakers improve access to chiropractic care

As Vermonters look to select health insurance plans from the Vermont Health Exchange for 2019, they will notice a sharp decrease in chiropractic co-payments for the silver and bronze plans. That’s because, during a special legislative session in June, lawmakers passed S.1, an act limiting the co-payment requirement for chiropractic care visits to that of a co-payment for primary care visits. Gov. Phill Scott signed the bill into law earlier this summer.

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VT files suit: ‘We’re going to war with big pharma’

Observer courtesy photo
Attorney General TJ Donovan announces a new state lawsuit against Purdue Pharma, the company that manufactures and markets the opioid painkiller OxyContin, during a press conference last week in Burlington.

Alan J. Keays

For VTDigger

When Burlington Police Chief Brandon del Pozo approached reporters outside a Burlington courthouse last Wednesday afternoon, he didn’t mince words about the upcoming announcement. [Read more…]

GMP, GlobalFoundries agree on power deal

GlobalFoundries and Green Mountain Power announced Tuesday a multi-year agreement on more stable energy costs.

Representatives of the microchip manufacturer, which acquired the former IBM site in Essex in 2014, have said that predictable energy costs are a key to keeping the plant operational. The company employs about 2,500 people at the facility. [Read more…]

DRB endorses 31-unit apartment building

An architectural rendering of a 31-unit apartment building proposed for the corner of Day and Knight lanes.

By Jason Starr

Observer staff

One of the most densely populated areas of Williston is on track for an influx of about 50 residents after the Development Review Board gave preliminary approval to a new apartment building on Day Lane during its Aug. 28 meeting. [Read more…]

Rotarians join opiate fight

Club members prepare to take up ‘Icelandic Model’ of addiction prevention

By Jason Starr

Observer staff

The Williston-Richmond Rotary Club has turned its focus to helping Vermont overcome opiate addiction, lured by the promise of a substance abuse reduction program that proved successful in 1990s Iceland.

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