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Vermont Prepares For Possible Effects Of Hurricane Sandy
Friday, 10/26/12
All across the region, officials, homeowners and business leaders are preparing for Hurricane Sandy. Those preparations with the memories of Tropical Storm Irene's devastation fresh in mind.
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Shumlin Warns Against Bath Salts
Thursday, 10/25/12
Governor Peter Shumlin is in Barre Thursday to talk about the dangers of bath salts.
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State Employees With Kids Encouraged To Use Dr. Dynosaur
Thursday, 10/25/12
By Bob Kinzel
The Shumlin administration is encouraging state employees with children to consider dropping the kids from their health care plan, and enrolling them in Dr. Dynosaur. The administration says the change could save state employees a lot of money.
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Fish Being Tested After Yankee Tritium Leak
Tuesday, 10/23/12
New Hampshire health officials are testing fish in various parts of the state to see if there are elevated levels of radiation following a 2010 tritium leak at the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant.
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Health Co-op Grand Opening
Tuesday, 10/23/12
Vermont's governor and congressional delegation will be among those on hand Tuesday for the grand opening of a new health co-op, in South Burlington.
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Heading South: The Fall Migration Bird Show
Tuesday, 10/23/12
By Jane Lindholm
Naturalist and bird enthusiast Bridget Butler joins us to explore the fall bird migration.  
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Exchange Could Drive Up Costs For Catamount Health Users
Monday, 10/22/12
By Bob Kinzel
Thousands of middle income Vermonters could see their health care costs spike when a new federal exchange goes into place in 2014. A group of advocates is urging the Legislature to create a special state subsidy program to make up the difference.
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Health Officials Recommend Shots Before Flu Season Arrives
Tuesday, 10/16/12
By Charlotte Albright
The leaves are barely off the trees,  but public health officials say it's already time for your flu shot. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention wants anyone older than six months to receive the vaccine.
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Surge In Heroin And Prescription Drug Abuse In Vt. Towns
Monday, 10/15/12
By Nina Keck
Substance abuse problems cost the state millions every year in lost productivity, crime and health related expenses.
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Local Food Achievements Celebrated
Monday, 10/15/12
More than a year and half after Vermont launched a plan to boost its food and farm economy, organizers are celebrating progress.
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Job Help Still Available For Vets With Brain Injuries
Friday, 10/12/12
By Steve Zind
It's estimated one in five veterans of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq suffers from traumatic brain injury, also known as TBI. Two years ago Vermont received a $951,000 grant to help veterans suffering from TBI find jobs. But to date only a handful of vets have taken advantage of the program. The reasons for this illustrate the challenges facing service providers and vets with brain injuries.
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Oxen Destined For College Cafeteria
Wednesday, 10/10/12
The days are numbered for two oxen that have worked the fields at Vermont's Green Mountain College farm for more than a decade.
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Foodbank Hit Hard In Federal Cuts
Wednesday, 10/10/12
Senator Bernie Sanders says cuts in a federal emergency hunger program have resulted in a 50 percent reduction in the food it supplies the Vermont Foodbank.
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Vt. Colleges And Health Dept. Address Binge Drinking
Tuesday, 10/09/12
The state of Vermont and its colleges and universities are trying to reduce Vermont's higher-than-average rate of binge drinking among students.
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Maple Producers To Weigh In On New Grade Names
Tuesday, 10/09/12
By Steve Zind
We all know the highest grade of maple syrup is called "Vermont Fancy."  But that's not what other states and Canadian provinces call their top quality syrup. That's why, for the first time, a standardized set of grades is being proposed for producers everywhere.  
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Dental Care Won't Be Covered In Vt. Health Plan
Thursday, 10/04/12
By Bob Kinzel
The Green Mountain Care Board has voted not to include adult dental services as part of the basic benefit package that will be offered to Vermonters though the Health Care Exchange in 2014.
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Veterans Home Maintains Federal Funding
Thursday, 09/27/12
By Susan Keese
The Vermont Veterans Home in Bennington will not lose its Medicare and Medicaid funding. After a six-month struggle to correct a string of violations, a final inspection completed Wednesday found the home in compliance with federal rules.
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Officials Hear Mental Health System Concerns
Wednesday, 09/26/12
A panel of lawmakers and state officials will take testimony this afternoon from people concerned about the future of mental health and substance abuse services in Vermont.
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Health Dept: EEE Threat Continues
Tuesday, 09/25/12
By Jane Lindholm
The state initiated pesticide spraying after two Vermonters were diagnosed with Eastern Equine Encephalitis. Both men died from the illness, which is spread by infected mosquitoes. Health Commissioner Harry Chen says discussions have already started about how to improve mosquito monitoring going forward.
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Berlin, NH Battles Bed Bugs
Tuesday, 09/25/12
Officials in the New Hampshire city of Berlin are trying to prevent the spread of bed bugs.
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Big Decisions Ahead For Veterans Home
Tuesday, 09/25/12
By Susan Keese
The Vermont Veterans Home in Bennington is hoping for an inspection this week that could offer one more chance to keep its federal certification.
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Vermont Edition
Gov. Candidate Emily Peyton; Health Dept. Addresses EEE
Tuesday, 09/25/12
By Jane Lindholm
Independent candidate for Vermont governor Emily Peyton discusses her campaign platform, including strong support for industrial hemp. And Health Commissioner Dr. Harry Chen explains how the Health Department is dealing with Eastern Equine Encephalitis.
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Second Horse Contracts EEE
Monday, 09/24/12
By Amy Kolb Noyes
Vermont health officials are warning people who live in Pittsford and the surrounding communities that they may be at increased risk for contracting eastern equine encephalitis, or EEE.
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Analysis: Evaluating Health Board's Performance On Hospital Budgets
Friday, 09/21/12
By Hamilton E. Davis
The Green Mountain Care Board has now completed its approval process for the coming year's budgets for Vermont's 14 hospitals. It was the board's first effort and marked the third iteration in the state's effort to regulate health care costs. The first was the Hospital Data Council that ran through the 1980s and early 1990s; that morphed into BISHCA, which first got the power to set budgets in the mid-1990s; and now the Green Mountain Care Board, which has the same powers as BISHCA, but should have far greater weight than its predecessor.
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Vermont Doctors Gather To Talk Health Care Reform
Friday, 09/21/12
Physicians from around Vermont will gather at a conference this weekend to discuss how they can help reform the state's health care system. The conference will be held Saturday at UVM.
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