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Senate Supports Campaign Bill With Ban On Corporate Donations
Friday, 04/12/13
By John Dillon
The Vermont Senate has advanced a bill that bans corporate and union contributions to state political candidates. The campaign finance legislation also strengthens reporting requirements and doubles public funding for those running for governor and lieutenant governor.
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State Says More Money Needed From Vermont Yankee For Emergency Response
Thursday, 04/11/13
By John Dillon
The Shumlin Administration wants Vermont Yankee to pay more to help emergency officials respond to a nuclear accident. The request for increased funds draws on lessons learned from Tropical Storm Irene and the 2011 nuclear accident in Fukushima, Japan.
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In Defeat For Secretary of State
Wednesday, 04/10/13
By John Dillon
The Vermont Senate has overwhelmingly rejected a proposal to move the state's primary elections to early August. The early date was supported by Secretary of State Jim Condos, who said he needed more time between the primary and the general election to meet federal deadlines to get ballots to overseas voters.
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Dozens Of Groups Seek Role In Pipeline Case
Tuesday, 04/09/13
By John Dillon
A natural gas pipeline planned for Addison County has prompted dozens of individuals and organizations to seek a voice in the upcoming permit hearings. Vermont Gas Systems wants to extend a pipeline south from Chittenden County to Middlebury and then under Lake Champlain to a paper mill in Ticonderoga, NY.
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Senate Takes Up Shoreland Bill As Environmentalists Push For More Protections
Tuesday, 04/09/13
By John Dillon
The Vermont House passed a version of a shoreline protection bill last month. But the compromise disappointed both environmentalists - who want to see tougher restrictions - and property rights advocates, who oppose new state regulation.
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House Approves Ban On Wild Boar
Friday, 04/05/13
By John Dillon
If lawmakers have their way, wild boar will not find a home in the Vermont woods. Wild boar and feral pigs are a nuisance species around the country. Vermont wildlife officials are concerned that the animals could escape from captive hunting facilities and take hold in the Green Mountains.
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House Passes $173 Million Capital Bill
Thursday, 04/04/13
By John Dillon
The House has unanimously approved a two-year capital construction bill that solidifies a commitment to rebuild the Waterbury state office complex devastated by Tropical Storm Irene.
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Expert: Lyme Disease Just One Part Of Tick-Borne Epidemic
Wednesday, 04/03/13
By John Dillon
Patients living with Lyme disease crowded the Statehouse on Wednesday to tell their stories about years of misdiagnosis and chronic pain. The patients and their advocates want legislation to protect doctors if they prescribe long-term antibiotic treatment contrary to current medical standards.
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Arkansas Oil Spill Raises Concerns About NEK Pipeline
Tuesday, 04/02/13
By John Dillon
An oil spill in Arkansas may add urgency to Vermont legislation that would regulate oil pipelines. Environmentalists point to similarities between the pipeline in Arkansas that ruptured and one in northern Vermont that could be used to ship tar sands oil. 
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Lawmakers Consider Coverage Of Long-term Lyme Disease Care
Tuesday, 04/02/13
By John Dillon
A bacterial disease spread by tick bites is getting attention this week in the Statehouse. Lyme disease patients and their advocates are pushing for a bill that requires insurance companies to cover long-term antibiotic care for the debilitating illness.
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Grid Issues Lead To Smaller NEK Wind Project
Monday, 03/25/13
By John Dillon
The developer of a planned Northeast Kingdom wind farm has decided to scale back the project by a third to lessen the impact on the transmission grid.
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NRC Probes Entergy Finances After Yankee's Value Drops
Friday, 03/22/13
By John Dillon
Federal regulators want more information about Entergy Corp.'s finances after the company dramatically dropped the value of its Vermont Yankee plant.
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Analysis: Wind Debate
Friday, 03/22/13
VPR's John Dillon looks at two energy stories: the legislative debate over S.30, a bill that would give towns the ability to veto a wind energy project, and the ongoing regulatory oversight of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant, which has now been operating without state permission for one year.
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NRC Seeks Financial Information From Yankee Owner Entergy
Friday, 03/22/13
By John Dillon
Federal regulators want more information about Entergy Corporation's finances after the company dropped the value of its Vermont Yankee plant by more than two-thirds.
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Shumlin Says He's Confident Vt. Yankee Will Close
Wednesday, 03/20/13
By John Dillon
Thursday marks a year from the date when Governor Peter Shumlin hoped the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant would shut down. Instead, the reactor is still operating and the state is locked in a legal battle in federal court with Yankee's owner, the Entergy Corporation.
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Shumlin Signs Public Employee Pension Bill
Wednesday, 03/20/13
By John Dillon
Governor Peter Shumlin has signed a bill that allows a judge to take away a public employee's pension if the worker is guilty of a financial crime relating to the public office.
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Bill Aimed At Backlog In Unclaimed Life Insurance Benefits
Wednesday, 03/20/13
By John Dillon
In listing his priorities earlier this week for the rest of the legislative session, House Speaker Shap Smith called attention to a small bill that he said provides important protections for consumers.
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Energy Bill Splits Environmentalists Over Role Of Act 250
Tuesday, 03/19/13
By John Dillon
A bill that would subject renewable energy projects to more regulation has bitterly divided environmentalists. Most mainstream environmental groups oppose the legislation, saying it presents unnecessary hurdles to clean energy projects.  
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Pollution
Thursday, 03/07/13
By John Dillon
A House committee will hold a hearing next week on a bill that calls for new protections for the shorelines of lakes and ponds, including buffer zones for new development to prevent polluting run-off. But some property owners are concerned that the bill would infringe on their property rights.
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NRC Gives Yankee Good Grades For 2012
Thursday, 03/07/13
By John Dillon
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant did a good job last year in protecting public health and safety. The nuclear agency released its annual assessment report on Thursday.
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Tar Sands Resolutions Send Message Of Concern Over Climate Change
Wednesday, 03/06/13
By John Dillon
Along with Town Meeting debates over school budgets and tax rates, some two dozen towns tackled oil companies and the global issue of climate change.
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Cabot Votes To Keep High School Open
Tuesday, 03/05/13
By John Dillon
By a vote of 322 to 147, the town rejected a proposal to close the high school and send its 65 students to other schools in the region.
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State Looks To Cut Pollution From Farms
Monday, 03/04/13
By John Dillon
The state is looking to cut water pollution that reaches Lake Champlain by imposing new regulations on farms and by enforcing phosphorus limits on a sewage treatment plant in Waterbury.
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Moratorium Removed From Wind Bill As New Poll Shows Support For Projects
Tuesday, 02/26/13
By John Dillon
Senators have removed a proposed moratorium from legislation regulating large-scale wind projects. But the bill would now require that wind developments be judged under the full criteria of Act 250. Both sides of the wind debate are disappointed in the latest version.
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Half Of Energy Fund Aimed At Low-Income Weatherization Programs
Monday, 02/25/13
By John Dillon
Utility officials and efficiency experts have outlined a $21 million plan to help Vermonters use less energy to heat and light their homes. The money comes from the merger last year of the state's two largest utilities.
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