Tropical Storm Irene

One year after Irene, ‘We Are Vermont Stronger’ (Burlington Free Press)

August 29, 2012

By Sally Pollak Lois Mearse sat in the back of Chandler Music Hall Tuesday night, surrounded by her sister and her daughter. “We’re victims,” said Mearse, 64. “We’re here to remember what happened that day.” The day was one year ago: Aug. 28, 2011, when flooding from Tropical Storm Irene devastated many places in Vermont. […]

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Shumlin, congressional delegation announce $20M in FEMA grants (WPTZ)

April 9, 2012

By David Charns MONTPELIER, Vt. – Gov. Peter Shumlin and Vermont’s congressional delegation have announced a $19.8 million federal grant to help buy homes and businesses destroyed by Hurricane Irene. The money is part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. The award list contains 72 projects, including the buy-out of 13 […]

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What the Insurance Industry Already Knows About Climate Change (HuffPost Green)

March 8, 2012

By Richard Shiffman When they woke up in the morning, my mom used to ask my dad what the weather was going to be like that day. “Stick your fool head out the window,” he would reply. I say the same thing to the Republican presidential candidates. If you want to know if climate change […]

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Sanders, Searles push transportation plan with $408 million for Vermont (VTDigger)

February 14, 2012

By Greg Guma A national transportation group report ranked Vermont’s rural roads as the worst in the nation, and that’s unlikely to change unless the U.S. Senate’s version of a pending transportation bill prevails. If it doesn’t, the state will have to cut $160 million from transportation spending over the next five years, Vermont Transportation […]

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Vermont gets $21.6M for flood-damaged communities (CBS News)

January 20, 2012

(AP)  MONTPELIER, Vt. — Vermont learned Friday that it will get $21.6 million in emergency funds— three times more than many expected it would get from a federal program — to help rebuild Irene-damaged communities. The state is among eight states hit by flooding, tornados and wild fires to share $400 million from U.S. Department […]

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Vermont to receive $8.7 million in flood aid (Burlington Free Press)

January 19, 2012

By Bill Draper The nation’s top agriculture official on Wednesday announced more than $300 million in emergency assistance to 33 states and Puerto Rico to help them recover from an unusually intense year for natural disasters across the U.S. Vermont will receive nearly $8.7 million. Utah and Missouri will receive the most disaster aid, together […]

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Money from D.C. (Valley News)

By John P. Gregg There’s some good news for farmers and other landowners who suffered flood damage in Tropical Storm Irene — the U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded more than $9 million to the Twin States for flood relief programs, according to members of Congress from the two states. Vermont is getting the bulk […]

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Sen. Sanders Editorial: 2012: Where do we go from here? (Bennington Banner)

December 28, 2011

By Sen. Bernie Sanders I want to take this opportunity to wish all Vermonters a very happy holiday season and a wonderful new year. The year 2011 has been a tough one for Vermont and our country. The recession caused by the greed, recklessness and illegal behavior of Wall Street continues. While Vermont is doing […]

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Audio: Ben & Jerry Target “Corporate Personhood” (VPR’s Vermont Edition)

November 28, 2011

Ben & Jerry are synonymous with ice cream, but they have also been long-time advocates for social change. Now, the founders of the Ben & Jerry’s premium ice cream brand are setting their sights on corporate America, by backing a constitutional amendment to ban “corporate personhood.” The effort stems from the Citizens United Supreme Court […]

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Flood relief bill signed into law (Burlington Free Press)

November 19, 2011

President Barack Obama signed into law Friday a bill whose provisions on emergency aid drafted by Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., may save Vermont many millions of dollars, Leahy’s office said. “Leahy’s provisions and funding will save Vermont tens of millions or perhaps even more than a hundred million dollars, depending on what the eventual repair […]

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