Tuesday, June 18 2013 3:42 PM EDT2013-06-18 19:42:03 GMT
Gay, lesbian and transgender Vermonters have a new center to serve them. After several years in Winooski the support agency RU12? has moved into a new location at 255 South Champlain Street in Burlington.More >>
RU12?, an advocacy group for gay, lesbian, and transgender Vermonters relocates to Burlington.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 12:26 PM EDT2013-06-18 16:26:58 GMT
When is comes to making the grade, New York's graduation rates are barely passing.For the second year in a row, the rate sits at 74%.The report is based on the entire student body that started 9th gradeMore >>
When is comes to making the grade, New York's graduation rates are barely passing.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 12:07 PM EDT2013-06-18 16:07:17 GMT
Interim Montreal Mayor Michael Applebaum was arrested Monday morning.Applebaum is facing 14 criminal counts for fraud, breach of trust, and conspiracy.Quebec police say the investigation started in MarchMore >>
Interim Montreal Mayor Michael Applebaum was arrested Monday morning.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 8:38 AM EDT2013-06-18 12:38:42 GMT
If fresh berries are your summer time treat, you've got to wait a little longer. You can blame it on the rain.At Paul Mazza's "Pick Your Own" season is about a week late.They hope to get started this Friday,More >>
If fresh berries are your summer time treat, you've got to wait a little longer. You can blame it on the rain.More >>
Monday, June 17 2013 10:40 PM EDT2013-06-18 02:40:49 GMT
If you park in Burlington and don't follow the rules, you soon might pay more for it. That's because the city is looking at increasing its parking fines. After searching for a spot and then findingMore >>
If you park in Burlington and don't follow the rules, you soon might pay more for it.
Monday, June 17 2013 10:16 PM EDT2013-06-18 02:16:40 GMT
Right now, only the ducks can enjoy floating along a certain body of water in Berlin, Vermont. That's because Montpelier, which owns much of the land around it, won't let people access it, because itMore >>
In Vermont, people looking to access the Berlin Pond, may finally have a way to legally reach the water. Right now they can't because Montpelier doesn't want people in its drinking water. But Berlin leaders are hoping a piece of land it owns will develop into a launch site for people.More >>
Monday, June 17 2013 9:01 PM EDT2013-06-18 01:01:53 GMT
With the summer months approaching, many will be hitting the waters. The North Country Chamber of Commerce wants to make sure everyone can get in on the fun. This Thursday, June 20, they'll be hostingMore >>
With the summer months approaching, many will be hitting the waters. The North Country Chamber of Commerce wants to make sure everyone can get in on the fun.More >>
Monday, June 17 2013 8:57 PM EDT2013-06-18 00:57:56 GMT
Department of Environmental Conservation's Matthew Probasco says Eurasian Watermilfoil is much harder and more problematic to deal with. "It would destroy fish habitat, it was cause breeding ground forMore >>
Eurasion Watermilfoil is having huge negative impact on Lake St Catherine.More >>
Monday, June 17 2013 6:28 PM EDT2013-06-17 22:28:02 GMT
A brutal attack on Father's Day. One person is dead, another in the hospital. Police say an ex-boyfriend with a restraining order stabbed the mother of his child multiple times. They say her currentMore >>
A brutal attack on Father's Day. One person is dead, another in the hospital. Police say an ex-boyfriend with a restraining order stabbed the mother of his child multiple times. They say her current boyfriend shot and killed the attacker.More >>
BURLINGTON, Vt. -
We have continuing coverage on a highly controversial topic in the state taxing sugar sweetened drinks like soda. Obesity is a growing epidemic in our country. Some health experts feel curbing attitudes is the best way to change behavior.
Several researchers at UVM laid out their findings to see if a tax on sugar sweetened beverages will in fact deter people from drinking them and therefore help curb obesity.
Do you know just how many calories you're consuming in what you drink? Health experts say a woman should only be consuming around six teaspoons of sugar a day or 100 calories; men nine teaspoons or 150 calories. Yet, the average person is downing around 28 and a half teaspoons. That's 475 calories of sugar per day.
"The weight gain by the American population in the last 30 years has come from sugar sweetened beverages," said Tina Zuk, Government Relations Director, for the American Heart Association.
So some health organizations are proposing a penny an ounce excise tax. The purpose is to make you think twice before you buy that soda.
"If we want healthcare costs to go down and we want people to be healthier, we have to do things like deterring consumption of unhealthy products. This tax is a way to do it," said Zuk.
One argument against the tax, is that the state will lose money if people cross the border, for example, into New Hampshire to avoid the extra tax.
"We heard today that that's not true that there has been research done that shows definitively that doesn't happen," said Zuk.
In fact, if the one cent per ounce tax is implemented, it will raise nearly 28 million dollars.
Jonathon Besett, a UVM student, believes the tax could work to combat obesity, "I think that it would be helpful and that is a smaller part of they talked about it being a part of a tool box in fighting the obesity thing."
There is no such thing as a magic bullet, but they hope by increasing the tax on sugary beverages. This can be one tool to help curb the obesity epidemic.