Midday Report: July 30, 2007

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IBM Corporation has announced that it is laying off 90 workers at its Essex Junction plant, in semiconductor manufacturing and support functions such as packing and testing; medical and technology experts are working to make Vermonters’ health records available in electronic form in an effort to improve care by allowing doctor’s offices and hospitals to instantly access a patient’s medical history; final preparations are under way for coordinating the move of a huge new electrical transformer through northwestern and central Vermont; researchers are using oranges to track the movement of potentially toxic blue-green algae; police in Plainfield, New Hampshire say supporters of convicted tax evaders Ed and Elaine Brown clogged emergency phone lines after the couple’s web site claimed shots had been fired behind the house.

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