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Brattleboro landlord paying $20,000 in lead paint settlement

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The landlord isn’t admitting any wrongdoing, but the attorney general's office alleged he filed documents that falsely claimed his two properties were in compliance with lead laws.

 

Jay Peak receiver reaches $13.3M settlement with Citibank

Ariel Quiros
The federal court must approve the deal. The money would be used to support operations at the ski resort and settle claims.

 

Student test scores show strength overall, but gaps persist

Rebecca Holcombe
Although Vermonters held their own in statewide scores compared with students elsewhere, low-income children didn’t meet the state average for proficiency in any subject or grade tested.

 

Invasive Asian clam found in Lake Bomoseen

Asian clams were found in Lake Bomoseen. ANR scientists say the tiny non-native clam was found only in a 14 acre area in the southwestern section of the lake. Department of Environmental Conservation photo
State officials are asking boaters to clean, drain and dry their equipment after use to halt the spread of the tiny bivalves, the first found in Vermont.

 

Rutland lawmakers resist call to try to block refugees

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But they say more information is needed as local officials and residents consider the potential effects of hosting people displaced by civil war in Syria.

 

Settlement in prisoner’s lawsuit makes changes to mental health treatment

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Under the agreement with the plaintiff known only as 'Patient A', the Department of Corrections will more quickly identify and find care for prisoners who need an inpatient level of psychiatric treatment.

 

Attorney general seeks pricing justification from 10 drug companies

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A spokesperson for the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Researchers of America says the companies will likely send the information to the state.

 

Inmates to face charges after hostage-taking involving guard

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Two Newport prisoners are to be arraigned on charges of kidnapping and aggravated assault, according to police.

 

Governor to fill opening among health care regulators

Allan Ramsay
Dr. Allan Ramsay, a family physician, is completing his term on the Green Mountain Care Board and hasn't sought reappointment.

 

Business incubator, fiber optics eyed for Vernon’s future

Jim Porter
Federal, state and regional officials sat down with Vernon residents Monday to explore two projects that might help ease the pain of Vermont Yankee's shutdown. But many questions remain.

 

Community water system settles violations for $37,000

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Pico Village Water Corp. in Killington admitted 11 violations that included failing to file operating reports and to show it had responded appropriately to elevated lead and bacteria levels.

 

DMV changing application process after discrimination case

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The process for driver’s licenses and privilege cards will be made more friendly to applicants who are in the country without authorization.

 

Few drug treatment programs in Vermont regularly test for fentanyl

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Chittenden Clinic director Dr. John Brooklyn says routine testing for fentanyl in drug treatment programs could provide valuable data and ensure the integrity of programs.

 

Grand Isle House candidate to contest primary election

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After a recount of the Aug. 9 primary vote reversed the results and found 35 “unaccounted for” ballots, Andrew Julow plans to contest the election.

 

Special Reports and Projects

EB-5 fraud at Vermont's Jay Peak

Read about the latest developments. Check out the investigative stories VTDigger has published about Jay Peak, Q Burke and AnC Bio Vermont over the past several years.

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Medicaid by the Numbers

About 35% of Vermonters have some kind of Medicaid benefit. Meanwhile, state spending on the program for low-income residents has increased by 73% since 2008.

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Legislative bill tracker, 'Inside the Golden Bubble'

Find all of our coverage on important legislation and oversight issues on this microsite, and follow stories about bills listed by topic — education, energy, judiciary, the economy, health care, and the budget.

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One child's allegations: ‘This never ends for him’

A young boy tells stories about being sexually abused by his mother’s boyfriend. Four years later, the allegations persist, and there is no legal resolution. The case raises questions that experts say are common when child sex assault is suspected.

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In a life of drugs and prison, treatment is elusive key

Chris Dezotelle has spent his adult life in and out of prison because of his addiction to opiates. Now he wants to change. But his struggle shows how the cycle between prison, the outside and treatment can be complicated.

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Turbine sound and fury aggravates neighbors

A recent legal filing from the state lays out a path for individuals to sue over noise from wind farms. Experts say there is no public health threat from the sound of turbines spinning, but neighbors are still seeking relief. 

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The stories about Bernie

Part one of five: Ingest all the up-close-and-personal profiles the national media is producing about Bernie Sanders and you’ll find they start with the same fact: The presidential candidate hates up-close-and-personal profiles.

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Vermont hospital CEOs average $500K a year

The data show that hospital CEO pay is more than double what CEOs in other industries in Vermont make each year. The average CEO compensation was $162,210 in 2013, and the median was $141,050 that year, according to data from the Vermont Department of Labor.

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Pepperspray, pornography and two bad apples

Police officer sues over racial discrimination in the Rutland City Police Department.

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Tax breaks fuel Vermont's solar gold rush

The combination of state incentives and an impending deadline for federal tax credits is making the Green Mountain State a preferred destination for solar energy developers.

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Inmate took his own life after mental illness treatment needs went unmet

Prison was not the place for Fennessey to receive treatment for mental illness, but he returned to a cell several times because the state and community partners could not coordinate what they deemed a suitable re-entry plan before he took his own life.

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Former Rutland Mental Health CEO’s poor leadership may have put clients in danger

Officials cite a pattern of shortcomings in the care provided by the agency that contributed to a client’s overdose, a client being sexually exploited and several others being placed in neglectful or abusive situations, according to documents obtained by VTDigger. Poor management may have also contributed to one client’s untimely death.

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Quote of the Day

“They want coroners and medical examiners to test for fentanyl, but that’s way after the fact. I’d like to avoid getting to that point,” Dr. John Brooklyn, of the Chittenden Clinic, who is advocating for the routine testing of people in drug treatment programs for fentanyl.

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