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There’s little or no crude oil shipped by rail in Vermont, but advocates wonder what if

Graffiti adorns a rail tanker car on a siding on Charlotte. Photo by 350 Vermont
A tanker car parked on a railroad siding in Charlotte prompted activists to question whether crude oil was being shipped via Vermont rails. It's not, but safety is still a concern.


Holcombe fingers media for ‘misperceptions’ of school choice

Rebecca Holcombe, secretary of the Agency of Education, speaks about the new education governance reform bill at a meeting of the State Board of Education on Thursday at the Okemo Mountain Resort. Board Chairman Stephan Morse is to the secretary's right. Photo by Amy Ash Nixon/VTDigger
Agency of Education secretary says the State Board of Education's clarification of Act 46 did not “change the landscape.”


In Chittenden County, opiate treatment expands but is outpaced by demand

Chittenden Clinic
Howard Center CEO says a “slew” of people from diversionary court programs await treatment because of a bottleneck as those ready to move on to "spoke" services can't find physicians to prescribe buprenorphine.


FairPoint target of complaints from Stowe area customers

A Fairpoint Communications truck makes its way down State Street in Montpelier. VTD/Josh Larkin
State's largest telecom is foundering, needs major improvements, residents say. Complaints include slow Internet speeds and poor service.


Morrisville Hannaford manager earns governor’s Spirit of ADA award

Hannafords ADA
Matt Farnham works closely with Creative Workforce Solutions in Morrisville to explore job opportunities and ways to develop potential employees.


Bennington College staff, administration at odds over health insurance in contract negotiations

Bennington College
Students rally for staff and its union, which oppose an increase in deductibles.


Addiction treatment center opening soon in Bennington

Gov. Peter Shumlin announced an opiate addiction center in Bennington on Friday. Photo courtesy of Bennington Office of Economic and Community Development
Center to open months after initially expected in a different location and able to treat many fewer people than originally planned.


Condos rejects complaint by GOP over employee’s comments

David Sunderland, chairman of the Vermont Republican Party, has cautioned Vermonters about the "extreme" views of the Libertarian Party. Photo by Tom Brown/VTDigger
The Vermont Republican Party demanded action after an elections official indicated his support for gubernatorial candidate Matt Dunne. Secretary of State Jim Condos defended the employee's right to an opinion.


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Cutting Class: A Special VTDigger Investigation

Declining enrollment in Vermont’s public schools is at a breaking point: The state’s student population has dropped by 21,000 since 1997, and population projections show continuing declines through at least 2030.

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2015 VTDigger/Castleton Institute Poll

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VTDigger / Castleton Institute Poll

The VTDigger/Castleton Polling Institute poll is based on data from 682 interviews drawn from a random sample of registered voters in Vermont. Interviews were conducted by phone by from March 31 to April 7, 2014. Thirteen percent of interviews were conducted with registered voters on cellphones. The data reported are weighted based on estimations of the population of Vermont registered voters to account for differential in response rates among age groups. Visit project


Heidi Scheuermann: Is Act 46 the solution Vermonters wanted?

Rather than embrace a solution that would alleviate property taxes and return local control of our children’s education to those who know them best, Montpelier chose to consolidate more power…

Brian Dubie: Wind turbine noise — what you can’t hear can harm you

Some people will say wind turbines are not that noisy. Well, that depends on how far from the turbines and how many turbines there are.

Bob Stannard: A fork in the road

Who stands to gain from a nation that seemingly can no longer come together over anything of importance?

Quote of the Day

“I think Phil is going to be a good governor. I’m supporting him and I think he’s got a good chance of winning the race.” — Scott Milne in endorsing Lt. Gov. Phil Scott for governor

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  • James Mason commented on FairPoint target of complaints from Stowe area customers: Spot on! It seems the only thing Fairpoint ef (...)
  • Mill Moore commented on Holcombe fingers media for ‘misperceptions’ of school choice: Secretary Holcombe says the State Board of Ed (...)
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  • Neil Johnson commented on UVM receives $20 million gift on way to $500 million goal: Seems that one might have a stronger monopoly (...)
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  • Neil Johnson commented on UVM receives $20 million gift on way to $500 million goal: Question, if 46 percent of Vermonters attend (...)
  • Neil Johnson commented on In Chittenden County, opiate treatment expands but is outpaced by demand: Wow.... and Hillary is going to use this as h (...)
  • Neil Johnson commented on Holcombe fingers media for ‘misperceptions’ of school choice: Our taxes will not go down. Based upon the im (...)
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