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Stenger unveils plans for NEK International Airport

Architect's drawing of proposed improvements at Newport State Airport in Coventry. Courtesy of Jay Peak
Jay Peak developer Bill Stenger outlines plans for a $20 million terminal, warehouse and flight design assembly facility at the Newport State Airport in Coventry.

 

Middlebury, Bennington among top entrepreneurial colleges, Forbes says

An aerial view of the Middlebury College campus. Photo courtesy of Middlebury College
Magazine ranks colleges by the ratio of business founders and owner to the student body at large. Middlebury ranks second, Bennington fourth.

 

State moves to restrict 75 synthetic drugs

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The Health Department is proposing to add 75 drugs to the list of regulated substances, including fentanyl.

 

YWP: This is a Dream

Emily Weatherill is a junior at The Sharon Academy. Courtesy photo
This week's Young Writers Project entry is "This is a Dream" by Emily Weatherill, a junior at The Sharon Academy.

 

Vermont Gas fined $100,000 for failing to report cost increase

Vermont Gas Systems' CEO Don Gilbert. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger
The Public Service Board wrote in an order Friday that Vermont Gas broke the public trust in its regulatory authority when it waited “nearly six months” to disclose its first cost increase on the project.

 

SCOV Law Blog: Substantiation stricken

Gavel
A substantiation is a finding made by DCF upon doing an investigation and finding that a person has abused or neglected a child or placed a child at risk of harm. If a person is substantiated, his or her name gets placed on a child protection registry list.

 

Vermont Tech to offer paramedic training program

Photo by Jenny Starley/Creative Commons
College to be the first in Vermont to offer accreditation in paramedicine as predictions show the demand for trained providers will grow.

 

Barre, Plainfield flooding won’t qualify for disaster assistance

Harrington Street
The Division for Emergency Management and Homeland Security said that eligible damage from the rainfall on July 19 and 20 totaled approximately $750,000, just under FEMA's threshold.

 

Digger Projects

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.

Declining enrollment, rising school spending: The data behind the crisis. An investigation by Amy Ash Nixon, Diane Zeigler and Hilary Niles. Visit project

2015 Legislative Guide

Your go-to resource for the 2015 Vermont legislative session . Visit project

2015 VTDigger/Castleton Institute Poll

The 2015 VTDigger/Castleton Polling Institute survey of 700 Vermonters found support for Gov. Peter Shumlin flagging, but showed an interest in gun regulations and tax options. See the complete results here. Visit project

2014 Election Micro-Site

The 2014 midterm elections are here. Access our comprehensive coverage, including debate archives, candidate profiles, side-by-side comparisons, campaign finance connections, and more. Visit project

VTDigger's Legislator Lookup

Enter your address in VTDigger's Legislative Lookup to find your lawmakers and learn more about them, including biographical and contact information, sponsored bills, voting records, committee memberships and campaign finance details. Visit project

Campaign Finance Database

VTDigger's Campaign Finance Database allows you to find out who gives to political campaigns and how candidates raise money in Vermont.

For the first time, and at no cost to taxpayers, users can easily search for donors and candidates by name, quickly retrieve aggregated totals, and explore business and family connections between donors. Visit project

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

Commentary

Rob Roper: Repeal Vermont’s certificate of need laws

Certificate of need laws are in place for only one reason – to restrict supply.

Walt Amses: Midsummer

That first burst of glorious heat ignites nomadic droves, kids and coolers in tow, heading for lakes, ponds and pools, finally immersed in what old Vermonters and Van Morrison call…

Don Keelan: Embezzlement continues to flourish

According to the 2013 Marquet Report on Embezzlement, Vermont continues to lead the nation in embezzlement per capita.

Quote of the Day

“Right now, my heart is overjoyed at the support that we’re getting from the community and the involvement that we’re getting. It took us a little while to get here, but now we’re announcing that we are ready to conquer all the concerns that need to be conquered in this area.” — Mary Brown Guillory, on the formation of the state’s first NAACP chapter

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