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Burlington School Board to probe member’s conduct in light of social media posts

Yaw Obeng, Burlington superintendent
The superintendent says the posts are “incongruent” with the district's principles of diversity, equity and inclusion.


Wikileaks release triggers Jane Sanders’ nastygram

Jane Sanders
Jane Sanders sounded off on Twitter, calling Shumlin’s endorsement “worthless” and saying the timing of it represented “pathetic crass politics.”


Harwood celebrates lives of five students killed in crash

A display at Harwood before a celebration of the lives of the five teens. Photo by Elizabeth Hewitt/VTDigger
Students and teachers shared stories with hundreds of mourners.


Competition between Burlington, South Burlington to host UVM sports arena heating up

Conceptual design rendering of a UVM sports arena in South Burlington.
The future location of Catamount hockey and basketball could be determined by which city is willing to raise more in taxes to pay for an arena.


Scott leads Minter in WCAX poll

WCAX, Sue Minter, Phil Scott
The second poll of the political season put the Republican Lt. Governor ahead of his Democratic Party rival by seven points.


Killington to host women’s World Cup race

fficials at Killington are confident that next month’s World Cup event will showcase the resort’s snowmaking capabilities and prowess as one of the premier ski areas on the East Coast. Coming off a season of record low snowfall, Killington has been selected to host one of the year’s first world cup races for women’s giant […]


ACLU argues against criminal prosecution in KKK fliers case

William Schenk
William Schenk was accused of posting fliers at the home of two Burlington women of color.


Bird advocates concerned about Stiles Brook proposal

Bicknell's thrush
The American Bird Conservancy says a plan to build 24 turbines in Windham and Grafton poses a threat to bats and birds, particularly a rare thrush. But the site's developer says it has found no evidence of such threats.


State Supreme Court ruling effectively kills Milne’s Exit 1 development

Quechee Highlands map
The Quechee Highlands business-residential-retail development, in which Scott Milne says he's invested $4 million, was deemed not in accord with the Two Rivers-Ottauquechee regional plan, a victory for regional planners. Milne says the decision will cost the region 300 jobs.


Minter, Scott clash over campaign ads and outside money

Sue Minter, Phil Scott
Minter said Scott was not present when the Legislature voted to override the governor’s veto of gay marriage. The lieutenant governor was taken aback by the charge.


Sole Republican challenges incumbent Democrats for House in Manchester

Vermont Statehouse
Democrats Steve Berry, of Manchester, and five-term lawmaker Cynthia Browning of Arlington are the incumbents.


Home of the Gilfeather turnip, Wardsboro honors it roots

Gilfeather turnip, Wardsboro
How do you put a town with only one real street on the map? This southeastern Vermont outpost is drawing crowds by serving up the newly designated state vegetable.


VTDigger sues state over EB-5 records

The news organization says the state is using the public records law to shield the EB-5 program from public scrutiny.


Catch the livestream of statewide candidate debates from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. today

Governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general candidates will square off in debates hosted by the Vermont Press Association and Channel 17/Town Meeting Television and St. Michael's College.


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

“I also invite Commissioner Kirk to withdraw from his Board activities at his discretion, to allow space for the Board to review this matter,” Burlington Schools Superintendent Yaw Obeng on board member David Kirk, who is being criticized for his social media posts.

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