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Mystery writer Archer Mayor goes nuclear in new book

Archer Mayor
The Newfane novelist who pens what the Chicago Tribune calls “the best police procedurals being written in America” turns Vermont Yankee’s decommissioning into a whodunit.


Municipal group says energy planning rules demand too much

Twenty-one 450-foot-tall wind turbines run along the Lowell Mountains ridgeline for 4 miles. Photo by Andrew Stein/VTDigger
Regulators have released a draft of the standards for writing energy plans that would gain localities a greater say in the siting of projects. Despite criticism from some quarters, others who have written such plans say it’s not that hard.


State and feds reach deal for new health care funding model

Peter Shumlin
The draft agreement comes after nearly two years of negotiations between state officials and the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Vermont would be the first state to set up an all-payer system.


Burlington mayor seeks citywide vote on downtown height limits

Mayor Miro Weinberger says there are a number of advantages to having city residents vote on the new zoning in November.


Spiritual and social justice leaders aim to ‘Raise the Wage’

minimum wage
A new coalition of a dozen Vermont groups wants state lawmakers to boost minimum pay to $15 an hour.


Both sides launch new ads in race for governor

Minter Scott
One in support of Phil Scott aims to tie Sue Minter to Gov. Peter Shumlin, while Minter’s explains how she’d help middle-class families.


Burlington School Board agrees to meet with teachers

The move is not without caveats, though, including an unwillingness by the board to deficit spend or cut the budget to reach a contract agreement.


Deborah Bucknam: Two sides, and she’s clear which she’s on

Deborah Bucknam
The Republican candidate for attorney general envisions acting as a government watchdog, while some fellow lawyers and a professional oversight board have criticized her own conduct.


State Department approves Rutland as new home for refugees

Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program
The first Syrian and Iraqi families are expected to arrive in mid-December or early January, according to an official with the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants.


Vermont delegation clashes with nuclear industry

Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., is joined by Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., at a U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee field hearing on opiate addiction held in Rutland on Monday, March 17, 2014. Photo by Laura Krantz/VTDigger
The state’s three members of Congress have signed a letter to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission arguing that the agency must allow more public involvement in the decommissioning of plants like Vermont Yankee.


Justices back forestry officials in tax fight with timber company

Cut timber. VTD file photo by Josh Larkin.
The court, in deciding the company logged too much to qualify for a tax break based on the current use of its forestland, says the overcutting could prove costly.


Leahy calls for more resources for refugee settlement sites

As a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, he has input on the administration’s decision to take in more refugees from Syria and elsewhere next year. Rutland could be one of their destinations.


Shumlin: High court nomination won’t wait for new governor

Peter Shumlin
The outgoing governor says he’ll appoint a new justice to the Vermont Supreme Court before leaving office.


Residents worry about effects of dollar store on village

Dollar General
A developer is proposing a 9,100-square-foot Dollar General in Pittsford. The local Act 250 commission began its review of the application this week.


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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

“You cannot enroll for current use, pay less in taxes, and then disregard the harvest prescription approved in the plan. Plum Creek did not comply with its plan, and the Vermont Supreme Court was correct to reinstate the department’s finding and uphold the department’s standards.” — Attorney General William Sorrell, on a Vermont Supreme Court ruling against Plum Creek Maine Timberlands.

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