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Under Plunkett’s tenure, Burlington College falters

Christine Plunkett, president of Burlington College. Burlington College photo
Under fire from faculty, students and creditors, Christine Plunkett abandons fundraising and pins the future of the financially troubled college on finding more students.


Hospital payment reform focus shifts to primary care

Members of the Green Mountain Care Board (from left): Betty Rambur,  Allan Ramsay, Al Gobeille, Karen Hein and Con Hogan. Photo by Morgan Trues/VTDigger
Government programs and insurance companies must find a way to offer stable payments to doctors, hospitals, community health centers and clinics to make population health a sustainable model.


FairPoint ends talks, imposes contract on workers

A Fairpoint Communications truck makes its way down State Street in Montpelier. VTD/Josh Larkin
Unions file complaint with National Labor Relations Board over declaration of impasse. Strike still on the table.


USDA chief announces $45 million to help farmers curb runoff

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced federal funding available for agricultural conservation practices at a news conference Thursday at ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center in Burlington. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack visits state to tout program aimed at reducing phosphorus runoff into Lake Champlain. Nutrients from manure and fertilizer trigger annual blooms of toxic blue-green algae.


Three years after Irene: Fish hatchery among the lingering scars

Floodwaters remain at the Roxbury fish hatchery shortly after Tropical Storm Irene struck in August 2011. Photo courtesy of Vermont Fish and Wildlife
The state's Roxbury facility was heavily damaged when Tropical Storm Irene blew through in 2011. It will take $4.5 million to replace but FEMA is challenging the proposed design.


In low turnout primary, support lags for Shumlin, Milne

A man marks his ballot at the Miller Recreation Center polling site in Burlington. VTD Photo/Alicia Freese
Eric Davis predicts Feliciano could get 10 percent of the Republican vote in the General Election, and Milne will be hard-pressed to get 30 percent.


Family sues Brattleboro Retreat, Northeast Kingdom Human Services for negligence

Brattleboro Retreat Psychiatric Hospital. Creative Commons photo/Flickr user pag2525
The family of a St. Johnsbury man who was beaten by a former Brattleboro Retreat patient says the hospital should not have released the patient.


Story and slideshow: Three years after Irene, Waterbury complex stretches for higher ground

The $125 million project got underway one year ago, just after the two-year anniversary of the flooding that ravaged state offices and the psychiatric hospital in Waterbury.


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Norman B. Solomon: Patients face steep learning curve with high-tech medical options

Assessing the da Vinci robot as a tool in advanced cardiac surgery, from a patient’s perspective, is challenging.

Robyn Freedner-Maguire: Being ready for school is more than backpacks, lunchboxes and ABCs

We simply can’t afford to wait until our children enter kindergarten to get them ready for school.

Ana Hernández: Rights vs. policing

The ongoing imbalance of power between law enforcement and civilians – not just that inherent to the system, but also as due to gender and race, among other factors, means…

Quote of the Day

“Many of them (elitist wealthy people) haven’t a clue what it is like to want to save money on gas and toilet paper or soap and moved here from San Francisco or Marin County or New Jersey and within a couple of years want their new town to look like a postcard when local working folks are just trying to save a buck. They don’t want any of those poor working folks who need to save money coming into their village centers. Maybe Bread and Puppet could occasionally satirize those folks.” — Alan Biederman, an attorney for Dollar General

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