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ICYMI: Catch up on the week’s top stories

GunsBarrels-SLIDER
While you were working, lawmakers heard about using lottery money to fund the Vermont Veterans Home; Gov. Shumlin's Medicaid payroll tax; background checks for gun sales; the Gilfeather turnip and more.

 

Students with learning disabilities receive unequal education, UVM prof says

Michael Giangreco
The House Education Committee this week heard testimony that special education instruction by paraprofessionals instead of certified teachers is a “discriminatory practice.”

 

Human trafficking and drug trade linked in Vermont, state police say

Lance Burnham
Influx of opiates and other drugs into Vermont directly correlates to an increase in forced sexual exploitation for profit, officials say.

 

Advocates for the deaf press for better services

sign language
Services are harder to come by since the closure of the Vermont Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, advocates say.

 

Small schools survive with state help and community support

Brighton community forum
Like many small Vermont schools, Brighton Elementary is seeing its enrollment decline. Faced with sending their kids to another community, town residents dig in their heels.

 

Contact Vermont Health Connect if subsidy forms fail to arrive

IRS form 1095-A
Taxpayers who purchased insurance through the state health exchange should call Vermont Health Connect at 855-899-9600 if the do not receive IRS Form 1095-A by next week.

 

YWP: Momentum

Roland Downey
This week's Young Writers Project entry is Momentum by Roland Downey of The Putney School.

 

SCOV Law Blog: The community-caretaking exception

Creative Commons photo by walknboston via Flickr
When a police officer stops a driver to warn of a downed tree ahead, and a DUI ensues, is the stop considered reasonable?

 

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Commentary

Don Keelan: The Battle of the Bulge — 70 years later

As we commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge, imagine what it must have been like for President Franklin Roosevelt during the month of January 1945.

John Killacky: The political provocations of Keith Haring

Keith Haring died of AIDS at the age of 31. What he achieved in just 10 years of public art making is astounding.

Richard Davis: Disgraceful disrespect in the Statehouse

A lot of us are disappointed in the governor's decision not to pursue a single payer health care plan, but we have more effective means of protesting.

Quote of the Day

“If you’re willing to break federal laws, you’re likely to be willing to break state laws. I think if the federal government isn’t enforcing their laws, that’s a problem. Don’t make ’em if you can’t enforce ’em.” — Gov. Peter Shumlin on federal gun laws.

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