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Food co-op plans new location amid Burlington’s South End boom

A sign outside City Market / Onion River Co-op in Burlington, VT.  Photo courtesy Don Shall/Flickr.
Some in the neighborhood welcome the convenience of a local grocery store, and the money that they hope it will bring to the area. “And then you have people that have had studios down here for 30-plus years who are afraid they’ll be driven out," said one business owner.

 

State looks at inequity in school discipline of disabled, minority students

Vermont Legal Aid's release "Kicked Out! Unfair and Unequal Discipline in Vermont’s Public Schools” was released January 6, 2015. Courtesy of VT Legal Aid.
Vermont is investigating how students are expelled or suspended at school, after a study revealed much higher discipline rates resulting in suspension among minority and disabled students.

 

Feds offer loan assistance for energy-efficient mobile homes

Rural Housing Service Administrator Tony Hernandez and Sen. Patrick Leahy join housing advocates and local officials to launch USDA’s Energy Efficient Manufactured Home Pilot Program in front of a Vermod in Shelburnewood Mobile Home Park in Shelburne. Courtesy photo
Rural Development program helps people buy modular homes worth more than $100,000 with no down payment, no closing costs and low interest.

 

Slideshow: Vermont State Police recognize officers

Members of the tactical team who helped in the search for the Dannemora Prison escapees.
At the annual ceremony, the Vermont State Police honored the tactical team that aided in the capture of the two escaped Dannemora prisoners, as well as many veterans of public safety in Vermont.

 

Blue Cross says state is liable for unpaid premiums, claims

Blue Cross and Blue Shield Insurance of Vermont in Berlin, Vt.
The largest insurer in the state's health insurance exchange will no longer seek to recover unpaid claims and premiums from providers and customers whose policies were not promptly terminated by Vermont Health Connect.

 

Report: Number of children in state custody up by 33 percent

Peighton Geraw, 15 months (L), and Dezirae Sheldon, 2, who both died in 2014 while the state Department of Children and Families had open cases on them. Courtesy photos.
Lawmakers feared that children were being reunified with their families before parents were fit to care for them, and changed the law to focus instead on serving “the best interest of the child” — which may not include bringing children back home.

 

Essex, Westford may create first unified district under new law

school bus
Three towns, Essex Junction, Essex Town and Westford may become the first to create a unified education district under Vermont's just-enacted law that incentivizes unification across smaller districts by offering taxpayer discounts.

 

Where Bernie won’t be this Fourth of July

Bernie featured parade
The call of running for president takes our junior senator away from the festivities in Montpelier, Warren and Bristol and drops him in more critical locales like Denison, Iowa.

 

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Commentary

Tyler Resch: Who was Moses Robinson?

Moses Robinson is described as “the most important founder of Vermont you never heard of.” But by the time you’ve read the book, Moses Robinson will almost come alive.

Hayden Dublois: Five statewide economic reforms

This commentary is by Hayden Dublois who lives in Manchester, and is a political commentator and strategist who writes a biweekly op-ed column for the Manchester Journal. He is an…

Rebecca Ellis: Vermont’s energy policy addresses climate change

The question is not whether climate change will happen, but whether we can mitigate against the most damaging effects. Now is not the time for apathy.

Quote of the Day

“I deeply appreciate the outpouring of support I received from those who urged me to return home to run for governor as well as those who urged me to keep at it in Congress. While being governor would be a distinct honor, I believe I can best serve Vermonters by continuing the hard work of getting Congress back to work for Vermont and the nation.” — Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt.

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