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SunEdison, owner of Sheffield Wind Farm, goes bankrupt

Sheffield Wind Farm
The bankruptcy appears not to have affected the project, said Sheffield town clerk William St. Peter.


Minneapolis Mayor offers advice on a bike-friendly Burlington

Betsy Hodges
Better transit for lower income people and people of color has helped the local economy, Hodges said.


Davis: Anti-UVM sentiment damages reform effort

The effort to erode trust of the state's biggest hospital has tied the whole reform movement in knots for more than a year.


Middlesex board rebuffs plan to postpone psych facility closing

mental health
“We are pushing back against the state a little bit,” said Selectboard Chairman Peter Hood. “They’ve already had one extension, and now they want another one for two more years.”


Agency: Glitch in law gives merging districts chance at windfall

School bus
Newly unified districts could increase their spending “tremendously” the first year, said Brad James, finance manager for the Education Agency, and hand most of the bill to “everybody else in the state.”


Court: Trucking firm, railroad angled to avoid local regulations

Shelburne Rail
The town of Shelburne is fighting a plan to build a road salt transfer facility. In court filings, attorneys for the companies behind the project acknowledge it was structured to be exempt from local oversight.


Maneuver revives independent contractor bill in House

Shap Smith
A procedural move means that H.867 will head straight to the House floor for debate — avoiding the typical lawmaking process and sidestepping the power of the House speaker to delay it further.


Margolis: What the Sanders campaign’s failure says about the left

Bernie Sanders
There is the possibility that the campaign will survive as a movement even after the election. The possibility is not a likelihood. The same kind of talk has been heard from the supporters of losing candidates before, including former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean.


Winhall to look at district merger with other school choice districts

The Mountain School
Study committee with explore merger with Stratton, Sandgate and Searsburg, which are all part of other supervisory unions.


Newport supporters hope scandal ‘a blip’ in economic recovery

The boosters said there is already interest in some of the properties where development funded with EB-5 immigrant investors’ money had been planned and that the hoped-for jobs would come — just not as soon.


UPDATED: Goldberg obtains funds to keep Jay Peak going

Michael Goldberg, Gov. Peter Shumlin
The federally appointed receiver says the ‘Q’ will be scrubbed from Burke Mountain. Shumlin, Moulton paint rosy scenario for Newport, Vermont's EB-5 program.


Sanders campaign begins big layoffs as focus shifts

Bernie Sanders
The candidate said his campaign is cutting back in states that have already voted during this primary season. He also invoked his argument to superdelegates that he would be the stronger candidate in the general election.


Senate sends marijuana legalization to House for second time

Sen. Dick Sears, D-Bennington, introduces amendments that would legalize and regulate marijuana. Photo by Elizabeth Hewitt/VTDigger
The move comes as the pot bill, S.241, has stalled in a House committee. But the speaker says the reception won’t be any warmer this time.


Man reaches plea deal for posting KKK fliers on women’s homes

William Schenk
William Schenk pleaded no contest to two misdemeanor counts of disorderly conduct enhanced by a hate crime penalty Wednesday in Chittenden County Superior Court.


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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

“There are investors in Q Burke and Stateside who actually want to infuse additional funds into the equity into the projects so jobs can be created so they can get their EB-5 visas. They have more concern with getting their EB-5 status than getting their money back.” — Michael Goldberg, the court-appointed receiver who is managing affairs at Jay Peak.

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