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Jay Peak Resort delinquent on property taxes

Jay Peak Tram
Michael Goldberg, the court-appointed receiver for the resort, said he expects to pay the tax bill soon.


The Leahy legacy: Fidel, fundraising and influential friends

Sen. Patrick Leahy presides over the Judiciary Committee in 1980. Courtesy photo.
The seven-term Democrat and longest serving member in the Senate appears poised to easily win another six-year term over Republican challenger Scott Milne.


Joint Fiscal Office points to unanswered questions on all-payer model

Todd Moore is chief executive officer of OneCare. Photo by Erin Mansfield/VTDigger
The Green Mountain Care Board could vote to sign the all-payer agreement as early as today.


How single-payer health care became a single-provider plan

Al Gobeille Peter Shumlin
Regulators pressured hospitals and doctors to create a statewide health care organization.


Governor candidates debate economy, guns, pot

Phil Scott, Sue Minter and Bill Lee stuck to well-honed themes in the WPTZ debate in Burlington.


Vermont NEA loses seat on teachers health insurance board

Joel Cook
The membership of the Vermont Education Health Initiative voted Friday to replace the president of the Vermont NEA with the director of the Vermont School Boards Association.


Burlington Parks Foundation raises $1 million for bike path improvements

Burlington Parks Foundation Chair John Bossange presents Mayor Miro Weinberger with a symbolic check. Photo by Morgan True / VTDigger
There will be three new “pause places” along the bike path, which will feature installations of exercise equipment donated by the hospital.


Feds endorse Vermont Yankee fuel, waste handling

Vermont Yankee
The latest Nuclear Regulatory Commission inspection of the shut-down Vernon plant found no problems with waste handling, environmental tests and maintenance of the spent fuel pool.


Burlington School Board signs teacher contract

Mark Porter, Fran Brock, Burlington
The terms teachers agreed to aren’t very different from the imposition they fought so hard against.


State drops bid for TransCanada dams

A state working group advises that Vermont should take no immediate role in the pending sale of TransCanada's hydroelectric stations.


Watch the VTDigger debate livestream with Zuckerman and Brock at 6 p.m.

Randy Brock, David Zuckerman
The candidates for lieutenant governor face off at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Montpelier.


Burlington Free Press lays off three reporters

Lauren Read, Burlington Free Press
The cuts come on the heels of a report that Gannett planned to reduce its workforce nationwide by 2 percent.


Burlington School Board to probe member’s conduct in light of social media posts

Yaw Obeng, Burlington superintendent
The superintendent says the posts are “incongruent” with the district's principles of diversity, equity and inclusion.


Wikileaks release triggers Jane Sanders’ nastygram

Jane Sanders
Jane Sanders sounded off on Twitter, calling Shumlin’s endorsement “worthless” and saying the timing of it represented “pathetic crass politics.”


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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

“I also invite Commissioner Kirk to withdraw from his Board activities at his discretion, to allow space for the Board to review this matter,” Burlington Schools Superintendent Yaw Obeng on board member David Kirk, who is being criticized for his social media posts.

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