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DCF says more resources needed to handle rising caseloads

Rep. Ann Pugh, D-South Burlington, and Sen. Dick Sears, D-Bennington, chair and vice chair of the Joint Legislative Child Protection Oversight Committee. Photo by Elizabeth Hewitt/VTDigger
Social workers carry an average caseload of 17.7 — up from 15.5 cases per worker a year ago, DCF says.

 

Wind developer gets extension to study Windham County site

A turbine at Green Mountain Power's Kingdom Community Wind project on Lowell Mountain.  Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger
The Public Service Board has granted a two-year extension for Iberdrola Renewables to gather meteorological data at a proposed wind-turbine site in the towns of Windham and Grafton.

 

State surprised by number of schools to test quality review program

South Burlington High School
As many as 16 supervisory unions and districts across Vermont have volunteered to pilot a quality review system this school year for the Agency of Education.

 

Woman who allegedly threatened mother arraigned on federal gun charge

Jamie Ransom, 34, of Hill Street in Waterbury. Photo courtesy of Waterbury Police Department
Jamie Ransom is charged with felony gun possession after she threatened her mother, who was serving as the caregiver for Ransom's children.

 

Sales of mid- to low-priced homes up across Vermont

Waterbury pocket neighborhood
Affordable homes are selling more quickly than luxury homes, and a tight rental market continues to make it hard for Vermonters to save for their first homes.

 

SCOV Law: For divorce filings, Vermont has residency requirements

Gavel
A husband seeks divorce in Vermont even though family had been living in Germany for three and a half years. SCOV examines definition of "indefinitely" and "permanently."

 

Healthy school-lunch advocates dispute UVM study

Throwing fruit in trash from a nutritional school lunch. Courtesy photo Sally McCay/UVM Photo
Hunger Free Vermont and others dispute the results of a study by a UVM researcher that pointed to a trend of school kids evading fruit and vegetable lunch requirements.

 

Shumlin promotes prescription drug take-back day

Gov. Peter Shumlin joined with health and law enforcement officials in Burlington on Thursday to promote a nationwide prescription drug take-back day. Photo by Morgan True/VTDigger
Vermonters will be able to turn in unwanted prescription drugs, including opiates, to collection sites across the state Sept. 26.

 

Digger Projects

Cutting Class: A Special VTDigger Investigation

Declining enrollment in Vermont’s public schools is at a breaking point: The state’s student population has dropped by 21,000 since 1997, and population projections show continuing declines through at least 2030.

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2015 Legislative Guide

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2015 VTDigger/Castleton Institute Poll

The 2015 VTDigger/Castleton Polling Institute survey of 700 Vermonters found support for Gov. Peter Shumlin flagging, but showed an interest in gun regulations and tax options. See the complete results here. Visit project

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VTDigger / Castleton Institute Poll

The VTDigger/Castleton Polling Institute poll is based on data from 682 interviews drawn from a random sample of registered voters in Vermont. Interviews were conducted by phone by from March 31 to April 7, 2014. Thirteen percent of interviews were conducted with registered voters on cellphones. The data reported are weighted based on estimations of the population of Vermont registered voters to account for differential in response rates among age groups. Visit project

Commentary

James Haslam: Bringing Bernie’s ‘political revolution’ home

It says a lot about Americans’ frustration with the status quo that Sanders has become a major contender for the Democratic nomination for president.

Waterbury Record: Way too cozy with Vermont’s nuclear plant

Federal regulation of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant in Vernon has been a travesty since before the plant began operating in 1972.

Bill Schubart: A treatment for obesity

Arguably, the most promising and least deployed option to fight obesity would be to eliminate government food subsidies for commodity foods, especially the corn subsidy.

Quote of the Day

“I love Bernie. I have a lot of respect for him. I’m very glad he’s running. We want Hillary Clinton as president.” — Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin

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