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In This State: Coming to peace with starting over

Riki Moss brings to her work a sensibility that includes intelligence, a sense of humor, and a passion for global issues. This installation, called "Migration," uses strong gestural expressions to convey the pain, desperation and passion caused by human dislocation. Photo by Nancy Graff
“In two years we had risen to the pinnacle,” says artist Riki Moss. In a soft voice that belies the disappointment she and her husband soon faced, she tells what happened next.

 

BCBS VT among insurers named in class action antitrust case

Blue Cross and Blue Shield Insurance of Vermont in Berlin, Vt.
“We believe the claims are without merit and we have joined with the other defendants to vigorously defend against them,” officials from BCBS Vermont said in a statement to VTDigger.

 

Shumlin administration, task force make climate change mitigation recommendations

Waitsfield's Great Eddy Covered Bridge was one of many damaged during Tropical Storm Irene. VTDigger file photo
The authors of the report say they want to to eliminate “administrative obstacles" from FEMA that make it difficult for communities to adequately prepare for future storm events.

 

Stowe opens for season

A refurbished gondola cabin hangs from its lift cable at Stowe Mountain Resort on Tuesday, with outside racks that can handle snowboards. Photo by Glenn Callahan/Stowe Reporter
Upgrades made since last winter include a complete refurbishment of the gondola and a three-year, $9.8 million snowmaking expansion.

 

Panels air marijuana legalization issues

A marijuana plant at a Colorado grow operation. Photo by Brent Levin/Creative Commons
The 2015 legislature is likely to revisit marijuana legalization. Lawmakers from all parties spoke about related issues at an event Wednesday night in Burlington.

 

Outside report criticizes DCF handling of child deaths

Patricia Holden and her niece, Dezirae Sheldon. Holden's brother is Dezirae's biological father. Courtesy photo
An advisory panel suggests changes in policy at the Department for Children and Families in the wake of two child deaths. Report cites a desire to reunify families at possibly placing children at risk.

 

Hundreds of MVP customers on the health exchange are billed past due

Vermont Health Connect feature
Trinka Kerr’s office has recently taken numerous calls from outraged consumers who have received collections notices from MVP Health Care, one of two carriers participating in the exchange. MVP covers less than 10 percent of the 32,000 plans sold on through the exchange’s individual market.

 

Townshend woman pleads not guilty in double shooting

Robin O'Neill appears in Windham Superior Court on Thursday afternoon after being cited with two counts of second degree murder in the deaths of Steven Lott, 60, and Jamis Lott, 28. Photo by Kayla Rice/Brattleboro Reformer
Robin O'Neill of Townshend pleads not guilty to two counts of second-degree murder in connection with the shooting deaths of Steven Lott and his son, Jamis Lott.

 

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When the ballooning cost of the Vermont Gas pipeline to Middlebury soared by 40 percent the project proponents simply pushed the cost of the project on to future generations and…

Steve Wark: Phase 1 + Phase 2 = Rutland

The combined economic and environmental benefits of the first two phases of the Addison Rutland Natural Gas Project make it doable for Vermont Gas to extend the significant public infrastructure…

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“It’s clear that on any issue there was a very clear message to this governor to listen, learn, reflect, be more inclusive. It was humbling. And on every issue I am taking that approach.” — Gov. Peter Shumlin

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