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Bernie Briefing: ‘Where do we go from here?’

Bernie Sanders
For the Vermont presidential candidate, the answer seems to be to the next opportunity to ask the same question.

 

Sanders will vote for Clinton

Bernie Sanders
Sanders made no noises about conceding and insisted that he would continue to fight for a Democratic Party platform that “represents working people and stands up against monied interests.”

 

Vermont dairy farmers struggle as milk prices in the Northeast drop

Dairy
“The problem with this is it shakes out whole families,” said Robert Foster, who owns the Foster Brothers Farm in Middlebury with this family. “You’re either in or you’re out.”

 

Public comment on turbine wind noise standards due Monday

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Critics hoped to retain language that would have declared a public health emergency over wind turbines noise, but wind advocates say there is no good evidence supporting claims that the sound endanger human health.

 

Shumlin signs into law 117 bills

Shumlin
A list of the bills enacted by the Vermont Legislature and Gov. Peter Shumlin.

 

Entergy wants to discharge tainted water into Connecticut River

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Vermont Yankee administrators and state officials are discussing the possible discharge of tritium-contaminated “intrusion” water into the Connecticut River. The state must approve such a discharge, and one river advocate is calling for a “full public review” of any proposal.

 

Barre woman charged with threatening harm to social workers

Sabra Sironi
Police arrested a 39-year-old woman who allegedly threatened to shoot social workers, police and foster parents over removal of her four children.

 

YWP: ‘Accidentally Losing My Identity’

YWP
This week's Young Writers Project entry is "Accidentally Losing My Identity" by Fiona Goodman, 13, of Brattleboro.

 

SCOV Law Blog: When is a landlord liable for damage from a tenant’s animal?

Gavel
A man who was injured when he drove into a horse that was standing in the road sued the horse’s owner and the landowner whose land the horse escaped from.

 

Sanders, state officials oppose Senate GMO labeling bill

GMO
Vermont Attorney General Bill Sorrell says the bill is “not consumer-friendly, it’s industry-friendly.”

 

NRC denies state’s appeals on Vermont Yankee emergency planning

Vermont Yankee
Vermont officials had appealed federal rulings that allowed the shut-down nuclear plant to reduce emergency operations. But the NRC ruled in part that the state had not produced enough evidence to back its claims about increased health and safety risks.

 

Board gets ready for ‘unhappy campers’ as Act 46 ramps up

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“Act 46 is going to get difficult in places as degrees of freedom continue to get smaller,” said one State Board of Education member as the panel looked ahead to the next year.

 

Welch, Leahy, Sanders join protest for action on gun control

Peter Welch
The participation in the sit-in was the latest of several steps by members of Vermont’s delegation to press for action on gun control since the massacre in Orlando.

 

New rules for small farms criticized as costly and overbroad

Dairy
The rules are meant to better protect Lake Champlain from pollution. But they will shorten some Vermont farmers’ growing season by more than a week, an agriculture consultant said at a public hearing in St. Albans.

 

Special Reports and Projects

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

“Act 46 is going to get difficult in places as degrees of freedom continue to get smaller. It is going to be more controversial, and we’ll have to face a lot of unhappy campers.” — State Board of Education member Bill Mathis, as the board set its priorities for the next year

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