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Burlington makes case for selling Burlington Telecom

Mayor Miro Weinberger testifies before the Public Service Board. Photo by Hilary Niles/VTDigger.org
The ultimate asking price and ownership structure will determine what, if anything, city taxpayers may recoup from their unwitting investment in the public utility. A hypothetical market value of $11 million wouldn’t leave much after other stakeholders claim their share, but city officials say it’s the best possible deal.

 

Lawmakers not ready to post sex offenders’ addresses online

Sex Offender Registry
At issue is whether an audit of the registry release by Auditor Doug Hoffer is "favorable." Hoffer says lawmakers must decide and they aren't ready to make that call.

 

Vermont’s high ranking in child welfare survey masks reality, advocates say

A woman and child play at the COTS family shelter
Many Vermont children still suffering from the effects of the recession, despite high overall marks in the annual Kids Count survey

 

Berlin psychiatric hospital to be fully online by next month, lawmakers told

From left, Mental Health Commissioner Paul Dupre, deputy commissioner Frank Reed and medical director Jay Batra testify at a House Mental Health Oversight Committee meeting Tuesday. Photo by Katie Jickling/VTDigger
Vermont Psychiatric Care Hospital, which replaced the former state hospital in Waterbury, has eight available beds filled and expects all 25 to ready by Aug. 15.

 

Vermont Gas customers join pipeline protest

Andy Simon of Burlington and dozens of other natural gas pipeline opponents rallied at the Vermont Public Service Board offices Tuesday to call on regulators to reconsider Vermont Gas’ certificate of public good. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger
Groups opposing construction of a natural gas pipeline ask Public Service Board to reconsider its approval of the project, saying the company withheld cost increase.

 

And the Transparency Winners are …

election canvas
We asked candidates running for statewide, legislative and county office to submit their July campaign finance reports to us. Here are the 43 who did.

 

Vermont looks for housing for child refugees from Central America

Leahy Weinberger Shumlin
Gov. Peter Shumlin has agreed to take a preliminary look for facilities in response to the Obama administration's request to governors around the country to host the children temporarily until their cases are heard.

 

AnC Bio begins environmental review process

District 7 Environmental Commission members question designers of the proposed AnC Bio facility at a public hearing in Newport. Photo by Hilary Niles/VTDigger
The proposed biomedical research park in Newport faces community concerns about safety and traffic.

 

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Commentary

Matthew Andrews: A call for peace and an end to military aid for Israel

As a candidate for Congress I am compelled by a deep sense of ethical responsibility to speak on behalf of the Palestinian people.

John McClaughry: School consolidation, charters and choice

Vermonters should be asking, “Can’t we find a better model that gives children more value from a given amount of tax dollars?”

Elizabeth Courtney: The Millennials — you gotta love ‘em

The “heroes” of the new millennium must clearly grasp the urgency of the climate crisis and be ready to take important steps to address it.

Quote of the Day

“Campaigns are funded through private donations and every lobbyist in the state of Vermont is going to participate in some type of fundraising activity. This is how the system functions. We’re simply exercising our constitutional rights.” — Todd Bailey, KSE Partners

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  • Michael Bayer commented on Vermont looks for housing for child refugees from Central America: “Give me your tired, your poor/Your huddled m (...)
  • Glenn Gilchrist commented on Matthew Andrews: A call for peace and an end to military aid for Israel: Not to mention Jewish Voices For Peace, who i (...)
  • John MacGovern commented on Vermont looks for housing for child refugees from Central America: If a nation cannot secure its own borders, it (...)
  • Jim Christiansen commented on Matthew Andrews: A call for peace and an end to military aid for Israel: There is plenty of past blame to go around. B (...)
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  • Jeff Noordsy commented on Vermont Gas customers join pipeline protest: Lost in the discussion of the 3.8% rate incre (...)
  • Marie Parker commented on Vermont looks for housing for child refugees from Central America: There are too many people in our state that n (...)
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