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SCOV Law Blog: A subdivision dispute wends its way through the courts

Creative Commons photo by walknboston via Flickr
A landowner wishes to add an apartment to a single-family home in Burlington, as well as subdivide the property into two lots. Predictably, lots of folks get upset about it.


YWP: Gone Spacewalking

Zoe Riell is a senior who is homeschooled in Poultney. Courtesy photo
This week's entry from the Young Writers Project is "Gone Spacewalking" by Zoe Riell, a home-schooled senior from Poultney.


A call for action on Vermont endangered species

Collin O’Mara, president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation, gave the keynote address at the a symposium to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act at the ECHO Center in Burlington on Thursday. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger
At a forum celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act, experts said that some progress has been made, but new threats must be addressed. Chief among them are climate change and forest fragmentation.


Farm to Plate tackles food equity issues

Abel Luna translates for Enrique Balcazar, both of the organization Migrant Justice, as Cheryl O'Neil of the Abenaki Heritage Garden, at a panel discussion on food justice at the fourth annual Farm to Plate gathering Thursday. Photo by Hilary Niles/VTDigger
At its fourth annual gathering, Vermont’s Farm to Plate Network celebrates a growing industry, but also focuses on creating systems that are sustainable in terms of social equity as well as profit.


Senate Democrats not rushing to back Corren

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More Democrats in the Vermont Senate are backing Republican Lt. Gov. Phil Scott than are publicly supporting Progressive Dean Corren, who also appears on the Democratic ballot. One senator says concern over committee appointments may be preventing some members from choosing.


Feds extend support for program that helps seniors stay healthy

The extension is good news for the Support and Services at Home program (SASH), which has shown positive results in maintaining the health of senior Vermonters. Its future remains in doubt because a new Medicare program may reduce its client base.


Health care exchange backlog reduced, but many cases still unresolved

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Vermont Health Connect is making strides in reducing a backlog in change requests, but thousands more remain in the queue. VHC is trying to clear the backlog before Nov. 15, when a new open enrollment period begins.


Public responds to proposed GMO labeling rules

Products containing genetically modified ingredients would have to disclose that information on the back of the package near the nutritional facts under Vermont’s bill. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger
The Attorney General's Office is taking comments on rules that will govern the labeling of food products that contain genetically modified ingredients.


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Campaign Finance Database

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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

A User's Guide to Vermont Health Connect

This special section explains how Vermont's health care exchange works for individuals and small businesses. The guide includes interactive subsidy graphs, a navigator map and detailed information about subsidies, penalties and tax ramifications. Visit project


Neil Brandt: Research was mischaracterized in Whitworth commentary

While I’m flattered that Mr. Whitworth chose to cite my research in his writing, I would have appreciated being contacted so I might provide some answers and insight about the…

Lyman Conger: Government debt out of control

On Oct 9, the U.S. debt clock showed the per taxpayer federal debt to be $152,900 and increasing.

John Sales: America is mismanaging energy

Liquid fluoride thorium reactors are inherently safe, have way less waste and shorter toxicity. We have a thousand years' supply.

Quote of the Day

“I think we should feel comforted we have a company in this business that wants to be in it.” – Gov. Peter Shumlin on GlobalFoundries takeover of IBM’s chip-making business.

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  • Glenn Thompson commented on A call for action on Vermont endangered species: What's missing from this article is any menti (...)
  • Sen. David Zuckerman commented on Senate Democrats not rushing to back Corren: Happy to discuss this issue with you since yo (...)
  • Margaret Harrington commented on Feds extend support for program that helps seniors stay healthy: Thanks, Rosemarie, for making these points on (...)
  • Kathy Callaghan commented on Senate Democrats not rushing to back Corren: "Prominent and powerful Democrats have ignore (...)
  • Ralph Colin commented on Senate Democrats not rushing to back Corren: Scott is colligative and for cooperation. Cor (...)
  • Greg Lapworth commented on Lyman Conger: Government debt out of control: Excellent commentary Mr. Conger. Should be re (...)
  • Stephen Jaborek Sr commented on Democrats respond to RSLC media buy: So Mr. Jewett, what about Shumlin's 1 MILLION (...)
  • George Plumb commented on A call for action on Vermont endangered species: According to the World Wildlife Fund, in a re (...)
  • Moshe Braner commented on John Sales: America is mismanaging energy: If it's so straightforward to do, why havn't (...)
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