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Fact-check: Milne on poverty and income data

Scott Milne. Photo by Anne Galloway
Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Milne used the latest U.S. Census numbers to criticize Gov. Peter Shumlin’s messaging. By ignoring high margins of error in the data, Milne partially eroded his own accuracy in two of three instances.


Vermont Yankee security supervisors win claim for overtime pay

The Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant in Vernon.
Entergy is likely to owe hundreds of thousands, if not more, after losing a lawsuit brought by four Vermont Yankee employees. The ruling may be applicable to other staffers at the Vermont plant as well.


Shumlin tax filings show $10 million in assets

Gov. Peter Shumlin after the GMO labeling press conference on May 8, 2014.  Photo by John Herrick
Gov. Peter Shumlin earned $721,000 in gross income and paid $142,000 in taxes, 2013 tax return shows. He owns properties worth nearly $4 million. No other gubernatorial candidates have released their returns.


PSB puts off review of Phase II of natural gas pipeline

Sections of pipe are encased in cement at Vermont Gas' staging area in Williston. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger
The Public Service Board has delayed technical hearings on Vermont Gas' plan to extend natural gas to the International Paper mill in New York until January as it reviews Phase I of the project.


YWP: You’ll Find Me

Olivia Pintair is a freshman at the Emma Willard School in Troy, N.Y. She lives in Williston. Courtesy photo
This week's Young Writer's Project entry is "You’ll Find Me" by Olivia Pintair, a freshman at Emma Willard School.


SCOV Law Blog: Separation anxiety

Creative Commons photo by walknboston via Flickr
The SCOV gives summary-judgment decisions a complete review. If there are no material factual disputes and the law is on a party’s side, then that party wins.


Milne loses campaign manager, hires former editor who fabricated stories for the Times Argus

Republican travel agency executive Scott Milne formally launches his campaign for governor Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at the Aldrich Public Library in Barre. Photo by Anne Galloway/VTDigger
Scott Milne, the Republican candidate for governor, parted ways with Brent Burns, his campaign manager, last Friday, just seven weeks before the General Election, and he has hired Scott Fletcher, a former editor who fabricated stories published in the Times Argus, to write press releases.


New groundwater discharge rules approved

When groundwater flows through springs or is pumped to the surface, it becomes surface water, which triggers a different regulatory framework than water stored underground. Photo by Hilary Niles/VTDigger
Lawmakers approve an update of state regulations on injection wells. The new rules will omit many types of low-risk sites, but state officials say those sites have never effectively been regulated and the new rules will better reflect reality.


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VTDigger / Castleton Institute Poll

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A User's Guide to Vermont Health Connect

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Dan DeWalt: Same old same old

Barack Obama went in front of the television cameras to tell us why we should wage war with terrorists and it just as well could have been George W. Bush…

Schubart: On lawn mowing

The recent run of cool weather reminds me that lawn mowing season is almost over.

Joseph Gainza: Bomb Iraq and Syria? NO

I try to avoid knee-jerk responses, especially when the issue is about something in which I am emotionally and intellectually invested. The use of violence to resolve conflict is one…

Quote of the Day

“I expect (Gov. Peter) Shumlin to come in first. But Shumlin needs to work hard to get above 50. If he wants a mandate for single payer he needs half of the votes cast.” — Eric Davis, retired Middlebury professor

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