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Digger Dialogue: Hope on the heroin horizon

In this podcast, Barbara Cimaglio talks about why users are getting hooked faster than can be successfully treated.


Updated: Scott to sell share in construction firm if elected governor

Phil Scott
The Republican candidate for governor made the announcement at the company's 70th anniversary party after months of criticism by political opponents.


UVM medical school to receive $66 million bequest

University of Vermont College of Medicine. Photo courtesy of UVM.
The school will now be known as The Robert Larner, M.D. College of Medicine at The University of Vermont.


Vermont Democratic Party says Scott’s blind trust plan inadequate

Conor Casey
Conor Casey, the party director, says the GOP candidate must divest his share in the company in order to address conflict of interest issues.


At forum, Scott and Minter split on the future of Vermont Health Connect

Minter Scott
Minter wants to fix the current website. Scott says it's time to move to the federal exchange or partner with another state.


Green Mountain Power seeks approval for hydro plant purchases

Power lines cut across a Vermont hillside. VTD/Josh Larkin
The utility is buying 14 plants and power supply contracts from multinational energy giant Enel Green Power.


Dozens rally in Winooski one week after fatal police shooting

Rob Zeno, right. Photo by Elizabeth Hewitt/VTDigger
Protesters urged police to release video footage of the shooting.


Vermont Supreme Court justice to retire

John Dooley
Justice John Dooley will retire at the end of his term, which expires in March.


Chinese investors drop suit against Jay Peak developers and state of Vermont

Burke Hotel
The Weis are reserving their rights to pursue claims in other forums or through the receiver.


PEGTV to livestream Sept 28 candidate debate

Digger Dialogue Livestream
PEGTV, Rutland Community Access Channel 21 will livestream VTDigger's gubernatorial debate on Sept 28th.


Vermont Folklife Center Portraits in Action: David Marvin

David Marvin
This is the sixth in a series from the recent Vermont Folklife Center exhibit, Portraits in Action: Pioneers in Renewable Energy, Environmental Conservation, and Land Use Planning.


YWP: ‘Another Poem About Fall’

Greta Hardy-Mittell
This week's Young Writers Project entry is "Another Poem About Fall" by Greta Hardy-Mittell, 15, of East Middlebury.


SCOV Law Blog: When legal worlds collide

In a custody case, had the Dad testified at the Family Division hearing about what he did that caused criminal charges to be filed, anything he said in that hearing could have later been used against him in his criminal case.


Shumlin touts tax credit program

Peter Shumlin
The state and the city of St. Albans pitched in to help PeakCM develop hotel.


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

“You can imagine it was a great conversation. I mean, to have something like this fall out of the sky like that, it was profound, no question about it.” — Green Mountain Care Board member and former Human Services and Corrections commissioner Con Hogan about receiving a kidney from a woman he knows well. Hogan had transplant surgery Wednesday.

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