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State: SEC Receiver must maintain water system at Jay Peak

Jay Peak
Michael Goldberg told a group of second homeowners that Jay Peak could no longer afford to offer free water and gave residents less than two weeks to find an alternative.


YWP: ‘Veterans’

YWP Henry Parsons
This week's Young Writers Project entry is "Veterans" by Henry Parsons, 12, of Shelburne.


SCOV Law Blog: Challenging the admissibility of a refusal to take a roadside sobriety test

The plaintiff said since she didn’t actually finish the exercise there wasn’t a conclusion that could be drawn from it, so it was irrelevant and prejudicial.


Vermont regulator calls lack of universal fiber ‘vexing’

Jim Porter
“There’s really no way to compel a company to build out when you’re talking about broadband,” said Jim Porter, Vermont’s director of telecommunications and connectivity.


Mount Snow gets federal approval for EB-5 program

Mount Snow
Resort administrators say it's a significant step toward the release of $52 million in foreign investor funding that's been raised for snowmaking and lodge projects at the Dover resort.


Democrats highlight young first-timers among House hopefuls

More than 45 percent of the Democratic House candidates who had announced by Thursday morning are female. Seventeen of the 111 are younger than 40, including 11 first-time candidates.


New tax law will take smaller bite out of estates, businesses

Peter Shumlin
The changes are designed to keep wealthier residents from leaving for tax-friendlier locales and make it easier for small business owners to pass their companies on to the next generation.


Milne makes his challenge to Leahy official

Scott Milne
Scott Milne declared his bid to unseat U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy on Thursday. “Pat Leahy is reckless. … (And) it’s taken maybe 42 years for Vermont to figure it out and decide we want to try a new horse,” he said.


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SEC receiver sues financial firm Quiros used for investor funds

Jay Peak, Hotel Jay
The lawsuit is the latest in a string of legal actions against Raymond James Financial Inc. Last week, a Vermont firm also sued People’s United Bank for “mishandling” EB-5 investor money.


Vermont Law School president to step down next year

Marc Mihaly
Marc Mihaly, who has served as president and dean of Vermont Law School since 2012, is scheduled to leave office after the 2016-17 academic year, though he will remain on the faculty afterward.


Resettlement of Syrian refugees riles Rutland residents

Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program
More than 100 people attended a Rutland Board of Aldermen meeting on a plan to resettle Syrian refugees in the city.


Activists stage protest in public service commissioner’s driveway

energy protest
Chris Recchia said it’s fine if protesters want to demonstrate in front of his office. But he added: “Leave my family and my animals alone.”


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

“That movement changed Vermont. We stopped a lot of reckless Peter’s behavior. I think Pat Leahy is reckless as well. He’s just one of 100, and it’s taken maybe 42 years for Vermont to figure it out and decide we want to try a new horse.” — Scott Milne, after filing papers to run for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Sen. Patrick Leahy

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