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No reason given for Vermont EB-5 director’s resignation

Pat Moulton
Eugene Fullam’s resignation email, sent to outgoing Commerce Secretary Patricia Moulton at 4:29 p.m. on the day he quit, was two sentences long.

 

In refugee debate, some want to see what application says

Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program
It is written and submitted by the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, a nongovernmental organization. The group has released a three-page abstract, but an official involved says a more detailed portion dealing with Rutland is about 10 pages.

 

Shumlin jabs controversial drugmaker but holds off full punch

Gov. Peter Shumlin addresses reporters at a news conference. Photo by Morgan True / VTDigger
The governor condemned Mylan for raising prices on its EpiPen but defended the company as a good Vermont employer.

 

Fact finder suggests 3.25 percent raise for Burlington teachers

Students from Burlington's magnet schools paraded down Church Street Wednesday. Photo by Elizabeth Hewitt/VTDigger
The report said the issue of pay equity with other districts in Chittenden County is best left for future negotiations, and the union said it would set aside the issue for now in the interest of reaching a one-year deal.

 

Vermont Folklife Center Portraits in Action: Darby Bradley

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

 

YWP: ‘Chill Piano’

YWP Ben Maksym
This week's Young Writers Project entry is "Chill Piano" by Ben Maksym of Grand Isle.

 

SCOV Law Blog: Vermont’s exceptions to the age of consent

Gavel
A paraeducator who works under a school-year contract is charged under the state's statute prohibiting sexual activity with a minor between 16 and 18 years old by people with authority over the minor. She argues the activity occurred during the summer when she was not employed by the school.

 

Sanders’ kickoff of nonprofit answers some questions, raises others

Bernie Sanders
It will focus on electing 100 candidates and passing seven ballot initiatives in the 2016 election cycle, he told supporters. But staffers have resigned in protest of its direction, and campaign finance rules limit a federal politician’s role in issue advocacy groups.

 

Champlain College, adjunct faculty reach tentative agreement

Champlain College
The deal includes a bump in pay and some investment in professional development, according to a source close to the negotiations.

 

State investigating death of Rutland jail inmate

prison
An inmate who experienced a “medical emergency” has died, a Vermont Department of Corrections official says.

 

Overdose reversal drug cleared for wide sale over the counter

Narcan
Officials said it’s more important than ever for drug users and the people close to them to have naloxone, commonly referred to by the brand name Narcan.

 

Five years after Irene, Vermont has rebuilt, but marks remain

Waterbury State Office Comples
The flood-ravaged state pulled together to make “Vermont Strong” more than a license plate. However, some say the financial and other effects will be felt for years to come.

 

Lead investor makes case to regulators to buy Burlington Labs

Jim Crook Jr.
The drug testing company has been under investigation since October for allegedly overbilling Medicaid. But a state investigator and a lawyer for the lead investor disagree about the status of the probe and its effect on the company’s finances.

 

Education board’s move on Act 46 ‘exceptions’ finds resistance

School bus
The board isn’t required to establish rules for school districts looking to comply with Act 46 through something other than the merger structures laid out in the law. Some see rulemaking as too time-consuming, while others say it offers important clarity.

 

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

“Geologic events have been going on for millions of years, and we only see them in isolation in a lifetime or so. Sometimes we don’t fully appreciate the power that’s involved with these events.” — Richard Tetreault, now deputy transportation secretary, recalling the aftermath of Irene, the tropical storm that ravaged Vermont five years ago

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