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Senate candidate sparks controversy with Burma Shave signs

Sen. Mark MacDonald, D-Orange, and Republican challenger Robert Frenier appear at a forum Tuesday in Randolph. Photo by Morgan True/VTDigger
Orange County Republican Bob Frenier has put up 24 road signs in the style of the old Burma Shave ads. Some claim that seniors could see Medicare changes under single-payer health care. Democrats say the signs are wrong, and accuse Frenier of fearmongering.


Who are the Tram Haus investors?

Jay Peak Slider
Many of the 20 dissatisfied foreign investors in Jay Peak's Tram Haus EB-5 project say they poured their savings into the investment and "are most certainly not millionaires."


A sense of betrayal: EB-5 investors go public

Jay Peak’s Tram Haus Lodge. Photo by Justin Cash/
A group of investors in the Tram Haus project at Jay Peak go on the record to protest what they say is a lack of openness by developer Bill Stenger. An outside audit won't be allowed unless investors promise to keep it secret, Stenger says.


Vermont opens state-of-the-art public health laboratory

An exam room at the new state Health Department laboratory in Colchester. Photo by Morgan True/VTDigger
The $31 million lab will house public health workers and UVM researchers, allowing for sharing of information and ideas. It will replace the state’s current lab, which is outdated and too small, officials say.


State rejects ban on motors at Wolcott Pond

Boats with small motors can continue to use Wolcott Pond, the state's Department of Environmental Conservation ruled Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2014. Vermont Fish and Wildlife photo
Petitioners claim 5 mph speed limit was not being enforced, but the Department of Environmental Conservation elects to permit small motors and improve signage and enforcement.


Regulators fine GMP for wind project noise violations

Anti-GMP signs are outside a house at the foot of the access road leading to the turbine site. Photo by Andrew Stein/VTDigger
The utility will shoulder the cost of a continuous sound-monitoring program at the wind farm on Lowell Mountain.


Vermont jobless rate ticks up for fourth straight month

July Jobs SLIDER
While the national rate declined to 5.9 percent, Vermont’s unemployment rate edged up to 4.4 percent in September. The state’s national ranking slipped to eighth nationwide, behind New Hampshire.


On the issues: Where the candidates for governor stand

Governors race
VTDigger’s beat reporters compare the views of Dan Feliciano, Scott Milne and Peter Shumlin on health care, the environment, criminal justice and the economy.


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Rebecca Jones: Considering health and climate change together

Consider the following ways climate change is making us sick: temperature-related illness and death; extreme-weather effects; air pollution; water-borne and food-borne diseases; food and water shortages; emotional impacts from both…

Rob Roper: Medicare’s future in Vermont: What does single payer intend?

There is some confusion out there, particularly among seniors, about what will happen to Medicare if Vermont adopts the single-payer health care program, Green Mountain Care.

Tony Sutton: Phase 1 EB-5 investors respond to Moulton commentary

Ms. Moulton is far more preoccupied with publicly resuscitating the tarnished reputations of her agency, her subordinates, Mr. Stenger and Jay Peak.

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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