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State utility regulator sanctioned for private legal practice

The Vermont Supreme Court chambers
John Burke, a member on the Public Service Board and a lawyer in Castleton, was publicly reprimanded in September by a panel that reviews complaints about attorneys' professional conduct.


Pending VTC layoffs announced

Dan Smith, President of Vermont Technical College, said the school is committed to working with the state on a state laboratory proposed for the campus. Photo by Hilary Niles/VTDigger
Layoffs next summer could prompt program closures, Vermont Technical College president Dan Smith told faculty. Some call the Randolph school’s financial woes a “canary in the coal mine” for the entire Vermont State College system.


Access to VHC difficult for navigators and patients alike

Vermont Health Connect feature
About 70 navigators have had trouble accessing their Vermont Health Connect accounts since the start of open enrollment earlier this month. Many people rely on navigators to complete the enrollment process or make changes to their coverage.


Child protection panel details findings

Sen. Dick Sears, D-Bennington, Sen. Claire Ayer, D-Addison, and Rep. Ann Pugh, D-South Burlington, part of the Legislative Committee on Child Protection, listen to witnesses during a public hearing in Winooski in June. Photo by Roger Crowley/for VTDigger
A legislative committee formed to investigate state policies in the wake of the deaths of two children with ties to the Department of Children and Families lays foundation for reform bill.


Storify: Marijuana dominates second VTDigger tweetchat

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Discussion of the pros and cons of legalizing the recreational use of marijuana in Vermont led the, um, buzz. Join us next time by using #VTDchat


Mayor outlines city’s goals for Burlington College development

The view of Lake Champlain from the offices of Burlington College on North Avenue in Burlington. Photo by Laura Krantz/VTDigger
Miro Weinberger cites a 2001 wish list in responding to a proposed sale of 25 acres of the college's lakefront property to developer Eric Farrell. Public access a key concern, mayor says.


Panel makes recommendations on distribution of Entergy funding

The Vermont Yankee nuclear plant in Vernon. Photo courtesy Vermont Business Magazine
The Vermont Economic Progress Council has made its recommendations for the first installment of the $10 million Windham County Economic Development Program.


Energy efficiency company finds niche market

A conveyor belt at Norwich University's new $6.2 million heating plant carries wood chips up from a giant bin to two massive furnaces whose steam production provides 97 percent of the entire campus' heat and hot water needs. Photo by Andrew Nemethy
Commons Energy, a subsidiary of the company that operates Efficiency Vermont, is providing technical and financial assistance for projects that reduce utility costs at public-purpose buildings.


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Allan Rodgers: How to save the Vermont State Colleges

After having spent nearly eight years as a faculty member in the VSC, I have one conclusion: we have done the students wrong.

John McClaughry: The coming administrative state

The Great Administrative State leads to citizen powerlessness. It will ultimately crush citizen initiative, restrict liberty, and reduce its citizens to subjects.

Joe Benning: The vote for governor

This legislator feels a responsibility to explain his intended vote to his constituents.

Quote of the Day

“It’s clear that on any issue there was a very clear message to this governor to listen, learn, reflect, be more inclusive. It was humbling. And on every issue I am taking that approach.” — Gov. Peter Shumlin

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