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Family sues Brattleboro Retreat, Northeast Kingdom Human Services for negligence

Brattleboro Retreat Psychiatric Hospital. Creative Commons photo/Flickr user pag2525
The family of a St. Johnsbury man who was beaten by a former Brattleboro Retreat patient says the hospital should not have released the patient.


Story and slideshow: Three years after Irene, Waterbury complex stretches for higher ground

Buildings constructed over the years on low-lying land close to the river have been torn down, and grass seeded in their place. Photo by Hilary Niles/VTDigger
The $125 million project got underway one year ago, just after the two-year anniversary of the flooding that ravaged state offices and the psychiatric hospital in Waterbury.


Primary Roundup: Who won in contested House, Senate primaries

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Political newcomer uses political training program for women to gain the edge in Windham County Senate. Incumbents bumped off in Grand Isle, Caledonia.


Brattleboro Retreat has 5 days to finalize corrections plan

The Brattleboro Retreat. Photo by Zachary P. Stephens/Brattleboro Reformer
Evidence of inappropriate sexual conduct between adolescents found by the Vermont Division of Licensing and Protection while investigating another matter requires an amended plan of correction to be filed by Tuesday.


Balint, White win Windham County state Senate primary

With 17 of the district's 20 towns reporting, White had 2,199 votes followed by Balint's 1,639. In third place was Roger Allbee with 1,149, and Joan Bowman had 427.


Margolis: Primary night predictably anti-climactic

Statewide, the only real question surrounding Tuesday’s voting was whether Dean Corren, the Progressive Party candidate for lieutenant governor, would get enough Democratic write-in votes to get on that party’s line on the November ballot also.


Hospital budget hearings put payment, delivery reform in the spotlight

The Green Mountain Care Board listens during the first day of budget hearings Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014. Photo by Morgan True/VTDigger
The board will vote before Sept. 15 on each hospital’s budget request and it could make adjustments to revenue targets or rates. The approved budgets will take effect Oct. 1, the beginning of the hospital fiscal year.


With turnout predicted to be low, voters and non-voters explain why

Ellen David-Friedman, of Montpelier. Photo by Hilary Niles / VTDigger
Civic duty, political passions and whims brought Vermonters to the primary voting booths Tuesday. Busy schedules, lack of awareness and disenchantment kept others away.


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A User's Guide to Vermont Health Connect

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Ana Hernández: Rights vs. policing

The ongoing imbalance of power between law enforcement and civilians – not just that inherent to the system, but also as due to gender and race, among other factors, means…

Eric Zencey: Transformative common sense in Vermont

The commitment to use the GPI in this way places Vermont in the forefront of a growing national movement to integrate the GPI into social and economic policy.

Poor Elijah’s Almanack: Misconceptions that aren’t

While rejecting No Child Left Behind took Americans roughly a decade, a majority already know enough about the Common Core to conclude they don’t like it.

Quote of the Day

“Many of them (elitist wealthy people) haven’t a clue what it is like to want to save money on gas and toilet paper or soap and moved here from San Francisco or Marin County or New Jersey and within a couple of years want their new town to look like a postcard when local working folks are just trying to save a buck. They don’t want any of those poor working folks who need to save money coming into their village centers. Maybe Bread and Puppet could occasionally satirize those folks.” — Alan Biederman, an attorney for Dollar General

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