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SCOV Law Blog: Water woes

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Newport brings suit after Derby Center added a service fee to Newport's water bill. The SCOV scrutinizes the contract.

 

Save the date: VTDigger holds education funding reform panel Dec. 11 in Montpelier

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What: VTDigger Dialogue: Education Funding reform When: Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014 5:30 – 7:30 pm Where: Montpelier Room, Capitol Plaza VTDigger brings together lawmakers and experts on tax policy and asks them to propose solutions to the K-12 education affordability crisis in Vermont. Each speaker will be asked to tell the audience what they would […]

 

Stowe pastor comes to the aid of Syrian Christians

The Rev. Benedict Kiely shows a bracelet and a lapel pin — or, in this case, a suspenders pin — he’s using to help persecuted Christians in the Mideast. Photo by Tom Kearney/Stowe Reporter
The Rev. Benedict Kiely was wearing one of those ubiquitous bracelets promoting a cause, and he remembered that the Islamic State group was marking Christian homes with the Arabic letter N to identify them — much the way the Nazis marked the homes of Jews. The Arabic N is the first letter in “Nasrani/Nasarean,” the Muslim word of contempt for Christians. That’s when it struck him: Sell items marked with the Arabic N, and use the money to help persecuted Christians in the Middle East.

 

Shumlin orders another $17 million in budget cuts

Gov. Peter Shumlin and Secretary of Administration Jeb Spaulding announced a reduction in revenue forecasts for fiscal year 2015 at a news conference Thursday, July 24. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger
State agencies were directed Wednesday to find $17 million in savings during the current fiscal year, on top of $31 million in earlier cuts. Legislators challenge administration's authority to do so.

 

State takes a last shot at hooking hatchery money from FEMA for Roxbury hatchery

Floodwaters remain at the Roxbury fish hatchery shortly after Tropical Storm Irene struck in August 2011. Photo courtesy of Vermont Fish and Wildlife
It's a Catch 22: Tropical Storm Irene wiped out the state's oldest fish hatchery in Roxbury but FEMA is balking at replacing it with a facility that meets EPA requirements.

 

Bare-bones invoicing, grad student work raises questions about state oversight of Gruber’s contract

MIT economics professor Jonathan Gruber is a consultant on Vermont's examination of a publicly financed health care system. Courtesy photo
Bare-bones invoices billing for rounded numbers of hours and identical invoices for two separate months have led critics to question how state officials can be satisfied the bills submitted by Gruber are accurate.

 

Turkey day a mixed blessing for West Glover farm

Turkeys are packaged and ready for pickup at Tangletown Farm in West Glover. Photo by Elizabeth Hewitt/for VTDigger
Tangletown Farm owners David Robb and Lila Bennett embrace the diversified agriculture model, but they still hate to see their turkeys go. “They love people," Robb says of the holiday's featured entree.

 

Member of Vermont Public Service Board sanctioned for private legal practice

The Vermont Supreme Court chambers
John Burke was publicly reprimanded in September by a panel that reviews complaints about attorneys' professional conduct.

 

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VTDigger / Castleton Institute Poll

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A User's Guide to Vermont Health Connect

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Commentary

Willem Post: Grid-connected and off-the-grid houses – a comparison

This article describes two energy, CO2 emission, and cost reduction alternatives.

Stephanie Hainley: Green Mountain Care will benefit women

Vermont has a special opportunity to achieve the equality that is missing here and throughout the nation.

Ben Doyle: Arts education is not a luxury

If we truly believe that to succeed in the 21st century students will need to be creative, entrepreneurial, collaborative, and resilient, we simply can’t afford to marginalize the arts.

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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