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Vermonters join 400,000 marchers in NYC climate march

NYC Climate march, Sept. 21, 2014. Photo by Don Hooper
More than 2,000 Vermonters participated, many riding the more than 20 full Saturday and Sunday buses from the Green Mountains.


Democrats endorse Progressive Dean Corren for lieutenant governor

Dean Corren, a Progressive candidate for lieutenant governor, at his Burlington home. Photo by Anne Galloway/VTDigger
Dean Corren says Democratic Party endorsement is “a critically important step” in his race against incumbent Republican Phil Scott.


Special Report: Two suicide attempts highlight troubles at the Brattleboro Retreat, raise doubts about state oversight

State patients are treated on the fourth floor of the Tyler Building on the Brattleboro Retreat campus. Photo by Randy Holhut/The Commons
Sen. Claire Ayer said she was disappointed with Retreat officials for not being more forthcoming in public testimony about a series of events on the adolescent unit.


In This State: When the treasure isn’t gold

This rambling brick house in Plainfield has been home to five generations of the Batchelder-Dailey-Clark family. It always housed at least two generations of the family and sometimes housed three. "You can't hang on to things forever," says Keith Clark, who is cleaning out the house and barn before selling them, but it's hard to let go of something that has been central to his family for 135 years. Photo by Nancy Graff
Vermont is full of old houses and barns that are unofficial repositories of the state’s history. Old military uniforms, butter churns, christening dresses, scythes with weathered handles represent just a fraction of the kinds of artifacts that lay hidden in attics and back rooms awaiting rediscovery.


Advocate says exchange copays hurt low income Vermonters with chronic conditions

Creative Commons photo by jasleen_kaur via Flickr.
Copays for treatment and prescriptions are too costly for Vermonters who previously qualified for state subsidies


Advocates pitch plan to bring prisoners home

Creative Commons photo
Justice reform group wants to end Vermont’s use of for-profit prisons in other states. The corrections commissioner says he agrees in principle, but has yet to see a concrete plan.


Vermont Yankee scales back power output, but not staff

The Vermont Yankee nuclear plant in Vernon. Photo courtesy Vermont Business Magazine
Entergy Corp., which operates the Vernon nuclear facility, announced Tuesday that Yankee has started a "planned gradual reduction of plant energy output -- a so-called coast-down period."


PCB-contaminated site in Bennington named to federal Superfund list

The Jard Company site. EPA photo
In the 1970s and early 1980s, Jard Company Inc. built capacitors, a process which involved polychlorinated biphenyls. The PCB compounds bind themselves to other materials, such as sediment, and are known to cause cancer.


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A User's Guide to Vermont Health Connect

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Don Kreis: Fighting for Vermont’s soul before the Federal Trade Commission

The essence of the complaint is that Vermonters and their utilities have no right to claim they are using renewable energy even though they are buying energy from places like…

Chuck Gregory: Recessive gene proves dominant

Randy Brock’s incomprehension of the health care situation facing Vermont parallels that of Gov. Jim Douglas in 2003, when huge increases in drug prices were starting to hit Vermont seniors…

Dan DeWalt: Same old same old

Barack Obama went in front of the television cameras to tell us why we should wage war with terrorists and it just as well could have been George W. Bush…

Quote of the Day

“I expect (Gov. Peter) Shumlin to come in first. But Shumlin needs to work hard to get above 50. If he wants a mandate for single payer he needs half of the votes cast.” — Eric Davis, retired Middlebury professor

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