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YWP: The Words

Emily Foster
This week's Young Writers Project entry is "The Words" by Emily Foster, a 13-year-old middle school student from Shelburne.


SCOV Law Blog: Dueling experts

A judge finds both the State's expert's and the Defendant's expert's calculation of the speed of a motorcycle unreliable ... so he calculates it himself.


Citizens groups across New England protest nuke waste storage

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Advisory groups representing nuclear-plant host communities in four states – including Vermont – have authored a letter to Congress demanding progress toward an interim, centralized storage facility for spent nuclear fuel that has remained at the plant sites.


New book spins unusual take on wind turbines

Peter Gould
A novella by Peter Gould — half of Vermont’s self-described “clown jewels” duo Gould & Stearns — casts the current debate over the controversial energy generators in a comedic light.


Welch under attack as corn ethanol debate heats up

Peter Welch
On Monday, the EPA is expected to issue new rules allowing fuel suppliers to use larger volumes of biofuels. The percentage of ethanol in the nation's fuel supply is expected to jump from 10 percent to 15 percent.


Smuggler’s Notch: Trucks getting stuck after all these years

A tractor-trailer backs into the parking area at the top of Smugglers Notch on a Tuesday morning in June after the driver realized that, yes, the Notch Road is too narrow and winding for trucks like his. It managed to reverse course and head back to Jeffersonville. Photo by Glenn Callahan/Stowe Reporter
GPS devices send tractor trailers through the S curves of the notch and reversing out of the switchbacks is nigh on impossible.


Sanders lays out immigration priorities

Bernie Sanders
Sanders said he would make immigration a top priority as president and would use executive powers to grant immunity to all immigrants who have lived in the U.S. for five years or more.


Happy Thanksgiving: Turkey day table talk with VTDigger

Fuel your Thanksgiving dinner conversation with some of the stories that kept Vermonters talking this fall.


Special Reports and Projects

Cutting Class: A VTDigger Investigation

Declining enrollment in Vermont’s public schools is at a breaking point: The state’s student population has dropped by 21,000 since 1997, and population projections show continuing declines through at least 2030.

Declining enrollment, rising school spending: The data behind the crisis. An investigation by Amy Ash Nixon, Diane Zeigler and Hilary Niles.

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2015 VTDigger / Castleton Institute Poll

The 2015 VTDigger/Castleton Polling Institute survey of 700 Vermonters found support for Gov. Peter Shumlin flagging, but showed an interest in gun regulations and tax options. See the complete results here.

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VTD 411 - Cell Phone Ban

Eight facts you need to know about Vermont’s new cellphone law. A VTD-411

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Halfway Hotels

Halfway Hotels: Vermont’s Quick Fix for Homelessness. A VTDigger Investigation by Laura Krantz and Cory Dawson.

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2014 Election Candidate Listings

It’s election season again in Vermont. Need to know who’s running for state and county offices in your area? Try VTDigger’s candidate listings tool.

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VTDigger / Castleton Institute Poll

The VTDigger/Castleton Polling Institute poll is based on data from 682 interviews drawn from a random sample of registered voters in Vermont. Interviews were conducted by phone by from March 31 to April 7, 2014. Thirteen percent of interviews were conducted with registered voters on cellphones. The data reported are weighted based on estimations of the population of Vermont registered voters to account for differential in response rates among age groups.

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A User's Guide to Vermont Health Connect

This special section explains how Vermont’s health care exchange works for individuals and small businesses. The guide includes interactive subsidy graphs, a navigator map and detailed information about subsidies, penalties and tax ramifications.

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Bruce Lisman: Terrorism, Syria and Vermont’s security

Gov. Peter Shumlin’s first priority following Paris seems to be exploiting the tragedy for political gain and bullying his opponents.

Rebecca Holcombe: Giving thanks to teachers

Our state is full of educators who quietly go above and beyond to support our children, knowing that if they don’t, nobody will.

Patrick Leahy: Let’s resolve to end hunger

Each and every day, millions of Americans face the uncertainty of not knowing when they and their families will have their next meals.

Quote of the Day

“If the idea is to have meaningful participation, a two-hour webinar in the middle of the work day just doesn’t pass the laugh test.” – Sen. Anthony Pollina , of the online public input process.

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  • Kim Fried commented on New book spins unusual take on wind turbines: If you want to spend some time reading on thi (...)
  • Tom Evslin commented on Welch under attack as corn ethanol debate heats up: Bravo, Peter Welch, It's hard to find as egre (...)
  • Mark Whitworth commented on New book spins unusual take on wind turbines: Next project: a sitcom about ISIS. (...)
  • walter moses commented on Leland & Gray cuts staff to stay under state threshold: VT Health Connect? Does it exist? Does it wor (...)
  • gary sachs commented on Citizens groups across New England protest nuke waste storage: Happy Holidays to all at VT Digger. Thank you (...)
  • Tom Sullivan commented on Welch under attack as corn ethanol debate heats up: Sure, lets get rid of ethanol subsidies. We c (...)
  • John Fairbanks commented on Bruce Lisman: Terrorism, Syria and Vermont’s security: Actually, check the numbers: Obama's economic (...)
  • John Dupee commented on Welch under attack as corn ethanol debate heats up: We are being protected from the Brazilian eth (...)
  • Neil Gerdes commented on Welch under attack as corn ethanol debate heats up: Keep on keeping on Peter. Thanks for this. (...)
  • Neil Johnson commented on Public input on state budget begins online: Yeah...except if you'll note, the highest pay (...)